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March 23, 2019: Henry Avocado Announces Avocado Recall For Potential Listeria Contamination

Avocado Recall Announcement Henry Avocado Corporation has recalled its California-grown whole avocados because the fruits may be contaminated with the pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled avocados were sold in bulk at retail stores. The company issued the avocado recall after routine environmental sampling of its California packing facility tested positive for the presence Listeria. About Listeria Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Henry Avocado Recall information Avocados subject to the recall include California-grown conventional and organic avocados packed at Henry Avocado’s packing facility in California and distributed in the Read More

July 20, 2010: Tween Recalls Children’s Jewelry

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Tween Brands Inc., on July 14, 2010, announced a voluntary recall of about 137,000 children’s Metal Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings because the jewelry contains high levels of cadmium. Although there have been no reported injuries, cadmium is toxic if ingested by children and can cause health issues. The jewelry was sold at Justice and Limited Too stores , and online at www.shopjustice.com from November 2008 through February 2010.  Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and stop using recalled products. This recall involves 19 different styles of children's metal necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Styles and shapes of  the jewelry include hearts, heart locks, butterflies, cupcakes, peace signs and crowns. Some jewelry contains the words "Best," "Friends," or "Forever," and/or "BFF." Only style numbers listed below are included Read More

July 20, 2010: Wall Street Journal Reports on Avandia Hearing

On July 14, 2010, an article in the Wall Street Journal reports that a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel voted to recommend that GlaxoSmithKline PLC's (GSK) diabetes drug, Avandia, remain on the market despite concerns the product could raise the risk of heart attacks. Most panelists said the product should be subject to additional restrictions or used only if other diabetes drugs don't work, while many voted to allow the product to remain on the market with additional warnings and some sort of restricted distribution plan or additional doctor and patient education. The panel recommendations will be taken into consideration by the FDA, which will make the final decision about whether Avandia stays on the market. While several panel members said they had significant concerns about Avandia's safety, some said existing clinical data isn't strong enough to support removing Read More

July 13, 2010: CPSC Urges Window Safety

On July 6, 2010, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a statement urging parents and caregivers to consider safety  precautions before opening windows.  CPSC warns that open windows may seem harmless but “have proven to be sources of injury and death for young children.” CPSC explains that in recent weeks, several children have fallen from windows. CPSC data indicates that on average, about eight deaths occur yearly to children five years or younger while an estimated 3,300 children five and younger are treated each year in U.S. hospital emergency departments.  Hospitalization was required for about 34 percent of these children after falling from a window. These deaths and injuries frequently occur when kids push themselves against window screens or climb onto furniture located next to an open window.  "The deaths and life-altering injuries we have seen here at CPSC Read More

July 13, 2010: FDA Risk Management Plan Regarding Qualaquin

FDA released a statement on July 8, 2010 regarding Qualaquin (quinine sulfate) and the risk of serious hematological reactions . Due to continued reports of serious side effects in patients using Qualaquin "off-label" for night time leg cramps, FDA approved a risk management plan to warn against the use of this drug for such unapproved uses. The risk management plan (REMS) requires that patients be given a Medication Guide explaining what this medication is and is not approved for, as well as the potential side effects of this drug. In addition, the REMS  requires that the manufacturer issue a Dear Health Care Provider Letter warning of the risk of serious and life-threatening hematologic reactions. Qualaquin is the only FDA-approved for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Most users are travelers returning from malaria-endemic areas, but Read More

July 13, 2010: McNeil Expands Drug Recall

On July 8, 2010 FDA reports that McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is recalling another 21 lots of over-the-counter medicines, including Benadryl, Children’s Tylenol, Tylenol, and Motrin. This action is a follow-up to the product recall that McNeil Consumer Healthcare earlier this year following consumer complaints of a musty or moldy odor. These lots are being added to the list of recalled products as a precautionary measure after a continuing internal review determined that some packaging materials used in the lots had been shipped and stored on the same  type of wooden pallet that was tied to the presence of TBA in earlier recalled lots. All lots involved in the recall were produced before the initial January 15, 2010 recall, after which McNeil stopped accepting shipments of materials from its suppliers on that type of pallet. The lots Read More

July 13, 2010: Information About Severe Liver Injury Added to Boxed Warning of Arava

On July 13, 2010 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is adding information on severe liver injury to the Boxed Warning of Arava (leflunomide) a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. FDA is taking this action to highlight the risk of severe liver injury in patients using this drug and inform consumers how this risk may be reduced. FDA previously required a Boxed Warning stating that leflunomide was contraindicated for use by both pregnant women and women of childbearing potential who were not using reliable contraception. The decision to add information on severe liver injury to the Boxed Warning was based on FDA’s review of adverse event reports which identified 49 cases of severe liver injury, including 14 cases of fatal liver failure, between August 2002 and May 2009. In this review, the greatest risk for Read More

July 1, 2010: Antibiotics in Animals Need Limits

The New York Times reports on June 29th that federal food regulators are taking steps toward banning a common use of penicillin and tetracycline in the water and feed given cattle, chickens and pigs in order to curtail the “growing scourge of killer bacteria.” The FDA released a policy document on June 28th stating that agricultural uses of antibiotics should be limited to assuring animal health, and that veterinarians should be involved in the drugs’ uses. The FDA document does nothing to change the present oversight of antibiotics, but suggests that the agency intends to rejoin the battle to monitor agricultural uses of antibiotics that many infectious disease experts oppose. The Food and Drug Administration has tried without success for more than three decades to ban such uses but in the past Congress has stepped in at the urging of Read More

July 1, 2010: Recall of Children’s Jewelry

June 30, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of children’s jewelry which contains high levels of potentially dangerous Cadmium. Smilemakers Inc. has recalled about 66,200 children’s Happy Charm Bracelets and 2,200 Football Rings The metal substrate in the jewelry contains high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. No injuries have been reported This recall involves “Happy” charm bracelets and football rings. The “Happy” charm bracelet is comprised of colorful  beads on a small elastic band to which a metal charm in the shape of a butterfly, moon or sun is attached. The football ring is a small adjustable metal band to which a football charm (made of metal) is attached. These products were distributed for free at doctor and dentist offices nationwide from Read More

July 1, 2010: Ongoing Investigation of Toyota Recall

Wall Street Journal reports on June 30th that U.S. regulators have yet to find any electronic defects in Toyota Motor Corp., as a scientific panel began studying potential causes of unintended acceleration.  Some members of Congress, consumer advocates and product-liability lawyers have suggested that engine electronics may have played a role in problems that led Toyota to recall more than eight million vehicles globally for sudden-acceleration and gas-pedal problems. Those critics have questioned the efforts by Toyota and regulators to study electronics. Dan Smith of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speaking before a panel of the National Academy of Sciences said regulators have been able to identify only two causes of the Toyota problems: floor-mat entrapment of the gas pedals and pedals that are slow to return to idle.  The academy is undertaking a comprehensive study of unintended acceleration Read More

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