2019 | California Personal Injury Blog
600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour Recalled for E. Coli Risk
General Mills is recalling about 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour for possible E. coli contamination. According to a USA Today news report, the voluntary recall is for bags with a “better if used by” date of Sept. 6, 2020. General Mills said in a statement that the recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli O26, which was discovered during a sampling of the five-pound bag product. General Mills says it has not received any direct reports of confirmed illnesses relating to this product and is issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution. …Read the rest »
New York California and Michigan Declare War Against Vaping Products
In the midst of what has turned out to be a public health crisis linked to vaping, states such as New York, California and Michigan are taking action including banning flavored liquids used in vaping. Nationwide, we’ve seen a spate of lung illnesses and at least six deaths linked to vaping. On Sept. 4, Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an order banning flavored liquids used in vaping. …Read the rest »
Study Shows Most Bicyclists Who Suffer Head Injuries Are Not Wearing Helmets
Only about one in five adults in the United States and one in 10 children and teens who suffered head and neck injuries in bicycle accidents said they wore a helmet. This is according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. The study, which was published Sept. 13 in the journal Brain Injury, looked at data from more than 76,000 bicyclists all over the country who suffered head injuries between 2002 and 2012. …Read the rest »
Report Finds Many Companies That Recall Children's Products Do Little to Alert Consumers
A new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Kids in Danger has found that many companies that recall children’s products don’t post the recall information online, especially on their social media sites that are extensively used to market these products. According to a news report on Salon.com, on May 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of defectively designed strollers by Jané Muum that allowed children to get their heads stuck between the opening of an armrest and the seat bottom, posing a strangulation hazard. …Read the rest »
FDA Warns Zantac Has Cancer Causing Chemical
Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said they are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related generic drugs. According to a CBS News report, FDA officials said in a public statement that they have detected a probable cancer-causing chemical in ranitidine, the generic medication sold as both prescription and over-the-counter drugs to treat stomach acid and ulcers. The federal agency said the carcinogenic ingredient is a type called nitrosamine called N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA. …Read the rest »
LA County to Settle with Family of Woman Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a $1.1 million payout to the family of 63-year-old Pamela Devitt who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs while walking in the Littlerock area on May 9, 2013 as part of her exercise routine. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, Devitt was attacked about one-eighth of a mile from where the dogs lived. She suffered about 200 puncture wounds and died from blood loss on the way to the hospital. …Read the rest »
Federal Investigators Say California Officials Failed to Repair Highway Barrier Prior to Fatal Tesla Crash
Federal safety regulators are recommending after a fatal crash involving a Tesla in the Bay Area that California transportation officials should move faster to repair highway safety barriers that are damaged in collisions. According to a KTLA news report, the National Transportation Safety Board says California officials dialed to repair a Highway 101 safety barrier before the fatal March 2018 collision in Mountain View that killed engineer Walter Huang. …Read the rest »
General Motors Recalls Nearly 3.5 Million SUVs and Pickups for Brake Defects
General Motors is recalling almost 3.5 million SUVs and pickup trucks because their brakes may suddenly become very difficult to use. According to Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating the problem for nearly 10 months. GM has been repairing the affected vehicles since December 2018 and issued a recall in Canada in June. …Read the rest »
Yellowfin Tuna Steaks Recalled After Food Poisoning Outbreak
Kroger is recalling yellowfin tuna steaks and seasoned yellowfin tuna steaks after at least 16 people have suffered food poisoning linked to these products. According to an ABC news report, these steaks may cause scombroid poisoning. The improperly stored tuna was sold in Kroger stores in 16 states. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking consumers to not eat yellowfin tuna steaks from the seafood counter or seasoned yellowfin tuna steaks in store-prepped Styrofoam trays from Kroger retail stores.
Those who have consumed these products and are experiencing symptoms of scombroid poisoning are asked to contact their healthcare providers and report their symptoms to the local health department. The FDA first became aware of this issue on Sept. 4 and alerted Kroger, which agreed to recall its products the very next day. The company also began to notify customers who bought the steaks to dispose of them or return them to a store. The FDA is working with Kroger, the distributor and state and local partners to remove all of the contaminated products from the market.
What is Scombroid Poisoning?
Scombroid poisoning is a disease due to the ingestion of contaminated food, mainly fish. In scromboid poisoning, the bacteria grow when food is improperly stored. The bacteria then produce the scombroid toxin, which is a combination of histamine and histamine-like chemicals. The toxin or poison does not affect everyone who ingests it. While cooking kills the bacteria, the toxins remain in the tissues and can be absorbed even after the food is ingested.
Susceptible foods include albacore, amberjack, anchovy, sardine, herring, mackerel, mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna. Affected fish may have a metallic or peppery taste. Symptoms of scombroid poisoning generally begin quickly, about 30 minutes to one hour after ingestion of the poison, and include nausea, vomiting, flushing, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and headache.
Other symptoms may include itching, hives, a burning sensation in the mouth, fever, low blood pressure and wheezing. Scombroid poisoning may be treated with oral charcoal. Some doctors recommend stomach pumping to remove the foods before charcoal is administered. Moreover, patients are often given IV fluids as they may become dehydrated from vomiting.
If You Have Been Sickened
If you or a loved one has become sickened as a result of consuming tainted food, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses sustained. Please get medical attention right away and contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.
Trump Administration Proposes Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes
The Trump Administration has said it would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes at a time when hundreds of people nationwide have been hospitalized with mysterious lung illnesses, and as teen vaping continues to rise. According to a report in The New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would outline a plan in the coming weeks to remove flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine pods from the market, including tobacco flavors. This ban would include such flavors as mint and menthol. …Read the rest »
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