Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Contaminated With Listeria

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Whole Foods RecallWhole Foods Market is recalling cheese nationwide after concerns over food poisoning.

According to a Tech Times report, the cheese was found to contain listeria bacteria during routine sampling conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The cheese came from The Papillon Organix Roquefort and can be identified by its clear plastic wrapping and its scale label, which begins with PLU029536.

Whole Foods has placed warning signs on its shelves and has removed the suspect cheese from its stories. So far, no illnesses have been reported. This is not the first listeria advisory in recent times.

Just last month, a California dairy had to recall many of its soft cheese products over listeria concerns. This past summer, there were several listeria outbreaks concerning pet food, green beans and ice cream.

The Dangers of Listeria

The organism, known as Listeria monocytogenes, can even be life threatening. Children, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are most at risk.

Pregnant women suffering from listeriosis may experience symptoms that may include aches, fever and fatigue. But, they may suffer a range of complications from premature births to miscarriages and stillbirth. Other symptoms of listeria infection include convulsions, fever, neck stiffness, body aches and loss of coordination.

Preventing Listeria Infection

It is best to avoid any cheese product suspected of contamination. Unpasteurized cheeses, in particular, are susceptible to harboring the bacteria. Wash raw produce thoroughly by rinsing and scrubbing. Even peeled products should be rinsed and scrubbed. The produce should then be dried and kept separate from uncooked meats and poultry to avoid cross contamination.

Listeria can multiply in refrigerators. So, it is best that you keep your fridge at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and their freezer at zero and under. It is also important to clean up spills inside refrigerators right away to avoid these bacteria from colonizing and contaminating other foods.

If You Have Been Sickened

If you have suffered from food poisoning, you may be able to seek compensation for the responsible parties such as a food manufacturer, producer, distributor, retailer or eatery that served the contaminated food.

Food poisoning victims would be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

Bicycles Recalled For Potential Crash Risk

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A potential crash hazard has prompted a safety recall of more than 1.5 million bicycles with front disc brakes and quick release levers.

According to an NBC news report, the recall involves 13 manufacturers and distributors and covers more than a dozen brands including Diamondback, Cannondale and Jamis.

Reports state that an open quick release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bike causing the rider to crash.

So far, three incidents have been reported including one with injuries. Bicycle stores nationwide sold the bikes from 1998 through this year.

Bike owners can get a free installation of a new quick release. About 1.3 million of the recalled bikes were sold in the United States.

For more information about the brands covered in the recall and to view a video showing how to determine if your bike is included, visit quickreleaserecall.com.

Recalled Products

Manufacturers recall products when they get complaints about defective products. These defects can be manufacturing or design defects.

If you own one of these recalled bicycles, it is important that you stop riding right away and contact the manufacturer for a replacement part.

It is important not to ignore recalls. Riding a bicycle with a defective part can be extremely dangerous.

Injuries Caused by Bicycle Accidents

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention for your injuries right away. This not only helps put you on the road to recovery, but helps document your case.

Make sure you preserve the bicycle unaltered. It can be an extremely important piece of evidence. An expert can inspect your bicycle to look specifically for defects, malfunctions and design flaws.

Contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help preserve key evidence in your case and get the claims process started. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, disability, and pain and suffering.

The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

One Million Trek Bikes Recalled For Defects

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Nearly one million defective Trek bikes are being recalled in the United States after an injury that left one rider paralyzed.

According to a USA Today news report, the recall includes 900,000 bikes in the United States and 98,000 sold in Canada.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that a quick-release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly resulting in either complete wheel separation or the wheel coming to an instant stop.

Defect Caused Catastrophic Injury

Three accidents were reported and Trek said all including injuries, some to the face, a fractured wrist and one that resulted in the rider becoming a permanent quadriplegic.

The recall includes all models of Trek bicycles built from 2000 to 2015 that are equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release lever on the front wheel hub.

This lever can open beyond 180 degrees and come into contact with the disc brake.

Bicycles with front quick-release levers that don’t open a full 180 degrees are not included in the recall.

The bikes included in the recall were sold September 1999 to now, priced anywhere from $480 to $1,650.

Trek advises consumers to stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized retailer for free installation of a new quick release lever.

Actions You Can Take

Bicycle accidents can result from design defects, manufacturing defects or the manufacturer’s failure to warn consumers about possible accident or injury prevention methods.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention for your injuries right away. This not only helps put you on the road to recovery, but documents your case.

Make sure you keep the bike. It can be an extremely important piece of evidence.

An expert should inspect your bicycle to look specifically for defects. So, do not have it repaired or destroyed or don’t try to fix it yourself.

Contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help preserve key evidence in your case and get the claims process started.

Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, disability, and pain and suffering.

The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Bicycle Helmets Recalled For Head Injury Risk

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) along with UVEX Sports has announced a recall of seven models of bicycle helmets because the anchor for the chinstrap can fail.

According to news reports consumers are asked to stop using the recalled products right away because they have the potential to cause riders serious head injuries.

Helmets Could Slide Off

The recall involves seven models of UVEX bike helmets that come in a variety of colors and different colored chinstraps. The helmets also have a model number inside them under the fitting pad on the top right side.

According to CPSC officials, the anchor in the chinstrap can fail causing the helmets to slide off the head and posing an injury hazard. The bicycle helmets also fail to comply with the impact requirement of the CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets.

So far no injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of these defective products. The helmets included in the recall were sold in bicycle specialty stores nationwide from September 2009 through June 2014 for about $100 to $260.

Consumers should stop using the helmets and contact UVEX for a free compliant helmet or a refund of the purchase price. For more information, call UVEX at 1-844-767-0656.

The Danger of Head Injuries

There are four main types of head injuries. A closed injury does not break open your skull or penetrate brain tissue, but it can cause bruising or swelling of the brain.

An open injury is any damage that penetrates the skull that could cause bleeding within the brain tissue. An open head injury could also lead to skull fractures.

A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken and could lead to severe headaches or loss of consciousness. Scalp wounds may lead to bleeding or tissue damage.

Head injuries may have serious or life-changing consequences depending on the nature and extent of the injury.

If the injury was caused by a defective product, injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

If a defective product has injured you, make sure you preserve it in its current condition so that an expert can examine it thoroughly for design flaws, defects and other malfunctions.

The best product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Deaths

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Federal officials have issued a defective product recall for 2.2 million bean bag chairs after two children unzipped the chairs, climbed inside and suffocated to death.

According to a news report in the Miami Herald, both victims, a 13-year-old Texas boy and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky, were found inside the chairs.

The children had apparently become trapped inside and choked on the foam beads that were used to stuff the bean bag chairs.

Dangerous and Defective Products

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the chairs, manufactured by Ace Bayou Corp. of New Orleans, did not meet the industry’s voluntary safety standard, which required non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers.

The chairs included in the recall were sold before July 2013 for between $30 and $100 at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com.

The chairs were manufactured in China and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Consumers who have these chairs at home are asked to remove them right away and keep them out of children’s reach.

Ace will provide a free repair kit to consumers so they can permanently disable the zippers.

For more information, call the company directly at (855) 751-8151 or visit their website at acebayou.com.

Product Liability Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the manufacturer of the bean bag chairs failed to follow the voluntary industry standards, which is to ensure that the zippers are disabled. These standards are in place specifically to prevent such tragedies. No parent thinks that their child could unzip a piece of furniture and climb into it.

It is appalling that this standard pertaining to bean bag furniture is still voluntary and is not a federal standard.

As product liability attorneys who represent seriously injured victims, we hope that these tragedies will urge federal officials to pass a new rule and hold violators accountable.

Anyone who has been injured by a defective product can file a product liability claim seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses sustained. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim against the product manufacturer seeking damages as well.

Plaintiffs in such cases must prove that the products in question were defective, that the product caused injuries and that they suffered damages as a result.

An experienced product defect law firm can help victims and families in such cases better understand their legal rights and options.

Baby Monitors Recalled For Potential Strangulation Hazard

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About 25,000 baby monitors sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and online are being recalled because of a potential strangulation hazard.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tommee Tippee monitors with movement sensor pads are the subject of a defective product recall because a child can pull the sensor pad’s cord into the crib and cause the cords to get wrapped around the neck.

This recall involves two models of Tommee Tippee Movement and Sound Baby Monitors with Sensor Pads. The product includes the baby unit, parent unit and the movement sensor pad.

Defective Product Design

The pad in question is white with a 10-foot cord that runs from the pad to the baby monitor unit. Both models come with a sensor pad that fits under the baby’s crib mattress and sounds an alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. There is a keypad and small screen above the keypad on both the baby and parent units.

The units were sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and Amazon.com since September 2011 for about $150. Anyone who has these monitors at home should immediately ensure that all monitor cords are out of reach of young children and contact Mayborn USA for a free cord cover kit that has rigid protective cord covers through which the sensor pad can be threaded.

For more information, please call 866-214-1537.

Nursery Product Accidents

CPSC statistics show that in 2012 there were about 77,900 emergency department treated injuries associated with nursery products among children under 5 years of age.

Falls were the leading cause of injury. Internal organ injuries, contusions, abrasions and lacerations accounted for 73 percent of the injuries.

For the three-year period between 2008 and 2010, CPSC staff reported 333 deaths associated with nursery products among children under 5. Common causes of death included asphyxia and strangulation.

Product Liability Issues

When a dangerous or defective product causes serious injury or death, victims or families of deceased victims have rights.

Injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages as well.

An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to advise victims or families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

Major Retailers Recall Fruits for Listeria Poisoning

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Wawona Packing Co. is issuing a voluntary recall of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California facilities between June 1 and July 12.

According to a CNN news report, major retailers such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart and Kroger are part of this recall. The fruits in question are said to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a nationwide recall according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Internal testing at Wawona apparently revealed the potential bacterial contamination, officials said.

The production facility has been shut down and sanitized and subsequent tests have turned out negative for food poisoning. So far, no illnesses have been reported due to this food contamination.

Listeria Infections Could Be Deadly

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are caused by listeriosis.

The largest and deadliest listeria outbreak in the United States was related to fruit and occurred in 2011. Cantaloupes from a Colorado farm killed nearly three dozen and sickened 147.

Common symptoms for listeria include diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and other gastrointestinal issues. Listeria could cause stillbirths in pregnant women.

So, pregnant women, infants, seniors and those with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk for a serious listeria infection.

Protecting Yourself

Trader Joe’s has urged consumers not to eat any of these “stone fruits” that have large pits and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund. Also, Wegmans Food Markets has recalled many of its baked goods that may contain the contaminated fruit. These products include pies, tarts, cakes and other pastries.

There are also many other steps you can take to prevent listeriosis through food contamination:

  • Stay away from raw milk or soft cheeses that are made from raw milk.
  • Make sure that leftovers are refrigerated within two hours in shallow covered containers.
  • Avoid cross contamination by properly cleaning all cooking and cutting surfaces.
  • Heat deli meats and hot dogs to a steaming hot temperature before consuming.
  • It is important to identify which foods are risky for the elderly and those who are pregnant.

If you or a loved one has been sickened as a result of food poisoning, it is important that you isolate the preserve the contaminated food so it can be tested at a lab for pathogens. Report your illness to the local health department.

If you had to be hospitalized and suffered other losses as a result of your illness, contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Mazda Recalls 109,000 SUVs to Fix Corrosion Issues

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Mazda is recalling 109,000 of its Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles’ suspension, which can lead to loss of steering. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the recall affects Mazda Tribute SUVs from the 2001-2004 model year and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension, also known as the lower control arm. More

Nestle Recalls Hot Pockets as Part of Massive Meat Recall

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Nestle USA is recalling 238,000 cases of its Hot Pockets pastries because they may contain meat included in a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of potentially diseased and unsound beef products. According to an NBC News report, three different sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese products in the two-pack box are part of the voluntary recall announced this week. Nestle officials say the firm used meat produced by California-based Rancho Feeding Corp. Last week, the plant recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef parts including whole carcasses and heads, feet, livers and so-called “mountain oysters” among other items. More

Federal Safety Agency Says 22 Million Vehicles Were Recalled in 2013

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is out with its list of the top 10 recalled vehicles in 2013 and Toyota has topped the list for the second year in a row. According to a news report in The New York Times, cars and trucks from Toyota and its Lexus brand were among the almost 22 million vehicles recalled last year in 632 actions. In 2012, 16.4 million vehicles were recalled in 581 actions. The recall numbers in 2013 are the highest since 2004, when recalled vehicles hit 30.8 million.

 Top 10 Carmakers Who Recalled Vehicles

Toyota’s recalls included about 1.6 million vehicles involved in two recalls for airbags that could deploy suddenly. In one case electronic interference was blamed and in another, spider webs blocking drain holes. Second on the list was Chrysler with 4.7 million vehicles recalled in 36 actions. More

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