PRODUCT LIABILITY

ALERT: Jelly Belly Left Peanuts Off Ingredient List

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 6th, 2009

Jelly Belly Candy Company is recalling 7.5-ounce cylinder-style packages of 49 Flavors Jelly Belly jelly beans because the package is incorrectly labeled. The mislabeled packages failed to list peanut butter and peanut flour in the ingredient statement. People who have an allergy to peanuts or a severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these ingredients.

Reglan Linked to Neurological Disorder

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 5th, 2009

On Feb. 26, 2009 the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers against the “chronic use of metoclopramide-containing drugs [including Reglan] in order to treat gastrointestinal disorders.” The governmental organization stated that all companies now selling metoclopramide must add a boxed warning stating explicitly its potential effects when used in high dosages or over a long period of time.

Yaz Birth Control Pill Linked to Serious Side Effects

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 4th, 2009

Yaz/Yasmin or Ocella, the birth-control pill made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., has been associated with increased risks of stroke, blood clots, gallbladder disease, and other serious injuries in women.

Women taking Yaz, which also is available in other formulations under the brand name Yasmin and generically as Ocella, have developed serious side effects including:

• Heart attack
• Rash
• Hives
• Difficulty breathing
• Chest tightness
• Vision problems
• Cancers of the reproductive organs and breasts
• Liver cancer
• Inflammation of the pancreas

ALERT: Coleman Heater Exploded

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 30th, 2009

Coleman, the manufacturer of portable heaters, is being sued over an alleged defective heater.

The family’s lawyers, Bisnar Chase, allegeds The Coleman Company knowingly made and sold a defective propane heater, the ProCat PerfecTemp (Model 5053).

ALERT: Zero Motorcycle Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 26th, 2009

Zero Motorcycles is quite a new company, specializing in high performance electric motorcycles. Just this week though, two rather new models have just been recalled due to a serious potential threat. The off- road 2009 Zero X and the Zero MX are the models that are being recalled. The problem is with a defective throttle that can become disconnected or get stuck in the open position, causing the bike to unexpectedly accelerate immediately after starting it up.

Three Things to Know About Product Tracking and Product Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 26th, 2009

Manufacturers of products are encouraged to provide what is called “product traceability” to their customers, which helps tremendously in organizing recalled products.

ALERT: Wincraft Inc. Recalls Sports Themed Lamps Due to Fire, Burn and Shock Hazards

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 22nd, 2009

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rotating Sports Table Lamps

Units: About 145

Importer: Wincraft Inc., of Winona, Minn.

Hazard: An electrical problem with the lamps can pose fire, burn and shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

ALERT: Baby Food Recalled at Toys ‘R Us

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 22nd, 2009

California based Plum Organics announced baby food recall of certain products sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores. The baby food was recalled for botulism risk in apple and carrot flavored baby food due to an increased risk of botulism poisoning. The baby food comes in 4.22 ounce pouches with a “best by” date of May 21, 2010. The UPC number is 890180001221.

ALERT: Ford Recalls 14.3 Million Vehicles

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

A defective cruise control switch is responsible for a total of 14.3 million vehicles being recalled by Ford Motors. The reason for the recall is the concern that the switch could start a fire. The total recall is the largest in history for addressing a single issue. All of the vehicles involved in the recall fall within the years 1992-2003.

What to do During a Food Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 13th, 2009

A food recall is a serious issue to the public health. In a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illness occur each year in the U.S. Of all these cases, more than 325,000 individuals are subject to hospitalization and approximately 5,000 deaths occur.

Did you know that improper handling, preparation, and storage of food can be some of the common causes of food recalls?

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