Salmonella Poisoning: Tainted Pistachios Shipped to Los Angeles Recalled

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California-based Season Produce Inc. has recalled its Roasted & Salted Pistachios and Raw Shelled 80 percent Whole Pistachios for possible salmonella poisoning. According to Consumeraffair.com, the salmonella-tainted pistachios were shipped from Setton Pistachios of Terra Bella, which was at the center of a massive product recall of the salmonella contaminated nuts. The recalled pistachios were available from Season Produce for cash and carry and shipped to food service distributors in Los Angeles. The affected products include: 5-pound Roasted & Salted Shelled Pistachios in a Wild Rose Label Box (lot numbers 775 and 6990). It also includes lot numbers 3672, 3399, 3288, 3905, 4421, 4536, 5970 and 6010.

These pistachios are possibly contaminated with salmonella, a bacterium that can cause serious and potentially fatal infections particularly in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. However, Bisnar | Chase has represented victims of salmonella poisoning, who were perfectly strong and healthy before the onset of the infection and then suffered the debilitating effects of the poisoning. Healthy people can certainly get infected with salmonella. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain. In rare cases, the bacteria can get into the body’s blood stream affecting the vital organs.
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Tire Tread Separation Defect Causes California Minivan Rollover Accident

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Three people were personally injured in a motor vehicle defect accident due to a tire tread separation defect. The passengers where injured in the rollover accident after a minivan carrying a driver and four farm workers in Taft, California, overturned and crashed the afternoon of May 27, 2009, the Taft Midway Driller reports. California Highway Patrol officials said the accident occurred when the tread separated from the left rear tire of the minivan causing the van to go off onto the right shoulder. The driver then overcorrected and the van went across the roadway and overturned landing on its roof at the base of an embankment. The three injured men were taken to area hospitals. One passenger was uninjured. However, the driver fled the scene after the California car accident. He is being sought on felony hit-and-run charges.

It is indeed fortunate that no one suffered fatal personal injuries in this minivan rollover accident. I wish the three injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. I also hope the driver is apprehended not only because he committed a crime by leaving the scene of the car crash, but his testimony can help investigators determine the facts of the case.
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E. Coli Food Borne Illness Found In Beef Linked to Child’s Death

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The E. coli food borne illness death of a 7-year-old girl in Cleveland has been linked to E. coli-tainted beef, which was recalled about a week ago. Valley Meats of Coal Valley recalled close to 100,000 pounds of ground beef patties tainted with E. coli last week. The recalled brands involve 3S, Grillmaster, J & B, Klub, Thick ‘N Savory and Ultimate. Three people in the Cleveland area are said to be recovering from food poisoning illnesses linked to the same E. coli contaminated beef. Health department investigators are looking into whether the beef was distributed to grocery stores or exclusively to restaurants. Many reports of illnesses have also come from Pennsylvania and Illinois, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Web site.

This food-borne illness was initially discovered through an epidemiological investigation of illnesses. Officials were alerted on May 13, 2009 to a cluster of E. coli O157: H7 infections in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois. This particular strain of E. coli bacteria is a potentially lethal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Very young people, persons with a weak immune system and the elderly are the most susceptible to food-borne illnesses.
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Defective Product: Defective Bunk Beds Recalled for Entrapment Hazard

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A defective product by Gothic Cabinet Craft Inc. is being recalled. The product recall includes about 1,500 of the company’s twin, twin extra-large and twin over full bunk beds in cooperation with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) because of a fall, entrapment and strangulation hazard. According to a CPSC alert, these defective bunk beds do not have sufficient headboards, footboards or guardrails and have gaps between parts of the upper bunk that could allow a child’s body to pass through, but not a child’s head. These bunk beds essentially pose a fall, entrapment and strangulation hazard to children and violate the spacing requirements of the federal bunk bed safety standard.

So far no personal injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of these recalled bunk beds. Both the metal and wooden variety are being recalled. The bunk bed styles include dark oak, metal and solid pine. Others come with six drawers as part of the base. The recalled beds, manufactured in the United States, were sold in retail stores from June 2000 through October 2008 for between $225 and $850.
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Orange County Car Accident Kills 9-year-old Girl

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A 9-year-old girl was killed in a Lake Forest car accident on May 24, 2009 after the Chevrolet Tahoe she was a passenger in spun out of control and struck a light pole. According to an article in The Orange County Register, a BMW clipped the Tahoe in the rear as the cars were traveling in the same direction on El Toro Road near Pino. The 9-year-old girl, whose name has not been released, was reported to have been ejected from the Tahoe. Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said the fatal car accident occurred when both drivers were trying to make a lane change.

The girl died at the scene. Both drivers apparently tested below the legal limit for alcohol. The girl was in the Tahoe with her aunt’s friend, who was driving at the time. The driver of the BMW sustained minor personal injuries.

My heart goes out to the family of this little girl for their sudden, tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to them. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there was one fatality and 211 injuries involving car accidents in Lake Forest. In Orange County as a whole, there were 178 fatalities and 14,185 injuries as a result of car collisions in 2007.
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Raptiva Brain Damage Attorneys: PML is Fatal and Irreversible

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Raptiva brain damage attorneys have continued to see new causes of the drug’s side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recalled the popular psoriasis drug Raptiva because it was linked to progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a debilitating condition, which causes deterioration of the nervous system and irreversible brain damage. This is often fatal and so far three Raptiva patients have reportedly died as a result of these serious drug side effects.

What is PML? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), PML is caused by the reactivation of a common virus in the central nervous system in patients with weakened immune systems. The symptoms of PML are the result of an infection that causes the loss of white matter, which is made up of myelin, a substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in multiple areas of the brain. Without the protection of myelin, nerve signals cannot travel successfully from the brain to the rest of the body.
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Defective Bicycle Frames Recalled

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Norco is recalling about 3,600 defective bicycles because their frame can crack and separate causing riders to fall and get injured. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, Norco has so far received one report of a rider who fractured a collar bone after falling from the defective bicycle.

The recalled bicycle frames include: 2007 Team DH, 2008 Team DH, Aline Park, Aline, Atomik, Shore 1,2,3, 2009 Atomik. All colors are included in this product recall and the name of the model is printed on a decal on the top tube of teach frame. The bicycles were made in Taiwan and sold at various bicycle distributors nationwide from September 2006 through February 2009 for between $2,000 and $7,000.

Anyone who owns one of these defective bikes is asked to stop using them and contact a Norco dealer or Norco directly for information about getting a possible replacement frame. For more information call 1-800-663-8916.
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Orange County Rollover Accident Kills One

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Sheri Byars, 48, of Garden Grove was killed in a Westminster rollover car accident on the 405 Freeway in Westminster the night of May 16, 2009 after she was rear-ended by another driver, The Orange County Register reports. California Highway Patrol officials say Byars was driving a Chevy Astro van and had not yet merged into the 405 lanes when a Nissan Sentra driven by Nancy Marie Carels struck the van from behind.

Byars suffered major personal injuries including a skull fracture. She died in the hospital two days after the car accident. CHP officials say alcohol or drugs were not involved. They are still looking into how or why the car collision occurred and who is at fault. Byars’ van that was struck from behind, hit a raised median and then rolled several times before coming to rest on its wheels in the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway. Carels was not personally injured in the car accident. Two passengers in Byars’ van ages 17 and 22 suffered injuries, but they were not life-threatening.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sheri Byars. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this woman. Please keep them in your prayers.
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Raptiva Recall Lawyers: Drug Linked To Brain Damage in Psoriasis Patients

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Raptiva recall lawyers continue to see the defective drugs effect. Gloria, a nurse from Memphis, Tennessee, talks about her Raptiva side effects in an article in Lawyers and Settlements. Gloria has been a registered nurse for 30 years. When she was prescribed the drug Raptiva for severe psoriasis, Gloria says it “worked like a charm.” She stayed on Raptiva for four years and then the troubling side effects began. The muscle aches, back pains and nervous disorders were unlike any before and Gloria immediately associated them with Raptiva. She even had to use a walker for a while because of the neurological problems.

And then, last month, she got a call from her doctor saying that she needed to get off Raptiva — that there was this severe neurological defect — a brain damage disease called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) — associated with Raptiva. Once you get PML, you go nowhere but down, Gloria’s doctor told her.

This made Gloria mad, understandably so. It further aggravated her when she heard from a pharmacist that the drug company, Genentech, knew about these defective drug side effects from clinical trial overseas. They knew about the negative findings, but never shared that information here in the United States. Patients also say that there are no prominent warnings of any side effects in the literature provided with the prescription drug.
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Orange County Car Accident Is Fatal After Car Rolls Over

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An 86-year-old man died in a fatal Orange County car accident on May 16, 2009 after his sedan hit another vehicle on the 55 Freeway in Orange and overturned several times down an embankment, ejecting the motorist into a nearby parking lot. According to an article in The Orange County Register, the fatal rollover accident occurred on the southbound 55 south of Lincoln Avenue when the Yorba Linda man, driving a 1998 Honda, tried to change lanes and struck a 2005 Ford driven by a 22-year-old Anaheim man, California Highway Patrol officials said. The driver of the Ford was not personally injured. The elderly driver of the Honda has not yet been identified.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of this deceased victim who died in this horrific car accident. Please keep them in your prayers. I’m relieved that the other driver was not injured in this Orange County car collision.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were 10 fatalities and 814 injuries relating to car accidents in the city of Orange. In Orange County as a whole, 178 deaths and 14,185 personal injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
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