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BUSINESS
January 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Toyota Motor Corp. said it would recall almost 1.3 million vehicles worldwide because of a defect that could cause a foam pad near the seat belt to ignite during collisions. The Japanese automaker said the recall included 134,900 2006 and 2007 model-year Yaris subcompacts sold in the U.S. Toyota Motor Sales USA said it was working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall the vehicles.
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SCIENCE
January 22, 2009 | Mary MacVean
More than 125 products have been recalled in an investigation into a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter used in processed foods and in institutions, with dog biscuits and diet granola bars among the latest on a list that is growing. And growing. "I don't think we can determine how many more" products will be recalled, Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration, said Wednesday.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2009 | associated press
The company that sells Little Debbie snacks announced a recall of peanut butter crackers Sunday because of a potential link to a deadly salmonella outbreak. The voluntary recall by McKee Foods Corp. of Collegedale, Tenn., came one day after the government advised consumers to avoid cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods with peanut butter until officials learn more about the contamination. The South Bend Chocolate Co.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Johnson & Johnson said it was voluntarily recalling some skin patches containing the pain medicine fentanyl because of possible cuts in the reservoir containing the drug that could make it possible for patients to overdose. The Duragesic-brand patch is made by Alza Corp., a Mountain View, Calif., company owned by Johnson & Johnson. Some of the patches are sold without the Duragesic brand by Sandoz Inc. The lot number for the Duragesic patches is 0817239, and the lot number for the Sandoz patches is 0816851.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2008 | times wire reports
About 1,600 Phil & Teds Dash Buggy strollers, made in China and imported by Regal Lager Inc. of Kennesaw, Ga., are being recalled because the frame handle could fail to latch properly and break, posing a fall hazard to small children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The recalled strollers have a metal frame with three wheels, a cloth seat and a canopy. The product was sold at independent juvenile specialty stores and online from July to September. Information: (800) 593-5522, www.regallager.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2008 | times wire reports
Evenflo Co. is recalling about 95,000 Majestic High Chairs after dozens of reported injuries such as broken bones and head bruises. The company says the high chairs pose a hazard for small children when parts come loose and the seat backs fall off. The high chairs were made in China and sold nationwide at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory and Shopko, and online at walmart.com...
BUSINESS
November 16, 2008 | times wire services
Barber Foods Co. of Portland, Maine, is recalling more than 41,000 pounds of frozen, stuffed chicken after rubber was found inside some of the meat, the Department of Agriculture said. The 20-ounce cartons of Schwan's Stuffed Chicken Kiev, produced May 17, June 2 and Aug. 4, were available for purchase from Schwan's Home Service Inc. via catalog and on the Internet. No illnesses have been reported, the USDA said. About 18,000 My Little Train Classics toy trains, made in China and imported by JA-RU Inc., are being recalled because they contain small parts that pose a choking risk for children.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2008 | Times Wire Services
About 12,000 units of Mylicon drops to relieve gas for infants were recalled because some bottles could include pieces of metal. Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. recalled certain bottles of Mylicon gas-relief dye-free nonstaining drops. The recalled drops were sold in 1-ounce plastic bottles that were distributed to stores and pharmacies after Oct. 5. They were sold over the counter. The bottles are from lots SMF007 and SMF008. These numbers are printed on the bottom of the box and the lower left side of the sticker on each bottle.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2008 | Times Wire Services
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant company, posted October sales that beat some analysts' estimates after U.S. consumers, pinched by rising food bills and unemployment, bought double cheeseburgers and other $1 items. Global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months climbed 8.2%, paced by Europe's gain of 9.8% compared with a year earlier. U.S. same-store sales increased 5.3%, the Oak Brook, Ill., company said. The Oct.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Computer makers are recalling 100,000 laptop battery packs made by Sony Corp. after 40 reports of overheating, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall applies to Sony 2.15Ah lithium-ion cell batteries made in Japan and sold in laptops made by Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. and Toshiba Corp. Some incidents involved smoke or flames, according to Sony. Details, including laptop model numbers, are posted on the commission's website at www.cpsc.gov.
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