March 8, 1991 |
It didn't matter that Sudafed 12-hour capsules came in tamper-resistant packaging. Someone got into them anyway last month, lacing them with cyanide that left two people dead and one ill. And while Burroughs Wellcome, which makes Sudafed, issued a nationwide recall, federal and state officials found several more deadly packages. Everyone seems surprised that this could have happened.
September 18, 1993 |
A woman who reported finding sewing needles in a can of Coca-Cola at the height of a hoax over foreign objects in soft drink cans pleaded guilty Friday to tampering. Deborah Sue McGuire told police in June that she opened a can of Coke and found nine sewing needles. She pleaded guilty to a federal charge of making a false statement about product tampering.
October 11, 1991 |
Firm Warns of Product Tampering: Everfresh Inc. of Franklin Park, Ill., said consumers in 18 states, including California, should look for possible tampering of its 10-ounce bottles of Everfresh Grapefruit Juice. It said the bottles involved were from lot No. C1225. Pennsylvania officials and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating several cases of apparent tampering, the company said. Thirty bottles of its grapefruit juice found in the Hatfield and Reading, Pa.
March 24, 1989 |
Some 13,300 chocolate Easter bunnies distributed to schools and other fund-raising groups were recalled in 15 states, including California, because of several complaints about glass or similar objects found in the candy, company officials said Thursday. New Jersey authorities said testing confirmed that a sliver of glass was embedded in one piece of the candy made by Scott's of Wisconsin that was turned over to state officials for testing. No injuries were reported.
December 16, 1987 |
A woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges that she spiked capsules of over-the-counter medicine with cyanide, killing her husband and a woman. U.S. Magistrate Philip K. Sweigert set a Feb. 16 trial for Stella Nickell, 44, of Auburn. Nickell was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on two counts of causing death by product tampering, involving Extra-Strength Excedrin capsules tainted with cyanide.
May 10, 1988
A federal district court jury in Seattle convicted a woman of killing her husband and another woman by lacing their Extra-Strength Excedrin with cyanide in the nation's first death-by-product-tampering trial. The seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated almost five days before returning the verdict against Stella Nickell. Nickell, 44, of suburban Auburn, was convicted on each count she faced, two of causing death by tampering with a product involved in interstate commerce and three of tampering.