Food Recalls To Watch Out For Right Before Thanksgiving

Food Recalls To Watch Out For Right Before Thanksgiving

Some of you overachievers are already cooking for the meal of the year but there are some potential recalls in effect that might ruin Thanksgiving dinner so be on the lookout what you have in your pantry so your guests and/or family don’t end up with food poisoning.

Romaine Lettuce
There are massive recalls on romaine lettuce right now. This leafy green has been linked to 17 people who contracted E. Coli. 75,000 pounds has been taken off the shelves, but if you have any on hand, you might want to dispose of it just in case, especially if it was grown in Salinas, California. Consider replacing it with arugula, a.k.a. rocket, which has been shown to have notable health benefits.

Raspberries and blackberries
An outbreak of Hepatitis A has been potentially linked to frozen raspberries and blackberries sold by Fresh Thyme. These berries come from Illinois, but illnesses that may have resulted from consuming these products have been reported in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Indiana.

Raw pork
An Illinois company recalled 515,000 pounds of raw pork because it didn’t pass inspection before it went to market. Check your meat freezer for these products. There haven’t yet been any links to health concerns, but let’s be real, getting sick from bad pork tends to have some unsavory consequences.

Cheese Nips
Some 11-ounce packages of Cheese Nips may contain small pieces of yellow plastic, according to authorities. Boxes that have a “best by” date of May 18, 19, or 20, 2020, could be contaminated. Also, c’mon y’all, Cheese Nips? We’re grown-ups now. Cheez-Its are vastly superior.

Cottage Cheese
Kraft Heinz has recalled almost 9,500 cases of three different varieties of cottage cheese after a consumer reported finding a piece of red plastic in their curds. No illnesses have been reported, but in case you have some cottage cheese in your fridge, the use by date on the recalled containers is December 10, 2019

Nestle Cookie Dough
Some packages of Nestle cookie dough may contain bits of rubber. Nestle voluntarily recalled the ready to bake items, which are listed here. You can still eat the already-baked cookies, though, which is a small consolation for those of us who prefer the raw deal.

Ground beef
A New Jersey company had to recall 115,000 pounds of ground beef products that may contain plastic. Before you start feeling elitist about how you always buy the “good meat,” please note that this is the fancy, organic grass-fed kind of ground beef.

Over 100 vegetable products were recalled over possible Listeria contamination, according to CNN. The number of veggies recalled is giant and includes major food companies like Del Monte and Trader Joe’s, so make sure to check the list. You are never going to get your family to buy into your vegan keto diet if you poison them.

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Toyota recalls 1.7 million cars over air bags

Toyota recalls 1.7 million cars over air bags

Toyota Motor Corp’s logo is pictured on a car in Tokyo, Japan, November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles worldwide over air bag inflators

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said Wednesday it is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators as part of a multi-year industry recall campaign announced in 2016.

Automakers are adding about 10 million vehicle inflators in the United States to what was already the largest-ever recall campaign in history. Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators. Previously, 37 million U.S. vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.

At least 23 deaths worldwide have been linked to the rupturing of faulty Takata air bag inflators, including 15 in the United States.

Toyota’s new recall relates to vehicles from the 2010 through 2015 model years, and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.

More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co (7267.T) vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017. In April, auto components maker Key Safety Systems completed a $1.6 billion deal to acquire Takata. The merged company, known as Joyson Safety Systems, is a subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp (600699.SS).

Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.

Copyright and Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul and Bernadette Baum

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What happens when children’s toys and other items are unsafe?

As the holidays draw to a close, Florida children are playing with the gifts they received. Most parents assume that their children’s toys are properly made and have been tested to ensure they are safe. Sadly, sometimes, manufacturers release toys into the marketplace that are defective and dangerous.

Each year, hundreds of children across the country are seriously injured or killed by defective children’s products — including toys. A new bicycle could fall apart while a child is riding it. Small pieces of a toy could break off and end up in a child’s mouth, which would be a choking hazard.

These are just a couple examples of how seemingly innocent toys could cause injuries or even death to children. In addition to toys, some children’s clothing items are improperly made and could catch fire if exposed to flame or high heat. If the clothing cannot be removed quickly, serious burns and other injuries could result. In some cases, children have died while wearing the clothes.

Manufacturers, distributors and sellers of defective and dangerous children’s toys and other items can be held accountable for their deficiencies. It is bad enough when products mainly used by adults are defective, but when it comes to children, many Florida parents expect there to be a higher standard and more rigorous oversight. If your child suffered serious and/or permanent injuries — or died — from a dangerous product, you do not have to deal with the aftermath alone. A products liability attorney can help you determine who to file a claim against and provide you with compassionate advice and support throughout the process.

419,000 vehicles to be recalled by Kia for defective parts

Florida residents rely on their vehicles to be in good working order and expect them to be safe. When a manufacturer releases vehicles for sale that have defective parts, those vehicles could become involved in serious or deadly accidents. Numerous recalls have been issued by automakers of late, and Kia is now joining them.

Kia recently announced the recall of approximately 419,000 Sorentos manufactured between 2011 and 2013, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall is to correct a safety violation in which a Sorento’s transmission can slip out of park and roll away if the driver’s foot is not on the brake. So far, three injuries have occurred because of this defect.

The company says that if the gear shift lever is “pushed too hard,” a crack can develop in part of the shift mechanism. Kia began looking into the issue after the attorney of a family who was injured due to this defect informed the company of the problem. Around 54 other warranty claims were discovered for the same issue. The company will not begin sending out recall notices to owners until Nov. 24.

During that time, the potential for serious injury as a result of the defective part or parts remains — especially if no one is behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time. Depending on how far the vehicle travels, it could pick up enough speed to cause significant damage. Anyone seriously injured — or the family of someone who is killed — by one of these defective vehicles retains the right to file a product liability claim against the automaker. If it is proved that the defective part was the cause of the accident, a Florida court may award damages.

Source: ABC News, “Kia Recalls Over 419,000 SUVs to Fix Shift Lever Problem“, Oct. 15, 2015

Children in danger around ‘swing door’ elevators

Have you heard of a “swing door” elevator? These mechanical lifts are common in older buildings, nursing homes and even in some homes now. Many people purchase them and have them installed so that their elderly parents can live with them and get around the house easily. At first glance, many Florida residents would think that these lifts are safe, reliable and effective means of moving around a home.

However, as you can probably guess, these lifts are not as safe as they may seem — and they pose significant threats to people when they do fail, especially children. In an incident in 2010, a young boy was pinned by the swing doors of the elevator. He survived the ordeal, but not without suffering severe harm. He suffered brain damage and is now a quadriplegic.

These swing door elevators are coming under increased scrutiny. A recent lawsuit that was sparked by a 2001 incident where a child lost his life due to a swing door elevator accident revealed the extent of the fatal consequences these lifts can inflict on families.

Roughly 34 kids were maimed or killed during a decade-long span by lifts made by the Otis Elevator company (the business responsible for the 2001 incident). This wasn’t for the whole country — this was just for a small section of New York and New Jersey.

These elevators pose a threat, and if people are injured due to the poor design or faulty nature of these defective products, a civil lawsuit can (and should) be filed.

Source: Modesto Bee, “‘Swing-door’ elevators blamed for child injuries,” Shawn Hubler, Dec. 18, 2013

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