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    1. Homestead Creamery Recalls Unsalted Butter Due to Health Concerns

      Homestead Creamery Recalls Unsalted Butter Due to Health Concerns

      Homestead Creamery out of Wirtz is recalling its unsalted butter due to potential Listeria contamination. The company says the recalled butter was distributed to recall partners as well as the company’s home delivery and retail store. 

      The affected butter comes in a half-pound package marked with an expiration date of April 30. So far, the company sells no illnesses have been reported. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

      Homestead Creamery found the possible contamination after routine testing, and the production of the product has stopped while the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigates the issue. 

       

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    2. As Doctors Don Trash Bags, Firm Recalls 9 Million Surgical Gowns

      As Doctors Don Trash Bags, Firm Recalls 9 Million Surgical Gowns

      There’s an overlooked reason why hospitals treating COVID-19 patients are so short of protective gear. In January, just before the pandemic hit the United States, a key distributor recalled more than 9 million gowns produced by a Chinese supplier because they had not been properly sterilized.

      “At this time, we cannot provide sterility assurances with respect to the gowns or the packs containing the gowns because of the potential for cross-contamination,” Cardinal Health wrote to customers on Jan. 15. It added, “We recognize the criticality of our gowns and procedure packs to performing surgeries, and we apologize for the challenges this supply disruption will cause.”

      The recall immediately forced the canceling of some elective surgeries. It also meant that ...

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    3. Nissan Recalls Over 250,000 Vehicles to Replace Air Bags

      Nissan Recalls Over 250,000 Vehicles to Replace Air Bags

      Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

      The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. But they have a moisture-absorbing chemical that was supposed to make them safe. U.S. safety regulators are to determine whether all inflators with the drying agent have to be recalled.

      The Nissan recall covers certain 2012 to 2017 Nissan NV Cargo and Passenger vans, the 2013 to 2015 Nissan Titan pickup and Armada large SUV, and the 2011 and 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV.

      Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say Takata packed in too ...

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    4. Dr Reddy’s Recalls Four Lots of Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion

      Dr Reddy’s Recalls Four Lots of Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion

      The FDA has announced that Dr Reddy’s is recalling Phytonadione injectable emulsion because of complaints due to ampules breaking and shattering.

      The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Dr Reddy’s Laboratories is voluntarily recalling four lots of its Phytonadione injectable emulsion USP, 10 mg/mL, single-dose ampules to the hospital level.

      The product is being recalled because of complaints of ampules breaking and shattering, upon opening, during compounding.

      According to the FDA, the company has received reports of cuts in skin and lacerations to health care professionals. There may be a reasonable probability that flying glass injuring skin, eye and/or other parts could result in either temporary or permanent injury.

      The four lots being ...

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    5. New Jersey Recalls Ground Beef Due to Metal Pieces

      New Jersey Recalls Ground Beef Due to Metal Pieces

      There is a consumer alert for anyone who bought ground beef at a ShopRite in Vineland, New Jersey. The ShopRite of Delsea, located at 1255 W Landis Ave., has initiated a voluntary recall of all store-made ground beef produced and sold March 30, 2020.

      The store says there is a possibility that the ground meat may contain small metal fragments due to a mechanical problem with the grinder. The recalled products include all store-made packages of 80, 85, and 93 percent lean ground beef, and meatloaf mix with a sell-by date of March 30, 2020.

      No other products sold at the ShopRite of Delsea are affected by the recall. No injuries related to the recall have been reported. This only ...

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    6. Zantac Heartburn Drug Recalled Over Contamination Risk

      Zantac Heartburn Drug Recalled Over Contamination Risk

      US health regulators are telling drugmakers to immediately pull their popular heartburn drugs off the market after determining that a contamination issue with the medications poses a greater risk than previously thought.

      The move from the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday applies to all prescription and over-the-counter versions of ranitidine, best known by the brand name Zantac. The drugs are widely used to treat stomach acid and ulcers.

      Patients should stop taking any of the medications they currently have and throw them away, the FDA said.

      The agency last year said patients could continue taking the medications and did not face health risks from low levels of a “probable” cancer-causing contaminant found in multiple brands.

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    7. Belle Chemical Recalls Drain Cleaner Product Due to Violation of FHSA Labeling Requirement

      Belle Chemical Recalls Drain Cleaner Product Due to Violation of FHSA Labeling Requirement

      The product contains sodium hydroxide.  The label on the product violates the Federal Hazardous Substance Act (FHSA) by omitting the word "poison" for poisonous chemicals and the mandatory hazard statement on the front on the packaging.

      Consumers should immediately store the recalled product in a safe location out of reach of children and contact Belle Chemical for a free replacement label to put on the product.

      This recall involves sodium hydroxide drain cleaner sold in a 2-pound white plastic bottle with a red and black label and includes a child-resistant closure.  Belle Chemical, Sodium Hydroxide and 100% Sodium Hydroxide Drain Cleaner are printed on the label. 

      The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from ...

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    8. New Toyota Highlander SUVs Recalled for Stall Risk

      New Toyota Highlander SUVs Recalled for Stall Risk

      Owners of brand-new 2020 Toyota Highlander SUVs may soon need to take their vehicles back to their dealer to have recall repairs performed. The automaker is recalling more than 38,000 Highlanders because they may stall while driving and cause a crash.

      The problem is caused by the vehicle’s automatic stop-start feature, a fuel-saving measure that can shut the engine off when the car is not moving. In this case, the system may mistakenly shut off the engine when the car is in motion. This is particularly risky when traveling at high speeds.

      To fix the problem, Toyota dealers will perform an update to the vehicle’s engine management software. The automaker says this software is not used on ...

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    9. Female Directors are Quicker to Recall Dangerous Medical Products

      Female Directors are Quicker to Recall Dangerous Medical Products

      Medical product recalls number in the thousands each year. In the first quarter of 2018, for example, 84 pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. reported at least one recall. Some 4,500 Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs and devices are pulled from shelves annually -- decisions greatly influenced by the presence of women on a firm's board, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.

      Severe product problems that injure or kill consumers are recalled much faster when there are women on the board, and lower-severity product defects that can be hidden from regulators and not recalled are less often hidden when there are female directors, according to "The Influence of Female Directors on Product Recall Decisions," forthcoming ...

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    10. Food for Pets and Humans Recalled Over Bacterial Concerns

      Food for Pets and Humans Recalled Over Bacterial Concerns

      There were only two recalls announced last week for either food or consumer products that could be found in Pennsylvania stores.

      One of the recalls is from Guan’s Mushroom Co., which is recalling all cases of its 200-gram/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki mushroom over listeria contamination concerns.

      The recalled mushrooms were distributed in Pennsylvania, New York and California at retail stores through produce distributors or wholesalers.

      The mushroom comes in clear plastic packages with the description in English, Korean and French, and Guan’s logo on the front. On the back of the package will be a UPC code, 859267007013, and package code of 14-1 at the lower right corner.

      No illnesses have been reported. The recall was ...

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    11. Purina Recalls Poultry, Rabbit Feeds Over High Calcium

      Purina Recalls Poultry, Rabbit Feeds Over High Calcium

      The Missouri-based company announced Friday [February 28] that it was voluntarily recalling a selection of feeds for poultry and rabbits. Purina Animal Nutrition is a subsidiary of Land O’Lakes.

      The feeds are being collected because elevated calcium levels were found in certain products, the company said.

      “The recall of the Purina rabbit and turkey feed, the Country Acres Rabbit feed and the DuMOR Chick Starter/Grower feed is limited to only 15 lots of product,” ​the company told FeedNavigator in a statement. “This amounts to a very small number of bags sold.”

      The recall was started “out of an abundance of caution,”​ the company said. “The health and safety of the animals we feed is our top priority.

       

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    12. Whole Foods Vodka Sauce Recalled Due to Unlisted Milk in Product

      Whole Foods Vodka Sauce Recalled Due to Unlisted Milk in Product

      A vodka sauce sold at Whole Foods could cause serious life-threatening allergic reactions in people with a dairy allergy.

      Winter Gardens Quality Foods of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, is recalling one of its products because of undeclared milk in the product.

      The recall involves Whole Foods Market Vodka Sauce with lot code 20057, which is printed on the lid.

      The affected product was sold in refrigerated aisles at Whole Foods Market stores in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island on or after March 2, 2020.

      Winter Gardens Quality Foods says the 16 oz plastic tub has UPC code: 853594006084 and an error during manufacturing caused the wrong label to go ...

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    13. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. Recalls Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion Ampules

      Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. Recalls Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion Ampules

      Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. is recalling four lots of Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion Ampules, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

      The recall was initiated after receiving complaints of ampules breaking and shattering, upon opening, during compounding. Dr. Reddy's said it has received reports of cuts in skin and lacerations to health care professionals.

      The company pointed out a reasonable probability that flying glass could injure skin, eye and/or other parts, resulting in either temporary or permanent injury.

      Phytonadione injectable emulsion is a vitamin K replacement, indicated in various coagulation disorders which are due to faulty formation of factors II, VII, IX and X when caused by Vitamin K deficiency or interference with Vitamin ...

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    14. Lamborghini Recalls Aventador SVJ Over Possibility of Being Trapped Inside

      Lamborghini Recalls Aventador SVJ Over Possibility of Being Trapped Inside

      According to the recall notice published by NHTSA last week, an improperly trained plant operator may have incorrectly installed the cable that connects the handle with the locking mechanism inside the doors. Yes, they're blaming the new guy.

      Fortunately for anyone that gets stuck, the outside handles are operated by a different mechanism and will still function, thus it will be possible to open the doors normally from the outside.

      Apparently it can happen as the interior door handle mechanism on some SVJs may fail, and as a result the cars have been recalled.

      The recall, which is expected to commence on May, affects 26 SVJs in the United States built between December 2019 and January 2020. Both coupe ...

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    15. Lindt Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Milk and Soy in 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bars

      Lindt Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Milk and Soy in 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bars

      Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc. of Stratham, New Hampshire, is issuing a voluntary recall of one lot of its Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars due to the bars being wrapped in the wrong packaging. The bars are labeled as Excellence 85% Cocoa, but contain Lindt Excellence Dark Caramel Sea Salt bars. Therefore, this product does not contain accurate information about allergens. Consumers who have a food allergy or have any sensitivity to milk or soy should not consume the product as it could result in a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

      The recalled Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bars were distributed nationwide to wholesale and online retailers.

      Lindt has received no reports of any illness, allergic reactions or allergen-related ...

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    16. Ford Recalls Almost 250,000 Cars Because Doors Could Open While Driving

      Ford Recalls Almost 250,000 Cars Because Doors Could Open While Driving

      Ford is recalling 248,912 cars from the 2014 to 2016 model years because door latches have been found to be susceptible to cracking and failure in warm regions. The risk is that the door might not close properly, even after multiple attempts, and that it may open while the car is being driven.

      A Ford spokeswoman confirmed to Consumer Reports that this risk involves all four doors. 

      The recall is focused on the 2014 and 2015 Ford Fiesta, 2014 to 2016 Ford Fusion, and 2014 to 2016 Lincoln MKZ cars that are or have been previously registered in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and federal territories.

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    17. Paccar Recalls 35,671 Peterbilt Trucks Over Fire Risk

      Paccar Recalls 35,671 Peterbilt Trucks Over Fire Risk

      Peterbilt Motor Co. is recalling 35,671 trucks to repair an issue with battery cables on certain models, according to a March 18 notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

      The recall affects Peterbilt Model 365, 389, 567 and 579 trucks manufactured between 2015 and 2020, parent company Paccar said in the notice. The recall is expected to begin May 1.

      According to the notice, an electrical short circuit with the battery cables can increase the risk of fire. Paccar said in a safety recall report that a positive battery jumper terminal cable that chafes against the front suspension spring can short circuit to the chassis ground. This, in turn, can increase the risk of a vehicle under-hood fire ...

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    18. Fish Treats for Pets Recalled Due to FDA Size Restrictions

      Fish Treats for Pets Recalled Due to FDA Size Restrictions

      IcelandicPlus LLC is voluntarily recalling their Capelin Pet Treats because some of the fish have exceeded the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than five inches.

      Salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning in humans, according to the FDA, posing a possible health risk.

      To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats, or persons in connection with Capelin. Nor has there been any positive test results for Clostridium botulinum from any IcelandicPlus Capelin, but because of the potential risk, and despite no known illnesses in connection with our products, we have decided in co-operation with the FDA, to announce this product recall.

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    19. Toy Tool Kits Recalled for Excessive Lead

      Toy Tool Kits Recalled for Excessive Lead

      Children's tool kits are under recall because they may contain excessive levels of lead. Also, the toy goggles and hardhats that come with the Grizzly Industrial kits do not meet toy safety standards.

      The Consumer Product Safety Commission says more than 20,000 units of the tool kits are being recalled.

      Model H3044 is a 12-piece kit that includes a helmet, goggles, tape measure, tool belt, hammer, pair of leather gloves, ruler, carpenter’s square, level, bottle of chalk and suspenders.

      Model H5855 includes goggles, tape measure, wooden tool caddy, hammer, ruler, carpenter’s square, level, screwdriver, pliers and an adjustable wrench.

      They were sold at Grizzly Industrial’s showrooms nationwide and online at grizzly.com and Amazon.com.

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    20. Volvo Recalling 121,605 Models for Automated-Brake Problem

      Volvo Recalling 121,605 Models for Automated-Brake Problem

      Volvo will recall all its vehicles from the 2019 and 2020 model years, including the S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, S90L, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC60, and XC90. The issue is a glitch in programming of the vehicles' automated emergency braking system, which could lead to a crash since the system may not brake as expected when encountering an obstacle. 

      The braking system is part of Volvo's IntelliSafe active-safety technology. According to the NHTSA recall report, the problem is missing software code, which will be remedied through an update to the Active Safety Domain Master (ASDM) software at no charge to the customer. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries to date, Volvo said.

      Dealers have ...

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    21. Children's Boots Sold by Zulily Recalled Over Too Much lead

      Children's Boots Sold by Zulily Recalled Over Too Much lead

      Children's boots sold exclusively online by Zulily are under recall because they contain amounts of lead that exceed federal standards.

      The recall involved 3,200 units of Lilly of New York-branded children’s winter boots, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

      They were sold in children’s sizes 5 through 10 in the following colors and style numbers:

      • Aqua (53325)
      • Black with glitter (53323)
      • Black with green (53317)
      • Purple with black (53324)

      The lined boots have a Velcro closure and rubber soles. Lilly and the style number appear on the inside of the shoe’s tongue.

      They were sold at Zulily.com from November 2019 through January 2020 for between $35 and $40.

      Owners are urged to immediately ...

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    22. Recall Issued for Two Wegmans Branded Salmon Products

      Recall Issued for Two Wegmans Branded Salmon Products

      Two products sold in Wegmans are being recalled due to potential health hazards. 

      Raw Seafoods, Inc is initiating a recall of two Wegmans branded salmon products due to an undeclared wheat allergen.

      The recalled products are: 

      • Wegmans Ginger Salmon, Oven Safe – 6474
      • Wegmans Salmon Teriyaki, Oven Safe – 6408

      Consumers who have purchased the designated products are instructed to return the products to their place of purchase. Consumers may contact the company at 508-673-0111 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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    23. Crate and Barrel Recalls Glass Pitchers Due to Laceration Hazard

      Crate and Barrel Recalls Glass Pitchers Due to Laceration Hazard

      The handle on the pitcher can break, posing a laceration hazard.

      This recall was conducted voluntarily by the company under CPSC's Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

      About U.S. CPSC: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire ...

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    24. Volvo Recalls Cars Because Safety Systems May Not Work

      Volvo Recalls Cars Because Safety Systems May Not Work

      Owners of newer Volvos may need to visit their dealers for a safety-related software update. The automaker is recalling over 120,000 vehicles from the 2019 and 2020 model years because their automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems with pedestrian detection might not recognize obstacles. As a result, a crash could occur that otherwise might have been prevented.

      Almost every Volvo car built between November 2018 and March 2020 is affected, including the XC40, XC60, and XC90 SUVs; S60 and S90 sedans; and V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, and V90 Cross Country station wagons.

      Volvo spokesman Jim Nichols told CR that there have been no reports of incidents or injuries because of the problem. 

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