Readers of this blog are urged to keep their eyes on this news this month for answers about the outbreak of cyclospora breaking out across the United States. More than 400 people have already become sickened by the food-borne illness across 16 states. While investigators from the Food and Drug Administration had determined that some of the cases were a result of eating contaminated salad mixes served at Olive Gardens and Red Lobster in Iowa and Nebraska, the causes in other states have not been determined.
Costco shoppers in California were once again warned about a food-borne illness scare in another one of the store's products this month. A recall of Townsend Farms-brand frozen berry mix was recalled after several cases of hepatitis A were linked to the product, breediing further concerns that thousands could be at risk of exposure.
It seems like every where you turn there is a new caffeinated product on the market. From the energy shots touted by celebrities in Hollywood to caffeinated gummy bears sold in geek stores accross the nation, some California residents may be asking themselves when this trend will end. There is a real concern among parents that as the genre of caffeinated consumables continues to spread, teens and even children may get their hands on products that could have serious side effects on their health.
An interesting case out of New Jersey has peaked people's attention across the country, including many here in California this month. While the woman in the case is suing Wal-Mart for an injury she says she received from one of their shopping carts, Wal-Mart is in turn blaming the shopping cart's maker in a third-party complaint. So who should be held liable for the injury: the store where the injury was received or the manufacturer of the product which caused the injury in the first place?
A recent recall from the company Classic Characters has California parents on edge this month. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company's line of infant socks that look like frogs are being recalled after it was discovered that the knit face of the frog on the front of the sock could become detached, which poses a choking hazard to infants and young children.
In coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, BabyHome USA Inc. has decided to participate in a voluntary recall of nearly 1,100 of its Eat High Chair models because of a potential safety hazard. The company posted information about the recall on their website after the safety hazard was brought to their attention late last month.
A massive recall from Nestle has consumers on edge this month after three people have already reported finding broken pieces of glass in a specific frozen meal from Lean Cuisine.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall extension this month for the Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries stamped with the Columbia logo. According to the CPSC report, the batteries are being recalled because of a cell defect that can cause the packs to overheat, posing a risk for fire hazard.
In a majority of cases, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a recall for a product, it's generally done with the help of the company who is providing the product. Together, both parties usually come up with a plan to make the product safer for consumers.
Parents in California and across the nation were alarmed when Graco Children's Products Inc. recalled about 86,000 high chairs in the United States and 3,400 in Canada this month.