<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News - [NATL Feature]Recall Alert]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/localen-usMon, 16 Sep 2019 20:25:17 -0400Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:25:17 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Ford Recalls Ford Explorers Over Sharp Edge on Seat Frame]]>560237821Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:44:04 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ford5.jpg

Ford is recalling more than 300,000 of its 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles because of a sharp seat frame edge.

The automaker said Friday that there have been 31 reports of hand injuries.

Ford Motor Co. said users could come in contact with the sharp edges when reaching between the power front seat and center console. The vehicles were made at a Chicago plant from Feb. 13, 2016 to Oct. 25, 2017.

It is recalling 311,907 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 23,380 in Canada and 3,045 in Mexico.

Dealers will install flocked tape to the exposed edge and tab on the inboard side of the power seat frames. Users are advised to use caution and avoid contact with the seat frame edge until the repair is completed.

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<![CDATA[Ford Recalls 550K Vehicles for Seat Strength Problem]]>558840601Fri, 30 Aug 2019 15:16:49 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ford5.jpg

Ford is recalling more than 550,000 trucks and SUVs in North America because seat backs may not properly restrain people in a crash.

The recall covers certain 2018 through 2020 F-150 pickups, 2019 and 2020 Super Duty trucks, 2018 and 2019 Explorer SUVs, and 2019 and 2020 Expedition SUVs. All have manual driver or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanisms.

Also included are some 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs with rear seats with manual seat-back mechanisms.

Ford says the trucks may not have a third pawl needed for seat strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford says it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries.

Dealers will inspect seat structures and replace them if needed. Most are expected to pass. Owners will be notified starting Oct. 7.

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<![CDATA[Contigo Kids Water Bottles Recalled Due to Choking Concerns]]>558453621Tue, 27 Aug 2019 16:08:04 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Contigo-Recalls-Kids-Bottles-CMS.jpg

Contigo has recalled its Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles because the water bottle's clear silicone spout can detach, posing a choking hazard to children.

The recall affects about 5.7 million units of the water bottles, which come in multiple sizes and bottle colors and were sold both online and in stores in the United States, with another 157,000 sold in Canada and about 28,000 in Mexico, a notice Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The company has received 149 reports of the spout detaching, including 18 incidents where spouts were found in children's mouths. No injuries or deaths have been reported, but Contigo said consumers "should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles, take them away from children and contact the company for inspection instructions and a free replacement lid."

The water bottles were sold at Walmart, Costco, Target and other stores nationwide and online on various websites from April 2018 through June 2019 for between $9 and $24.

The affected water bottles come in three sizes (13-ounce, 14-ounce and 20-ounce) and four bottle styles (solid color, graphics, stainless steel and stainless steel solid colors). The affected bottles' silicone spouts will all be clear with a black base and cover, the CPSC said.

Consumers who think they may have purchased one of the recalled water bottles "should carefully review" the company's step-by-step guide to determine if their lid models are affected.

Consumers can contact Contigo toll-free at 888-262-0622 from 8 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. There is also more information available on Contigo's website at recall.gocontigo.com.



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<![CDATA[Listeria Risk Prompts Recall of 135K Lbs. of Frozen Chicken]]>557701021Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:31:37 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Recall-Label-135K-Chicken.jpg

Tip Top Poultry, Inc. is recalling more than 135,000 pounds of fully cooked poultry products shipped nationwide after a sample produced by the company tested positive for listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday.

The recalled products are "frozen, diced and mechanically separated," ready-to-eat chicken with a "pack date" of January 21, 2019 and are marked with the establishment number "P-17453" inside the USDA mark of inspection. See the list of specific items here

The USDA is concerned that some of the chicken may be in "institutional freezers."

"Institutions who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them," the agency said. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency discovered the contamination and notified the USDA on Aug. 17. Canadian heath officials have been investigating an ongoing outbreak of the bacteria. 

Eating food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and their newborns, according to the USDA. Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

People in high-risk groups who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care, the USDA said. 

Anyone with questions about the recall can call Tip Top Poultry at (770) 973-8070.



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<![CDATA[Tyson Foods Recalls 39K Pounds of Frozen Chicken Patties]]>547014831Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:54:11 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tysonrecall1159381-white-background-wallpaper-iphone-2633x1542-for-mac.jpg

Tyson Foods, Inc. issued a nationwide recall for 39,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken patty products that may be contaminated with "extraneous" material, namely "foreign matter," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The recall followed consumer complaints, though there have been no reports of illnesses or injuries, Tyson said in a separate announcement.  

The FSIS notice is listed as a Class I recall, which is the most urgent designation by the agency. According to FSIS, a Class I recall "is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

Items under recall were sold in 26-ounce resealable bags containing "Weaver chicken breast patties - breaded chicken breast patties with rib meat," and were produced on Jan. 31, 2019, with a best-if-used-by date of Jan. 31, 2020. 

Consumers should look for establishment number "P-13456" on the back of the product package, FSIS advised.

Tyson said its "limited amounts" of product under recall were shipped to distribution centers in Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The product was sent to stores across the country, FSIS said. 

Check your freezers, FSIS advised the public. Consumers should immediately throw away the products or return them to their place of purchase.

Those with questions about the recall can call or text Tyson Foods Consumer Relations hotline at 1-855-382-3101.

In June, Tyson Foods recalled about 190,000 pounds of chicken fritters after three complaints from schools where hard plastic was found in a breaded chicken product. In May, the company recalled nearly 12 million pounds of chicken due to possible metal contamination.



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<![CDATA[Dole Pulls Baby Spinach Sold in NY, NJ Over Salmonella Fears]]>537276161Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:30:20 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dole+baby+spinach+recall.jpg

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach over concerns about possible health risk from Salmonella. 

The company said in a statement Friday it was working closely with regulatory officials and that no illnesses had been reported in connection with the recall. 

The affected products are 6 oz Dole Baby Spinach bag, Lot code W20308A (UPC code 0-71430-00964-2), and 10 oz Dole Baby Spinach clamshell, Lot code W203010 (UPC code 0-71430-00016-8), both with Use-by dates of 08-05-2019.

They were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. The products are expired, Dole says, and should no longer be on retail shelves. Dole says the recall was prompted by a sample of baby spinach that tested positive for Salmonella. 

Customers are advised to check any spinach bags they may have in their homes and toss any that apply to the recall.

Salmonella can cause foodborne illnesses in people who eat contaminated products. Symptoms of infection may include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Most healthy adults and kids rarely become ill after being exposed to Salmonella, but infection can be dangerous for vulnerable groups. 

No other Dole products are included in the recall. Anyone with questions can call the Doll Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111.



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<![CDATA[Dumplings Recall: NY Company Used USDA Stamp Without Say-So]]>524696231Wed, 07 Aug 2019 02:37:13 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/usda-dumplings-recall.jpg

Federal food safety officials recalled frozen dumpling products in New York on Tuesday after investigators discovered that the company used the USDA mark of inspection without permission.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service advised consumers to not eat or purchase 8.5-lb bags of Top Taste Pork & Vegetable Dumplings and Top Taste Chicken & Vegetable Dumplings.

There were no confirmed reports of bad reactions due to the consumption of the products marked with "EST. 19856" and the USDA approval circle, according to the FSIS.

FSIS said it conducted surveillance on Top Taste Food Warehouse in Brooklyn on July 31 and found the issue. The items were shipped to wholesalers across the state but it was unclear where the dumplings were sold or how packages were part of the recall.

Wan Tung Tong, the Vice President of Top Taste Food Inc., could not immediately be reached for comment.



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<![CDATA[Recall: Little Bites Soft Baked Cookies]]>521142682Tue, 06 Aug 2019 06:14:16 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LITTLE+BITES+THUMB.jpg

Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Cookies are being recalled in 36 states due to the potential of plastic in the packages.]]>
<![CDATA[Entenmann's Little Bites Cookies Recalled in 37 States]]>513556781Fri, 02 Aug 2019 10:43:32 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/entenmann+recall.png

The company that makes Entenmann's popular Little Bites soft baked cookies has initiated a voluntary recall of the treats in 37 states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, over concerns plastic pieces may have gotten into the individual packaging. 

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., said in its recall notice Thursday that the plastic was not baked into the product, but could be inside the individual pouches for the 5-pack Mini Chocolate chip variety snacks. No Little Bites muffins or other Entenmann's brand products are affected by the recall.

The company announced the recall after receiving consumer reports of visible, blue plastic pieces found on or in the packaged product. No injuries have been reported. All recalled products are being removed from store shelves, Bimbo Bakeries said.

Anyone who purchased the affected cookies can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call 1-800-984-0989 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the company said. See complete details on the recall, including all affected states, here. 



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<![CDATA[Disney, Eddie Bauer Baby Sleepers Recalled on Safety Fears]]>513485321Thu, 01 Aug 2019 09:47:40 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sleeper-Recall-4.jpg

About 24,000 Disney and Eddie Bauer baby sleepers are being recalled on concerns that infants could roll over and suffocate on them.

The products being recalled are the Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet and the Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet. Both were sold for $60 at Target, Kmart and other stores nationwide from November 2014 to February 2017.

No injuries have been reported for the sleepers, but similar ones by other brands have been linked to deaths after infants rolled over to their backs while unrestrained. In April, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million infant sleepers after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says anyone who owns the Disney and Eddie Bauer sleepers, which were both made by Dorel Juvenile Group, should stop using them and reach out to Dorel for a refund.

For more information or to request a refund, consumers can reach the company by calling 877-657-9546 or texting at 812-373-6673 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or email at inclinesleeperrecall@djgusa.com.

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<![CDATA[NYC-Based Company Recalls 76,000+ Pounds of Frozen Fish]]>513335491Mon, 29 Jul 2019 16:12:04 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fish+Recall.jpg

The Woodside, New York-based company, Premium Foods USA, Inc., is recalling about 76,025 pounds of various Siluriformes fish products for a lack of import re-inspection into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.

The products were imported from Bangladesh and Myanmar, countries ineligible to export Siluriformes fish product to the United States, according to the FSIS.

The Siluriformes fish products were imported from Bangladesh and Myanmar to the United States on various dates from March 26, 2018 through March 8, 2019, the FSIS says. They were shipped to retail locations in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. For a complete list of the recalled products, click here

Although a recall has been issued, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, according to the FSIS.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, the FSIS says.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Premium Foods USA, Inc. at info@premiumfoods.us.



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<![CDATA[Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pig Ear Dog Treats, Backyard Poultry]]>513210061Fri, 26 Jul 2019 07:33:07 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chicken14.jpg

Two separate salmonella outbreaks — one linked to pig ear dog treats, the other to backyard poultry — now have sickened more than 800 people in 48 states, health officials announced this week

Salmonella Linked to Pig Ear Dog Treats

At least 93 reported cases of salmonella in humans in 27 states have been linked to pig ear dog treats, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date at least 20 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, but the CDC warns that the infection is resistant to some antibiotics.

The FDA and the CDC are conducting a joint investigation to try to pinpoint the original source of the outbreak, which has yet to be identified. The agencies determined that the treats — actual dried pig ears marketed as canine chew treats — were the likely original source, as 90% of people interviewed by the agencies reported they’d had contact with a dog before getting sick. And 69% of a smaller sample of those reportedly infected said they’d had actual contact with pig ear dog treats, or dogs who’d been fed pig ear dog treats, before getting sick.

Salmonella can affect animals who consume the pig ears, and there is risk to humans from handling them, especially if they neglect to thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Anyone who believes they have been exposed to or infected with Salmonella should monitor for some, or all, of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, the FDA said. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Pet Supplies Plus, a nationwide retailer of animal and veterinary supplies that has not been linked to any of the reported salmonella cases, issued on July 3 a voluntary recall of its bulk pig ear products due to the potential of contamination. The recall is limited to pig ears stocked in open bins, rather than prepackaged pig ears, from Pet Supplies Plus stores in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

For more information, consumers can reach the company by calling 734-793- 6564 between Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, excluding holidays.

Anyone who has bought bulk pig ears should discard them, the FDA said in the July 3 recall announcement. 

If you think you or anyone in your household, including pets, may have come into contact with pig ear dog treats at any time since January 2019, you should:

—Dispose of the treats. The CDC recommends packing them inside a closed container before tossing them to prevent other animals from eating them out of trash receptacles.

—Immediately stop providing dogs with pig ear treats, even if a dog has eaten a pig ear treat recently and hasn't showed Salmonella symptoms.

—Dog owners should also wash the containers, shelves and areas that held the treats with hot water and soap, according to the CDC.

To prevent contracting infections from pet products in the future, you should: 

—Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after handling pet food or treats (including pig ear treats).

—Not let a dog or pet lick your mouth or face after they eat pet food or treats.

—Not let children younger than 5 touch or eat any pet food or pet treats (including pig ear treats).

Salmonella Linked to Backyard Poultry

Two deaths, 122 hospitalizations and at least another 600 reported infections in 48 states have been linked to coming into contact with backyard poultry, according to an update on the outbreak released Tuesday by the CDC. Health officials said an additional 489 cases were reported since its previous update on June 13. The spike in reported cases is likely due in part to the five additional strains of salmonella that have been added to this ongoing joint CDC and FDA investigation.

Illnesses associated with this outbreak started Jan. 1. The median age of those affected is 30 years, with a range in age of less than one year to 99 years, the CDC said. Children younger than 5 years account for at least 159 of reported cases. Officials interviews conducted with patients or their families and laboratory information confirmed the cases were linked to contact with backyard poultry.

It isn’t uncommon, the CDC said, to see an uptick in salmonella infection linked to live poultry during spring and summer months, when more people are purchasing or coming into contact with chicks, ducklings and other live poultry. In 2017, a record 1,120 cases linked to live poultry were reported in the U.S., including one case that resulted in death.

The CDC cautions that people can get sick from salmonella after touching poultry or their environment, and even birds that appear healthy and clean can carry the bacteria. 

To prevent salmonella infection from backyard poultry, you should:

—Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching poultry or anything in their environment.

—Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not immediately available.

—Not let backyard poultry inside the house.

—Be especially careful to keep poultry out of areas where food or drink are prepared, served or stored, such as kitchens or outdoor patios.



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<![CDATA[Breast Implant Recalled After Link to More Rare Cancer Cases]]>513142621Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:42:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/implantGettyImages-137783578.jpg

Breast implant maker Allergan Inc. issued a worldwide recall Wednesday for certain textured models after regulators alerted the company to a heightened cancer risk with the devices.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it called for the removal after new information showed Allergan's Biocell breast implants with a textured surface were tied to the vast majority of cases of a rare form of lymphoma. The move follows similar action in France, Australia and Canada.

The FDA is not recommending women with the implants have them removed because the cancer is so rare, but say they should check with their doctor if they have symptoms, which include pain and swelling.

Biocell implants feature a textured surface designed to prevent slippage and to minimize scar tissue. Those models account for just 5 percent of the U.S. market. The vast majority of breast implants used in the U.S. have a smooth surface.

Wednesday's recall does not affect Allergan's smooth implants or a different Allergan textured implant sold under the Microcell brand.

Health authorities first linked breast implants to cancer in 2011. The disease is not breast cancer but lymphoma that grows in the scar tissue surrounding the breasts. It grows slowly and can usually be successfully treated by surgically removing the implants.

As recently as May, the FDA said that the danger did not warrant a national ban on textured devices. But the FDA said Wednesday that new data show a direct link to cancer with Allergan's implants not seen with other textured implants.

"Once the evidence indicated that a specific manufacturer's product appeared to be directly linked to significant patient harm, including death, the FDA took action," said FDA deputy commissioner Amy Abernethy, on a call with reporters.

The FDA said the latest figures show more than 80 percent of the 570 confirmed cases of the lymphoma worldwide have been linked to Allergan implants. Regulators estimate that the risk of the disease is six times higher with Allergan's implants than other textured implants sold in the U.S.

FDA officials said they decided to act after receiving 116 new reports of the cancer. Those reports increased the number of deaths tied to the disease from 9 to 33, including at least 12 cases in women with Allergan breast implants.

FDA's device director Jeffrey Shuren said the death increase played a significant role in their decision to seek a recall.

"Our team concluded action was necessary to protect the public health," he said.

The new numbers still reflect a rare disease considering an estimated 10 million women globally have breast implants. The FDA estimates that hundreds of thousands of U.S. women have the Biocell implants.

There is no firm agreement on the exact frequency of the disease, known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Published estimates ranging from 1 in 3,000 patients to 1 in 30,000 patients.

Dr. Mark Clemens of Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center said Biocell's surface differs from other textured implants, producing a large amount of particles that shed into the body.

"But what key factor is most important, we don't know at this time," said Clemens, a plastic surgeon who has published extensively on the disease.

Allergan said in a statement it would no longer sell or distribute Biocell implants and tissue expanders, which are used to prepare patients for breast reconstruction. The company said it would direct surgeons to return unused implants.

Roughly 400,000 U.S. women get breast implants each year. The devices have a silicone outer shell and are filled with either saline or silicone. Silicone-filled implants are more popular in the U.S. because they are considered more natural.

In the U.S., textured breast implants are also made by Johnson & Johnson and Sientra. A smaller manufacturer, Ideal Implant, only sells smooth implants.

Diana Zuckerman, a researcher who has studied breast implant safety, called the Allergan removal inevitable.

"Either the company would voluntarily decide to withdraw them from the market to protect from lawsuits, or the FDA would persuade Allergan to do so," Zuckerman said in an email.

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<![CDATA[Boppy Recalls Infant Head Support Products Nationwide]]>513135961Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:27:19 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bobby+recall+split.jpg

The maker of the wildly popular baby Boppy products says it is recalling more than 10,000 infant head and neck support accessories sold nationwide at Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, Target and other stores over the risk of possible suffocation.

In its announcement Tuesday, The Boppy Company said it was pulling 14,000 Boppy Head and Neck support accessories sold in Ebony floral and Heathered gray styles because the support area can be overstuffed and cause the infant's head to be tilted too far forward.

The products are used as support for babies inside infant swings, bouncers and strollers. Affected models number are 4150114 and 4150117 and those can be checked on the fabric label on the back of the head support.  

The Boppy Company says it has gotten three reports of babies' heads being pushed forward chin to chest by the product, but no reports of injuries. 

Customers with questions can call The Boppy Company toll-free at 888-772-6779 or email info@boppy.com

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the company name as 'Bobby.' It is The Boppy Company.



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<![CDATA[Volvo Recalls 500,000 Vehicles Due to Faulty Engine Part]]>513048741Mon, 22 Jul 2019 16:00:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-961112168.jpg

Volvo Cars is recalling about half a million cars worldwide because of a faulty engine component that may in extreme cases cause a vehicle to catch a fire.

The Swedish carmaker said Monday the affected cars are two-liter, four-cylinder diesel engines manufactured between 2014 and 2019 in the following models: S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90.

Volvo said the engine inlet manifold is made of plastic and could melt due to temperature changes. Spokesman Stefan Elfstrom told Swedish news agency TT the company has noticed in its investigations that "it has led to a car fire in a few cases."

There have been no reports of injuries or accidents linked to the fault. Volvo Cars has been owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010.

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<![CDATA[Elevation Foods Recalls Egg Salad, Tuna Salad Due to Possible Listeria Outbreak]]>513035661Mon, 22 Jul 2019 14:33:13 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/egg0987329875.jpg

Elevation Foods is voluntarily recalling 1,087 cases of product due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Brands affected include Archer-Farms egg salad and deviled egg-sandwiches, as well as Freskëtbrand egg salad, tuna salad and Thai lobster salad that were produced on June 18, 2019, the FDA announced.

The company believes the cases, which have been distributed to four retail wholesalers nationwide, are the only ones affected. No illnesses have been recorded to date.

Listeria can cause high fever, severe headache, nausea and diarrhea, among other symptoms. It can be more serious, and potentially fatal, for the young and elderly. 

"The recall was relevant to just four of Elevation Foods customers, and we advised them last week to immediately examine their inventory and quarantine any product that were subject to this recall. If they had further distributed this product, we requested that they please identify their customers and notify them at once of this product recall," said Mark Irion, the head of strategic communications at Hogan Lovells. 

All of the recalled cases were produced at Elevations Foods’ facility in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the company is working with distributors to take the possibly contaminated products off the shelves.

The recall was initiated after Elevation Foods received three positive test results for three containers of egg salad tested by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The cause of the possible contamination is being investigated by the company.

Here is the list of the recalled products with their “use by” dates and lot number for each container, which can be found on the side of the lid:

  • Archer Farms-brand Egg Salad packaged in a 12-ounce clear, square plastic container, Lot Number W1906042A, Use By 12AUG2019 (printed on the side of each container) UPC 085239018682, distributed nationwide
  • Freskët-brand Egg Salad packaged in a 32-ounce clear, square plastic container, Lot Number W1906042, Use By 12AUG2019A (printed on the side of each container
  • Freskët-brand Tuna Salad packaged in a 5-pound white, round plastic container, Lot Number W1906054, Use By 02AUG2019A (printed on the side of each container
  • Freskët-brand Thai Lobster Salad packaged in a 5-pound white, round plastic container, Lot Number W1906041, Use By 02AUG2019A (printed on the side of each container)
  • Archer Farms Deviled Egg Sandwich Half Sandwich with Bacon, UPC 220505000002, distributed nationwide
  • Archer Farms Deviled Egg Sandwich on Multigrain, UPC 498780203566, distributed nationwide

Any consumer who has purchased any of these products is urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call 866-761-9566 at any time.



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<![CDATA[Wegmans Recalls Carrot Cake and Carrot Apple Muffins]]>512974321Fri, 19 Jul 2019 22:34:55 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wegmans+resized.jpg

Supermarket chain Wegmans is recalling varieties of their carrot cake and carrot apple muffins due to bits of plastic that may be found in the product.

The affected products include the store-made large and mini Ultimate Carrot Cakes, as well as the individually sold slices of the dessert. Anyone who purchased either size of the cake between July 7 and July 18, or a slice between July 12 and July 15, are entitled to a refund.

The carrot apple muffins, purchased in the stores’ bakeries between July 12 and July 14 and found in family packs of the store’s whole wheat muffin packages bought between July 10 and July 12, are also impacted by the recall.

All products can be returned to a customer service desk at the store for a full refund.

For more information call Wegmans customer service at 1-855-934-3663 or go to the company’s website.



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<![CDATA[80+ Types of Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Concerns]]>512864721Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:07:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pita-Pal-Hummus-Recall.jpg

More than 80 different types of hummus have been recalled over listeria concerns.

The hummus being voluntarily recalled was made between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019.

There are concerns after listeria was identified at the manufacturing facility and not in the finished product during an FDA inspection.

All of the hummus is made by Pita Pal Foods, LP based in Houston Texas. The products were distributed nationwide and to the United Arab Emirates.

Anyone who may have purchased the products listed below are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. You can also contact the company at 832-803-9295 or email products@pitapal.com.

Click here to see the full list of recalled products.



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<![CDATA[Altaire Eye Drops Recall Expands to CVS Stores]]>512779961Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:36:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Eye-drops-recall-generic.jpg

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is expanding its voluntary recall of eye drops and eye ointments to those exclusively made for and sold at CVS, following concerns the products may not be sterile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

The FDA had previously announced a voluntary recall of Altaire eye drops and eye ointments made for and sold exclusively at Walgreens.

The recalls are being carried out "due to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility," the FDA said.

The recall expands to include CVS brand eye drops and eye ointments in various package sizes and with various expiration dates. Find a full list of products included in the expanded recall here.

As of Tuesday, Altaire has received no reports of adverse events. The FDA also said that Altaire has not obtained any out of specifications results, including in-house and third party sterility testing, for the products.

Any questions regarding this voluntary recall can be directed to Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc., by calling 800-258-2471 or emailing otcdruggist@aol.com Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

The FDA says that customers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems or adverse effects that may be related to using this drug product.



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<![CDATA[Nearly 13,000 Pounds of Beef, Chicken Products Recalled]]>512714011Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:46:52 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Food-recall-FSIS-lagenerics-July-2019.jpg

Nearly 13,000 pounds of diced beef and chicken products are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Sunday.

The products related to Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc., based in Brea, California, contain wheat, which is not listed on the product labels, FSIS said.

The uncooked, marinated, diced beef and chicken products were produced from June 9 through July 10, 2019, FSIS said.

The following products were identified as the subjects of the recall:

  • 20-lb. boxes containing four unmarked 5 lb. plastic bags with "FIELDSOURCE Food Systems, Inc. NORTHGATE MARKET MARINATED BEEF CUBES" and lot codes 061019 through 071019 represented on the label.
  • 20-lb. boxes containing four unmarked 5 lb. plastic bags with "FIELDSOURCE Food Systems, Inc. NORTHGATE MARKET MARINATED CHICKEN CUBES" and lot codes 061019 through 071019 represented on the label.

In addition, the beef products subject to recall have establishment number "EST. 45141" and the chicken products have establishment number "P-45141" inside the USDA mark of inspection, FSIS said.

FSIS said there were no confirmed reports of reactions due to consumption of the aforementioned products but shared concerns about products being stored in refrigerators and behind the deli counter in grocery stores.

The recall is a Class II recall, which means there is a remote possibility of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.



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<![CDATA[Wonder, Great Value Buns Recalled Over Choking Hazard]]>512532272Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:56:47 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/recall-buns-flowers-foods.jpg

Hamburger and hot dog buns baked by Flowers Foods, Inc., including popular brands Wonder and Great Value, are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential for small pieces of hard plastic being found in the bread.

Flowers, of Thomasville, Georgia, said the plastic was likely introduced during production and that consumption of the product may cause a choking hazard. No related injuries or illnesses have been reported.

The products being recalled were distributed to retail customers under a variety of brand names and distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Below is a list of the products, UPC numbers, “best by” dates, and the first three digits of the lot number for the products involved in this recall.

If you purchased any of the above products, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 1-866-245-8921. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Consumers also may contact the center via e-mail by visiting flowersfoods.com/contact/consumers.



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<![CDATA[Flowers Foods Issues Recall of Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns]]>512532352Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:45:40 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/burgerburgerhp.jpg

Thomasville, Georgia-based Flowers Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling hamburger and hot dog buns and other bakery products due to the potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic that may have been introduced during production, the company announced.

The products being recalled were distributed to retail customers under a variety of brand names and distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The company initiated the recall following the discovery of small pieces of hard plastic in production equipment. No related injuries or illnesses have been reported. Following is a list of the products, UPC numbers, "best by" dates, and the first three digits of the lot number for the products involved in this recall.

Click here for a complete list of the products, UPC numbers, "best by" dates, and the first three digits of the lot number for the products involved in this recall.

Consumers with questions may call Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 1-866-245-8921. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Consumers also may contact the center via e-mail by visiting www.flowersfoods.com/contact/consumers.



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<![CDATA['Forky' Toy From 'Toy Story 4' Gets Recalled for Its 'Googly' Eyes]]>512462231Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:30:56 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Forky-Recall.jpg

Looks like "Forky" is destined for the garbage can after all. 

Disney has recalled a plush toy depicting the "Toy Story 4" character Forky  because the spork's plastic rolling "googly" eyes "can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children." 

The recall affects about 80,000 units of the 11-inch toy in the United States, as well as about 650 in Canada, a notice Monday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said

No injuries have been reported but Disney says parents should snatch the toy away from their children and return Forky for a refund to any Disney Store retail location, including those at Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks. 

The $20 made-in-China Forky toys, which have poseable arms and rainbow art on the top of a foot, were sold at Disney stores, online through shopdisney.com and via the Disney store on Amazon Marketplace from April to June. 

Forky is a central character in Disney Pixar's "Toy Story 4," who comes to life after child Bonnie crafts him from a spork. He initially believes he's trash, not a toy, and repeatedly tries to flee to the safety of a garbage can. Forky is voiced by Tony Hale in the movie, which was released in June. 

Consumers wanting more information on the recall can call Disney toll-free at (866) 537-7649 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT on weekdays, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Affected tracking numbers, which are listed on a label at the base of the toy, are: 

  • FAC-024868-18338 
  • FAC-024868-19032 
  • FAC-024868-19060 
  • FAC-024868-19091 

For more information, you can also email personal.shoppers@shopDisney.com.



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<![CDATA[Popular Eye Drops, Ointments Sold at Walgreens Recalled]]>512260462Fri, 05 Jul 2019 12:05:26 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-169371943+resize.jpg

Altair Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple eye drops and eye ointments exclusively made for and sold at Walgreens following concerns the products may not be sterile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

“Altaire is initiating the recall due to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility,” the FDA says.

Using a non-sterile product that is meant to be sterile may result “in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death,” according to the FDA.

As of Thursday, Altaire has received no reports of adverse events. The FDA also says that Altaire has not received any adverse results out of sterility testing for the products.

According to the FDA, the products are manufactured and labeled exclusively for Walgreens. Altaire notified Walgreens by e-mail on Wednesday announcing the recalls of the products/lots effected and has also requested the retailer notify it customers.

The over-the-counter drug products and lots sold at Walgreens impacted by the recall are:

  • Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Walgreens -- Item #: 801483; NDC #: 0363-0185-13; Package Size: 15 mL; Lot Number: 19095; Expiration Date: 04/21; Manufacturer Initial Ship Date: 05/14/19
  • Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Twin Pack Walgreens -- Item #: 801477; NDC #: 0363-0185-49; Package Size: 2 x 15 mL; Lot Number: 19095; Expiration Date: 04/21; Manufacturer Initial Ship Date: 05/14/19
  • Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Ointment, 5% Hypertonicity Eye Ointment Walgreens -- Item #: 801482; NDC #: 0363-7500-50; Package Size: 3.5 gram; Lot Number: TCI; Expiration Date: 03/21; Manufacturer Initial Ship Date: 05/08/2019
  • Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Solution, 5% Hypertonicity Eye Drops Walgreens -- Item #: 801402; NDC #: 0363-0193-13; Package Size: 15 mL; Lot Number: 19105; Expiration Date: 04/22; Manufacturer Initial Ship Date: 05/24/2019
  • Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Solution, 5% Hypertonicity Eye Drops Walgreens -- Item #: 801402; NDC #: 0363-0193-13; Package Size: 15 mL; Lot Number: 19050; Expiration Date: 02/22; Manufacturer Initial Ship Date: 05/23/2019
  • Lubricant Eye Ointment PF Soothing Walgreens -- Item #: 801486; NDC #: 0363-0191-50; Package Size: 3.5 gram; Lot Number: TBD; Expiration Date: 04/22; Manufacturer Initial Ship Date: 05/24/2019

 

Customers with questions regarding this recall can contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-800-258-2471 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. They can also email otcdruggist@aol.com.

The FDA says that customers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems or adverse effects that may be related to using this drug product.



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<![CDATA[Grower's Express Recalls Green Giant, Trader Joe's Veggies]]>512104622Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:51:59 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Growers+Express+Recall.jpg

Growers Express is recalling a number of its fresh vegetable products sold under the Trader Joe's, Green Giant Fresh and Signature Farms brands after one of their products tested positive for listeria.

The California-based produce company said in notice posted Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the recalled products originated from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine, and were distributed to dozens of states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Florida and Illinois.

The recalled vegetable products include packaged varieties of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and a butternut squashed based veggie bowl sold under the three brands. For a full list of the recalled products, click here.

Customers who purchased any of the products listed in the recall or with an unreadable date code are urged not to consume them and to throw the products away. Growers Express said customers should refer to the toll-free number listed on each package with any questions or to request a refund.

Growers Express said state inspectors with the Massachusetts Department of Health notified the company of a single positive sample, prompting them to "immediately" stop production and sanitize the entire facility and equipment. It was not clear when state inspectors notified the company.

The company said no illnesses have been reported and the voluntary recall is "in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting its customers and end consumers."

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.



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<![CDATA[Popular Green Giant Fresh Veggies Pulled Over Bacteria Fears]]>512104682Tue, 02 Jul 2019 11:55:31 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/green+giant+fresh.jpg

Popular supermarket vegetable products -- including Green Giant Fresh and Trader Joe's brands -- sold in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states have been pulled off the shelves because of concerns about possible bacterial contamination. 

Growers Express announced the voluntary recall over the weekend. It applies to packaged varieties of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and a butternut squash-based veggie bowl. Most of the affected products are labeled with a “Best If Used By” date of June 26-June 29. No illnesses have been reported. 

The products sold in the tri-state that are affected including butternut squash spirals and zucchini spirals sold at Trader Joe's (Trader Joe's brand), Green Giant Fresh zucchini noodles sold at Stop & Shop and Green Giant Fresh cauliflower products sold at Bozzutos. No Green Giant canned or frozen vegetable products are affected by the recall, which was initiated over the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination. 

Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

See complete details on all the recalled products and affected states here. Anyone who has the recalled products is advised to throw them out immediately. Growers Express says consumers can call the toll-free number listed on each package for refund information or visit this website



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<![CDATA[CDC Warns of Salmonella-Infected Papayas From Mexico]]>511984682Fri, 28 Jun 2019 22:35:25 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PAPAYA2.jpg

Health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to papayas imported from Mexico and sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

The CDC said it’s seen 62 reported cases of Salmonella Uganda infections across eight states from January 14 through June 8, with most of the illnesses happening starting in April.

Fourteen people from Connecticut reported falling ill.

The CDC said the outbreak has been traced to fresh, whole papayas imported from Mexico. The agency is advising anyone in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island to not eat papayas from Mexico and throw out any in your home. They are also suggesting sanitizing the areas where the papaya was stored.

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but in some cases hospitalization is necessary. Health officials say 23 people have been hospitalized in connection with this outbreak.

If you have symptoms of a salmonella infection, contact your doctor and report your illness to the health department.

For more information, click here.



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<![CDATA[Honda to Recall 1.6M Vehicles, Finish Takata Recalls Early]]>511967292Fri, 28 Jun 2019 17:25:28 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/honda6.jpg

Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators, completing its required recalls six months ahead of schedule, the automaker said Friday.

When the latest recall is done, Honda says it will have recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. Twenty-four people have been killed and hundreds injured by the inflators worldwide. Honda was Takata's largest customer.

The Japanese company, which was forced into bankruptcy by the troubles, used the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the air bags. But the chemical deteriorates when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and can burn too fast, blowing apart the canister designed to contain the explosion.

The recalls include many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015. All received replacement inflators made by Takata before February 2017 and were scheduled to be recalled a second time to replace those with inflators made by another company.

Affected Honda models include the 2001-2012 Accord, the 2010-2015 Crosstour, the 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, the 2011-2015 CR-Z, the 2003-2011 Element, the 2007-2014 Fit, the 2010-2014 Insight, the 2002-2004 Odyssey, the 2003-2015 Pilot and the 2006-2014 Ridgeline. Acura models include the 2003 3.2CL, the 2013 ILX, the 2003-2006 MDX, the 2015 RDX, the 2005-2012 RL, the 2002-2003 3.2TL, the 2009-2014 TL, the 2009-2014 TSX, and the 2010-2013 ZDX.

Honda said it has completed repairs or accounted for 83% of the, among the highest in the auto industry. Some of the inflators have been found in scrap yards or the vehicles are no longer in use.

Owners will be notified by letters starting in mid-August, and Honda is urging people to schedule repairs as soon as possible.

Nineteen automakers are recalling about 70 million inflators in what has become the largest string of automotive recalls in U.S. history. The recalls are taking place on a schedule set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalls do not include inflators that have a moisture-absorbing chemical. The government will decide by the end of this year whether those should be recalled.

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<![CDATA[Gillette Recalls Venus Simply3 Razors Due to Risk of Cuts]]>511949621Fri, 28 Jun 2019 10:44:27 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Recalled+Gillette+Razors.jpg

Gillette is recalling thousands of Venus Simply3 disposable razors over laceration concerns because the blades are misaligned and can cause users to cut themselves while shaving.

The company said the recalled razors were sold in two types of packages: a Venus Simply3 Disposable Razor 4-pack and a Daisy 12+1 Venus Simply3 Bonus Pack which included one free Venus Simply3 razor. About 87,000 packages are being recalled in the U.S.

The recalled razors were sold at food, drug and merchandise stores nationwide from January 2019 through May 2019 for between $6 and $10. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday Gillette has received one report of a consumer who was cut while using the recalled razor. The agency said a problem during manufacturing resulted in the misalignment of the blades in the razors, posing a higher risk of cuts during normal use. 

The CPSC said consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Gillette to receive a postage-paid return label to return the razors and receive a voucher for a replacement.

Customer can contact Gillette at 800-362-1258 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the recall visit www.gillettevenus.com and click on Safety Notification for more information.



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<![CDATA[FDA Once Again Expands Recall of Blood Pressure Drugs]]>511923811Thu, 27 Jun 2019 19:24:03 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/649855748-Generic-blood-pressure-losartan.jpg

The Food and Drug Administration has once again expanded its recall of widely prescribed blood pressure drugs because of contamination with a chemical linked to cancer, NBC News reported

The latest recall, announced Wednesday, targets 32 lots of the drug losartan sold by Macleods Pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceutical company said that it would voluntarily recall the affected batches.

Losartan is a generic angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB, and is used to treat high blood pressure as well as heart failure. Over the last year, scores of batches of generic ARBs have been withdrawn from the market due to the presence of chemical contaminants called nitrosamines, which have been linked to an increased risk of certain kinds of cancer.

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<![CDATA[Fisher-Price Recalls 71,000 Inclined Infant Sleepers]]>511896911Thu, 27 Jun 2019 12:00:27 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/inclineFisher-Price-playard-recall-722x406.jpg

Fisher-Price has recalled 71,000 inclined sleeper accessories because infants can roll from their backs to their stomachs on inclined sleep products, risking injury or death.

There have been no reported injuries or deaths related to the sleeper accessory with Fisher-Price's Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards, but more than 30 infant fatalities have been reported on other, similarly inclined sleep products including the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper.

A government consumer protection agency said that consumers should immediately stop using the inclined sleeper and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

The Fisher-Price play yard involved in the recall includes model numbers CBV60, CHP86, CHR06, CJK24 and DJD11.

Consumers can go to www.service.mattel.com and click on "Recalls & Safety Alerts" or call 800-432-5437 during regular business hours for more information.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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<![CDATA[Baby Formula Sold at Walmart Recalled ]]>511681122Sat, 22 Jun 2019 19:27:08 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/formula+recall.png

A baby formula sold exclusively at Walmart was recalled due to the potential presence of metal, the FDA said Saturday. 

The recall affects one lot of 35-ounce Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron, parent company Perrigo said. That means 23,388 containers are recalled. 

No injuries have been reported, the company said. The recall was initiated after receiving a consumer report. 

Customers should look for Lot Code C26EVFV with a "use by" date of February 26, 2021. 

Anyone with questions can call Perrigo Consumer Affairs at 866-629-6181.



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<![CDATA[Apple Recalls Some MacBook Pro Laptops for Fire Safety Risk]]>511581002Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:41:45 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MacBook-Pro.jpg

Apple announced on Thursday that it will recall some 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops because they have batteries that may "overheat and pose a fire safety risk."

The affected laptops are an older design, without the Touch Bar keyboard, and were sold between September 2015 and February 2017. The specific model affected is listed as "MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)" in system settings.

Apple said that the recall does not affect any other Mac laptops. To check if your device is affected, Apple published a website where you can input your computer’s serial number. Apple will replace the battery free of charge, according to its announcement.

"Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge," Apple said on its website.

The affected laptops are a previous-generation design, and are not the same models as the current MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Those computers have a "butterfly" keyboard which has been criticized by Apple users for being unreliable, and those computers are currently covered by an Apple service program that replaces the keyboard for free if it starts malfunctioning.

Battery issues are not uncommon in consumer electronics. The most famous example of a recall associated with overheating batteries was Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which caught fire because of issues with its batteries.

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<![CDATA[Sprouts Recalls Frozen, Cut Leaf Spinach]]>511479961Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:10:41 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sprouts-spinach.jpg

Sprouts is recalling frozen cut leaf spinach over concerns of listeria contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall Tuesday of both conventional and organic 16 oz bags after random sampling revealed the bacteria.

No illnesses have been reported in connection to this product to date.

The affected products are below:

  • Sprouts Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500982, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package.
  • Sprouts Frozen Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500991, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package

Product was distributed to retail locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

The spinach, manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon, was recalled "because it has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems."

Healthy individuals may also be sickened by listeria, but may only suffer short-term symptoms of high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to destroy or return it to the stores for a full refund of the product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-577-7688 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.



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<![CDATA[WinCo's Frozen Raspberries From Washington Farm Recalled]]>511421251Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:12:45 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_949498027123.jpg

Frozen red raspberries from a Washington state farm are being recalled across the western U.S.

WinCo Foods says it sold frozen red raspberries manufactured by Rader Farms of Bellingham, Washington, that may be contaminated with norovirus.

The 12-ounce packages with a "Best By" date of February 13, 2021, were sold in stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Utah.

The Food and Drug Administration found contamination in a sample test.

No one has reported getting sick but the Boise, Idaho-based company is urging people to throw away or return the products back to the store for a full refund.

The highly contagious norovirus can cause vomiting and diarrhea and its symptoms are especially severe for the elderly, young children and people with health issues.

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<![CDATA[Pillsbury Best Flour Recalled in Tri-State Over E. Coli Fear]]>511404602Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:09:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pillsbury+Flour+Recall.jpg

Thousands of cases of Pillsbury Best flour are being recalled in 10 states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, because of the possible presence of E. coli, the FDA announced.

Though no illnesses have been reported in this particular case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tied it to a broader flour-linked outbreak blamed for more than a dozen illnesses mainly in East Coast states.

Hometown Food Company, in cooperation with ADM Milling Co., initiated the voluntary recall of two specific lot codes of its Pillsbury Best 5 lb. Bread Flour due to a potential presence of the pathogenic.

The product was manufactured by ADM Milling Co., at the company’s mill in Buffalo, New York.

About 4,620 eight-count cases of impacted Pillsbury Best 5 lb. Bread Flour were distributed to a retailers and distributors across 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The affected products have the following UPC codes, lot codes and best-if-used-by dates:

  • Pillsbury Best Bread Flour: UPC Item Code: 0 5150020031 5; Lot Code: 8 342; Use-By Date: JUN 08 2020
  • Pillsbury Best Bread Flour: UPC Item Code: 0 5150020031 5; Lot Code: 8 343; Use-By Date: JUN 09 2020
The FDA says there have been no reports of any illnesses associated with these particular lots, and that the recall was issued out of an abundance of caution. It's actually part of a broader flour recall -- certain kinds of King Arthur and ALDI Baker's Corner flour were also pulled from shelves -- that the CDC says have sickened at least 17 people in eight states: New York (5), New Jersey (1), Connecticut (1), California (1), Missouri (1), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (2), and Rhode Island (1). Three hospitalizations have been reported overall, the CDC said. Get more details on the broader recall here. 

The severity of E. coli infections varies among individuals. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, often bloody diarrhea and vomiting. People usually develop symptoms and get sick 3-4 days after ingesting the germ, and most recover within a week. In some cases, individuals may develop a serious illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death. Young children, elderly individuals, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to foodborne illness. 

If you have the affected product in your home or business, do not consume it. Please discard it immediately or return it to the retail location it was purchased from for a refund.

The FDA advises that if you feel ill or are concerned about illness, contact your physician. 



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<![CDATA[Nationwide Recall Issued for Certain Ragu Pasta Sauces]]>511376762Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:44:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ragu+recall.jpeg

A nationwide voluntary recall was issued for certain Ragu pasta sauces that could contain fragments of plastic, parent company Mizkan America said. 

No consumers have reported injuries or complaints, the company said Saturday. 

The recall is for jars of Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion (45-ounce and 66-ounce jars), Old World Style Traditional (66-ounce jars) and Old World Style Meat (66-ounce jars) with certain production codes. 

The jars were distributed nationwide, the company said. Retailers have already been notified.

Customers are asked to look in their fridges and pantries for jars with the product codes below. Any recalled sauce shouldn't be eaten and should be discarded. 

Customers can call 800-328-7248 to receive a replacement. 

The recalled product codes are: 

RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.

  • Flavor Description: RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion
  • Cap code: JUN0520YU2
  • Best Use by Date: JUN0520YU2

RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.

  • Flavor Description: RAGÚ® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion
  • Cap code: JUN0620YU2
  • Best Use By Date: JUN0620YU2

RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional, 66 oz. 

  • Flavor description: RAGÚ® Old World Style Traditional
  • Cap code: JUN0420YU2
  • Best Use By Date: JUN0420YU2

RAGÚ® Old World Style Meat, 66 oz.

  • Flavor description: RAGÚ® Old World Style Meat
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<![CDATA[Bacon Breakfast Wrap Recalled, Small Rocks Possibly Inside]]>511357271Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:17:40 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wrap-recall.jpg

Ruiz Foods Products Inc. is recalling 246,514 pounds of frozen, not ready to eat breakfast wraps containing bacon that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically small rocks.

The Denison, Texas-based company said the frozen egg, potato, bacon and cheese wraps were produced on Jan. 17 and 18, 2019.

The wraps were sold as eight-pack family size film packages containing “EL MONTEREY EGG, POTATO, BACON & CHEESE SAUCE BREAKFAST WRAPS” with “Best if Used By” dates of 01/17/2020 and 01/18/2020 and lot codes 19017 and 19018.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 17523A” on the back of the package. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered on June 14, 2019, when Ruiz Foods advised the USDA FSIS of three consumer complaints regarding foreign material in the wrap products. The company continues to investigate the source of the foreign material.

The company received a report of a potential injury associated with the consumption of the product.

The product should be thrown away, or returned to the place of purchase for a refund.



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<![CDATA[Toddler Rainboots Recalled by Target Over Choking Hazard]]>511302802Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:10:38 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rainboot-Target.jpg

Target has recalled its Cat & Jack "Lilia" rain boots for toddlers, which are designed to look like unicorns, following consumer reports that the boots' horns can come off and pose a choking hazard.

The $20 boots were sold between January and April at Target stores across the country, and on the company's website, according to a recall announcement on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website Monday.

No injuries have been reported because of the hazard, but Target instructed anyone who purchased the boots to take them way from children and return them to Target for a full refund.

The recall affects about 29,000 boots after 11 people reported that the unicorn horn had come off.

The recalled boots come in sizes 5-12, and can be identified with model numbers 093-10-4311 to 093-10-4318. They are fuscia with a white unicorn face and a horn and mane that are rainbow colored.

For more information on the recall, call Target between 800-440-0680 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET or visit this web page.

This is the second unicorn-themed toddler boot recall that Target has announced this year. In Feburary, the company recalled its Cat & Jack Unicorn "Chiara" boot because its horn also posed a choking risk.



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<![CDATA[King Arthur Flour Recalls Some Flour Due to E. Coli Risk]]>511297131Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:13:52 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/king+arthur+flour+recalled.jpg

A Vermont-based flour company is voluntarily recalling some bags of flour due to potential E. coli contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted on its website a statement from King Arthur Flour saying the company is recalling more than 14,000 cases of 5-pound unbleached all-purpose flour. The company said Thursday that to date no illness had been reported in connection with the product.

The flour was distributed through retailers and distributors across the country. The recall doesn't include products sold through the King Arthur Flour website, Baker's Catalogue or the Baker's Store in Norwich. The recall affects products with six lot codes and three "best used by" dates:

BEST USED BY 12/07/19, LOT: L18A07C
BEST USED BY 12/08/19, LOTS: L18A08A, L18A08B
BEST USED BY 12/14/19, LOTS: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C

The company says it was informed by ADM Milling that certain wheat used to make the flour has been linked to an ongoing outbreak of E. coli infections.

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<![CDATA[NYC Company Recalls Frozen Pizza Due to Lack of Inspection]]>511300352Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:47:50 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Table+87+recall+resized+2.jpg

The Brooklyn-based frozen food company Table 87 Frozen, LLC. is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizza because of a lack of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday.

The recall now includes ready-to-eat, prosciutto and pepperoni pizza products produced from June 3, 2017 through June 4, 2019. The recalled products include:

 

  • 9.6-oz. plastic shrink-wrapped packages containing a single personal size pizza identified as “TABLE 87 COAL OVEN PIZZA Home Of The Coal Oven Slice PROSCIUTTO” with UPC codes 804879558286 and 10804879558283
  • 9.7-oz. plastic shrink-wrapped packages containing a single personal size pizza identified as “TABLE 87 COAL OVEN PIZZA Home Of The Coal Oven Slice PEPPERONI” with UPC code 804879583080

 

Additionally, on June 6, Table 87 Frozen, LLC. recalled approximately 649 pounds of frozen pizza products that contained pork produced from April 1 through June 4. The products are:

 

  • 9.6-oz. plastic shrink-wrapped packages containing a single personal size pizza identified as “TABLE 87 COAL OVEN PIZZA Home Of The Coal Oven Slice PROSCIUTTO” with UPC codes 804879558286 and 10804879558283

 

The problem was discovered on June 4 when the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets contacted FSIS inquiring as to whether the plant was operating under a USDA Grant of Inspection. FSIS personnel identified more affected product types and dates of production after further investigations.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, the FSIS says. However, anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them, the FSIS says. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.



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<![CDATA[Ford Recalls 1.3M Vehicles for Suspension, Transmission Woes]]>511217772Wed, 12 Jun 2019 21:57:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/fGettyImages-1032903824.jpg

Ford is recalling over 1.3 million vehicles mainly in North America to fix rear suspension and transmission control software problems.

The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017. Ford says a rear suspension toe link can break if the suspension moves a lot. That can limit steering control. One customer reported running into a curb when a link broke, but Ford says it's not aware of any injuries.

Dealers will replace the left and right toe links, which keep weight on the tires.

The Explorer recall will cost Ford an estimated $180 million that will show up in the company's second-quarter results, Ford said in a filing with U.S. securities regulators.

Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear. The recall covers pickups with 5-liter and 6.2-liter gas engines. A previous software update didn't work.

Dealers will update it again. 

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<![CDATA[Drug Company Teva Widens Recall of Heart Medication]]>511191032Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:41:53 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-870295830.jpg

Teva Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of blood pressure medication by discontinuing sales of certain 50 mg and 100 mg strength losartan potassium USP tablets, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Teva's recall started on April 25 due to the detection of a carcinogen in an active ingredient. The drugs listed in recall notices this week include six lots of the tablet: two lots of the 50 mg strength and four lots of the 100 mg strength.

The medicine used to treat hypertension and other conditions was sold to Camarillo, Calif.-based Golden State Medical Supply, which packaged and distributed it to their customers. 

The affected losartan potassium tablets being recalled are described as:

* Losartan potassium tablets, USP 50 mg, are green, film-coated, oval-shaped biconvex tablets with “LK 50” on one side and ">" on the other side.

* Losartan potassium tablets, USP 100 mg, are dark green, film-coated, oval-shaped biconvex tablets with “LK100” on one side and ">" on the other side.

The cancer-causing impurity, described as N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA), exceeds the FDA’s acceptable exposure limit of 9.82ppm, according to the FDA. 

On April 25, Teva first recalled thousands of bottles -- six lots of 25 mg strength and 29 lots of 100 mg strength. The carcinogen NMBA, which was traced to Herero Labs Limited, was also detected at a higher than legal level in those bottles. Other makers of losartan have also issued recalls. 

“Patients taking losartan potassium tablets are advised to continue taking their medication and contact their pharmacist, physician, or medical provider for advice regarding an alternative treatment,” the FDA wrote in a notice. “The immediate risk of harm to a patient’s health is likely to be higher if the medicine is stopped abruptly without alternative treatment.”

Patients who wish to report a concern or have medical-related questions may contact Teva Medical Information by phone at 888-838-2872 on weekdays 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Patients also may email at druginfo@tevapharm.com.

To view the complete list of recalled losartan potassium products, click here.



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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls 190,757 Pounds of Chicken After Complaints From Schools]]>511070042Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:40:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tysonrecall.jpg

Tyson Foods, Inc. has recalled about 190,757 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken fritter products across the country after three complaints from schools where hard plastic was found in a breaded chicken product, the USDA announced.

The chicken was produced from one distribution center on Feb. 28 under the establishment number “P-1325” and sent to "institutional foodservice locations," which includes schools, according to recall notices issued by the USDA and Tyson on Friday. It was not sold in retail stores. 

“We are working directly with the institutions and food service companies that we distributed the food to on the recall," Worth Sparkman, the senior manager for public relations for Tyson said by the phone Monday morning. "It will be recalled through that network, the food service network.” 

States where the product was shipped include the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) was first notified of the problem on June 5 after Tyson made them aware of the incidents.

Tyson's recall notice said two consumers found clear plastic and soft gray plastic in the product. 

FSIS is concerned that some of the product may be in food service freezers and it urges food service locations that purchased the products not to serve them.

The USDA has not received any confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the now-recalled product shipment. The voluntary recall was done out of an abundance of caution and affected 5,814 cases, the company said. 

The product was not provided by the USDA as part of the National School Lunch Program. It was instead sold by Tyson for distribution to schools. 

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson at (888) 747-7611 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.

The USDA also has a toll-free meat and poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.  



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<![CDATA[Kroger Issues Recall for Frozen Berry Products]]>511023322Sat, 08 Jun 2019 19:07:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Berries2.jpg

The Kroger Co. is recalling a Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley and Private Selection Frozen Blackberries due to possible Hepatitis A contamination.

The berries are manufactured by Townsend Farms.

Until now there have been no reports of illnesses due to the berries.

The products have been removed from store shelves after the company issued the recall.

Anyone who has purchased these berry products should not consume them, and can return them for a full refund.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to midnight EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM EST.



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<![CDATA[Perdue Recalls Over 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products]]>510727001Sun, 02 Jun 2019 03:02:41 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_18276514556362.jpg

Perdue Farms, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has recalled 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products, including gluten-free chicken nuggets sold under their Perdue Simply Smart Organics brand. 

Announced in a news release Friday, the recall applies to Perdue's Simply Smart Organics refrigerated gluten-free breaded chicken breast tenders, refrigerated whole grain chicken breast strips, and refrigerated whole grain chicken breast nuggets.

The recall also includes two products under Perdue's foodservice brand, Chef Quik — the frozen, fully cooked, breaded chicken tenders, boneless tender shaped, chicken breast patties with rib meat, and the frozen, fully cooked, whole grain chicken breast strips, strip shaped, breaded chicken breast patties with rib meat.

These products were recalled due to the potential that they could contain foreign materials, such as pieces of bone within the meat.

Friday's recall applies to items produced on March 21 with the UPC bar codes 072745-001437, 072745-001642, 072745-002656, 22143, and 77265.

Perdue reported that all of their Simply Smart items are no longer in stories and have passed their use-by date of May 20, 2019. 

“We are committed to producing the highest quality products, therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all affected products that were produced during the same production run,” Jeff Shaw, Perdue’s vice president of food safety and quality said in a statement on the company's website.

As of now, there have been no confirmed reports of any adverse reactions to these products.

This is the third recall this year for Perdue.

In early January, the brand recalled approximately 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken breast nuggets due to possible contamination by pieces of wood.

At the end of January, Perdue and Tyson Foods recalled a combined 52,000 pounds of chicken nuggets for possible contamination. 

In the second recall, Perdue warned consumers that 16,011 pounds of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets were incorrectly labeled and did not include a warning that the products contained a milk allergen. 

Perdue's competitor, Tyson Foods, also recalled 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets for potentially being contaminated with pieces of rubber.

Those who have bought Perdue Simply Smart Organics gluten-free chicken products are advised not to eat the chicken and contact the Perdue consumer care line at 866-866-3703 for a full refund of their purchase.

This story first appeared on TODAY.com. More from TODAY: 

 



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<![CDATA[Infant Head & Neck Support Accessories Recalled by Boppy Co.]]>513136571Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:21:45 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/headsupport1920x1080-white-solid-color-background.jpg

The Boppy Company has recalled 14,000 head and neck support accessories because infants' heads can be tilted too far forward, posing a suffocation hazard.

The product is an accessory for use in infant swings, bouncers and strollers. It was sold at Target, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon.com and other retailers nationwide from March 2019 through May 2019 for about $20.

There have been no reported injuries or deaths related to the head support accessory, but the firm representing the company received three reports of babies' heads being pushed forward chin to chest by the product.

A government consumer protection agency said that consumers should immediately stop using the head support accessory and contact The Boppy Company for a full refund.

The Boppy Company head support accessory involved in the recall includes model numbers 4150114 and 4150117. They were sold in two styles: Ebony Floral and Heathered Gray.

Consumers can go to www.boppy.com and click on "important recall information" at the top of the page, email info@boppy.com or call 888-772-6779 during regular business hours for more information.

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<![CDATA[62,000 Pounds of Raw Beef Recalled Before Memorial Day]]>510327251Thu, 23 May 2019 15:11:15 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/beef-recall1.jpg

Better check your raw meat before firing up the grill for Memorial Day. 

Illinois-based Aurora Packing Company is recalling 62,112 pounds of raw beef products that were shipped out for further distribution and processing nationwide because they may be contaminated with E. coli, the USDA announced

The issue was detected as a result of routine, random testing by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions, the department said in a notice Wednesday. 

Still, the recall is classified as Class I, which means "there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." 

The affected products were packaged on April 19 and can be found on this list. They have an establishment number “EST. 788” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The government notice warns that some of the products may be in institutional facility freezers. 

"E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism," the recall notice says. 

Most people explosed to E. coli recover within a week but children under age 5 and older adults are especially susceptible to a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the USDA.  

All consumers should make sure that raw meat products have been cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit by using a food thermometer, the department says. 

Consumers with questions can call Aurora Packing Company at (630) 897-0551 or reach out with other food safety questions to the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) during weekday business hours.



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<![CDATA[Fiat Chrysler Recall: Vans Can Stall, Lose Power Steering]]>510079411Fri, 17 May 2019 15:05:30 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pacAP_19137678607168.jpg

Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 208,000 minivans in North America because they could lose power-assisted steering or engines can stall.

The recall covers certain Chrysler Pacifica minivans from the 2017 through 2019 model years. All have systems that stop the engine for traffic lights and restart it when a driver presses the gas pedal.

The company said Friday a wiring harness can become contaminated with sealer, causing an electrical short-circuit. That can increase the risk of a crash, but no crashes or injuries have been reported. Fiat Chrysler says if the engines stall they can be restarted immediately. They can still be steered without power steering, but it takes more effort.

Dealers will clean the wiring contacts and reassemble them. The recall is to begin June 28.

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<![CDATA[FDA Recalls Tattoo Inks Contaminated With Microorganisms]]>510000681Thu, 16 May 2019 01:05:34 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tattoo-recall-May-2019.jpg

The Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of three types of tattoo inks because they are contaminated with microorganisms Wednesday.

Consumers, tattoo artists and retailers were being warned of serious injury from use of the tainted tattoo inks. Contaminated tattoo inks can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into the skin since there is an increased risk of infection when the skin barrier is broken, the FDA said in a statement.

The symptoms of tattoo-ink-associated infections include the appearance of rashes and lesions consisting of red papules in the area where the ink has been applied, the FDA said.

The following inks have been recalled because they are contaminated with microorganisms:

  • Scalpaink SC, Scalpaink PA, and Scalpaink AL basic black tattoo inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics (all lots)
  • Dynamic Color - Black tattoo ink manufactured by Dynamic Color Inc (lots 12024090 and 12026090)
  • Solid Ink-Diablo (red) tattoo ink manufactured by Color Art Inc. (dba Solid Ink) (dba Antone's Ink) (lot 10.19.18)

The FDA advised avoiding using or selling the aforementioned products due to risk of infection and injury.

For the full news release from the FDA, click here.



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<![CDATA[Ford Adds 270,000 Fusions to Unintended Rollaway Recall]]>509963481Wed, 15 May 2019 12:48:05 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/456152124-Ford-Fusion-.jpg

Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly.

The addition covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines.

The company is urging drivers to always use the parking brake until repairs are made.

Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can degrade, causing the cable to detach. If that happens, a driver could shift into park but the car could be in another gear.

Ford has one report of an injury and three property damage reports. Engineers are developing a fix.

Last year Ford recalled 550,000 Fusions from 2013 through 2016 and Escape small SUVs from 2013 and 2014 for the same problem with a different cause.

Ford says owners will be notified when repairs and parts are ready, and that owners of cars fixed in the previous recall are not affected.

The 2018 recall covered cars with a number of different engines, including the 2.5-liter.

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<![CDATA[Raisins Sold in NY, NJ Recalled Over Life-Threatening Risk]]>509904521Wed, 15 May 2019 07:30:28 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/deshi+golden+raisins.jpg

A Queens-based company is recalling golden raisins distributed in four states, including New York and New Jersey, because they contain undeclared sulfites, which could cause serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions for some. 

Deshi Distributors LLC announced its recall Friday of 3.5 oz, 7 oz and 14 oz packages of Deshi golden raisins. In addition to New York and New Jersey, they were sold in retail stores in Pennsylvania and Michigan. 

The product comes in a 3.5 oz, 7 oz. and 14 oz. clear plastic package. UPC codes of Deshi Golden Raisin products are as follows: 3.5 oz is 691035359586; 7 oz. is 691035360179; and 14 oz. is 691035360483. 

No illness or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

The problem was detected during routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector. Anyone who has the affected raisins is urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

Consumers with questions can call the company at 718-291-1205 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Find more details about the recall here. 



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<![CDATA[Deadly Tip-Over Risk Prompts Recall of 310K South Shore Chests]]>509685481Thu, 09 May 2019 07:23:41 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/South-Shore-Chest-Recall.jpg

South Shore Furniture is recalling about 310,000 chests after a 2-year-old was killed and another child was injured by units that tipped over and fell on top of them. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that the chests are unstable if they are not secured to a wall and could result in death or injuries to children. 

The recall includes nine colors of "Libra style 3-drawer chests of drawers" from South Shore sold online by Walmart, Amazon, Target and other retailers from October 2009 to July 2018, according to the CPSC.

The recalled model numbers, found on a label on the back of the chest, are 3146033, 3070033, 3159033, 3050033, 3113033, 10430, 10433, 10680, 10682. The model numbers may have A, B, C, D or E at the end. Some recalled chests were sold as part of a set that included a bed and nightstand, with model numbers 3070223, 3159223, 3050223.

South Shore said it will give a full refund and pick up the chests for free. Consumers can also send in the chest with a pre-paid shipping label.

Alternatively the company is giving out free tip-over restraint kits and offering free in-home installation of the kit. 

Anyone with questions can call South Shore at 855-215-4932 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET or visit this recall page for more information.



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<![CDATA[Another Recall of Blood Pressure Meds Due to Cancer Concerns]]>509555031Tue, 07 May 2019 02:42:18 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bloodpressurerecall11.jpg

Yet another pharmaceutical company has recalled blood pressure medication over concerns that long-term use could increase cancer risks.

Vivimed Life Sciences has recalled Losartan Potassium Tablets USP, distributed by New Jersey-based Heritage Pharmaceuticals, due to higher levels of a possible carcinogen than the Food and Drug Administration allows.

Nineteen lots of the drug at the 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg doses have been called back because of elevated levels of an N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA) impurity, the FDA said.

"Based on the available information, the risk of developing cancer in a few patients following long-term use of the product containing high levels of the impurity NMBA cannot be ruled out," a company statement on the FDA's website read.

Losartan Potassium USP is typically used to help treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It can also be used to treat kidney failure in those with Type 2 diabetes.

The FDA encourages all users of the medication to contact their medical providers before they stop taking the drug. If users have experienced any effects possibly related to taking the drug, they are encouraged to contact their doctor.

Just last week, drug giant Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. joined the increasing number of companies taking the popular blood pressure and heart medicine off shelves over cancer concerns.

Teva voluntarily recalled thousands of bottles of Losartan Potassium USP, which at the time was the third such recall in about a week. There have been a series of nearly two dozen similar recalls sweeping the country since last summer

The affected Losartan Potassium tablets being recalled are described as: 

  • Losartan Potassium tablets, USP 25 mg, are light-green, film-coated, teardrop-shaped biconvex tablet with “LK 25” on one side and ">" on the other side.
  • Losartan Potassium tablets, USP 100 mg, are dark green, film-coated, oval-shaped biconvex tablets with “LK100” on one side and ">" on the other side.

Other manufacturers have recalled losartan in recent months, but some have involved different potential contaminants. Be sure to contact your health care provider or pharmacy if you have any questions about losartan overall. 



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<![CDATA[Tyson Foods Recalls Nearly 12 Million Pounds of Chicken]]>509490901Mon, 06 May 2019 17:44:08 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Recall.jpg

Tyson Foods Inc. issued a nationwide recall for nearly 12 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with "extraneous" material, namely pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday.

Previously, Tyson Foods recalled about 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets due to possible contamination with rubber in January, before recalling about 69,000 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken strips in March due to possible metal contamination.

Saturday's massive recall is an expansion of the March recall, FSIS stated.

The recall of nearly 12 million pounds of chicken was listed as a Class I recall, which is the most urgent designation by the agency. According to FSIS, a Class I recall "is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

The items under recall were produced on various dates ranging from Oct. 1, 2018, through March 8, 2019, FSIS said in a news release.

Consumers should look for establishment number "P-7221" on the back of the product package, FSIS advised and stated that products were shipped to Department of Defense and retails locations across the country and even to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Check your freezers, FSIS advised the public and instructed people to immediately throw away the products or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.



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<![CDATA[Starbucks Recalls Bodum Coffee Presses Following Injuries]]>509366091Thu, 02 May 2019 04:59:37 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/220*120/starbucks+bodum+coffee+presses+recall.jpg

Starbucks has voluntarily recalled more than 250,000 coffee presses that were sold in the U.S. and Canada due to a laceration hazard.

The Seattle-based coffee chain is recalling 263,200 Bodum Recycled Coffee Presses that were sold from November 2016 through January 2019 online and in stores, according to a recall notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday. Starbucks received a total of nine reports of the plunger’s knob breaking during use, resulting in puncture wounds and cuts.

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the coffee presses and contact Starbucks for information on how to return the recalled item for a refund. Those who purchased the product will receive store credit, according to the CPSC.

Returns will not be accepted in stores.

Contact Starbucks by calling 888-843-0245 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on weekdays or by visiting its website.

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<![CDATA[Teva Is Latest to Recall Popular Blood Pressure, Heart Drug]]>509205911Mon, 29 Apr 2019 09:29:16 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bloodpressurerecall11.jpg

Global drug giant Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has joined the increasing number of companies yanking a popular blood pressure and heart medicine from shelves over concerns long-term use could develop into cancer.

Teva voluntarily recalled thousands upon thousands of bottles of Losartan Potassium USP Tablets (six lots of 25 mg strength and 29 lots of 100 mg strength) on Friday because a possible carcinogen -- N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA) -- was found at higher than federally accepted levels in an active ingredient manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited. 

It was the third such recall in about a week and the latest in a series of nearly two dozen similar recalls sweeping the country since last summer

Losartan Potassium USP is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and nephropathy in Type 2 diabetes patients. Teva says the recalled lots were sold exclusively to Golden State Medical Supply of Camarillo, California. Golden State Medical Supply packages this bulk product under its own label and distributes in retail bottles of 30, 90, and 1000 tablets.

The affected Losartan Potassium tablets being recalled are described as: 

 

  • Losartan Potassium tablets, USP 25 mg, are light-green, film-coated, teardrop-shaped biconvex tablet with “LK 25” on one side and ">" on the other side.
  • Losartan Potassium tablets, USP 100 mg, are dark green, film-coated, oval-shaped biconvex tablets with “LK100” on one side and ">" on the other side.

 

Teva says it has not received any reports of adverse events related to the recall issue to date, but said "based on the available information, the risk of developing cancer in a few patients following long-term use of the product cannot be ruled out." See details on Teva's full list of recalled lots here.

No other Teva Losartan Potassium finished drug products have been identified in the United States with the same levels of possible carcinogen detected. Teva says it promptly notified Golden State Medical Supply of the presence of the impurity and will recall 35 lots of bulk Losartan Potassium tablets sold to that company. The tablets, which have been packaged and sold by Golden State Medical Supply, will be recalled from their customers and patients.

Distributors and retailers that have the recalled product should stop distribution, quarantine all remaining product in their control, and return the recalled product per the instructions given to them by Golden State Medical Supply, Teva said.

Consumers taking the affected medication should speak with their doctors to discuss the recall before they stop taking the drug, or if they have experienced any adverse effects that may be related to the drug.

Other manufacturers have recalled losartan in recent months, but some have involved different potential contaminants. Be sure to contact your health care provider or pharmacy if you have any questions about losartan overall. 

Anyone with medical-related questions, who wish to report an adverse event, or quality issues about the Teva recall should contact Teva Medical Information by phone at: 888-838-2872, option 3, then, option 4. Live calls are received Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM Eastern Time with voicemail available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or by email at druginfo@tevapharm.com.



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<![CDATA[Kids II Recalls 700,000 Sleepers After Infant Deaths]]>509114111Fri, 26 Apr 2019 18:26:13 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Diptych15.jpg

Nearly 700,000 Kids II infant sleepers are being recalled after reports of infant deaths, just weeks after Fisher-Price announced a massive recall of a similar product.

Kids II is recalling all models of its Kids II Rocking Sleepers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday.

Since the product was introduced in 2012, five babies have died in Kids II Rocking Sleepers after rolling from their backs to their stomachs while unrestrained, or under other circumstances, the CPSC said.

The sleeper, made in China for the Atlanta-based Kids II, has been sold at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Target and Toys "R" Us and online between March 2012 and April 26, 2019 for about $40-$80.

Anyone who owns the product should immediately stop using it and should contact the company for a refund or voucher. Customers can call 866-869-7954 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays or visit www.kids2.com and select to "Important Recall Information."

About 694,000 sleepers are included in the Kids II recall. See the full list of affected model numbers and product names below:

  • 10081: Bright Starts Playtime To Bedtime Rocking Sleeper
  • 10126: Rock & Dream Sleeper - Iggy
  • 10127: Ingenuity Rock And Dream Sleeper Lucy
  • 10148: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Cuddle Giraffe
  • 10178: Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Playtime To Bedtime Rocking Sleeper
  • 10289: Ingenuity Smartrock Poweradapt Sleeper Cambridge
  • 10292: Ingenuity Rock N' Soothe Sleeper Dayton
  • 10320: Automatic Rock 'N Soothe Sleeper - Cuddle Lamb
  • 10380: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Cuddle Lion
  • 10568: Ingenuity Soothing Light Rocking Sleeper Vesper
  • 10729: Bright Starts Toucan Tango Rocking Sleeper
  • 10872: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Zoo Zoo Zebra
  • 10888: DreamComfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper - Whitley
  • 10890: DreamComfort Soothing Light Rocking Sleeper - Addington
  • 11021: Bright Starts Rocking Sleeper Jungle Bursts
  • 11022: Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Rocking Sleeper Jungle Blooms
  • 11063: Rock n' Soothe Sleeper - Moxley
  • 11164: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Lullaby Lion
  • 11171: Ingenuity Rock N' Soothe Sleeper SUNNY SNUGGLES
  • 11357: Ingenuity Rock N' Soothe Sleeper DAYTON
  • 11429: Ingenuity Dream Comfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper Braden
  • 11714: DreamComfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper - Anders
  • 11792: Automatic Rock 'n Soothe Sleeper - Nolan
  • 11894: Bright Starts Rocking Sleeper - Jungle Garden
  • 11895: Bright Starts Rocking Sleeper - Evening Safari
  • 11962: Automatic Rock 'n Soothe Sleeper - Flora the Unicorn
  • 12115: Automatic Rock N Soothe Sleeper – Nolan - Display
  • 60130: Taggies Snuggle Me Sleeper Nestling Vine
  • 60131: Bright Starts Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper
  • 60163: Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper
  • 60327: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe Emerson
  • 60328: Disney Baby/Bright Starts Bows & Butterflies Sleeper Minnie Mouse
  • 60331: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Lullaby Lamb
  • 60401: Bright Starts Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper Playful Pinwheels
  • 60600: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe Winslow
  • 60635: Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe Seneca
  • All cloth component parts of the models identified above

Earlier this month, Fisher-Price announced a recall of about 4.7 million Rock 'n Play sleepers after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

after rolling from their backs to their stomachs while unrestrained, or under other circumstances, the CPSC said.



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<![CDATA[Another Company Adds to Popular Blood Pressure Drug Recall]]>509054651Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:48:05 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bloodpressurerecall11.jpg

Another company has expanded its recall of a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, marking the latest in a series of nearly two dozen recalls sweeping the country since last summer. 

Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging said Wednesday it was expanding its previous recall of three lots of Losartan Tablets USP 50mg to include a fourth following last week's nationwide pull by multibillion-dollar Torrent Pharmaceuticals

All of the recalls have stemmed from the discovery of a trace amount of a possible carcinogen -- N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA) -- in an active ingredient.

NMBA, a potential cancer-causing impurity, was found at levels above the acceptable daily intake recommendations of the FDA, Torrent said last week. No adverse health effects related to the recall have been reported, the company said. Legacy said Wednesday it had not received any such reports either.

Losartan Potassium USP is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure and is packaged in 30ct bottles. The identifying NDC number associated with Legacy’s product is: Losartan Potassium, USP, 50mg NDC 68645-494-54. See details on all recalled lots here.

Consumers taking the affected medication should speak with their doctors to discuss the recall before they stop taking the drug, or if they have experienced any adverse effects that may be related to the drug.

Other manufacturers have recalled losartan in recent months, but some have involved different potential contaminants. Be sure to contact your health care provider or pharmacy if you have any questions about losartan overall. 

Anyone with questions about the latest recall may call Torrent Pharmaceuticals at 1-800-912-9561 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



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<![CDATA[Nationwide Recall of Blood Pressure, Heart Drugs Expanded]]>508802281Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:44:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bloodpressurerecall11.jpg

A multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company has expanded its national recall of a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure for the fourth time since December after trace amount of a possible carcinogen were detected, federal officials announced Thursday. 

Torrent Pharmaceuticals, based in India, expanded its U.S. recall to include thousands upon thousands more losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets due to the detection of an "unexpected impurity"  -- N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA) -- in an active ingredient.

NMBA, a potential cancer-causing impurity, was found at levels above the acceptable daily intake recommendations of the FDA, Torrent said. No adverse health effects related to the recall have been reported, the company said. 

Click here to see the lengthy list of recalled products and learn more about the previous recalls connected to this expansion. 

Consumers taking the affected medication should speak with their doctors to discuss the recall before they stop taking the drug, or if they have experienced any adverse effects that may be related to the drug.

Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure, left ventricle-heart conditions and nephropathy in Type 2 diabetic patients, among other conditions. Losartan potassium and hydrochlorothiazide tablets are also used to treat high blood pressure and heart issues, but are not used to treat nephropathy.

Other manufacturers have recalled losartan in recent months, but some have involved different potential contaminants. Be sure to contact your health care provider or pharmacy if you have any questions about losartan overall. 

Anyone with questions about the latest recall may call Torrent Pharmaceuticals at 1-800-912-9561 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Issues Limited Chunky Monkey Recall]]>508660681Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:37:30 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/benjerry.jpg

Unilever has issued a limited voluntary recall of a limited quantity of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey pints and Ben & Jerry's Coconut Seven Layer Bar, which may include nuts that are not declared in the ingredient list or allergy information list.

The company said the ice cream may contain tree nuts including almonds, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts. People who have allergies or severe sensitivity to these undeclared tree nuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the ice cream products.

Unilever said the recall was initiated after an undeclared nut was found during production. The company said it has not received any reports of illness associated with the product.

An investigation conducted by Unilever found that the issue stemmed from an error by one of its nut suppliers. The situation has since been remediated.

The products were sold nationwide. The affected Chunky Monkey pints were sold with a UPC number of 0 76840 10035 4 and best by dates of AUG2820BH2, AUG2920BH2 and AUG3020BH2. The affected Coconut Seven Layer Bar product was sold in a 2.4-gallon tubs with a UPC number of 0 76840 10424 6 and best by date of SEP1520BJ4. No other Ben & Jerry's products are affected by the recall.

Consumers who have purchased containers of the above products with the affected UPC and date codes are asked to immediately discontinue use of the product, retain the outer container and call 833-236-1237 at any time of day for further information.

Additional information can be found on the Ben & Jerry's website.

Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of beauty and personal care, home care and food and refreshment products, including Breyers, Klondike,  Lipton, Popsicle and TAZO.



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<![CDATA[Warning Issued in Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookie Recall]]>508645171Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:34:55 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/224*120/Screen+Shot+2019-04-16+at+11.38.12+AM.png

Consumers are being warned not to eat the cookies in some Chewy Chips Ahoy packages after the company that makes them issued a recall on Saturday.

Some 13-ounce packages of Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies have been voluntarily recalled by Mondelēz Global LLC because parts of "an unexpected solidified ingredient" may be found inside, the company said in a recall notice.

Mondelēz has received reports of potential adverse health effects, it said, though it didn't elaborate on what they might, or what the ingredient is that may have solidified unexpectedly.

"Consumers who have this product should not eat it," the recall notice said.

The cookies were sold nationwide. Their packages can identified by the UPC number 0 44000 03223 4 and the "use by" dates of 07SEP2019, 08SEP2019, 14SEP2019 and 15SEP2019. No other Chips Ahoy products are affected by the recall.

NBC has reached out to Mondelēz for information for more details on the recall.

Anyone with questions can reach the company with questions about the recall any time of day at 1-844-366-1171.

Mondelēz Global LLC is part of Mondelez International, Inc., a publicly traded corporation that owns a variety of snacking brands, including Oreo, Cadbury and Toblerone.



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<![CDATA[Cut Melon Sold Across US Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns]]>508536961Mon, 15 Apr 2019 08:44:28 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fruitGettyImages-665481650.jpg

An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels at Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target and Whole Foods.

The affected states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • Click here for a full list of products included in this recall.

Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it. They advise stores to pull the products from shelves.

Authorities say 93 people have been sickened, 23 of whom were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Salmonella Carrau is described as rare. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

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<![CDATA[Fisher-Price Recalls Sleepers After More Than 30 Babies Died]]>508505561Fri, 12 Apr 2019 17:50:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Fisher-Price+Rock+N+Play-recall-crop.jpg

Fisher-Price recalled nearly 5 million infant sleepers on Friday, after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The sleepers, a soft cradle that vibrates, are used to put babies to sleep.

Fisher-Price and the CPSC did not specify how the infants died, but said the deaths occurred after the babies rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

The voluntary recall comes a week after Fisher-Price and CPSC issued a safety warning on the sleepers. But The American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price and the CPSC to recall the sleepers, calling them "deadly."

In a statement Friday, Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the recall "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions."

The recall covers about 4.7 million sleepers, which sold for between $40 and $149 since 2009.

For more information or to request a refund, visit www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recalls & Safety Alerts” or call 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

You can also find more information on the recall here.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Group, Doctors Call for Recall of Fisher Price Rock n' Play]]>508351641Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:46:34 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Fisher-Price+Rock+N+Play-recall-crop.jpg

Days after Fisher Price and a federal safety commission issued a warning about the potential dangers of a popular sleeper that parents have used as the solution to getting their newborn infants to sleep, a consumer group was calling for a recall, saying at least 32 infants have died. 

Fisher Price and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the warning Friday, notifying parents using any Rock 'n Play product that there have been 10 deaths reported since 2015. All of the babies who died were older than 3 months old, the warning said.

But a Consumer Reports investigation found the sleeper was linked to at least 32 infant deaths.

On the heels of the warning and Consumer Reports investigation, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for CPSC to issue an immediate recall.

The AAP also warned parents to stop using the product and recommended that stores remove it from shelves. 

Evan and Keenan Overton told NBC News that their 5-month-old Ezra died as a result of rolling over in a Rock N' Play in 2017.

"It actually took our baby's life away," Keenan said. "We were just devastated that this chair could have been unsafe."

The commission and Fisher Price said Friday in the warning that the infant deaths came after the babies rolled over onto their stomachs or sides in the Rock 'n Play while unrestrained.

Ezra was found by his father face down in the sleeper after rolling over. 

The commission suggests that once babies are able to roll over, which typically comes around the age of 3 months old, that they be moved to a crib or other safe environment where they can sleep on their backs. 

The Rock N' Play sleeper products have long been lauded in parenting forums for being the one trick to getting newborns, especially with reflux problems, to sleep. 

Other parents on forums warn of the possible dangers, citing the AAP. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics says a newborn or child should never nap or sleep in car seats, or bouncers, and also says no toys, stuffed animals, blankets or pillows should be in the crib with the child. 

In a statement to NBC News, Fisher Price said it stands by the product and its safety. 



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<![CDATA[Sleeper May Be Linked to 'Other Deaths': Safety Commission]]>508349031Tue, 09 Apr 2019 20:30:08 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Fisher-Price+Rock+N+Play-recall-crop.jpg

Ten infants have died after rolling over in a Fisher-Price Rock n' Play sleeper while unrestrained, according to a federal safety commission — and the commission is now investigating "other deaths" that may be linked to the device. 

Fisher-Price and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last week announced a warning to parents using any Rock 'n Play product after 10 deaths were reported since 2015.

On Tuesday, the commission said it was "investigating other deaths that have occurred in the Rock 'n Play."

"CPSC has requirements it must follow for any decisions concerning recalls," it said in a statement. "If the evidence shows the need for a recall, we will take that step."

The Rock 'n Play bassinets have been lauded online in chat forums as a godsend for sleep-deprived parents of infants. 

The commission and Fisher-Price said the infant deaths came after the babies rolled over onto their stomachs or sides in the Rock 'n Play while unrestrained.

All of the babies who died were older than 3 months old. 

"Fisher-Price warns consumers to stop using the product when infants can roll over, but the reported deaths show that some consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three point harness restraint," the commission said.

The commission suggests that once babies are able to roll over, which typically comes around the age of 3 months old, that they be moved to a crib or other safe environment where they can sleep on their backs.

No toys, stuffed animals, blankets or pillows should be in the crib with the child, according to recommendations provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The commission and the company took the extra step of warning the public Friday. 

"Fisher-Price warns consumers to stop using the product when infants can roll over, but the reported deaths show that some consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three point harness restraint," the release said.



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<![CDATA[Acura Recalls 360K SUVs Because Tail Lights Can Go Dark]]>508295681Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:38:05 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/acuAP_19098788019660.jpg

Honda's luxury brand Acura is recalling more than 360,000 SUVs worldwide because water can get into the tail lights and make them go dark.

The recall is mostly in North America and covers the MDX from the 2014 through 2019 model years.

The company says that due to a manufacturing problem, water can get into the light assemblies through some seals and cause electrical problems. That can knock out lights in the tailgate and some interior lighting. Acura says it hasn't received any reports of crashes or injuries.

Dealers will replace the seals, and if necessary install new light assemblies and wiring.

Owners will be notified early next month.

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<![CDATA[Hercules Candy Recalls Cashew Brittle Because of Peanuts ]]>508215261Sat, 06 Apr 2019 16:46:33 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/peanut_cluster_resize.jpg

Upstate New York confectioner Hercules Candy is voluntarily recalling an item because of undeclared peanuts.

Hercules on Friday announced the recall of Cashew Brittle Bits with a best by date of July 14.

The candy is packed in clear 4-ounce bags.

The East Syracuse candy-maker is advising customers to return the product for a refund or destroy it.

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<![CDATA[Cat Food Recalled Due to Rubber Pieces]]>507919611Sun, 31 Mar 2019 19:13:15 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/musecatfood-combo.jpg

Purina has voluntarily recalled some cans of Muse wet cat food due to the potential presence of rubber pieces, the FDA says. 

Nestle Purina PetCare Company announced the recall Friday for 3-ounce cans of the Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy. The food could contain rubber pieces that are "translucent yellow with a blue backing," which presents a choking hazard, the company said. 

Pet owners complained about finding the rubber pieces, Purina said. There were no reports of injuries or illness. 

"We have made changes to our process so this should not happen in the future," the company said in a statement. 

The affected cans were distributed nationwide. They have the UPC code: 38100 17199; the "best by" date: APR2020 and the production code: 80941162.

Anyone with questions can call 1-800-982-3885.



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<![CDATA[California Grower Recalls Avocados Over Possible Listeria]]>507587941Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:30:13 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/avocadosAP_19083661130158.jpg

A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination.

Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego, said Saturday that the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The company says they were sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados.

The company says it issued the voluntary recall after a routine inspection of its packing plant revealed samples that tested positive for listeria.

The company says avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry are not being recalled and are safe.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever and diarrhea, and more dangerous complications in pregnant women.

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls Chicken Strips That May Be Contaminated]]>507502881Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:34:14 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Recall.jpg

Tyson Foods has recalled more than 69,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The recalled products are three different kinds of fully cooked, frozen chicken strips: 25-oz. packages and 20-lb. cases of "buffalo style" chicken strips, along with 25-oz. packages of crispy chicken strips. They were shipped to stores nationwide and for "institutional use" in Michigan and Washington.

There have been no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick after they ate the products, but the USDA said consumers should throw the products away or return them.

The back of the packages are labeled with the code "P-7221" and are marked with a "best by" date of Nov. 30, 2019. See the label here.

The problem was discovered after the USDA received two complaints.

Anyone with questions about the recall can call Tyson at 1-866-886-8456.



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<![CDATA[Hill's Pet Nutrition Expands Recall of Canned Dog Foods]]>507478941Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:31:22 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-960862866.jpg

Hill's Pet Nutrition announced Wednesday it is expanding its recall of canned dog food due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.  

The company issued a voluntary recall on Jan. 31 of 25 varieties of Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Science Diet canned foods, due to the same concern. It is now saying eight more products and several additional lot codes of previously recalled varieties have been affected by the same vitamin premix that was the source of the original recall, according to The Food and Drug Administration. 

Hill's said the issue was isolated to the vitamin premix from a U.S. supplier used in its canned dog foods and limited to specific production lots. 

Elevated levels of vitamin D which could lead to health issues, including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss, according to the FDA.

When vitamin D is consumed at very high levels it can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.

The FDA urged pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the recalled products or is showing any of these signs to contact their veterinarian immediately.

Hill’s has received a limited number of complaints of pet illness related to the expanded recalled products.

The affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide.  The company said no dry foods, cats foods or pet treats were affected. 

The additional Hill's canned foods recalled are: 

  • Hill's Prescription Diet k/d Kidney Care with Lamb Canned Dog Food, 13oz, 12-pack
  • Hill's Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entrée dog food 12 x 12.8oz cans
  • Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 5.5oz, 24-pack
  • Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 24 x 5.5oz cans
  • Hill's Prescription Diet r/d Canine 12 x 12.3oz cans
  • Hill's Science Diet Adult Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13oz, 12-pack
  • Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew dog food 12 x 12.5oz cans
  • Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5oz, 12-pack

A full list of the recalled foods is available here.

After the initial recall, Hill's faced a backlash from pet owners who felt that company was slow to communicate the issue with customers. Pet owners took to the company's Facebook page alleging their dog had either become sick or died after being fed the canned food that was later recalled.   

At the time, Hill's said it was "heartbroken" about the situation and "working with pet parents to listen to their concerns." 

"As pet parents ourselves, we understand the gravity of health issues with our pets. We have extended our call center hours and tripled the number of people on our phones, so we can take time with every pet parent. Additionally, our team of veterinary professionals is engaged with vet hospitals and clinics to respond to their questions," the statement said.

Customers who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund.

For more information, please contact Hill's via their website or at 1-800-445-5777.



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<![CDATA[Dollar General Baby Cough Syrup Recalled Over Health Risk]]>507464051Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:53:00 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DG+Health+Cough+Syrup.jpg

Kingston Pharma is recalling bottles of children's cough syrup sold at Dollar General stores nationwide over concerns that the medicine could make babies sick.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that the Massena, New York-based company is recalling 2-fluid ounce bottles of DG health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus because it could possibly be contaminated with Bacillus cereus and/or Bacillus circulans.

According to the FDA, Bacillus cereus in food products has the potential to cause vomiting and diarrhea. The company said it has not received any reports of illnesses in connection with recalled product.

The recalled bottles of cough syrup are marked Lot KL180157, with an expiration date of 11/20 on the bottom of the carton and back of the bottle label. The UPC code of the affected bottles is: 8 54954 00250 0.

The recalled bottles were distributed nationwide in Dollar General retail stores.

Kingston said the presence of Bacillus cereus and Bacillus circulan in some bottles from Lot KL180157 were discovered during audit testing.

Most often, Bacillus cereus-related illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred, the agency said. Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others with weakened immune systems.

Production of the product has been suspended, according to the FDA.

Consumers can return the bottles to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Anyone with questions can contact the company at 1-844-724-7347 from 8:30 a.m. ET to 6:00 p.m. ET.



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<![CDATA[Butterball Recalls Ground Turkey Amid Salmonella Fears]]>507134721Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:40:24 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/turkey+recall.JPG

Butterball is recalling nearly 80,000 pounds -- 39 tons -- of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a certain strain of Salmonella.

Federal officials investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund infections found Butterball ground turkey samples closely related, genetically, to samples taken from four of five patients in two states, officials said Wednesday.

The prepackaged raw ground turkey was produced on July 7 and shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide. Authorities say they're concerned the turkey could be in people's freezers -- and if that's the case, they're urging the turkey be thrown out or returned to the place of purchase. 

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some people, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults and infants are more likely to develop a severe illness. Get more details here. 



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<![CDATA[Pillsbury Flour Sold at Winn-Dixie, Publix Recalled Over Salmonella Fears]]>507025531Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:20:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pillsbury.jpg

Hometown Food Company has recalled select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products because they may be contaminated with salmonella, NBC News reported.

The flour products were sold at a limited number of stores nationwide, including Publix and Winn-Dixie, which posted the voluntary recall on its website. About 12,185 cases of flour were affected, according to the notice on the Publix website. 

The affected flour comes in five-pound bags and has a "better if used by" date of April 2020.

There have not been any reports of illnesses. 



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<![CDATA[FDA Warns of Asbestos in Claire's Makeup; Company Disputes]]>506729201Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:55:05 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/clAP_18078752220233.jpg

U.S. regulators on Tuesday warned people not to use certain Claire's makeup products after samples tested positive for asbestos, but the retailer disputed the findings.

The Food and Drug Administration said it issued the warning because it said Claire's refused to comply with its request for a recall, and that the agency doesn't have the power to force one.

In a statement, Claire's noted that it removed the three products identified by the FDA from its stores "out of an abundance of caution," and that it's also removing any remaining talc-based cosmetics. But the company said the FDA's test results mischaracterize fibers as asbestos. It said it tried to discuss the matter with the FDA, but the agency moved ahead with its warning.

The FDA conducted the tests after learning of reports of asbestos in products sold by retailers Claire's and Justice in 2017. A Justice representative noted that it quickly recalled products in 2017. Justice said one set of its tests showed no evidence of asbestos, while a second round of testing showed trace amounts. Claire's removed products from stores but didn't issue a recall. The FDA said Tuesday its tests, conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and AMA Analytical Services, confirmed asbestos in three Claire's products and one Justice product.

The FDA said the three products people shouldn't use are Claire's Eye Shadows, batch/lot No: 08/17; Claire's Compact Powder, batch/lot No.: 07/15; and Claire's Contour Palette, batch/lot No.: 04/17.

The agency said it was not aware of anyone being sickened by the makeup. Asbestos fibers can get stuck in the lungs and it can cause cancer, but the greatest risk is to people with frequent, long term exposure to it.

Cosmetics do not have to be reviewed or approved by the FDA. On Tuesday, the agency said it plans to collect information on how companies ensure the talc they use is free from asbestos.

The FDA also asked companies to register their products and ingredient lists on its website, but noted that doing so is not required.

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<![CDATA[Honda to Recall About 1M Older Cars With Dangerous Air Bags]]>507025171Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:53:18 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/honGettyImages-841072696.jpg

Honda is likely to recall around 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the Takata driver's air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be dangerous.

Documents posted Monday by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling many of its most popular models for a second time. The models are from as far back as 2001 and as recent as 2010.

Canadian documents say about 84,000 vehicles are involved. That number is usually over 10 times higher in the United States.

Affected models include the Honda Accord from 2001 through 2007, the CR-V from 2002 through 2006, the Civic from 2001 through 2005, the Element from 2003 through 2010, the Odyssey from 2002 through 2004, the Pilot from 2003 through 2008 and the Ridgeline from 2006. Also covered are Acura luxury models including the MDX from 2003 through 2006, the EL from 2001 through 2005, the TL from 2002 and 2003 and the CL from 2003.

Transport Canada, the country's transportation safety agency, said vehicles covered include those that were under previous recalls and others that had air bags replaced after collisions.

Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags. But the chemical can deteriorate over time due to high humidity and cycles from hot temperatures to cold. It can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured.

The recalls are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history. As many as 70 million will be recalled.

Honda spokesman Chris Martin wouldn't give details Monday evening, but said the company is communicating with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "and plans to issue a public statement tomorrow." Messages were left after business hours Monday seeking comment from NHTSA.

Owners will be told to take their vehicles to dealers to have the inflators replaced.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Pounds of Chef Boyardee Products Recalled ]]>506978931Mon, 11 Mar 2019 19:21:22 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chef+boyardee+recall.jpg

A Pennsylvania-based company has recalled nearly 3,000 pounds of Chef Boyardee products because they were labeled as chicken and rice but are beef ravioli.

Conagra Brands, Inc., said Saturday it was pulling 2,871 pounds of 7.5 oz. canned microwavable Chef Boyardee bowls because of the misbranding. The products may also contain some allergens -- milk and wheat -- not represented on the label.

The affected products were shipped to retail locations in New York, Florida and Kentucky, officials say. Multiple consumers complained, which is how the issues were discovered; there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions. 

Anyone who has purchased the affected bowls is advised to throw them out or return to them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can reach out to Danielle Richardson, Conagra's manager of quality, at 1-800-921-7404.

For more details from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, click here



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<![CDATA[Certain Birth Control Pills Recalled Over 'Packaging Error']]>506723131Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:55:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Birth-Control-Pill-recall.jpg

Thousands of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol birth control packages are being recalled over a "packaging error" that could have women taking pills off the medication's schedule.

The Apotex Corp. recall covers 3 mg / 0.03 mg drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol tablets that feature the NDC number 60505-4183-3 on the outer and inner cartons. The packaging may have an incorrect tablet arrangement or an empty slot for a tablet, meaning a patient may take the wrong pill, varying the dosage.

Apotex said in its recall notice that it's received no reports of pregnancies or adverse events due to the issue. Anyone with affected tablets should speak with their pharmacy and health care provider; they should also continue their therapy or use a non-hormonal method of birth control, according to the recall notice.

"As a result of this packaging error, where a patient does not take a tablet due to a missing tablet or that a patient takes a placebo instead of an active tablet, loss of efficacy is possible due to variation in the dosage consumed," Apotex said in a statement.

The affected pills were distributed to wholesalers and distributors nationwide, according to the recall notice. The affected lot numbers are 7DY008A through 7DY011A, with expiration date 8/2020.

A representative for Apotex said that 82,705 packages are being recalled.

Any consumers with questions can reach Apotex by calling 1-800-706-5575 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays or by emailing UScustomerservice@Apotex.com.



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<![CDATA[Audi Recalls Nearly 75,000 Vehicles Due to Fire Risk]]>506714831Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:04:51 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_Audi_956073176.jpg

Volkswagen's Audi luxury brand is recalling nearly 75,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because fuel leaks in the engine could cause fires.

The recall covers certain A6, A7 and Q7 SUVs from the 2016 through 2018 model years. Also included are A8 sedans from 2015 through 2018.

The company says in documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. government that parts of the fuel injection system can leak, and if the fuel hits an ignition source, it can catch fire. The documents didn't list any fires or injuries. A message was left Tuesday for an Audi spokesman.

Dealers will replace the left and right fuel injector rails at no cost to owners.

Audi says owners will be notified by mail in mid-March.

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<![CDATA[Major Subaru Recall Over Brake Light Prob Related to Shampoo]]>506652901Mon, 04 Mar 2019 13:14:38 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subaru+generic.jpg

Subaru is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because chemicals used in everyday products -- including shampoo -- could prevent the brake lights from illuminating properly. 

The recall covers certain 2014 to 2016 Forester, 2008 through 2016 Impreza and 2013 through 2017 Crosstrek vehicles. Want to know if your vehicle is affected? Search your VIN number on Subaru's recall site here

Subaru says it's gotten 33 reports of problems in the U.S. related to the recall, which was announced late last week. According to the company, consumer products containing silicone -- like shampoo, fabric softener or nail polish -- can emit a gas that can seep into the brake lamp switch and cut off the electrical contact. That can stop the rear brake lights from working but brakes will still function, the company said. 

Subaru says it discovered the problem. It will reach out to affected customers and replace the switch. 

The recall is being done worldwide. According to The Wall Street Journal, another million vehicles could be added to the recall.

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<![CDATA[New Recall for Losartan Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Medication]]>506545151Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:44:04 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/649855748-Generic-blood-pressure-losartan.jpg

Thousands of bottles of a prescription medicine for treating high blood pressure and congestive heart failure have been recalled over the detection of trace amounts of a possible carcinogen.

About 56,000 bottles of losartan tablets were recalled by Camber Pharmaceuticals on Thursday, the latest in a series of losartan-related recalls. No one has reported any adverse affects from the drug in Thursday's recall, the company said in a notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website.

Losartan tablets in 25, 50 and 100 mg doses are being recalled by Camber. They were distributed nationwide.

Consumers should speak with their doctor to discuss the recall before they stop taking the drug, or if they have experienced any adverse effects that may be related to the drug.

The identifying NDC numbers in the recall are Losartan 25 mg 31722-700-90, 31722-700-05, 31722-700-10; Losartan 50 mg 31722-701-30, 31722-701-90, 31722-70-10; and Losartan 100 mg 31722-702-30, 31722-702-90, and 31722-702-10. See a more detailed list, with lot and expiry numbers, here.

Trace amounts of N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid were found as an impurity or contaminant in an active ingredient. That compound is a potential human carcinogen, according to the recall notice.

Other manufacturers have recalled losartan in recent months, but Thursday's recall is for a different potential contaminant. Those recalls were made over detection of N-nitrosodiethylamine.

Anyone with questions about the latest recall may call Camber Pharmaceuticals at 866-495-1995 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on weekdays.



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<![CDATA[Hyundai, Kia Recall Over 500K Vehicles as Fire Risk Spreads]]>506500331Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:59:29 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kiaAP_19016706214621.jpg

Hyundai and Kia have added more than a half-million vehicles to 3 ½-year string of U.S. recalls for engine failures and fires.

Three recalls released Thursday by the government add new problems and vehicles to the Korean automakers' list of safety woes, which have brought hundreds of complaints about fires from across the nation.

The companies have now recalled nearly 2.4 million vehicles for fire and engine failure problems since September of 2015, and they are under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for potentially being slow to fix faulty vehicles.

In addition, the companies are doing a "product improvement campaign" covering another 3.7 million vehicles to install software that will alert drivers of possible engine failures and send the cars into a reduced-speed "limp" mode if problems are detected.

The largest of three recalls posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Thursday covers nearly 379,000 Kia Soul small SUVs from 2012 through 2016 with 1.6-liter engines. Documents show that high exhaust gas temperatures can damage the catalytic converters, which control pollution. That can cause abnormal combustion and damage pistons and connecting rods. A failed connecting rod can pierce the engine block and cause oil leaks that can cause fires.

In addition, Hyundai and Kia are recalling 152,000 Tuscon SUVs from 2011 to 2013 and Sportage SUVs from 2011 and 2012 to fix an engine oil pan leak that also can cause fires.

Documents show that Kia had been investigating fires in Souls after the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety petitioned the government to look into the fires last year. In November, the automaker couldn't find any safety problem trends but it kept monitoring repair data and found the problem with the catalytic converters.

All Souls with 1.6-liter engines made from July 8, 2011 through August 11, 2016 are being recalled. Dealers will replace a computer that prevents the catalytic converter from overheating. They'll also replace the catalytic converter and the engine if they have been damaged. Letters will be mailed to owners starting April 12.

Hyundai, which is affiliated with Kia, also has models with 1.6-liter engines. But spokesman Jim Trainor said they are different from the Soul with different control software. Kia spokesman James Bell said he would check into the other models.

In the Tuscon and Sportage recall, the fix for the oil pan problem is still being developed. Hyundai owners will be notified starting March 29, while Kia owners will get letters starting April 10.

In a letter to legislators mailed Wednesday, the Center for Auto Safety asked for congressional action to hold Hyundai and Kia responsible for failing to repair millions of fire-prone vehicles. The center said the government has more than 300 Hyundai-Kia fire complaints, which is high compared with similar vehicles.

"The better-late-than-never recall of Kia Souls hopefully will remedy this fire-causing defect," said Jason Levine, executive director of the center. "Yet one has to wonder why Kia's initial reaction was to deny the validity of our petition, particularly as there were dozens of reports of fires involving these vehicles all the way back to last summer."

Levine said Kia denied fire problems with the Soul and he questioned why the company is resisting recalls of other vehicles that are prone to fires.

In one recall document, NHTSA wrote that it had scheduled a meeting with Hyundai to discuss the fire and engine failure investigation, but the meeting had to be canceled due to the partial government shutdown. The documents don't say whether it has taken place since the 35-day shutdown ended.

A NHTSA spokeswoman said the agency has communicated with both automakers since the government reopened.

Documents in the latest round of recalls don't mention whether there have been any fires or injuries. In January, Kia said it had six reports of fires among vehicles being recalled for possible fuel leaks, while Hyundai said it had no fire reports. Neither company had any reports of injuries.

Levine has said fire complaints to NHTSA have come from across the country, including a death in Ohio in April of 2017.

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<![CDATA[Ready-to-Eat Deli Meat Products Recalled]]>506388521Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:54:31 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_729929401751+resized.jpg

About 13,224 pounds of Sahlen Packing Company, Inc.'s ready-to-eat deli meat products are being recalled after possible extraneous materials were found.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Tuesday due to a possible contamination with extraneous materials, specifically plastic.

According to the FSIS, the ready-to-eat deli ham in question were produced on Jan. 25 and include varying weights of whole hams sliced and sold by weight at retail deli counters containing “MARKET 32 BY PRICE CHOPPER BLACK FOREST HAM with natural juices caramel color added 97% FAT FREE” and a sell by date of 4/8/19 represented on the label.

The whole ham products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST. 5155" inside the USDA mark of inspection, the FSIS says, adding that the roducts were shipped to locations in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The problem was discovered Feb. 22 when Sahlen Packing received a complaint of an extraneous materian in a ham product that was produced for retail deli slicing.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, the FSIS says. However, anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, the FSIS says.



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<![CDATA[EnviroKidz Cereals Recalled Over Undeclared Gluten Concerns]]>506047071Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:24:13 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Envirokidz+Cereal+recall.jpg

Nature's Path Foods is voluntarily recalling more than 400,000 boxes of its gluten-free EnviroKidz cereal over concerns that they may be contaminated with "undeclared gluten."

According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall notice, the company is recalling certain 10-ounce boxes of EnviroKidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch with specific "Best Before" dates.

  • EnviroKidz Choco Chimp: UPC(058449870241) Best Before Date (08/27/2019)
  • EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch: UPC(058449860020) Best Before Date (08/24/2019)
  • EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch: UPC(058449860020) Best Before Date (09/21/2019)
  • EnviroKidz Jungle Munch: UPC(058449870289) Best Before Date (08/01/2019)

The FDA said the error occurred at one facility and was due to air contamination as a result of an incorrect production scheduling.

Nature's Path spokeswoman Wendy Kubota noted that while the company is recalling the entire production run, not all of the produced boxes came into contact with the gluten and are being recalled out of abundance of caution. 

The company said of the 450,648 cereal boxes recalled, 410,688 were shipped to U.S. retailers nationwide and the rest were sold in Canada.

Other gluten-free Nature’s Path and EnviroKidz products are not impacted and are not part of the voluntary recall.

People who have a wheat allergy, celiac disease or sensitivity to gluten and wheat should not consume the recalled cereals due to potential adverse health effects, the FDA warned.

"Making healthy, nutritious, organic food is our passion," said Arjan Stephens, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing at Nature’s Path, in a statement. "This failure to meet the gluten-free standard our consumers expect and trust from us is a deep concern. We have reviewed and changed our internal practices to ensure our gluten-free cereals are not impacted in the future."

Kubota told NBC in a emailed statement that those changes include 

ensuring gluten-free and gluten cereals are never run at the same timeframe or overlapping in their plants, and increasing the testing for gluten while the cereal is in production to every hour versus twice per 12-hour shift.

"With much smaller testing windows, we don’t believe gluten in our cereal will again be an issue," Kubota added.

Customers can return the recalled product to their point of purchase for a refund. For more information about the recall, consumers may also contact Nature’s Path Consumer Services at 1-866-880-7284 between Monday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. PST to 4:30 p.m. PST, or email the company at ConsumerServices@naturespath.com. 



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<![CDATA[Ford Recalls 1.5M Pickups That Can Downshift Without Warning]]>505774441Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:44:05 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ford-logo2.jpg

Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million pickup trucks in North America because the transmissions can suddenly downshift into first gear.

The recall covers F-150 trucks from the 2011 through 2013 model years with six-speed automatic transmissions.

The company says a glitch in sending a signal from the transmission speed sensor is the cause. Ford has five reports of accidents including one that caused a whiplash injury from a sudden downshift.

Owners will be notified by letter starting March 4. Dealers will update the powertrain control software to fix the problem.

Ford's F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the United States.

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<![CDATA[Target Recalls Tens of Thousands of Toddler Boots ]]>505769881Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:49:00 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1021477546+resized.jpg

Target is recalling tens of thousands of toddler boots over choking concerns. 

The retailer said Tuesday it was pulling about 33,600 unicorn boots -- specifically, Cat & Jack Unicorn "Chiara Boots," because the unicorn on the front can detach, posing a choking hazard to children. 

Target says it has gotten four complaints of detached horns, but no injuries were reported. The items were sold in Target stores nationwide and online. 

The recall includes boots in sizes 5-13 and size 1; the shoes are white with silver shimmer, and have a white zipper and white faux fur lining. The unicorn’s horn and inner ears are silver glitter and its eyelashes and nostrils are stitched and gray.  The model numbers are located on the inside tag of the boot; for the full list of affected model numbers and more product photos, click here.

Anyone who has the recalled boots should take them away from kids and return them to a Target store for a full refund. Consumers can call 1-800-440-0680 for more information as well. 



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<![CDATA[Automakers Recall 1.7 Million Cars With Fatal Airbags]]>505571311Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:20:50 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/takayaGettyImages-103461552.jpg

Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

The inflators can hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured.

The moves, announced Friday by the U.S. government, are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history. About 10 million inflators are being recalled in the U.S. this year, with as many as 70 million to be recalled by the time the whole mess ends late next year.

Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the airbags. But the chemical can deteriorate over time due to high humidity and cycles from hot temperatures to cold. The most dangerous inflators are in areas of the South along the Gulf of Mexico that have high humidity.

The recalls, which began in 2001, are being phased in over time and managed by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Many of the recalls are limited to specific geographic regions in the U.S. Owners can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled by going to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and keying in a 17-digit vehicle identification number.

In the latest round, Subaru is recalling 826,144 vehicles, including various Forester, Legacy and Outback models from 2010 to 2014. Mercedes is recalling 288,779 vehicles from model years 2010 to 2017. Volkswagen is recalling 119,394 vehicles, including Audi and Passat models from 2015 to 2017. BMW is recalling 266,044 vehicles from 2000 to 2004 model years and the 2007 to 2015 model years.

The recalls also include 159,689 vehicles from Daimler Vans spanning model years 2015 to 2017. Tesla is recalling 68,763 Model S vehicles from 2014 to 2016 and Ferrari is recalling 11,176 vehicles of various models ranging from 2014 to 2018 model years.

As of December, automakers have recalled 50.36 million inflators and replaced 27.2 million of them. That leaves more than 23 million yet to be replaced, according to the NHTSA website.

Ford, Honda, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler already released their 2019 Takata recalls totaling more than 5 million vehicles.

The recalls forced Takata Corp. to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes.

Business Writer Damian J. Troise contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Fisher-Price Recalls 44K Barbie Dream Campers]]>505405601Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:14:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Barbie-recall.jpg

Fisher-Price is recalling approximately 44,000 children’s Power Wheels toy vehicles because they can continue to run even after the foot pedal is released, posing a risk of injury.

The recall includes Power Wheels Barbie Dream Campers that were sold exclusively at Walmart stores from July 2018 through January 2019. The recalled product has a model number of FRC29, which can be found printed under the hood.

Fisher-Price has so far received 17 reports of the toy’s wheels continuing to run even after children released the foot pedal. No injuries have been reported, the company said.

Consumers are urged to take the Power Wheels toy away from their kids and to get a free repair by contacting Fisher-Price at 1-800-348-0751.



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<![CDATA[Dogs Are Sick, Dying After Eating Recalled Food: Owners]]>505379451Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:26:52 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hills-dogs-deceased.jpg

Just days after Hill's Pet Nutrition voluntarily recalled select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D, more than a dozen dog owners have come forward on the company's Facebook page saying their dogs have either become sick or died after being fed the food.

The company issued a voluntary recall involving both Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Science Diet canned foods on Jan. 31, warning of a potential for elevated levels of vitamin D which could lead to health issues, including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

When vitamin D is consumed at very high levels it can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.

Since the recall was announced, dozens of people have responded to Hill's original post on Facebook saying either their dogs have become sick or have died, many asking for compensation to recover thousands of dollars in veterinary care.

The company, meanwhile, is responding to those posts asking to speak with the customers through private messages. In other cases, the company told customers the vitamin D came from an unnamed supplier in Texas and was manufactured in Topeka, Kansas.

NBC News received the following statement from Hill's Pet Nutrition Tuesday evening:

"First and foremost, we’re heartbroken about this situation, which involves a limited quantity of our canned foods, and we are taking it very seriously. Hill’s people are working with pet parent to listen to their concerns. As pet parents ourselves, we understand the gravity of health issues with our pets. We have extended our call center hours and tripled the number of people on our phones, so we can take time with every pet parent. Additionally, our team of veterinary professionals is engaged with vet hospitals and clinics to respond to their questions.

It is important to keep in mind that vitamin D toxicity is actually very rare. In rare cases, continuous consumption of high levels of vitamin D can result in serious health issues, so we are assessing every pet parent inquiry thoroughly.

We have identified and isolated the issue, which is restricted to a specific vitamin mix, provided by one of our suppliers in the U.S., that was used in limited production of canned dog food as listed on our website. To prevent this from happening again, we now require the supplier of our vitamin mix to conduct additional quality testing on every batch of this ingredient delivered to Hill’s. In addition, we are also strengthening our own testing protocol for incoming ingredients as an additional safeguard.

We appreciate people's patience as we take the time needed to assess the concerns of each and every pet parent. We are committed to providing safe, high quality foods to all pets."

Meanwhile, in response to a customer on Twitter, Hill's Pet Nutrition said, "We have identified and isolated the supplier error and, are now requiring them to implement additional quality testing prior to release of ingredients. In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients."

For a list of the recalled foods, click here. If your dog has consumed any of the recalled products or is showing any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.

Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund.

For more information, please contact Hill's via their website or at 1-800-445-5777.



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<![CDATA[Hill's Pet Nutrition Recalls Prescription, Science Diet Food]]>505221801Sat, 02 Feb 2019 00:00:07 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/edt-dog-bowl.jpg

Hill's Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.

The recall involves both Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Science Diet canned foods.

Elevated levels of vitamin D can lead to potential health issues, including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss, according to Hill's website. When vitamin D is consumed at very high levels it can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.

If your dog has consumed any of these recalled products and is showing any of these signs, contact your veterinarian.

For a list of the recalled foods, click here.

The affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.

Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund.

For more information, please contact Hill's via their website or at 1-800-445-5777.

For further information, please contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 9am-5pm (CST) or at contactus@hillspet.com.



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<![CDATA[Recall of Infant Liquid Ibuprofen Expands]]>505114521Wed, 30 Jan 2019 23:23:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/liquidmedicineGettyImages-1055503566.jpg

The recall of an infant pain reliever has been expanded over worries that the over-the-counter medication may contain dangerously high concentrations of the drug, NBC News reported.

The drug maker Tris-Pharma said additional lots of Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL — sold in 0.5 oz. bottles at Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar Services — may have higher concentrations of ibuprofen than what’s on the label.

The original recall late last year was for three batches of of the ibuprofen drops. The new recall includes three more batches. 



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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls Chicken Nuggets That May Contain Rubber]]>505071421Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:02:40 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tyson-panko-chicken-nugget-recall-013019.jpg

More than 36,420 pounds of chicken nugget products are being recalled because they may be contaminated with rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday.

The recall is for certain 5-pound packages of Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets sold nationwide.

There have been no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick or having adverse reactions because they consumed the chicken, the USDA said.

The packages had a "best if used by" date of Nov. 26, 2019, case code "3308SDL03 and time stamps 23:00 through 01:59. Click here to see the label.

The manufacturer received complaints from people who found "soft, blue rubber" in the chicken nugget packages, the USDA said in a news release, adding that anyone who has purchased affected packages should throw them away or return them to the store.

The USDA did not immediately disclose which retail outlets sold the recalled chicken.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Consumer Relations at 1-888-747-7611.



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<![CDATA[Fruit Sold in Walmart, Costco Recalled Over Bacteria Fears]]>504968041Mon, 28 Jan 2019 11:29:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+peaches.jpg

A Yonkers-based company is recalling thousands of cartons of fruit sold nationwide in stores like Walmart and Costco over concerns about bacterial contamination that could cause potentially deadly infections.

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc., recalled 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums because they could be contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria that can develop into Listeriosis, which can be deadly for young children or people with vulnerable immune systems.

Federal officials say the affected products were shipped to major supermarket chains and some smaller retailers in more than a dozen states, including New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. See the full list of affected states and stores here.

No illnesses have been reported to date because of the issue, which was detected during routine sampling, officials said. Anyone who may have purchased the affected fruit is advised to return it for a full refund. Anyone with questions can contact the company at compliance@jacvandenberg.com. 

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.



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<![CDATA[General Mills Recalls Some Flour Due to Salmonella Concerns]]>504783621Thu, 24 Jan 2019 07:11:00 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Gold-Medal-Unbleached-Flour-5lb-bag2.jpg

General Mills announced Wednesday it was recalling some 5-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour.

The company said the voluntary recall was being issued "for the potential presence of salmonella which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product."

"This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product," the company said in a statement.

The bags being recalled have a better if used by date of April 20, 2020.

Consumers are asked to throw out bags affected by the recall. Consumers who have had to discard products covered by this recall can contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit the company's website



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<![CDATA[Johnsonville Recalls Ground Pork Over Possible Contamination]]>504557401Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:04:15 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/premium-pork-rubber.jpg

Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday by the company based in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

The material was produced and packaged on Sept. 27, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, 2018, with the name Johnsonville Grillers, cheddar cheese and bacon flavor. Best-by dates are July 24, Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, 2019, and has the establishment number 34225 printed on the carton end under the best-by date.

The agency says it received three consumer complaints about black rubber in the sausage.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Some of the products may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Johnsonville Consumer Relations at 888-556-2728.

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<![CDATA[Recall for Frozen Chicken Nuggets That May Contain Wood]]>504527451Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:48:07 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2019-01-18-at-12.37.52-AM.jpg

More than 68,000 pounds of Perdue Foods ready-to-eat chicken nugget products are being recalled because they may be contaminated with wood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The recalled products are 22-oz. packages of gluten-free chicken breast nuggets with the brand name “Perdue SimplySmart Organics.” They were shipped to stores nationwide.

There have been no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick because they consumed the products.

The packages are labeled with the code “P-33944” on a small circle on the lower right corner and are marked with a "best by" date of Oct. 25, 2019. See the label here.

The USDA was notified of the problem by Perdue on Jan. 17 after the company received three customer complaints that the products contained wood. A fourth complaint was reported to the USDA through its own complaint system.

“These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the USDA said in a statement. 

Anyone with questions about the recall can call Perdue at 1-877-727-3447.



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<![CDATA[Hyundai, Kia Recall Vehicles Due to Increased Fire Risk]]>504440721Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:11:57 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/recAP_18290738068382-%282%29.jpg

Despite a government shutdown, Hyundai and Kia are moving ahead with a recall of about 168,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires. The problem stems from improper repairs during previous recalls for engine failures.

The affiliated Korean automakers have been dogged by fire and engine failure complaints from across the nation. They're both under investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has been trying to figure out whether initial recalls covered enough vehicles. But the agency is mostly closed due to the shutdown.

In addition to the recall, each automaker says it will do a "product improvement campaign" covering a total of 3.7 million vehicles to install software that will alert drivers of possible engine failures and send the cars into a reduced-speed "limp" mode if problems are detected.

NHTSA employees who do safety investigations and recall notifications are not at work. Under normal circumstances, the agency would review the recalls to make sure they are adequate and post details on the agency website. It also would monitor notices to customers, and make sure customers could check to see if their vehicles are included.

Kia spokesman James Bell said the company is proceeding with the recall and campaign regardless of government delays.

"Making our customers comfortable is vastly more important than making sure we're following additional government processes right now," he said. Kia sent letters to dealers around Jan. 10 notifying them of the recall, he said.

But a U.S. auto safety advocate called the recalls inadequate and said the product improvement campaigns should instead be recalls that are overseen by NHTSA.

A NHTSA spokeswoman said she could not comment due to the shutdown.

Hyundai and Kia started recalling 1.7 million vehicles in 2015 — about 618,000 of which are Kias — because manufacturing debris can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. That can cause bearings in 2-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines to wear and fail. The problem can also cause fires. The repair is an expensive engine block replacement.

Now the companies are acknowledging that the engine replacements may not have been properly done in all cases by dealers. A Kia statement says the high-pressure fuel pipe may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly tightened while the engines were being replaced under recall. That can allow fuel to leak and hit hot engine parts, causing fires.

Kia is only doing the fix on 68,000 of its 618,000 vehicles recalled for the engine problems, while Hyundai is only recalling 100,000 of more than 1 million.

The fuel injector pipe recall covers some 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima cars, 2012 through 2014 Sorrento SUVs, and 2011 through 2013 Sportage SUVs, all with 2-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. Also covered are many 2011 to 2014 Hyundai Sonata cars and 2013 and 2014 Santa Fe Sport SUVs.

The companies say owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by letter.

Jason Levine, executive director of the nonprofit Center For Auto Safety, said Kia limited the latest recall to a relatively small number of vehicles without adequate explanation, raising more questions than answers. He said some consumers have complained of fires in vehicles that weren't included in the engine repair recalls.

He also raised concerns about the government shutdown's impact on NHTSA, which he said should be open to handle critical safety recalls.

"This is the exact scenario where you should have safety and enforcement people coming in and doing their jobs," he said.

The last recall posted on NHTSA's website was dated Dec. 19, three days before the shutdown began. The agency said it a statement that it "may recall furloughed employees if NHTSA becomes aware of information concerning suspended functions that involve imminent threats to the safety of human life or protection of property."

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<![CDATA[Toyota Recalls 1.7M Vehicles in N. America to Fix Air Bags]]>504148281Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:01:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Toyota-Recall-AP_19009670186567.jpg

Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace potentially deadly Takata front passenger air bag inflators.

The move announced Wednesday includes 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in the nation's history.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide and hundreds have been injured.

The recall covers Toyota models including the 2010 through 2016 4Runner, the 2010 through 2013 Corolla and Matrix, and the 2011 through 2014 Sienna. Also covered are Lexus models including the 2010 through 2012 ES 350, the 2010 through 2017 GX 460, the 2010 through 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 through 2013 IS 250 and 350 and the 2010 through 2014 IS-F. The 2010 through 2015 Scion XB also is included.

Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags. But the chemical can deteriorate over time due to high humidity and cycles from hot temperatures to cold. The most dangerous inflators are in areas of the South along the Gulf of Mexico that have high humidity.

Toyota and Lexus dealers will either replace the inflator or the entire air bag assembly with equipment made by other manufacturers that does not contain ammonium nitrate. Owners will be notified by mail or other means in late January.

Toyota wouldn't say if anyone has been injured in vehicles covered by the latest recall.

Owners can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled by going to https://www.toyota.com/recall or https://www.airbagrecall.com and keying license plate or vehicle identification numbers.

Toyota's recall is part of a phased-in replacement of Takata inflators. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million starting this month. Ford and Honda have already announced recalls.

More than three years after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took over management of recalls involving Takata inflators, one-third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual report from the government and a court-appointed monitor last year. The report says 16.7 million faulty inflators out of 50 million under recall have yet to be fixed.

Safety advocates say the completion rate should be far higher given the danger associated with the inflators.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes.

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<![CDATA[Ford Recalls 953K Vehicles Over Defective Airbag Inflators]]>503900601Fri, 04 Jan 2019 14:55:34 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/113188937-Ford-Logo.jpg

Just two weeks after issuing a recall for 874,000 F-Series pickups, Ford is announcing another two additional recalls of approximately 953,000 vehicles over Takata airbag inflators and an insufficient seat weld.

The larger of the two recalls is related to airbag inflators. Ford said in a news release Friday they were expanding the safety recall to 953,000 vehicles after the manufacturer declared more inflators were defective.

"This action represents a planned expansion of previously recalled vehicles to additional model years within the geographic zones defined earlier by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration," Ford said in a statement.

Ford said the recall expansion included 782,384 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and 149,652 in Canada. A list of the vehicles affected by the recall expansion is below:

• 2010 Ford Edge and 2010 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 28, 2008 to July 12, 2010
• 2010-11 Ford Ranger vehicles built at Twin Cities, Aug. 14, 2008 to June 21, 2014
• 2010-12 Ford Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ and 2010-11 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 3, 2008 to July 29, 2012
• 2010-14 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, June 8, 2009 to Dec. 16, 2011

Ford also announced a second recall over insufficient seat welds in certain 2019 EcoSport vehicles. The bad weld is between the side member and A-bracket on the front seat back and may reduce the strength of the weld, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

This action affects approximately 87 EcoSport vehicles in North America including 63 in the United States and federalized territories and 13 in Canada, Ford said.

No injuries have been reported with the passenger side frontal inflators or the bad weld included in these recalls, Ford said.

Recall repairs will be done at local dealerships at no cost to the customer. Ford said they'll replace the frontal airbag inflator or module on those affected vehicles and they'll replace the front seats on the EcoSport vehicles with insufficient welds.

If your vehicle is in need of repair due to a recall, contact your local Ford dealer.

ONLINE: North American Ford Vehicles Recalled



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<![CDATA[More Blood Pressure Meds Recalled Over Cancer Concerns]]>503845131Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:13:14 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/080618bloodpressire.jpg

Another drugmaker is recalling a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure over concerns that tablets could be contaminated with a cancer-causing agent.

Drug maker Aurobindo Pharma USA is voluntarily recalling 80 lots Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets USP, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, USP and Valsartan Tablets USP.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a "probable human carcinogen," was found in the active ingredient valsartan in the recalled products.

The recalled medications were distributed nationwide. The New Jersey-based company has not received any reports of adverse effects related to the drugs as of Dec. 31, 2018, when the recall was announced, the FDA said.

A full list of the recalled products is available here. Products can be identified by checking the product name, manufacturer details, and batch or lot number on the bottles. Expiration dates range from May 2019 to March 2021.

Valsartan tablets are used to control high blood pressure and for treatment of heart failure. The FDA says patients who are prescribed Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets USP, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, USP and Valsartan Tablets USP should continue taking their medication, “as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.”

If a patient's medicine is included in the recall, they should contact their health care professional to discuss alternative treatment options before returning their medication.

Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-850-2876 or by email at: pvg@aurobindousa.com.

Aurobino’s recall follows a growing list of companies recalling their blood pressure medication in the last year. In November, Teva Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled two of its drugs over the same concerns. In July, the FDA announced a recall of several medicines containing valsartan due to traces of NDMA contamination. A month later, the agency expanded the recall list of medications that contained the active ingredient valsartan over concerns that it could be contaminated with the cancer-causing agent.

"The agency continues to investigate and test all angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for the presence of NDEA and N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and is taking swift action when it identifies these impurities that are above interim acceptable daily intake levels," the FDA said in a news release.

The FDA also updated the list of valsartan products under the recall and the list of valsartan products not under recall.

The agency encourages patients and health care professionals to report any adverse reaction to the FDA’s MedWatch program.



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<![CDATA[Zeigler Red Hots That May Contain Metal Recalled Nationwide]]>503726481Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:02:49 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zeigler-red-hots-recall.jpg

R.L. Zeigler Co. is recalling approximately 11,664 pounds of a chicken and pork sausages over concerns it may be contaminated with bits of metal.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Sunday that 24-ounce packages of Zeigler's Red Hot chicken and pork sausages produced Nov. 29 are subject to recall:

  • 24-oz. plastic packages containing approximately 9 links of “ZEIGLER A TRADITION OF GREAT TASTE RED HOTS” with a “Use By Jan 24 19” date.
  • 24-oz. plastic packages containing approximately 9 links of “EXTRA HOT ZEIGLER A TRADITION OF GREAT TASTE RED HOTS” with a “Use By Jan 24 19” date.

"The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide," the USDA said.

The problem was discovered after Zeigler received consumer complaints on Dec. 13 and 27, 2018 and investigated them. The company notified the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service of the issue on Dec. 29, 2018.

There have been no confirmed reports of injury or reaction from consumption of the products, however the FSIS said it is concerned some of the products could still be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers.

The USDA believes the following retail chains may have received the recalled sausages: Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Walmart and Publix stores in Alabama, Ramey's and Vowell's markets in Alabama and Mississippi, and Winn Dixie supermarkets in Florida. Several other retailers in all three states as well as stores in Tennessee and Louisiana are also believed to have received the recalled products. See the list HERE.

The USDA notes that the list may not include all retail locations that have received the recalled product or may include retail locations that did not actually receive the recalled sausages and urged consumers to check the label for the recall-specific information.

These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Jeff Berry at R. L. Zeigler Co., Inc. at 334-410-9845. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.



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<![CDATA[Fire Risk Forces Recall of 874K Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks]]>503339861Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:56:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ford-f-series.jpg

Ford is recalling more than 874,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. and Canada because they can catch fire.

The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.

The company says in documents posted Friday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website that water and contaminants can get into the heater cable and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and possible fires. Engine block heaters warm the engines so they can start and warm up faster in extreme cold temperatures.

The company says the risk of fire happens only when the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet.

Ford has received three reports of fires in Canada, but none in the U.S. Minor property damage was reported in one incident, but there haven't been any reports of injuries, Ford said in a statement.

Dealers will inspect and seal the cable or replace the heaters if needed. The recall is expected to start in the U.S. on Jan. 7.

F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicle in the United States.

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<![CDATA[Children’s Place Recalls Baby Snowsuits Over Choking Hazard]]>503120511Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:26:35 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Children%27s+Place+Snowsuit+Collage.jpg

The Children’s Place is recalling thousands snowsuits over metal snaps that could detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The children’s apparel chain on Tuesday issued a recall for around 14,900 girls’ infant snowsuits that come with matching print hoods with small ears, detachable mittens and a zipper down the front that is covered with a fabric snap flap at the chest.

The New Jersey-based retailer received one report of a metal snap detaching from a snowsuit, but hadn’t received any reports of injuries as of Wednesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The recall includes two styles of girls' infant snowsuits sold in sizes 0 to 18 months.  The style number 2111187 was sold in White Sophy floral and Jazzberry ladybug patterns. The style number 2111188 came in Rosebud heart. The style number can be found on the label sewn in to the side of the seam.

The recalled snowsuits were sold in stores and online between August 2018 and November 2018 for about $50.

Anyone who has purchased one of the snowsuits should stop using them and return them to the chain for a full refund, the commission said. For more information, contact The Children’s Place at 1-877-752-2387.



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<![CDATA[Calif. Farm Linked to Tainted Romaine Recalls Other Products]]>502796511Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:06:10 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/531808415-Cauliflower.jpg

U.S. health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in California, which voluntarily recalled red and green leaf lettuce as well as cauliflower because they may be contaminated with E. coli.

Adam Bros. Farms in Santa Barbara County said Thursday it was issuing the new recall, for the listed products harvested between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, "out of an abundance of caution."

The Food and Drug Administration cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing the product.

The Food and Drug Administration said 59 people in 15 states have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce. That's seven more cases than previously reported, but regulators said they are fairly confident that the lettuce which first triggered the outbreak has been removed from the market. The FDA told consumers to avoid romaine lettuce just before Thanksgiving.

Officials said a water reservoir at Adam Bros. Farms in Santa Barbara County tested positive for the bacterial strain and the owners are cooperating with U.S. officials. Officials from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not determined how the water reservoir — which is used to irrigate lettuce — became contaminated.

Adam Bros. said in a statement that "sediment from a reservoir near where the
produce was grown tested positive for E. coli" but said that while harvested produce may have come into contact with filtered, treated water from the reservoir, none of that water tested positive for the bacteria.

The company said that there have been no illnesses reported in the recall of red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower. Those products were distributed across the country; find identifying product information here.

A man who answered the phone at Adam Bros. Farms Thursday said he could not comment on the government announcement. According to the company's website, it only grows vegetables products, including broccoli, cauliflower, celery and various types of lettuce. Not all Adam Bros. products have been recalled, according to the statement.

E. coli can get into water and soil through multiple routes, including waste from domesticated animals or wild animals, fertilizer and other agricultural products.

The FDA's Dr. Stephen Ostroff said investigators have linked the tainted romaine lettuce to multiple distributors and processors, suggesting it must have come from several farms.

The government also narrowed the source of the outbreak to three California counties: Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Benito. That's down from six California counties under investigation when regulators began warning the public last month.

Regulators said people should only buy romaine lettuce with a label listing where and when it was harvested. Lettuce from outside the three California counties that was harvested after Nov. 23 should be safe to eat.

Romaine harvesting recently began shifting from California's Central Coast to winter growing areas, primarily Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California's Imperial Valley. Those winter regions weren't yet shipping when the illnesses began.

E. coli, the bacteria often associated with food poisoning, usually causes sickness two to eight days later, according to health authorities. Most people with the infection get diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Some cases can be life-threatening, causing kidney failure and seizures.

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<![CDATA[Toyota Expands Recall to Include 143,000 SUVs, Pickups]]>502721222Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:35:43 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ToyotaRecallAlert.jpg

A day after recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers, Toyota is recalling nearly 143,000 SUVs and pickups worldwide to fix air bag and brake problems.

The first recall covers about 96,000 Toyota Land Cruisers and Lexus LX570 SUVs from 2008 through 2019.

Toyota said a seat belt tension sensor can malfunction and deactivate the passenger's front, knee and side air bags. That would increase the injury risk in a crash. The company is developing a fix and will notify owners by mid-February.

The other recall affects about 47,000 Tacoma pickups from 2018 and 2019. A brake master cylinder seal can become damaged and leak brake fluid, reducing front brake performance and increasing stopping distances. Dealers will replace the master cylinder. Owners will be notified in late January.

Toyota wouldn't say if either problem has caused any crashes or injuries.

On Wednesday, the company recalled 70,000 vehicles inlcuding the 2003 to 2005 Corolla, the 2002 to 2005 Sequoia, the 2003 to 2005 Tundra and the 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC.

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<![CDATA[Know Where Your Romaine Is From: Health Officials]]>502718201Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:49:23 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-907729104.jpg

Health officials on Thursday issued an update to their previous warnings about romaine lettuce, urging consumers to find out where their lettuce originated.

In a statement Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises consumers to "not eat and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from certain counties in the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California."

"If you do not know where the romaine is from, do not eat it," the statement says.

Officials focused especially on three California counties — Monterey, San Benito and Santa Barbara — and warned the public not to "buy, serve, sell, or eat romaine lettuce" from those regions.

Some romaine lettuce products are now labeled with a harvest location by region. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should check bags or boxes of romaine lettuce for a label indicating where the lettuce was harvested.

Read the full warning from the CDC here.



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<![CDATA[Del Monte Recalls Cans of Corn Because They Could Spoil]]>502666511Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:54:52 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fiesta+corn+recall.jpg

Del Monte has recalled more than 64,000 cases of corn because they could spoil and lead to life-threatening illnesses if eaten. 

Cans of Fiesta Corn seasoned with red and green peppers were shipped to 25 U.S. states, including: Alaska, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The cans of corn were under-processed during the sterilization process, which could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens. 

The company has not received any reports of illness, according to Tuesday's announcement from the FDA, but consuming the product could result in a life-threatening illness.

The affected cans are 15.24 ounces and have the number "24000 02770" printed on the label.

Customers who purchased the product are encouraged to return it to the place they purchased it from for a full refund or exchange. 

The cans were also shipped to 12 international locations. 

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<![CDATA[Smucker Recalls 9Lives Canned Cat Food Products]]>502615182Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:15:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/9Lives+Cat+food+Recall.jpg

The J.M. Smucker Company is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 9Lives Protein Plus wet canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine, an essential vitamin for cats, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA said no illnesses related to this issue have been reported and the products are being recalled "out of an abundance of caution." 

The products impacted by the recall are as follows:

 

  • 9Lives Protein Plus with Tuna and Chicken, 4-pack cans (5.5 oz. each can), UPC: 7910021549, Best if Used by Date: Mar. 27, 2020 - Nov. 14 2020)
  • 9Lives Protein Plus with Tuna and Liver 4-pack cans (5.5 oz. each can), UPC: 7910021748, Best if Used by Date: Apr. 17, 2020 - Sept. 14, 2020)

The FDA said the products were sold to a variety of retailers nationwide.

No other 9Lives or J.M. Smucker Company products are impacted by this recall, the agency said.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1, over the course of several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency, according to the FDA.

The agency said symptoms include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, failure to grow and weight loss. In advanced cases of thiamine deficiency, neurological signs can develop, including ventroflexion of the neck (bending towards the floor), mental dullness, blindness, wobbly walking, circling, falling, seizures and sudden death.

If your cat is displaying any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. Thiamine deficiency is typically reversible if treated promptly.

Pet owners should stop feeding the recalled products to their cats and throw it out, the FDA said.  Customers who would like a refund or coupon for a replacement product should contact the company by filling out this form or calling 1-888-569-6828, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m ET and 6:00 p.m ET.



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<![CDATA[Toyota Recalls 70,000 Vehicles to Replace Air Bag Inflators]]>502599091Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:03:22 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ToyotaRecallAlert.jpg

Toyota is recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

The recall covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla, the 2002 to 2005 Sequoia, the 2003 to 2005 Tundra and the 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC.

Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the bags. But it can deteriorate and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister.

The Toyota and Lexus vehicles were recalled previously and the inflators replaced with new ones that still used ammonium nitrate. In the latest recall, Toyota will use inflators made by another company with a safer chemical.

Owners will be notified early next year. Toyota says it has replacement parts available.

About 65,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S.

Toyota says it's doing the recall a year ahead of a schedule set by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

At least 23 people have died worldwide due to the problem caused by inflators made by Takata Corp., resulting in the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history. They cover 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators in the U.S. About 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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<![CDATA[U by Kotex Sleek Tampons Recalled in US, Canada]]>502553861Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:20:19 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-12-12+at+9.08.02+AM+%283%29.png

Kimberly-Clark has issued a recall for U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, regular absorbency, for a quality-related defect, the company said Tuesday. 

Consumers have reported tampons unraveling and/or coming apart upon removal, leading some users to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body. Additionally, some consumers have reported infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury and other symptoms, the company said. 

The affected products were manufactured between Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 16, 2018. A list of lot numbers of the affected products can be found on the Kimberly-Clark website. Additionally, consumers can check lot numbers on the U by Kotex website

No other U by Kotex brands are associated with the recall, the company said. 

Anyone with the affected products is urged to stop using them and to contact the Kimberly-Clark Consumer Service Team at 1-888-255-3499. Consumers who experience any vaginal infection, irritation or injury, or symptoms such as hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are urged to seek medical assistance. 



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<![CDATA[Jimmy Dean Sausage Links Recalled for Metal Pieces]]>502445461Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:36:42 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jimmy-dean-photo.jpg

Attention Jimmy Dean sausage lovers: check your freezer because your links might be under recall due to possible metal contamination.

Kentucky-based CTI Foods LLC has recalled more than 29,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork and poultry products that may be contaminated with metal pieces, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said on Monday. 

There haven't been any reports of "adverse reactions" thus far, but the government still classified the recall as a high health risk, defined as a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." 

Under recall are: 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean HEAT ’n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS Made with Pork & Turkey” with a "use by" date of Jan. 31, 2019. The sausages have the case code A6382168, and a time stamp range of 11:58 through 01:49. The back of the packaging also includes the number “EST. 19085.” 

The government was notified on Dec. 10 of five complaints of metal pieces found in the sausages. 

Jimmy Dean said in a separate release about the voluntary recall that the consumers who complained had spotted small, string-like fragments of metal in the product.

About 2,845 cases of the product were made at one plant location on Aug. 4.

It's not immediately clear which retailers sold the potentially contaminated sausages. But Jimmy Dean said the product was sent from a Tennessee distribution center to 21 states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Jimmy Dean spokesman Worth Sparkman said "there's always a little post investigation" and that the FSIS would eventually publish the list of retailers. A USDA spokeswoman confirmed that list will be posted on the FSIS website here when available. 

Sparkman noted CTI Foods "wanted to get the news out" on the recall so that anybody who might have the product can look for it in their fridge and discard it.

Consumers should throw away the affected sausages or return them to the store where they were purchased. 

Those with questions can call the Jimmy Dean customer service line at (855) 382-3101. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on weekdays. 



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<![CDATA[Tens of Thousands of Popular High Chairs Recalled Nationwide]]>502340001Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:22:46 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/skip+hop+high+chair.png

Tens of thousands of high chairs from a popular baby company have been recalled because the legs can detach from the seat, posing fall and injury hazards. 

Skip Hop, Inc., of New York announced the recall of its TUO Convertible High Chairs — with charcoal gray or silver/white with clouds fabric — late last week. They have a reversible seat pad, removable tray, 5-point harness, beechwood footrest and legs. The high chairs can be converted into a toddler chair.

The recalled products have following date codes: HH102016, HH11/2016, HH3/2017, HH4/2017, HH5/2017, HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092917, HH010518, HH030518, HH05182018, HH092717, HH05312018. This code is located on the back of the chair, above the "WARNING" section.

In total, about 32,300 high chairs sold between December 2016 and September 2018 at places like Babies "R" Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Amazon and other children specialty stores nationwide were called. Roughly a quarter of the recalled chairs were sold in Canada. 

Skip Hop has received 17 reports of the legs detaching, though no injuries have been reported. 

Anyone with questions can call Skip Hop at 888-282-4674. The company said customers should stop using the chairs immediately and fill out a form at skiphoprecall.com for a refund.



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<![CDATA[Shop Rite Recalls Some Raw Chicken Products]]>502202751Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:48:16 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/raw-chicken.jpg

Amboy Group LLC, based in Woodbridge, New Jersey, is recalling raw boneless and skinless poultry products because they are misbranded and may contain milk, egg and soy allergens.

The raw boneless and skinless poultry products were produced on various dates from Dec. 5, 2016 through Dec. 5, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 

• 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Italian Style Panko Breaded.”

• 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Sundried Tomato Panko Breaded.”

• 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Parmesan Panko Breaded.”

• 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Mustard Panko Breaded.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-33789” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in New Jersey.

The problem was discovered on Dec. 5, 2018 by FSIS inspection program personnel while conducting a routine label verification task.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in onsumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Logan McNamara, Controller of Amboy Group, LLC, at (732) 682-8329.



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<![CDATA[9 More Sickened in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine: CDC]]>502101711Thu, 06 Dec 2018 20:58:38 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6955583161.jpg

The CDC says nine more people have been reported sick in the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce since the federal agency's last update on Nov. 26, and New Jersey is one of the worst-hit states. 

Fifty-two people in 15 states have been sickened since October, the CDC said Thursday. Nineteen of them have been hospitalized, including two people who developed a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. 

New Jersey has seen 11 cases of romaine-linked E. coli, making it the one of the hardest hit states alongside California. New York has seen six cases, and Connecticut saw one case. 

The E. coli outbreak announced just before Thanksgiving follows one in the spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five, and another last year that sickened 25 and killed one.

The dozens of illnesses highlight the challenge of eliminating risk for vegetables grown in open fields and eaten raw, the role of nearby cattle operations that produce huge volumes of manure and the delay of stricter federal food safety regulations.

It's not yet known how romaine got contaminated in the latest outbreak.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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<![CDATA[Tris Pharma Issues Recall on Infants' Liquid Ibuprofen]]>502040521Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:01:21 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/liquidmedicineGettyImages-1055503566.jpg

Three lots of Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) have been recalled by Tris Pharma, Inc., due to potentially higher concentrations of ibuprofen found in the product. 

Used as a pain reliever and fever reducer, the recalled products were packed in 0.5-ounce bottles and sold by Wal-Mart stores, CVS and Family Dollar, according to a news release. 

A list of the recalled lots, as well as their expiration dates and descriptions can be found here

There is a possibility that infants who may be more susceptible to a higher potency level of the drug may be more vulnerable to permanent NSAID-associated renal injury, the news release said. 

"Adverse effects that may be experienced are nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, or more rarely, diarrhea," Tris Pharma said. "Tinnitus, headache and gastrointestinal bleeding are also possible adverse effects."

Tris Pharma said it has not received any reports of adverse events associated with the medication under recall. 

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Tris Pharma at 732-940-0358 or via email. Anyone who has experienced problems that may be related to the recalled products is encouraged to contact their health care provider. 



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<![CDATA[Feds Expand Beef Recall as Salmonella Outbreak Broadens]]>501870481Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:24:44 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/125159119-ground-beef.jpg

More than 5 million more pounds of raw beef products have been added to a national recall over concerns about possible salmonella contamination, and the number of people sickened has soared to 246 patients in 26 states, federal officials said Tuesday.

The initial recall announced by the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service in early October included 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products. The addition Tuesday brings the total recalled amount to 12,093,271 pounds, and authorities say they're concerned it could be in consumers' freezers.

The number of those sickened has increased drastically in recent weeks. Initially it was around 60 people in 16 states. Tuesday's recall marks a more than four-fold increase in the number of cases in two months; nearly 60 people have been hospitalized as a result of the current outbreak.

The affected products were produced and packaged at an Arizona facility owned by JBS Tolleson from July 26 through Sept. 7 and shipped to retailers nationwide under many brand names. Those included in the recall are Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/Walmart. See a list of the specific products being recalled here.

The recall notice didn't provide a list of states where people were sickened. But, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention case map updated as of Nov. 15, at least 66 cases of people infected with the outbreak have been reported in California, 13 in Texas, 42 in Arizona and several states, including Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts, have each reported one case. No known cases have been reported in New York or New Jersey.

Anyone with questions about the recall can contact JBS' consumer hotline at 1-800-727-2333.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within three days of eating the contaminated product, and the illness can last up to seven days. While most people recover, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to need to be hospitalized.



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<![CDATA[11 Brands of Dog Food Recalled Over Toxic Levels of VitaminD]]>501837141Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:56:45 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/petfoodGettyImages-827303358.jpg

Several popular brands of dry dog food have up to 70 times the safe levels of vitamin D and could kill dogs who eat them, the Food and Drug Administration warned Monday.

“Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.”

The makers of at least 11 different dog food brands are recalling their products. The full list is available on the FDA website. Recalled brands include Nutrisca, Natural Life, Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, Abound (sold at Kroger), and Nature’s Promise (sold at Giant and Stop & Shop), as well as others.

All the brands buy their products from the same manufacturer. “Pet owners should discontinue feeding these recalled products,” the FDA said. “At this time, the only pet products that have been impacted are food made for dogs.”



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<![CDATA[Repeat Outbreaks Pressure Produce Industry to Step Up Safety]]>501622761Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:13:19 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6955583161.jpg

After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations.

The E. coli outbreak announced just before Thanksgiving follows one in the spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five, and another last year that sickened 25 and killed one. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak, but the dozens of illnesses highlight the challenge of eliminating risk for vegetables grown in open fields and eaten raw, the role of nearby cattle operations that produce huge volumes of manure and the delay of stricter federal food safety regulations.

A contested aspect of the regulation, for example, would require testing irrigation water for E. coli. The Food and Drug Administration put the measure on hold when the produce industry said such tests wouldn't necessarily help prevent outbreaks. Additional regulations on sanitation for workers and equipment — other potential sources of contamination — only recently started being implemented.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he thinks the combination of rules, once fully in place, will make vegetables safer to eat.

"I don't think any one element of this is going to be the magic bullet," Gottlieb said.

Health officials say improved detection may make outbreaks seem more frequent. Still, that is intensifying pressure on growers and regulators to prevent, catch and contain contamination.

PREVENTION
It's not yet known how romaine got contaminated in the latest outbreak.

The spring outbreak was traced to romaine from Yuma, Arizona. Irrigation water tainted with manure was identified as a likely culprit, and investigators noted the presence of a large animal feeding operation nearby.

Subsequently, an industry agreement in Arizona and California was adjusted to expand buffer zones between vegetable fields and livestock. The industry says the change was in place for lettuce now being grown in Yuma, which hasn't been implicated in the latest outbreak. But Trevor Suslow of the Produce Marketing Association said there isn't consensus about the exact distances that might effectively prevent contamination.

He noted specific buffer zones aren't required by the new federal rules on produce safety.

"They look to the industry to determine what is the appropriate distance," Suslow said.

Growers in Yuma also started treating irrigation water that would touch plant leaves with chlorine to kill potential contaminants, Suslow said. But he said such treatment raises concerns about soil and human health.

Meanwhile, the proximity of produce fields to cattle operations is likely to continue posing a problem. Travis Forgues of the milk producer Organic Valley noted consolidation in the dairy industry is leading to bigger livestock operations that produce massive volumes of manure.

TESTING
Already, the industry agreement in Arizona and California requires leafy green growers to test water for generic E. coli.

But James Rogers, director of food safety research at Consumer Reports, said it's important to make water testing a federal requirement. Since romaine is often chopped up and bagged, a single contaminated batch from one farm that skips testing could make a lot of people sick, he said.

Teressa Lopez of the Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement also said federal regulation can ensure greater compliance, even though the industry agreement has stricter measures.

Despite industry measures implemented after a spinach outbreak more than a decade ago, health officials noted this month there have been 28 E. coli outbreaks linked to leafy greens since 2009.

The produce industry says the failure to prevent the Yuma outbreak could also reflect the limitations of testing water for generic E. coli.

Elizabeth Bihn, a food science expert at Cornell University, said the tests look for the amount of fecal matter in water. The problem is, "some feces has pathogens in it, some feces doesn't," said Bihn, who is part of a federal program helping farmers comply with the new produce regulations.

Testing for specific E. coli strains that are harmful is more difficult, and it doesn't rule out the possibility of other harmful bacteria, Bihn said.

CONTAINING
Whole-genome sequencing is making it easier to detect outbreaks, which is pressuring the produce industry.

The FDA warned against all romaine last week because it said it was able to identify it as a likely source early enough. The agency narrowed its warning to romaine from California's Central Coast after the produce industry agreed to label romaine with harvest dates and regions, so people know what's OK to eat.

The labeling is voluntary, and the industry said it will evaluate whether to extend it to other leafy greens. Gottlieb said improving traceability would allow targeted health alerts that don't hurt the entire industry. The FDA recently hired a former Walmart executive who used blockchain technology to improve traceability in the retailer's supply chain.

Stephen Basore, director of food safety at a Florida romaine grower, said he expects more regulations and self-imposed industry guidelines.

"Anytime there is an issue, the immediate response is saying our protocols aren't enough," he said.

AP reporter Josh Replogle contributed.

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<![CDATA[Milk Products Sold in Brooklyn, Orange County Recalled]]>501371831Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:58:04 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Milk+Product+Recall.jpg

A New York-based company is recalling several milk products sold in Brooklyn and Orange County because they weren’t properly pasteurized.

Swan Lake-based Pelleh Farms Inc. is recalling its “Bethel Creamery” Pasteurized Whole Organic Milk, Whole Organic Milk Greek Yogurt and Whole Organic Milk Leben “due to improper pasteurization,” the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets said Tuesday.

The recall includes 64-fluid-ounce plastic containers of whole milk with expiration dates ranging from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7, 5.3-ounce plastic cups of Greek yogurt with expiration dates ranging from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, and 6-ounce plastic cups of Leben with expiration dates ranging from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, the department said.

Anyone with questions about the products should contact Rafoel Franklin at 845-583-6059, according to the department.



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<![CDATA[It's OK to Eat Some Romaine, Look for Labels: US Officials]]>501295271Mon, 26 Nov 2018 23:24:41 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6955583161.jpg

It's OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label.

The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn't eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the romaine linked to the outbreak appears to be from the California's Central Coast region. It said romaine from elsewhere should soon be labeled with harvest dates and regions, so people know it's OK to eat.

People shouldn't eat romaine that doesn't have the label information, the FDA said. For romaine that doesn't come in packaging, grocers and retailers are being asked to post the information by the register.

Romaine harvesting recently began shifting from California's Central Coast to winter growing areas, primarily Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California's Imperial Valley. Those winter regions weren't yet shipping when the illnesses began. The FDA also noted hydroponically grown romaine and romaine grown in greenhouses aren't implicated in the outbreak.

The labeling arrangement was worked out as the produce industry called on the FDA to quickly narrow the scope of its warning so it wouldn't have to waste freshly harvested romaine. An industry group said people can expect to start seeing labels as early as this week. It noted the labels are voluntary, and that it will monitor whether to expand the measure to other leafy greens and produce.

The FDA said the industry committed to making the labeling standard for romaine and to consider longer-term labeling options for other leafy greens.

Robert Whitaker, chief science officer of the Produce Marketing Association, said labeling for romaine could help limit the scope of future alerts and rebuild public trust after other outbreaks.

"Romaine as a category has had a year that's been unfortunate," Whitaker said.

The FDA still hasn't identified a source of contamination in the latest outbreak. There have been no reported deaths, but health officials say 43 people in 12 states have been sickened. Twenty-two people in Canada were also sickened.

Even though romaine from the Yuma, Arizona, region is not implicated in the current outbreak, it was blamed for an E. coli outbreak this spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five. Contaminated irrigation water near a cattle lot was later identified as the likely source.

Leafy greens were also blamed for an E. coli outbreak last year. U.S. investigators never specified which salad green might be to blame for those illnesses, which happened around the same time of year as the current outbreak. But officials in Canada identified romaine as a common source of illnesses there.

The produce industry is aware the problem is recurring, said Jennifer McEntire of the United Fresh Produce Association.

"To have something repeat in this way, there simply must be some environmental source that persisted," she said. "The question now is, can we find it?"

Growers and handlers in the region tightened food safety measures after the outbreak this spring, the industry says. Steps include expanding buffer zones between cattle lots and produce fields. But McEntire said it's not known for sure how the romaine became contaminated in the Yuma outbreak. Another possibility, she said, is that winds blew dust from the cattle lot onto produce.

McEntire said the industry is considering multiple theories, including whether there is something about romaine that makes it more susceptible to contamination. Compared with iceberg lettuce, she noted its leaves are more open, thus exposing more surface area.

Since romaine has a shelf life of about 21 days, health officials said last week they believed contaminated romaine could still be on the market or in people's homes.

Food poisoning outbreaks from leafy greens are not unusual. But after a 2006 outbreak linked to spinach, the produce industry took steps it believed would limit large scale outbreaks, said Timothy Lytton, a Georgia State University law professor. The outbreak linked to romaine earlier this year cast doubt on how effective the measures have been, he said.

But Lytton also noted the inherent risk of produce, which is grown in open fields and eaten raw. 

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Bathroom Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard ]]>501034041Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:21:12 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Seebreeze+International+Recalls+Bathroom+Heaters+resized.jpg

Thousands of bathroom heaters sold in-store at Ace Hardware and online have been recalled due to a fire hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Seabreeze International has received one report of a model SF14TA Smart Thermaflo Bathroom Heater Fan with nightlight overheating and catching fire, leaving scorch marks on a wall, the CPSC said. No injuries have been reported in this incident.

The recall for the model SF14TA bathroom heaters, involves units manufactured in 2015 and 2016 and sold from August 2015 through May 2017 with a date code ending in 5 or 6.

About 2,100 of these units are being recalled in the United States. Additionally, the CPSC reports that about 3,050 of these heaters were sold in Canada.

The bathroom heaters were sold at Ace Hardware stores, Amazon, HomeDepot.com, Wayfair, Sharper Image, Brookstone and Air and Water Inc. between $60 and $65.

The CPSC said consumers who have the recalled heaters should “immediately stop” using them and contact Seabreeze International at 800-668-6095 or via www.seabreeze.ca for a full refund.



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<![CDATA[California Romaine May Have Caused Latest Outbreak]]>501029981Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:15:33 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1063915418.png

California may be the source of romaine lettuce blamed in an outbreak of E. coli infections that has made 32 people sick in 11 states and Canada, the head of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have cautioned people not to eat romaine lettuce while they investigate the outbreak. It’s very similar to an outbreak of E. coli that killed one person and made at least 25 people ill last year, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said. That outbreak was traced to leafy green vegetables but not to romaine lettuce specifically.

“The strain that caused that outbreak is very similar to the one that’s causing this outbreak and the timing is exactly the same. So it’s likely associated with end-of-season harvests in California, where most of the romaine that is currently on the market is from,” Gottlieb told NBC News.

“I think we are going to be in a position to isolate the region soon. There is some lettuce coming in from Mexico but most of what’s on the market is the result of end-of-the-season harvesting coming out of California right now.”



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<![CDATA[Honda Recalls Minivans Because Doors Can Open Unexpectedly]]>500968992Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:47:43 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/honGettyImages-841072696.jpg

Honda is recalling 122,000 minivans worldwide because the sliding doors can open while the vans are moving.

The recall covers Odyssey vans from 2018 and 2019.

Honda says some parts in the power door rear latches can stick and stop the doors from fastening securely. The company says it has no reports of injuries.

Dealers will replace the latches, but currently they have only a limited parts supply. Honda expects to have more parts by late December. If dealers can't get repair kits, owners will have the option of temporarily disabling the power sliding door until parts are available. Manual door operation would still be possible.

Honda says owners should take their vans to a dealer as soon as they get recall letters that will be mailed in late December.

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<![CDATA[Here Are All the Foods Recalled Ahead of Thanksgiving]]>500951591Wed, 21 Nov 2018 20:00:49 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/thanksgivingGettyImages-1030383984.jpg

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and nothing rings in the holiday spirit more than...food recalls?

Here is the list of foods that have recently been recalled ahead of this year’s festivities.

Romaine lettuce:
Health officials are warning people to stay away from romaine lettuce entirely after it was connected to an E. coli outbreak that hospitalized 13 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Beef:
Nearly 100,000 pounds of beef have been recalled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it may be contaminated with traces of E. coli. Brands including Swift Ground Beef and Blue Ribbon Ground Beef are not safe to eat, officials announced Saturday.

Ground Turkey:
Jennie-O recalled almost 100,000 pounds of raw turkey products in an ongoing salmonella outbreak. The outbreak resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses.

Cake Mix:
Several Duncan Hines cake mixes were recalled in early November after a sample of the brand’s Classic White mix tested a positive finding of salmonella. The recall includes Classic White, Classic Yellow, Butter Golden and Confetti cake mixes.



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<![CDATA['Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce,' CDC Says]]>500947762Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:32:24 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6955583161.jpg

Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

The strain identified is different than the one linked to romaine earlier this year but appears similar to last year's outbreak linked to leafy greens.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency doesn't have enough information to ask suppliers for a recall, but he suggested that supermarkets and restaurants should withdraw romaine until the source of the contamination can be identified. People are also being advised to throw out any romaine they have at home.

The contaminated lettuce is likely still on the market, Gottlieb told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

He said FDA wanted to issue a warning before people gathered for Thanksgiving meals, where the potential for exposure could increase.

"We did feel some pressure to draw conclusions as quickly as we could," he said.

In Canada, officials issued similar warnings to the two provinces where people were sickened. They said there was no evidence to suggest people in other parts of the country had been affected.

Most romaine sold this time of year is grown in California, Gottlieb said. The romaine lettuce linked to the E. coli outbreak earlier this year was from Yuma, Arizona. Tainted irrigation water appeared to be the source of that outbreak, which sickened about 200 people and killed five.

The FDA's blanket warning in the current outbreak is broader and more direct than the ones issued in the earlier outbreak, said Robert Whitaker, chief science officer for the Produce Marketing Association. In the earlier outbreak, the warnings about romaine from Yuma might have been confusing, he said.

Whitaker said the industry group told members they should cooperate with the FDA and stop supplying romaine lettuce, especially since people have been told to stop buying and eating it.

No deaths have been reported in the current outbreak, but 13 people in the U.S. and six in Canada have been hospitalized. The last reported U.S. illness was on Oct. 31, while and the most recent illness in Canada was early this month.

Tracing the source of contaminated lettuce can be difficult because it's often repackaged by middlemen, said Sarah Sorscher, deputy director of regulatory affairs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. That can mean the entire industry becomes implicated in outbreaks, even if not all products are contaminated.

"One of the problems with produce is that it can be very hard to trace back," she said.

She said washing contaminated lettuce won't ensure that harmful germs are killed.

Infections from E. coli can cause symptoms including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

Health officials have also been reminding people to properly handle and cook their Thanksgiving birds amid a widespread salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. Last week, Hormel recalled some packages of Jennie-O ground turkey that regulators were able to tie to an illness.

But unlike with romaine lettuce, regulators are not warning people to avoid turkey. Salmonella is not prohibited in raw meat and poultry, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which overseas raw meat, said cooking should kill any salmonella.  

Correction: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the extent of the CDC warning. It extends to all romaine lettuce. 

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<![CDATA[Nearly 100,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled Ahead of Thanksgiving]]>500790151Sun, 18 Nov 2018 23:21:19 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ground-beef-recall-Nov-18.jpg

Swift Beef Company is recalling approximately 99,260 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.

The problem was discovered on Nov. 15, 2018, when the FSIS visited Swift Beef Company in response to a sample collected at a further processing establishment that was later confirmed positive for E. coli O157:H7.

The affected products that were recalled on Nov.16 were shipped to retail distributors for further processing and for use in locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. They also bear the establishment number "EST. 628" inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The ground beef products were produced on Oct. 24, 2018. The following items are on the recall list: 

• 2,000 lb. - bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982. 

• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of "blue ribbon BEEF" Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410.

• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of blue ribbon BEEF" Ground Beef 93/07 (93% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42413. 

• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of "blue ribbon BEEF" Ground Beef 85/15 (85% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42415.

• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of "blue ribbon BEEF" Ground Beef 73/27 (73% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42510. 

Although there were no immediate reports of reactions related to these products, anyone concerned should contact a healthcare provider. 

FSIS advised all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen. 

Below is a list of contact information consumers can access to ask any questions:

• JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333

• Ask questions to "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov

• The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline

(1-888-674-6854) 

The Consumer Complaint Monitoring System



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<![CDATA[Jennie-O Recalling Ground Turkey in Salmonella Outbreak]]>500687101Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:23:25 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jennie+O.jpg

Jennie-O-Turkey is recalling approximately 91,388 pounds of raw turkey products in an ongoing salmonella outbreak.

The recall is the first tied to an outbreak the U.S. Department of Agriculture says is widespread. It has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states.

Regulators did not say how many of those people were exposed to Jennie-O products. They say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues.

The USDA announced Thursday it had found that a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey "in an intact, unopened package from a case-patient’s home" tested positive for a salmonella reading matching the outbreak strain.

The products being recalled include 1-pound packages of raw, ground turkey produced on Sept. 11, 2018 and had a use-by date of October, but could still be in freezers. 

The items in the recall have establishment number P-190 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to retail locations nationwide, according to the USDA announcement.

The following items are included in the recall:

 

  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018
  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018
  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018
  • 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018

Regulators say the product should be thrown away or return them to the place of purchase.

A single supplier hasn't been identified in connection with the outbreak. The rare salmonella strain was identified in live turkeys, as well as in ground turkey, turkey patties and raw turkey pet food.

To limit risk, the CDC recommends cooking turkey to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees, and washing hands and counters that have touched uncooked meat.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses a year. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and can last up to seven days. Illnesses are more likely to be severe in the elderly and infants, according to the CDC.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Jennie-O at 1-800-621-3505, 8 a.m. CT to 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. CT to 5 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella ]]>499777291Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:45:26 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/duncanhinesUCM625143.jpg

Some Duncan Hines cake mixes have been recalled after a sample of the brand's Classic White cake mix showed a positive finding of Salmonella. The sample may be linked to an outbreak being investigated by the CDC and FDA, Conagra Brands said in a news release. 

The recall includes Duncan Hines' Classic White, Classic Yellow, Butter Golden and Signature Confetti cake mixes. 

Conagra, Duncan Hines' parent company, said there are five occurrences of illness due to Salmonella being investigated by the CDC and FDA. Individuals who fell ill have reported eating cake mix at some point before getting sick — though some may have consumed the mix raw. 

"Consumers are reminded not to consume any raw batter," Conagra said. "Cake mixes and batter can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour which can carry risks of bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling."

The recall applies to products sold in the U.S. and some international exports, with use-by dates of March 2019.

Affected products have the following UPC codes:

  • 644209307500
  • 644209307494
  • 644209307593
  • 644209414550
The company is urging consumers to not consume the recalled items and to return them to the store where they were originally purchased. 



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<![CDATA[Slap Bracelets Sold at Target Recalled Over Laceration Fears]]>499297661Thu, 01 Nov 2018 15:43:12 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Recalled+Slap+Bracelets.jpg

Furry slap bracelets sold exclusively at Target stores were recalled due to a laceration hazard following reports of injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

About 22,500 bracelets were recalled Wednesday over concerns that the bracelet’s metal wristband could "pierce the fabric around it, exposing sharp edges and posing a laceration hazard to young children." Five injuries of minor cuts to hands or wrists have been reported.

The bracelet, distributed by Fantasia Accessories, sold for about $5 each at Target stores nationwide and Target’s website.

The bracelets are geared toward children and feature furry critter, such as a panda, unicorn and heart, on a slap bracelet design.

The CPSC is asking consumers to “immediately stop” using the bracelets, take them away from young children and contact Fantasia Accessories via 800-624-4826 to receive a free replacement product.

For more information on this recall, click here.



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<![CDATA[Nearly 1.5M Ford Focuses Recalled Over Engine Stalling]]>498531031Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:57:24 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/698800212-Ford-Focus.jpg

Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million Focus compact cars in North America because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning.

The recall covers cars from the 2012 through 2018 model years with 2-liter four-cylinder engines.

Ford says a valve in the fuel system can stick in the open position, causing too much vacuum, and an engine control computer may not detect the problem. Excessive vacuum can cause the gas tank to deform, as well as other problems.

The recall came after the U.S. government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented owner complaints to Ford. About 1.3 million of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S.

Dealers will reprogram the computer with new software that will detect a stuck valve, which the company says will take care of the problem in most cases. They'll also inspect the valve, a carbon canister and gas tank and replace them if needed.

Ford says owners should keep the gas tank at least half full until repairs are made.

The company says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

The recall is expected to begin on Dec. 10.

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<![CDATA[CDC Says 63 More Sick in Ground Beef Recall]]>498361541Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:05:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/125159119-ground-beef.jpg

Another 63 people have been reported ill from eating salmonella-contaminated ground beef, federal health officials said Tuesday, bringing the total number of sick people to 120 in 22 states.

The beef, distributed by JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, was sold by several large chains including Walmart and Sam’s Club, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The company recalled 6.5 million pounds of beef products earlier this month after the contamination was discovered, NBC News reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 33 people have been hospitalized with severe infections, but no one has died.



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<![CDATA[Toilet Flushing System Burst Danger Prompts Massive Recall]]>498196751Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:00:42 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flushmate-toilet-recall1.jpg

More than a million Flushmate pressure-assisted toilet flushing systems have been recalled because they can burst powerfully enough to cause the toilet to shatter, causing injuries and property damage.

Nearly 1,500 incidents have been reported in the United States in connection with the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system. At least 23 people have been hurt, one of whom needed foot surgery, and the incidents caused about $710,000 in damage, according to a recall notice posted Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When pressure causes the system to burst at or near a weld seam, it can lift the lid of the toilet tank or shatter it completely, the agency said. Another version of the Flushmate product, the Series 503 Flushmate III, was subject to three recalls since 2012.

The recall affects about 1.4 million units across the country along with nearly 17,500 in Canada. The units were sold widely for nearly two decades, including at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, and are identifiable by looking on the label for series number 501-B, a model number beginning in M and ending in F and a serial number that begins with date codes between 090396 and 120713, indicating the dates between Sept. 3, 1996, and Dec. 7, 2013.

Anyone with a recalled unit is advised to turn off its water and flush the toilet to release the pressure inside.

Flushmate will replace and install the recalled units for free. Contact the company at 844-621-7538 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET on weekdays or between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit this page.



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<![CDATA[2.4M Pounds of Taquitos Recalled Over Salmonella Concern]]>498152501Sun, 21 Oct 2018 17:46:23 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1005726022.jpg

More than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat taquitos have been recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella and listeria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The recall includes meat and poultry taquitos produced between July 1 and Oct. 10, 2018, by Ruiz Food Products, according to a Friday press release from the FSIS. The affected products are 4.5-pound cases of Go-Go Taquitos in “Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos," “Buffalo Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos" and “Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla." The items were shipped nationwide.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness from customers eating the food. But the FSIS said people should not eat taquitos already purchased and to throw them away. The agency encouraged people to contact their healthcare providers if they are concerned.

Ruiz Food was notified on Oct. 16, 2018, that the diced onions used in the taquitos were being recalled by their supplier because of possible contamination.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Diagnosing the illness requires a blood or stool sample, as other illnesses cause similar symptoms.

Listeria can cause diarrhea, fever and other similar foodborne illness symptoms.



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<![CDATA[Trader Joes Recalling Salads, Burritos Over Contamination Fears]]>497916651Sun, 21 Oct 2018 23:48:00 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trader-joes-salad-recall.jpg

Trader Joe's announced Sunday it was adding one type of burrito it sells in stores to a recall already affecting three types of salads. The grocer says the four products may have been contaminated with listeria or salmonella.

A news release on the Trader Joe's website said the recall affects Trader Joe's Carnitas with Salsa Verde Burrito, Trader Jose's Mexicali Inspired Salad, Trader Joe's BBQ Flavored Chicken Salad and Trader Joe's Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast. The salads affected have "Best By" dates between Oct. 15 through Oct. 20, while all the burritos were recalled.

The release said a supplier warned a corn ingredient used in the salads "may have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes and/or salmonella."

Trader Joe's said no contamination has been confirmed and no illnesses have been reported. The grocery chain added that potentially affected products were removed from shelves and destroyed.

Anyone whose purchased affected salads can return them to any Trader Joe's for a full refund.

ONLINE: Trader Joe's salad recall



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<![CDATA[CDC: Drug-Resistant Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicken]]>498020341Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:25:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CDC-generic.jpg

The CDC says it is investigating a drug-resistant salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken that has sickened 92 people in 29 states, 22 percent of them from the tri-state area. 

Twenty-one of the infected people have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported, the CDC said. Next to Pennsylvania (11), New York has seen the most cases (10), followed by New Jersey (9). Connecticut only has one cases linked to the outbreak, the CDC says. 

According to the agency, it does not appear that outbreak is linked to a particular kind of raw chicken. The CDC said "many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources" are thought to be contaminated. People who have gotten sick reported eating different types and brands of chicken bought in many different locations, the CDC said. 

The agency also tested antibiotics on bacteria culled from some of the people who got sick and found the bacteria resistant to multiple drugs. Given all the factors, the CDC says it may be a widespread industry outbreak -- and it's working with industry reps to get the situation under control. 

In the meantime, the CDC says it is not suggesting people stop eating properly cooked chicken or that retailers stop selling raw chicken products. It does, though, have a number of suggestions for avoiding infection. Among them: wash your hands, cook raw chicken thoroughly, don't feed raw chicken to pets and keep prep areas clean. 

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts less than a week, and most people get better with no treatment. In severe cases, though, people may need to be hospitalized. And in rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death.

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    <![CDATA[Toyota to Recall 2.4M Hybrids for Stalling Risk]]>495270751Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:45:14 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/888603192-Toyota-Prius.jpg

    Toyota Motor Corp. says it has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles in Japan and elsewhere for potential problems with stalling.

    The company said Friday that in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, lose power and stall. Power steering and braking would still work but a stall at a fast speed could increase risks of a crash.

    The recall applies to some Toyota Prius and Auris hybrids made from October 2008-November 2014. The vehicles were involved in an earlier recall that did not fix the previously unanticipated problem that is being addressed now, the company said in a statement.

    Toyota said it would update the software of the vehicles to remedy the problem for free.

    The recall applies to 1.25 million vehicles in Japan, 807,000 in the U.S., 290,000 in Europe and 3,000 in China with the rest across the globe.

    Toyota said it had received three reports in Japan related to the problem by the end of September and reported them to the transport ministry. They did not involve accidents.

    It would not comment on incidents outside Japan, saying it was difficult to be certain about actual cases.

    The recall is meant to address situations in which the failure of a specific component, coupled with hard acceleration, could cause the vehicle to lose power rather than enter a failsafe driving mode.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[89,000 Pounds of Ham Recalled Over Bacteria Fears; 1 Dead]]>495168861Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:16:40 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ham+recall.jpg

    A North Carolina-based company has recalled more than 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products over concerns about bacterial contamination that has already been blamed for one death and three illnesses. 

    The ready-to-eat deli-loaf ham products were shipped to distributors in New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. 

    Federal officials say they found a link between Listeria, a bacteria that, when consumed, can cause serious and potentially fatal infection, and ham produced at Johnston County Hams. Federal investigators linked one death and three sicknesses between July 8, 2017 and Aug. 11, 2018 to the contamination. They say they're working with public health partners to determine if any additional illnesses may be linked to the products. 

    Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. 

    It can be treated with antibiotics. Authorities say they're concerned some of the affected ham may be in consumers' freezers and urge people who have it to toss it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. 

    The ready-to-eat deli-loaf ham items were produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 

    • Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.”
    • Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
    • Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. FULLY COOKED COUNTRY HAM BONELESS Glazed with Brown Sugar.”
    • Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham LESS SALT Distributed By: Valley Country Hams LLC” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
    • Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “GOODNIGHT BROTHERS COUNTRY HAM Boneless Fully Cooked.”



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    <![CDATA[Salmonella Fears Prompt Recall of 6.5M Pounds of Beef ]]>495146571Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:50:25 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/125159119-ground-beef.jpg

    About 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products are being recalled nationwide over salmonella contamination fears linked to nearly 60 people being sickened in 16 states.

    The recalled products, including ground beef, may be in consumers' freezers, according to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service, which announced the recall Thursday.

    The brand names included in the recall are Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/Walmart. See a list of the specific products being recalled here, and product labels here.

    The 6,500,966 pounds of recalled raw beef products were packaged at an Arizona facility owned by JBS Tolleson between July 26 and Sept. 7 and all bear establishment number "EST. 267" in the mark of inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    An investigation determined that ground beef was the probably source of the salmonella outbreak and "identified 57 case-patients from 16 states with illness onset dates ranging from August 5 to September 6, 2018," the FSIS wrote.

    The recall notice didn't provide a list of states where people were sickened.

    Anyone with questions about the recall can contact JBS' consumer hotline at 1-800-727-2333.

    In a separate salmonella recall linked to eggs produced at Alabama poultry farm Gravel Ridge Farms, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that 38 people in seven states have been sickened.

    Most of the illnesses are in Tennessee, where 23 people have been affected. Alabama has had seven cases and Ohio has four. Single cases have occurred in Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky and Montana.

    Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within three days of eating the contaminated product, and the illness can last up to seven days. While most people recover, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to need to be hospitalized.

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    <![CDATA[Boy Scouts Recalls Neckerchief Slides Due to High Levels of Lead]]>494446591Thu, 27 Sep 2018 10:43:45 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Boy+Scouts+Recall.jpg

    The Boy Scouts of America is recalling 110,000 neckerchief slides over concerns they contain unsafe levels of lead.

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the colored enamel portion of the brass neckerchief slides have lead amounts that exceed federal standards. 

    The recalled styles are red wolf, green bear, orange lion and blue Webelos. They contain the P.O. numbers of 200228276, 20023175, 200233281 or 200236630 on the white label attached to the back of the slide.

    The brass slides were sold at Boy Scouts of America retail stores, distributors nationwide and online at www.scoutshop.org from February 2018 to August 2018 for about $6.

    Parents are urged to stop using the recalled slides, take them away from their children and return them to any Boy Scouts of America retail store or distributor for a free replacement.

    Lead can be poisonous when ingested by young children. Symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, developmental delays, learning difficulties and seizures. 

    The CPSC noted that no incidents have been reported.



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    <![CDATA[Ground Beef Supplier Recalls 132K Pounds After E. Coli Death]]>493854371Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:03:12 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/125159119-ground-beef.jpg

    A Colorado company is recalling more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef after an E. coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened 17.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the beef items were produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan on June 21 and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

    The recalled products include 3-, 10- and 20-pound (1.3-, 4.5- and 9-kilogram) chubs of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms brands with July 11 use or freeze by dates.

    The Cargill plant had a smaller recall of Excel brand ground beef in August, but at that time no illnesses had been reported.

    Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting, but more severe infections can lead to kidney failure.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[Nissan Recalling 215,000 Cars, Warns to Park Them Outdoors]]>493832281Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:08:25 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_18263421634254.jpg

    Nissan recalled more than 215,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases.

    An anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk, according to the company. If drivers see the anti-lock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan urges them not to drive the vehicles and park them outdoors.

    The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles.

    Nissan estimates 56 percent of the vehicles have the problem, which has been traced to faulty seals in the pump.

    Some Muranos were recalled for the same problem in 2016.

    Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don't say if there have been any fires. Messages were left early Thursday for a Nissan spokesman.

    Dealers will inspect the pump serial numbers and replace them if necessary starting Oct. 15.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[Nearly 47K Pounds of Sausage Links Sold in NY, NJ Recalled]]>493272171Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:02:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bob+evans+recall.jpg

    Tens of thousands of pounds of pork sausage links sold in New York, New Jersey and 10 other states have been recalled because they may contain pieces of clear, hard plastic, federal officials said Thursday. 

    Bob Evans Farms is pulling nearly 47,000 pounds of products that were produced Aug. 1 after getting customer complaints of extraneous material in the meat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said. 

    The 12-ounce (340 gram) trays are labeled Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links, Brown Sugar and Honey, Fresh from Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links or Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added. All have a lot code of 8213. 

    There have been no confirmed reports of injuries, but FSIS says it is concerned many people may have the sausage in their freezers. Anyone who does should toss them or return them to the place of purchase. 

    Apart from New York and New Jersey, the items -- marked with establishment number "EST 6785" -- were sold in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

    The FSIS classified the case as a Class II recall (on a scale of one to three), meaning, "This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product."



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    <![CDATA[GM Recalls Over 1M Pickups, SUVs for Power Steering Problem]]>493164461Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:01:22 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GM_Logo_A488752192.jpg

    General Motors is recalling more than a million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S. because of power-assisted steering problems that have been cited in a number of accidents.

    GM says the power steering can fail momentarily during a voltage drop and suddenly return, mainly during low-speed turns. Such a failure increases the risk of a crash. The company says it has 30 reports of crashes with two injuries, but no deaths.

    The recall covers certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups as well as Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. Also affected are 2015 Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon SUVs.

    Dealers will update the power steering software at no cost to owners. No date has been set to notify customers, but GM says the software is available now, so owners can contact dealers to schedule repairs.

    GM recalled 2014 model year trucks last year for the same problem.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[Wayne Farms Recalls Fully Cooked Chicken Products]]>492860241Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:59:12 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/FC+Grill+Marked+Chicken+Breast.png

    Wayne Farms, LLC, is recalling about 438,960 pounds of chicken products over concerns that it may possibly be contaminated with metal pieces.

    The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall last week after the Georgia-based company reported receiving a customer complaint on July 27 of a foreign material in one of their food products. After investigating the complaint, Wayne Farms notified the USDA of its findings, the agency said in a news release.

    The frozen, ready-to-eat, fully cooked chicken products were produced between July 4 and July 17, 2018 and have the establishment number "P-20214" inside the USDA mark of inspection circle on the top right of the product label.

    These items were shipped to distributors, restaurants and further processing locations nationwide.

    There have been no reports of injuries from the recalled products, the USDA said. But, the agency noted that it is concerned that these products may still be in customers' refrigerators and freezers. Customers are urged not eat the recalled products and either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

    The USDA said it consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Alan Sterling, with Wayne Farms LLC, at (678) 450-3092.



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    <![CDATA[About 2 Million Ford F-150s Recalled Over Fire Risk]]>492593871Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:39:58 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/458813236-Ford-F-150.jpg

    A fire risk in seat belts in some recent Ford F-150s prompted the automaker to recall about 2 million of them in North America.

    Sparks can fly when seat belts are suddenly tightened, according to the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Seventeen instances of smoke or fire related to the recall were reported to Ford in the United States and six in Canada, but no associated accidents or injuries have been reported. The NHTSA said it had received five complaints from owners of F-150s who reported fires involving the pretensioner.

    The fire risk comes from a device called a seat belt pretensioner, which quickly tightens the seat belt in crash conditions to secure the person in the seat. Sparks from the devices in the recall can ignite gases in the car which can then cause insulation and carpet to catch fire.

    About 1.6 million Ford F-150 vehicles with model years between 2015 and 2018 in the U.S. are being recalled, along with about 340,000 in Canada. Customers affected by the recall can bring their trucks to dealers, who will fire-proof the affected part of the vehicles at no cost, Ford said.



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    <![CDATA[Nearly 200K Toyota Priuses Recalled Over Increased Fire Risk]]>492510541Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:13:21 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/888603192-Toyota-Prius.jpg

    Toyota is recalling nearly 200,000 recent Prius vehicles that have an increased risk of catching fire, the automaker said Wednesday.

    The voluntary recall covers some 2016-2018 Priuses, and owners known to the company will be contacted by the end of the month by first-class mail. The repair work will be done at no cost to the vehicles' owners.

    The problem behind the recall stems from a wire harness in the engine that connects to the hybrid power control unit, Toyota said. It can wear over time and eventually cause a short circuit that can generate heat, and that can lead to a fire.

    The company's recall notice didn't indicate if any fires have been reported from the defect. A Toyota spokeswoman said a vehicle with the wire harness issue was reported to Japan's vehicular oversight ministry but wouldn't comment on vehicles in the United States.

    Anyone with questions can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. To look up a Toyota's recall status, enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate at toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls.



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    <![CDATA[More Sick in Honey Smacks Salmonella Outbreak: CDC]]>492432621Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:36:49 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/honeysmacks.jpg

    Another 30 people have been reported sick due to an outbreak of salmonella linked to Honey Smacks cereal, and federal health officials said Tuesday that some stores are still selling the recalled product, NBC News reported.

    No one should be buying or selling any form of Honey Smacks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Consumers should check their homes and throw away any Honey Smacks cereal, the FDA reiterated.

    “Since the last update on July 12, 2018, 30 more illnesses have been reported, bringing the total to 130 cases from 36 states,” the CDC said in a statement.

    Thirty-four were sick enough to be hospitalized, although no deaths have been reported. Three more states have been added to the list of places where cases have been reported: Delaware, Maine and Minnesota.

    In July the Food and Drug Administration said despite the wide-ranging recall, some boxes were still sitting on store shelves.

    Kellogg's, who produces Honey Smacks, issued a voluntary recall in June for the cereal that was distributed across the U.S.

    After the CDC found salmonella in Honey Smacks samples, customers were warned that they should avoid all Honey Smacks. The CDC tweeted, "Do not eat this cereal." The agency advised people to stop eating the cereal and throw it out, regardless of its package size or expiration date. It also advised retailers to stop selling and serving all Honey Smacks.

    Salmonella is a common cause of food poisoning and it can live and grow even on dry foods such as breakfast cereal.

    People usually get sick 12 hours to three days after they eat something contaminated. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

    Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

    To report adverse reactions or other problems with FDA-regulated products, contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator for the state in which you reside. Please Note: There is not a Consumer Complaint Coordinator in each state. Please visit the FDA site for more information.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[Ominous FDA Update on Blood Pressure, Heart Drug Recalls]]>492180331Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:05:27 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/080618bloodpressire.jpg

    The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the agency has launched a "major operation to investigate and address" the "troubling" finding of a cancer-causing agent that may be contaminating a growing number of medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

    In a joint statement Thursday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), said they have developed a multidisciplinary task force to investigate trace amounts of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a "probable human carcinogen," detected in some generic versions of the medication valsartan.

    The initial recall in July has now been expanded to include five manufacturers and other companies who repackage the affected valsartan products under a different name, and officials warned Thursday more products may need to be recalled. A third-party supplied the valsartan contained in the recall. The FDA recently updated the list of products affected and the list of those unaffected

    "At the same time, the FDA is working to make certain that patients have access to the treatment that they need," the joint statement said. "Currently, more than half of all valsartan products on the market are being recalled. But prescribers can find a similar replacement product within the same class to substitute for patients who require this medication."

    The FDA said it is working with companies to take "swift action" to pull any products found with unacceptable amounts of NDMA from the U.S. market. The agency also said manufacturers would not have been testing for NDMA in valsartan because there was no anticipation such levels would be evident. 

    "Recognizing these risks is based on a deep understanding of the chemistry involved in drug manufacturing, and the theoretical risk that an impurity could be a by-product of an essential step used in the manufacture of an active ingredient," the statement said. "When these impurities are identified, there are ways to re-engineer manufacturing processes to find pathways that don’t create these by-products."

    It continued: "As we develop a better understanding of the root cause of NDMA formation, and develop a way to detect NDMA in valsartan or other ARBs, we can ensure that appropriate testing is performed in the future."

    The FDA also said that while millions of Americans take blood pressure medication, the risk of many of them developing cancer because of the NDMA exposure is fairly low. CDER toxicologists and chemists estimated that if 8,000 people took the highest valsartan dose from NDMA-affected medicines every day for four years, which is the period of time officials believe the affected products have been on the U.S. market, there may be one extra case of cancer beyond the regular average cancer rate of Americans. 

    Patients are urged to look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottles to determine whether a specific product has been recalled. If the information is not on the bottle, patients should contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine to find out the company name.

    If a patient is taking one of the recalled medicines, they should follow the recall instructions each specific company provided, which are available on the FDA’s website.

    If a patient's medicine is included in the recall, he or she should contact his or her health care professional to discuss treatment options, which may include another valsartan product this recall doesn't affect or an alternative option.

    The agency encourages patients and health care professionals to report any adverse reaction to the FDA’s MedWatch program.

    In the meantime, the FDA said it will continue to improve its procedures for guarding against such impurity risks. 

    "We will use the information that we learn from our investigation into valsartan to strengthen our oversight," the statement said. 

    Read more about the agency's probe and NDMA here. 



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    <![CDATA[Rubber Critter Toys Recalled for Excessive Lead Paint Levels]]>492085671Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:54:35 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rubber-critters-recall.jpg

    Tens of thousands of rubber critter toys in the shapes of animals are being recalled for excessive lead levels in their orange and yellow paint. 

    BSN Sports sold the 31,200 recalled units nationally through catalogues and online at Amazon.com, Athleticconnection.com, Bsnsports.com, Esportsonline.com and Usgames.com from February 2017 to June 2018, according to a recall notice posted Wednesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

    The toys, which the notice says are "primarily used to play physical education tossing games," are shaped like an octopus, alligator, chicken, frog, pig, penguin or cow.

    "Consumers should immediately take the recalled rubber critter toys away from children," the recall notice said.

    Lead is especially dangerous to children because their bodies absorb the toxic element more than adults' bodies do, and a child's nervous system is also more sensitive to lead's effects, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The toys, which were made in China and imported and distributed by BSN Sports, sold for about $10 for an individual rubber critter or up to $145 for a set, according to recallrt.com/rubbercritters. Sets ranged from two to 24 critters. 

    BSN Sports said it was contacting all known purchasers directly but those who bought the critters can also request a merchandise credit by calling 1-888-847-8816 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT on weekdays. Those who want refunds can also register at recallrtr.com/rubbercritters.



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    <![CDATA[Accord Health Issues Recall of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets]]>492083821Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:43:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bloodpressurerecall11.jpg

    Accord Healthcare Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot (Lot PW05264 – 46632 Bottles, NDC 16729-182-01) of Hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP, 12.5 mg, because of a labeling mix-up. The medication is used to treat high blood pressure.

    A 100 count bottle of Hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP 12.5 mg was found to contain 100 Spironolactone tablets USP 25 mg. That medication is typically used to treat patients with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, essential hypertension and severe heart failure.

    The company is asking any consumers in possession of the medication to return it to your pharmacy or health care provider for confirmation.

    Consumers and pharmacies with questions regarding this recall can contact Accord Healthcare, Inc. by phone at 1-855-869-1081, fax: 1-817-868-5362 or e-mail at rxrecalls@inmar.com.



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    <![CDATA[Hundreds of Nasal Products for Kids, Adults Recalled]]>492080891Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:09:53 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ucm616192.jpg

    An over-the-counter health and beauty product manufacturer supplying medicines to retailers across the country has expanded its voluntary nasal product recall to include all nasal products and baby oral gels -- amounting to hundreds of items -- over concerns of microbial contamination that could pose life-threatening infection risk for vulnerable users.

    Product Quest, which first announced a recall of some bottles of CVS Health's 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, said this week it was pulling all lots of nasal treatments and baby oral gels made in its Florida facility. The recall amounts to hundreds of nasal allergy and congestion treatments used by both children and adults.See the full 65-page list of recalled items here.  

    Product Quest recalled the items as a precaution after finding Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a kind of bacteria, in some of its CVS products. Frequent use of the contaminated product could result in infections, which could be life-threatening for users with cystic fibrosis or people who are immuno-compromised, according to the FDA.

    Product Quest said there is no known microbial contamination associated with the nasal products and gels added to the recall, but it was pulling them out "an abundance of caution" and said retailers who shelve the products should dump them as well. There have been no reports of illnesses connected to the recall, "to the best" of the manufacturer's knowledge, a statement said. 

    Product Quest says it is notifying its customers by oral and written communication and is arranging for return and or replacement of all recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have a recalled product should stop using it immediately and return it to the place of purchase. 

    Consumers with questions can contact Product Quest Manufacturing LLC at 704-939-4342, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST. Consumers should contact their physicians or health care providers if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these drug products.



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    <![CDATA[1 Dead in NY, 17 Sick in 4 States in Kosher Chicken Outbreak]]>492000751Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:09:29 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chicken-dinner-food-3688+edited.jpg

    Seventeen people in four states have come down with salmonella-related illnesses from kosher chicken, and one person in New York has died, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday.

    The CDC said several of the ill people reported eating Empire-brand Kosher chicken before being sick.

    Of the 17 cases, 11 are in New York, four are in Pennsylvania and one each happened in Maryland and Virginia. Those sickened with salmonella ranged in ages from 76 years old to less than a year old. 

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) already issued a health alert on Aug. 24 about Empire Kosher brand raw chicken items.

    The raw chicken items, which may include raw whole chicken and raw chicken parts, were allegedly produced and sold to consumers from September 2017 to June 2018.

    Empire, in a statement on its website, said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the salmonella-related death. It also said it has "no data that connects this tragic event to our products" but that it was cooperating with the FSIS and CDC investigations. 

    Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, according to the FSIS. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product, according to the FSIS, which adds that the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

    While most people recover without treatment, others have such severe diarrhea that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

    Additionally, the FSIS says, older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness, however, any individual who is concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

    FSIS and CDC urge consumers who have purchased these products to properly handle, prepare and cook them by safely preparing the raw meat products, regardless if they are fresh or frozen, and only eat chicken products that have been cooked to a temperature of 165°F.

    Consumers should take proper precautions when handling raw chicken products by washing after handling raw poultry, meat and eggs, according to FSIS, adding that this step can reduce the risk of bacterial cross-contamination to other foods and kitchen surfaces. Additionally, one should wash counter tops and sinks with soapy, hot water.

    Consumers can contact an Empire Kosher Specialist at 1-877-627-2803 with any questions.



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    <![CDATA[Children's Advil Recalled Over Label Mix-Up, Overdose Fears]]>491891601Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:28:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/advil-recall-.jpg

    A children's Advil product is being recalled after consumers complained that the dosage instructions on the label are written in different units than what is on the dosage cup.

    Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Monday issued the recall for four-ounce bottles of bubble gum-flavored Children's Advil Suspension, which give instructions in milliliters but has a dosage cup marked in teaspoons, according to a voluntary recall notice posted on the company's website.

    "Pfizer concluded that the use of the product with an unmatched dosage cup marked in teaspoons rather than milliliters has a chance of being associated with potential overdose," the notice says.

    Pfizer didn't say whether anyone had been sickened due to the discrepancy. Ibuprofen overdose can lead to nausea, headache, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness and drowsiness, according to the pharmaceutical company. NBC has reached out to Pfizer to learn if anyone has reported being sickened.

    Anyone with with questions about the recall or who want to report someone being sickened can call 1-800-88-Advil (1-800-882-3845) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

    The recalled product was sold nationwide between May and June of 2018. It has a lot number of R51129 and an expiration date of 11/20.



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    <![CDATA[50 Adult Meds Added to National Recall With 32 Kids' Items]]>491886131Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:27:53 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dr+King+Bio+Recall.jpg

    King Bio has announced it is pulling all of its water-based products across all brands, amounting to more than 50 products intended to treat virtually every ailment from migraines to allergies, amid a national recall over concerns about possible purity issues.

    The company's founder, Frank King, announced the expanded recall in a statement on the website Monday. Nearly three dozen children's medicines have already been recalled over the microbial contamination fears. 

    King Bio, a North Carolina-based company that makes homeopathic drugs, first said last week that a small percentage of its products produced between Aug. 1, 2017 and April 2018 tested positive for the microbial contamination.

    The company said use of the medicines could result in increased or life-threatening infections. There have been no reports of illnesses, according to the FDA, and King Bio issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution."

    There were still no reported illnesses as of Monday, and King Bio said it was notifying its distributors and customers by letter to arrange for return and/or replacement of all the affected medicines.

    The recalled products are used to treat dozens of conditions, including allergies, migraine, anxiety, bed wetting, chicken pox, common colds, nosebleeds, sore throat and teething. Products meant for use on pets are also being recalled. They were sold nationwide between August 2017 and July 2018.

    "We are truly sorry for the inconvenience or concern our recall may have caused, but we felt this was the right thing to do to maintain your trust," King said in a statement. "Thank you for your continued loyalty and confidence in our King Bio products."

    Customers are urged to stop using the affected products immediately and contact King Bio by email at recall@kingbio.com or call the company at 866-298-2740, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET. Consumers who believe they may have been sickened by one of the recalled products should contact their physician or healthcare provider. 

    See a list of 32 the affected kids' medicines below. For a complete list of UPC and Lot numbers click here. Find all the recalled adult medicines here.

    • DK Attention & Learning Enh.
    • Chicken Pox Symptom Relief
    • Children's Appetite & Weight
    • Children's Appetite Enhance
    • Children's Cough Relief
    • Children's Fever Reliever
    • Children's Growth & Development
    • DK Newborn Tonic
    • DK Nosebleed Relief
    • TonsilPlex
    • Children's Ear Relief Formula
    • DK Teething
    • DK Colic Relief
    • Tummy Aches
    • Kids Multi-Strain Flu Relief
    • Kids Stress & Anxiety
    • Kids Sleep Aid
    • Kids Bed Wetting (NP)
    • Kids Candida - 4-ounce bottle
    • Kids Attention & Learning (SCRX)
    • Bed Wetting Prevention (SCRX)
    • Chicken Pox Symptom Relief (SCRX)
    • Childrens Cough (SCRX)
    • Children’s Ear Formula (SCRX)
    • Children’s Fever Reliever (SCRX)
    • Children’s Growth & Development (SCRX)
    • Colic Relief (SCRX)
    • Newborn Tonic (SCRX)
    • Teething (SCRX)
    • Tummy Aches (SCRX)
    • Children’s Apetite & Weight (SCRX)
    • Children’s Appetite Enhancer (SCRX) 



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    <![CDATA[Salmonella Outbreak May Be Linked to Empire Chicken: Feds]]>491802651Mon, 27 Aug 2018 11:14:33 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chicken-dinner-food-3688+edited.jpg

    A possible salmonella contamination has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to issue a health alert on Empire Kosher brand raw chicken items.

    A number of salmonella illnesses within the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states linked the cluster to Empire Kosher brand raw chicken products, according to the FSIS.

    The raw chicken items, which may include raw whole chicken and raw chicken parts, were allegedly produced and sold to consumers from September 2017 to June 2018.

    About half of those affected have been hospitalized due to illness with the illness onset dates ranging from September 2017 to June 2018.

    Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, according to the FSIS. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product, according to the FSIS, which adds that the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

    While most people recover without treatment, others have such severe diarrhea that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

    Additionally, the FSIS says, older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness, however, any individual who is concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

    FSIS also urges consumers who have purchased these products to properly handle, prepare and cook them by safely preparing the raw meat products, regardless if they are fresh or frozen, and only eat chicken products that have been cooked to a temperature of 165°F.

    Consumers should take proper precautions when handling raw chicken products by washing after handling raw poultry, meat and eggs, according to FSIS, adding that this step can reduce the risk of bacterial cross-contamination to other foods and kitchen surfaces. Additionally, one should wash counter tops and sinks with soapy, hot water.

    Consumers can contact an Empire Kosher Specialist at 1-877-627-2803 with any questions.



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    <![CDATA[Nissan Recalls Cars, SUVs Due to Risk of Fire]]>493829271Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:22:59 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_18263421634254.jpg

    Nissan recalled more than 215,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases.

    An anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk, according to the company. If drivers see the anti-lock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan urges them not to drive the vehicles and park them outdoors.

    The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles.

    Nissan estimates 56 percent of the vehicles have the problem, which has been traced to faulty seals in the pump.

    Some Muranos were recalled for the same problem in 2016.

    Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don't say if there have been any fires. Messages were left early Thursday for a Nissan spokesman.

    Dealers will inspect the pump serial numbers and replace them if necessary starting Oct. 15.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[32 Children's Medicines Recalled Over Contamination Concerns]]>491547661Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:48:49 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/King+Bio+Recall.jpg

    King Bio is recalling 32 children's medicines due to a possible microbial contamination.

    The North Carolina-based company, which makes homeopathic drugs, announced Wednesday that a small percentage of its products produced between Aug. 1, 2017 and April 2018 have tested positive for the microbial contamination.

    The company said use of the medicines could result in increased or life-threatening infections. There have been no reports of illnesses, according to the FDA, and King Bio issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution."

    The recalled products are used to treat dozens of conditions, including bed wetting, chicken pox, common colds, nosebleeds, sore throat and teething, and were sold nationwide between August 2017 and July 2018. 

    Customers are urged to stop using the affected products immediately and contact King Bio by email at recall@kingbio.com or call the company at 866-298-2740, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET., to make arrangements for a return and replacement of the product. Consumers who believe they may have been sickened by one of the recalled products should contact their physician or healthcare provider. 

    All of the recalled products listed below come in 2-ounce bottles except for Kids Candida, which comes in a 4-ounce bottle. Products marked "SCRX" are only used by professionals. For a complete list of UPC and Lot numbers click here

    • DK Attention & Learning Enh.
    • Chicken Pox Symptom Relief
    • Children's Appetite & Weight
    • Children's Appetite Enhance
    • Children's Cough Relief
    • Children's Fever Reliever
    • Children's Growth & Development
    • DK Newborn Tonic
    • DK Nosebleed Relief
    • TonsilPlex
    • Children's Ear Relief Formula
    • DK Teething
    • DK Colic Relief
    • Tummy Aches
    • Kids Multi-Strain Flu Relief
    • Kids Stress & Anxiety
    • Kids Sleep Aid
    • Kids Bed Wetting (NP)
    • Kids Candida - 4-ounce bottle
    • Kids Attention & Learning (SCRX)
    • Bed Wetting Prevention (SCRX)
    • Chicken Pox Symptom Relief (SCRX)
    • Childrens Cough (SCRX)
    • Children’s Ear Formula (SCRX)
    • Children’s Fever Reliever (SCRX)
    • Children’s Growth & Development (SCRX)
    • Colic Relief (SCRX)
    • Newborn Tonic (SCRX)
    • Teething (SCRX)
    • Tummy Aches (SCRX)
    • Children’s Apetite & Weight (SCRX)
    • Children’s Appetite Enhancer (SCRX) 



    Photo Credit: Dr. King's by King Bio]]>
    <![CDATA[Vornado Recalls Space Heaters Following Death, Fire Reports]]>491544541Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:53:37 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vornado+space+heater.jpg

    Vornado Air is reissuing its recall for thousands of electric space heaters after a man died in a fire involving one of the devices.

    The company first recalled its VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters in April after receiving 15 reports of heaters that had caught on fire, according to a recall notice posted by on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website. One person, a 90-year-old man from Minnesota, died in a fire involving the heater in December 2017, the notice said. 

    A second recall notice issued Wednesday updates the number of reports the company has received of Vornado Air heaters catching fire to 19.

    The recall includes around 350,000 black, coral orange, grayed jade, cinnamon, fig, ice white and red Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters. The model number, VH101, is printed on a label on the bottom of the heaters.

    The faulty heaters were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply and Target stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, Target.com and Vornado.com from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30.

    Customers who have purchased the recalled heaters should stop using them and contact Vornado for a full refund or a free replacement, the notice said.

    For more information, contact Vornado by phone at 855-215-5131 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.vornado.com and click on "Recalls" in the lower right corner of the homepage or www.vornado.com/recalls and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button for more information.



    Photo Credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission]]>
    <![CDATA[Allure Hair Dryer Recall Over Burn, Fire, Shock Hazards]]>491025401Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:55:44 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pic1_38.jpg

    After receiving nearly 200 reports of Allure and Allure Pro ionic ceramic hair dryers exploding, catching fire, melting or overheating, the company that imported is recalling them and asking people not to use any until they are replaced.

    Eighteen people who used the products were burned, one severely, and two people received minor electric shocks, according to a recall notice posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Wednesday. The company Xtava has received 193 reports of the product doing anything from overheating to exploding.

    The recall affects about 235,000 units of the 2200W hair dryers, which were sold online since October 2014 for between $15 and $60 or as part of hair care kits that cost between $20 and $80.

    Xtava, which imported the hair dryers from China, is offering free replacements. Click here for more information or contact the company at 877-643-8440 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on weekdays.

    The units have the word "xtava" imprinted near the blower and many bear the the SKU numbers XTV010001, XTV010001N, XTV010002 or XTV010002N.



    Photo Credit: Xtava via CPSC]]>
    <![CDATA[436 Confirmed Sick After Eating McDonald's Salad]]>490549001Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:33:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms1260.jpg

    The CDC is now reporting that 436 people have been diagnosed with an intestinal illness after consuming salads at McDonald’s restaurants. 

    The laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported in 15 states after customers ate salads at the restaurant’s locations.

    In its initial announcement July 13, the CDC reported 61 cases. As of last week, there were 395 cases. 

    Over 200 cases have now been reported in Illinois and Iowa alone, with 219 cases confirmed in Illinois.  

    The most common symptom of the illness is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include appetite loss, intestinal pain, nausea, and fatigue.

    McDonald's released a statement regarding the outbreak, saying "McDonald's is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality control." 

    Earlier this summer, McDonald’s removed the lettuce blend from 3,000 identified restaurants and distribution centers that had received it.

    Affected restaurants were located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri. 

    Reported illnesses started on or after May 20. 

    In an update Thursday, the CDC said "at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that this cluster of illnesses is related to the Cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte fresh produce vegetable trays."



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    <![CDATA[CVS Health Nasal Sprays Recalled Due to Contamination]]>490450541Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:52:46 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ucm616192.jpg

    Certain bottles of CVS Health’s 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist have been recalled after they were found to have had a microbiological contamination, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

    The nasal mist, manufactured by Product Quest, was found to have Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Frequent use of the contaminated product could result in infections, which could be life-threatening for users with cystic fibrosis or people who are immuno-compromised, the FDA said on its website.

    "To the best of Product Quest’s knowledge, the company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall," the FDA said.

    The affected nasal sprays come in .5-ounce white bottles. They are packaged in a carton with expiration date September 2019 and lot number 173089J printed on the side. The products have orange labels with “Sinus Relief” in white letters and “CVS Health” in the left corner.

    The FDA urges customers with the recalled product to return it to the store where it was purchased or to discard it.



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    <![CDATA[100K Blender Containers Recalled Over Laceration Hazard]]>490464211Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:15:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blender+recall+story.jpg

    More than 100,000 blender containers sold at stores like Costco and Williams-Sonoma have been recalled because the containers can separate from the base, exposing the blades and increasing the risk people could get cut while using them. 

    Vitamix announced the recalls of its Ascent and Venturist series 8-ounce and 20-ounce blending containers on Thursday. The company said it has received 11 reports of lacerations, though the severity of those wasn't clear.

    The affected products were sold nationwide at large retailers and also online at vitamix.com from April 2017 through July 2018; prices ranged from $24 to $500. Most were sold in the United States, with a few thousand sold in Canada.

    Anyone who has one of the affected blenders is advised to immediately stop using it and contact Vitamix for a free repair kit. The company says if the blade base is marked on the bottom with a green or orange dot, that means the container has already been repaired. 

    Customers with additional questions can call Vitamix at 888-847-8842 or go to www.recallrtr.com/blender for more information. 



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    <![CDATA[Thousands of Camping Chairs Recalled Due to Fall Hazard ]]>490280841Wed, 08 Aug 2018 03:21:47 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Recalled+Camping+Chairs.png

    An outdoor equipment company has recalled thousands of camping chairs because the plastic pieces attached to the chairs’ legs can break, putting their occupants at risk of falling.

    NEMO Equipment on Tuesday recalled around 7,500 Stargaze recliner chairs after receiving 14 reports of the joint supports on the chairs breaking, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

    The recall includes the Stargaze Recliner, the Stargaze Recliner Low and Stargaze Recliner Luxury lifestyle camping chairs, according to the commission.

    A full list of the recalled chairs is available on the commission's website

    “Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and contact NEMO Equipment for a free inspection and, if necessary, a free replacement chair,” the commission said. 

    NEMO hasn’t received any reports of injuries caused by the chairs, it noted.

    Tuesday’s recall isn’t the first time NEMO has recalled its Stargaze recliner chairs. In February, the company recalled around 15,500 chairs over faulty chair straps.



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    <![CDATA[FDA Expands Recalls of Blood Pressure, Heart Drugs]]>490164611Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:34:45 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/080618bloodpressire.jpg

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded its voluntary recall of several medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure over concerns that an active ingredient in the drugs could be contaminated with a cancer-causing agent.

    The agency reported that traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a "probable human carcinogen," was found in the active ingredient valsartan in the recalled products. The FDA noted not all products containing valsartan are contaminated and being recalled. A third-party supplied the valsartan contained in the recall. 

    The FDA updated the list of products included in the recall and the list of those unaffected

    "FDA is working with drug manufacturers to ensure future valsartan active pharmaceutical ingredients are not at risk of NDMA formation," the FDA said. "The agency reminds manufacturers to thoroughly evaluate their API manufacturing processes, and changes to those processes, to detect any unsafe impurities."

    Patients are urged to look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle to determine whether a specific product has been recalled. If the information is not on the bottle, patients should contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine to find out the company name.

    If a patient is taking one of the recalled medicines, they should follow the recall instructions each specific company provided, which will be available on the FDA’s website.

    If a patient's medicine is included in the recall, they should contact their health care professional to discuss their treatment options, which may include another valsartan product this recall doesn't affect or an alternative option.

    The agency encourages patients and health care professionals to report any adverse reaction to the FDA’s MedWatch program.

    "The FDA’s review is ongoing and has included investigating the levels of NDMA in the recalled products, assessing the possible effect on patients who have been taking them and what measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate the impurity from future batches produced by the company," the FDA said in a news release.

    The presence of NDMA is "thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured," the agency said.



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    <![CDATA[Some Vanilla Almond Breeze May Contain Milk, Recall Issued]]>489966591Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:26:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/almondmilkucm615709.jpg

    HP Hood is recalling more than 145,000 half-gallon cartons of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because the products may contain milk – an allergen not listed on the label — according to the Food and Drug Administration

    The company says the product is safe to drink unless consumers have a milk allergy or sensitivity. So far, there has only been one report of an allergic reaction to the product.

    Almond milk is made with filtered water and almonds, among other ingredients

    The products were shipped to retailers and wholesalers in a number of states including Connecticut, New York, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. 

    The recall applies to products with a use-by date of September 2, 2018. 

    The stamped information to identify affected products is: 

    • USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L1 51-4109
    • USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L2 51-4109
    • USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L1 51-4109
    • USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L2 51-4109

    Additionally, products have a UPC bar code of 41570 05621 on the carton's side panel. 

    Consumers can return affected containers to the store where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange. A web form can also be completed on the company's website



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    <![CDATA[Federal Health Alert on Wraps, Salads Sold at Trader Joe's]]>489714961Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:39:06 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CDC_Expands_Warning_on_Romaine_Lettuce.jpg

    The United States Department of Agriculture issued a nationwide public health alert for more than two dozen beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products distributed by Caito Foods LLC, three varieties of which are sold at Trader Joe's, due to concerns about contamination with Cyclospora. The parasite causes intestinal illness.

    Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled, the USDA said.

    Trader Joe's identified its three products affected by the recall as Trader Joe's Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap, Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad with Chicken and Trader Ming’s Chinese Inspired Salad with Chicken with "Best By" dates of July 21, 2018, to July 23, 2018. The products were sold in stores spanning 11 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. 

    Products that were distributed by Gordon Food Service or sold at Kroger and Walgreens were also listed in the recall notice.

    A Gordon Food Service representative said that its product — a roast beef wrap, chicken Caesar salad and Santa Fe chicken salad — was sent to a customer in Ohio, who has been notified about the recall. 

    Walgreens' affected product — an Asian chicken salad, chicken Caesar and chef salad with ham and turkey — was available "in a limited number of our stores in Illinois only," a spokesperson said. "Upon learning of the recall, we notified these stores to immediately pull and dispose of any product on store shelves."

    NBC has also reached out to Kroger for more information about which states their product linked to the Caito recall were sold in. 

    The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service stated that the potentially contaminated items were produced between July 15 and July 18 with either "Best By" or "Enjoy By" dates ranging from July 18 to July 23, 2018. The full public health alert issued by FSIS can be read here.

    Consumers should throw any of the affected items away. 

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

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    <![CDATA[Why the Food Recalls Might Not Stop With Goldfish and Ritz ]]>489344911Mon, 30 Jul 2018 08:54:57 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/072619recallsplit.jpg

    Bill Marler arrived at his Seattle home one night this week and began searching through the cupboard for something to eat. Toward the back, the food poisoning attorney spotted a bag of Goldfish, then remembered news reports about a new recall. Sure enough, he owned one of the more than 3 million packages that had been recalled on Monday. 

    The back-to-back recalls of household staples Goldfish and Ritz crackers, along with earlier recalls of the Kellogg's cereal Honey Smacks and other cases, have prompted social media users to question which snacks are safe to eat. The short answer: we don't know yet, though no one has fallen ill from consuming recently recalled snack products linked to one supplier of whey protein.

    Pepperidge Farm issued its voluntary recall for four types of its Goldfish crackers after the whey powder manufacturer Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) announced a recall of its own due to the “possible presence” of salmonella. Another company, Mondelez, recalled several of its Ritz cracker products over the weekend for the same reason.

    Last week, Flowers Foods recalled its Swiss Rolls sold under various brand names. The company mentioned the whey powder ingredient in a news release. A Hungry Man frozen dinner also used AMPI's recalled powder. 

    AMPI spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt noted that "all products shipped into the marketplace tested negative for Salmonella as part of AMPI’s routine testing program.”

    But because "additional product tested positive for Salmonella under AMPI’s routine test and hold procedures," the recall was a precautionary move. 

    "At AMPI, we are dedicated to producing dairy products that meet the highest quality and safety standards," Schmidt said. "We will continue to work cooperatively with the FDA." 

    In a high-profile recall not linked to AMPI, Kellogg's flagged Honey Smacks last month due to the possible presence of salmonella. Seventy-three people became ill after eating the cereal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whey powder isn't an ingredient in Honey Smacks, Kellogg's said in an email to NBC. 

    Marler, who represents some of the people who fell ill from salmonella after consuming Honey Smacks, said companies that alert customers before anyone gets sick have adopted the best approach to managing the issue.

    With Ritz, Goldfish, Swiss Rolls and Hungry Man — products the FDA has linked to AMPI — there haven’t been any reported illnesses. Other manufacturers who use AMPI's whey powder might begin issuing recalls in the coming days, Marler predicted, based on how past recalls have played out. 

    "I would expect it to be potentially dozens of products," Marler said. "This kind of recall is the system working properly. It's common and actually a good thing."

    Here's how the system operates: ingredient and product testing is not regulated or required by the government. Companies often test their products according to their own food safety plans, said Martin Bucknavage, a senior food safety associate at Penn State’s college of agricultural sciences.

    When an ingredient supplier identifies possible contamination, it contacts the manufacturers it works with. The supplier also files a report with the FDA explaining the recall using the agency's reportable food registry portal.  

    In AMPI's case, the powder they provide for dairy and baked products is also a common ingredient used to coat cereals and other snacks, said Randy Worobo, a professor in Cornell’s department of food science. 

    AMPI declined to release its complete list of whey powder customers,  confirming only that four manufacturers it works with have issued voluntary recalls as of Wednesday. It said it doesn't release proprietary customer lists.

    An FDA spokesman said the agency had the list but wouldn't provide it. NBC has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine which companies receive whey powder from AMPI. 

    Salmonella is a bacteria that causes 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. Food is the cause of 1 million of those illnesses and 380 deaths. 

    In 2007 and 2008, Peanut Corporation of America discovered salmonella contamination in its ingredients that were used in other manufacturers’ products but didn’t immediately issue a recall, according to The New York Times. Nine people were killed and more than 700 were reported ill as a result.

    Companies that issue voluntary recalls before anyone gets sick will likely be viewed by customers in a positive light, said Tom Meyvis, an NYU marketing professor who studies consumer behavior.

    “There’s an advantage to [the recall being connected] to one supplier,” Meyvis said.

    Marler, the food poisoning attorney in Seattle, said that between recalls for romaine lettuce and Del Monte vegetables and illnesses linked to McDonald’s salads, the number of food-related ailments this year is alarming.

    The FDA disputes that characterization. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that there haven't been an increase in the number or scope of recalls.

    "Our tools for detecting them are much better, and our policies for how and when we alert the public lean in the direction of more and earlier communication," Gottlieb said. 

    The FDA recommends that people discard or return recalled products to the stores where they're purchased. 



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    <![CDATA[Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Recalled Over Botulism Risk]]>489114031Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:24:52 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/taco-bell-cheese-dip.jpg

    The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling about 59,000 jars of its Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip that could potentially lead to botulism if eaten.

    Kraft is voluntarily recalling 15-ounce glass jars with "best when used by" dates of Dec. 27, 2018, and Jan. 23, 2019. The affected items are showing signs of product separation, which can allow for the growth of the bacteria that causes botulism, the company said on its website.

    Botulism is rare but can be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness can cause difficulty breathing and muscle paralysis. Symptoms include blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, a thick-feeling tongue, dry mouth and muscle weakness.

    Kraft said there have been no complaints or reports of illness related to the products. The company said it is working with the Food and Drug Administration.

    The affected items were produced and distributed by Kraft in the U.S. The company urged customers not to eat the dip and return it to the store for an exchange or refund.



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    <![CDATA[Pepperidge Farm Recalls 4 Varieties of Goldfish Crackers]]>488943461Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:00:40 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PF-8548-GFFBXtraCheddar.jpg

    Pepperidge Farm says it has been notified by one of its ingredient suppliers that whey powder in a seasoning that is applied to four varieties of crackers has been the subject of a recall by the whey powder manufacturer due to the potential presence of salmonella.

    Pepperidge Farm initiated an investigation and, out of an abundance of caution, is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers. The products were distributed throughout the United States. 

    No illnesses have been reported. No other Pepperidge Farm products in the U.S. are subject to this recall.

    The following four varieties with the indicated codes are subject to this recall:

    • Flavor Blasted® Xtra Cheddar
    • Flavor Blasted® Sour Cream & Onion
    • Goldfish® Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
    • Goldfish® Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel

    Different packaging options are included in this recall. Consumers are encouraged to read this chart.

    Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Recalled products should be discarded or may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may visit www.pepperidgefarm.com/GoldfishUpdate or call Customer Service at 800-679-1791, 24 hours a day, for more information.



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    <![CDATA[Ritz Crackers, Ritz Bits Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns]]>488838451Sun, 22 Jul 2018 23:19:00 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-2129861.jpg

    More than a dozen Ritz cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products have been recalled due to a possible salmonella contamination, Mondelez Global LLC said.

    The New Jersey-based company has recalled sixteen products — including Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Cheese — in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because the whey powder they’re made with could contain salmonella, it said.

    Mondelez hasn’t received any reports of people falling ill after eating these products yet, but consumers who have purchased them should throw them out, the company noted.

    A full list of the products included in the recall can be found on Mondelez’ website.

    “Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” Mondelez said in a release.

    Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain, the company said.



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    <![CDATA[40 Hospitalized in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey]]>488737581Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:38:57 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/072018CDC.jpg

    Ninety people in 26 states have been infected with salmonella in the midst of an outbreak that has been connected to raw turkey products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    There haven’t been any reported deaths, but 40 people have been hospitalized.

    Salmonella cases have been reported in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, the CDC said in a news release.

    While the outbreak hasn’t been linked to a single supplier, the salmonella strain has been found in samples of raw turkey products including pet food and live turkeys, the CDC said.

    The agency hasn’t instructed retailers to stop selling raw turkey products and hasn’t told consumers to stop eating properly cooked turkey products.

    To avoid being infected with salmonella, the CDC recommends frequently washing your hands, cooking raw turkey thoroughly and avoiding raw diets for pets.

    “Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning,” the CDC said in the release. “This outbreak is a reminder that raw turkey products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick.”



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    <![CDATA[Utz Recalls Bags of Carolina Style Barbeque Chips Over Soy Allergen]]>488643951Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:10:53 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Utz+bbq+chip+recall+.jpg

    Snack food company Utz has recalled select bags of potato chips because of an undeclared soy allergen.

    Utz Quality Foods has issued a voluntarily recall on select 2.875 oz. and 7.5 oz bags of Utz Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips after learning some packages were mislabeled. The recall affects products distributed in 30 states including Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont and Virginia, as well as D.C.

    No illnesses have been reported, according to the Food and Drug Administration website, but people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the chips.

    Utz urged customers not to eat the chips and either throw them out or return them to the store for a full refund. The company suggested retailers check their shelves and confirm the products are not available for purchase.

    The affected 2.875 oz. bags include a UPC code of 0-41780-00153-5 and an expiration date between Oct. 6 and Oct. 20. The affected 7.5 oz. bags include a UPC code of 0-41780-00049-1 and expiration dates between Aug. 18 and Oct. 27.

    For more information, email customerservice@utzsnacks.com or call 1-800-367-7629, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.



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    <![CDATA[Swiss Rolls Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns]]>488651661Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:08:59 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/0ce6b8dd-e353-4aaa-9d35-e9e7c063a211_1.jpg

    A popular snack treat is being recalled nationwide over potential salmonella concerns.

    Swiss Rolls, sold under a variety of brand names including H-E-B and Great Value, are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer over the possible presence of salmonella in one of the treat’s ingredients.

    Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value brands are all impacted by the recall nationally, and several southern states are impacted under the Captain John Derst’s Hold Fashioned Bread brand name.

    Salmonella can cause serious, or even fatal, infections in young children and the elderly. No human cases have yet been reported in connection with the recall.

    For a full list of brand names, UPC label numbers, and Best By Dates, you can visit the Flowers Foods website, or use this list: 

    Mrs. Freshleys -4 count/7.2 ounces 
    UPC: 072250011907 
    Best By Dates: Through 10/19/18 

    Mrs. Freshley's - 6 count/12 ounces 
    UPC: 072250903233 
    Best By Dates:Through 10/14/18

    Food Lion - 6 count/13 ounces
    UPC: 035826092779
    Best By Dates:10/16/18

    H-E-B: 6 count/12 ounces 
    UPC: 041220296483
    Best By Dates:09/19/18

    Baker's Treat:6 count/13 ounces 
    UPC: 041498188382
    Best By Dates:9/21/18 through 9/28/18

    Market Square:6 count/12 ounces 
    UPC: 087381760556
    Best By Dates: 309 8194 B

    Great Value: 6 count/13 ounces 
    UPC: 078742147550
    Best By Dates: 9/17/18 through 9/25/18

    Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread
    UPC: 071316001180
    Best By Dates: 7/16/18 through 7/28/18



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    <![CDATA[FDA Recalls Blood Pressure, Heart Drugs Over Cancer Concerns]]>488292561Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:50:30 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6837401591.jpg

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall of several medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure over concerns that an active ingredient in the drugs could be contaminated with a cancer-causing agent.

    The agency reported that traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a "probable human carcinogen," was found in the active ingredient valsartan in the recalled products. The FDA noted not all products containing valsartan are contaminated and being recalled. The valsartan contained in the recall was supplied by a third-party.

    Companies that have recalled valsartan products are: Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. Additionally, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals are also recalling medicines with the combination valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide.

    "We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we’ve found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards. This is why we’ve asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

    Patients are urged to look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle to determine whether a specific product has been recalled. If the information is not on the bottle, patients should contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine to find out the company name.

    If a patient is taking one of the recalled medicines, they should follow the recall instructions provided by the specific company, which will be available on the FDA’s website.

    If a patient's medicine is included in the recall, they should contact their health care professional to discuss their treatment options, which may include another valsartan product not affected by this recall or an alternative option.

    The agency encourages patients and health care professionals to report any adverse reaction to the FDA’s MedWatch program.

    "The FDA’s review is ongoing and has included investigating the levels of NDMA in the recalled products, assessing the possible effect on patients who have been taking them and what measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate the impurity from future batches produced by the company," the FDA said Friday in a news release.

    The presence of NDMA is "thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured," the agency said.



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    <![CDATA[Honey Smacks Still on Store Shelves Despite Recall: FDA]]>488119981Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:28:46 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/honeysmacks.jpg

    Despite popular Kellogg's cereal Honey Smacks being linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states, the Food and Drug Administration says some boxes are still sitting on store shelves after a wide-ranging recall.

    Kellogg's had issued a voluntary recall in June for the cereal that was distributed across the U.S. It initially recalled certain sizes of Honey Smacks packages with specific code dates. 

    However, the FDA said Thursday that some retailers are still selling the cereal despite the recall, which the agency said affects all Honey Smacks packages. The FDA reiterated that "retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal."

    The CDC found salmonella in Honey Smacks samples and told customers Thursday that they should avoid all Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal." The agency advised people to stop eating the cereal and throw it out, regardless of its package size or expiration date. It also advised retailers to stop selling and serving all Honey Smacks.

    The CDC says at least 100 people have become sick between March 3 and July 2 in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Texas, California and other states. At least 30 of those people have been hospitalized.

    Most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria, according to the CDC.

    The FDA found that the salmonella was traced back to a third-party manufacturing facility. The facility is no longer producing Honey Smacks as of Thursday, the agency said.

    "We continue to work with the FDA and the third-party manufacturer to determine how this happened to ensure it doesn't happen again," a spokesperson from Kellogg's said in an email to CNBC. "Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[Nissan Recalls About 105K Cars to Replace Takata Air Bags]]>488105651Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:50:43 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-823250866.jpg

    Nissan is recalling nearly 105,000 small cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

    Included are the 2011 Versa sedan and the 2011 and 2012 Versa hatchback. It only applies to cars that have been registered in 42 states and Washington, D.C., as part of a coordinated phase-in of Takata recalls.

    Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate due to high temperatures and humidity and blow apart a metal canister. At least 23 people have died worldwide and about 300 have been hurt.

    Owners will be notified by mail and dealers will replace the inflators for free. The recall starts this month.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[CDC Links Honey Smacks With Salmonella]]>488071191Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:53:56 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HoneySmackRecallKellog.jpg

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg's cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.

    The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Kellogg's Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal." The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.

    It says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund. Kellogg has said that retailers can no longer legally offer the cereal for sale. 

    The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized. It says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.

    For reports or concerns about the recall, please contact Kellogg at 1-800-962-1413 or visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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    <![CDATA[Mazda Recalls Nearly 270,000 Cars Over Faulty Airbags]]>487527561Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:06:29 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mazda-generic.jpg

    Mazda is recalling nearly 270,000 vehicles with Takata airbags that have the potential to explode.

    Chemicals used to inflate the air bags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to deploy with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister that can result in flying shrapnel.

    The potentially deadly defect can be found in passenger-side airbags on certain 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 MPV vehicles nationwide. It also involves 2005-2006 MPV models in certain states.

    Over the last several years, about 50 million air bag inflators have been recalled in the U.S., with 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries linked to the defect.

    Takata has since been bought by Chinese-owned U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety System.

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    <![CDATA[Lexus Recalls Cars to Fix Fuel Leaks That Can Cause Fires]]>486600631Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:16:00 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LexusGettyImages-102557238.jpg

    Toyota's Lexus luxury brand is recalling about 121,000 cars worldwide because of fuel leaks in the engine that can cause fires.

    The recall covers certain 2006 through 2013 IS350 cars, as well as the 2010 through 2014 IS350C, and the 2007 through 2011 GS350 and GS450h. All have 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engines.

    Toyota says a diaphragm material in the fuel injection system can harden over time and crack, allowing fuel to leak. The company would not say if the problem has caused any fires, crashes or injuries.

    Most of the recalled cars are in the United States.

    Dealers will replace the fuel delivery pipe with a new one containing improved parts at no cost to customers.

    Owners will be notified by mail starting in early August.

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    <![CDATA[Lexus Recalls More Than 120,000 Cars Over Engine Fuel Leaks ]]>486590081Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:28:30 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513343230.jpg

    Toyota's Lexus luxury brand is recalling about 121,000 cars worldwide, mainly in the United States, because of fuel leaks in the engine that can cause fires.

    The recall covers certain 2006 through 2013 IS350 cars, as well as the 2010 through 2014 IS350C, and the 2007 through 2011 GS350 and GS450h. All have 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engines.

    Toyota says a diaphragm material in the fuel injection system can harden over time and crack, allowing fuel to leak. The company did not say if the problem has caused any fires, crashes or injuries.

    Dealers will replace the fuel delivery pipe with a new one containing improved parts at no cost to customers.

    Owners will be notified by mail starting in early August. Learn more here.

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    <![CDATA[FDA: More States Selling Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak]]>485688551Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:53:34 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Canteloupe-FDA-AP_12071313651.jpg

    Health officials on Thursday added 10 more states to the list of retail locations that may have received cut melons possibly contaminated with salmonella, bringing the total number of states to 23.

    Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Caito Foods LLC recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medleys containing at least one of those melons that were produced at its facility in Indianapolis.

    The full list of states now includes: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

    The CDC said the fruit was distributed and sold in clear plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.

    The FDA has posted a full list of retailers and locations where it believes the contaminated melon was sold.

    Consumers who have purchased cut melon from these locations should throw it away. In addition, the agency has advised retailers not to serve or sell precut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service or SpartanNash Distribution.

    According to the CDC, at least 60 people became ill between April 30 and May 28 in five Midwestern states, where the outbreak was initially reported. 

    Although the FDA has expanded the list of states warned about consumption of melon, the CDC has not updated the number of illnesses reported.

    The CDC says 31 of the people sickened have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported.

    Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain that begins 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food. Most people recover in four to seven days.

    According to the CDC, salmonella is to blame for 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths every year in the United States.



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    <![CDATA[Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled Over Salmonella Outbreak: FDA]]>485625071Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:37:31 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/honey+smacks+recall.jpg

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a multi-state outbreak of infections possibly linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, officials say. 

    The sweetened puffed wheat cereal is a likely source of the Salmonella Mbandanka illness reported by 73 people in 31 states so far. There have been 24 hospitalizations and no deaths, the CDC says.

    Kellogg has voluntarily recalled the Honey Smacks cereal, which was distributed across the U.S. Customers should not eat any of the recalled cereal. 

    The FDA is inspecting the facility that manufactures the Honey Smacks ceral and is working with Kellogg in its investigation.

    The states where the outbreak occurred are Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

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    <![CDATA[Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Frozen Chicken Products]]>485031361Sun, 10 Jun 2018 12:26:56 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Foods-generic.jpg

    Tyson Foods Inc. - one of the nation's top chicken and beef processors - is recalling more than 3,000 pounds of frozen breaded chicken products that may be contaminated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Friday.

    The frozen, uncooked and breaded chicken tenderloins being recalled, which may be contaminated with blue and clear soft plastics, were produced on May 17, 2018. The affected products include 12-pound boxes of 3-pound plastic bags of tenderloins, with the lot code 1378NLR02.

    There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from eating the chicken, the USDA said.

    Those concerned about an injury or illness are encouraged to contact a healthcare provider. The affected products should be thrown away.

    The USDA is also "concerned that some product may be frozen and in freezers at food service institutions and could be served." the agency urged companies that have purchased the affected products not to serve them. 


    CORRECTION (June 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m.): A previous version of this story reported a recall from June 2017. The story has been updated to reflect the June 2018 recall.



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    <![CDATA[Tyson Recalls 3,000 Pounds of Chicken Over Plastic Fears]]>485007711Sat, 09 Jun 2018 08:16:33 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Foods-generic.jpg

    Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling 3,120 pounds of frozen breaded chicken over fears that the products may be contaminated with blue and clear soft plastic. 

    The USDA said that the contaminated frozen breaded chicken tenderloins were shipped to food service establishments across the country. But the federal agency says the chicken was not available in retail stores. 

    The 12-pound boxes containing 3-pound plastic bags of uncooked, breaded tenderloins have a lot code of 1378NLR02.

    Tyson discovered the problem on Friday, according to the USDA, and notified food safety officials that their breading supplier was recalling breading ingredients due to possible foreign material contamination. 

    There haven't been any reports of adverse reactions from anyone eating the contaminated chicken. 



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    <![CDATA[Kia Recalls Over 500K Vehicles; Air Bags May Not Inflate]]>484973101Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:01:33 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/85876241-Kia-Forte-2010.jpg

    Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may not work in a crash.

    The recall apparently is related to federal investigation into air bag failures in Kia and partner Hyundai vehicles that were linked to four deaths.

    Vehicles covered by the recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. Also covered are Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012.

    A Hyundai spokesman says he's checking to see if his company has a recall. Kia says it's working on a remedy and will notify owners June 27.

    Kia says in government documents that a short circuit can develop in an air bag control computer. The company has not yet developed a repair.

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    <![CDATA[Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Recalled by Maker]]>484816451Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:03:04 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_294616548084.jpg

    Some of the opioid overdose antidote Naloxone has been recalled by its maker, Hospira, over the potential presence of particulate matter, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

    Two lots of Naloxone are being recalled because there may be "embedded and loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger," the FDA said in a notice. If injected with the medicine, a patient has a "low likelihood of experiencing adverse events ranging from local irritation, allergic reactions, phlebitis, end-organ granuloma, tissue ischemia, pulmonary emboli, pulmonary dysfunction, pulmonary infarction, and toxicity."

    The recall affects single-use cartridge units of Naloxone Hydrochloride Carpuject Injection with lot numbers 72680LL and 76510LL. They were distributed to wholesalers, distributors and hospitals in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam from February 2017 to February 2018.

    Hospira has not received reports of adverse effects from the affected Naloxone.

    Pfizer, the parent company of Hospira, confirmed in a statement to NBC that there is no shortage, as Naloxone is also currently available in vials. Pfizer added that the recall does not affect any Naloxone products sold under the brand name Narcan, which includes a nasal spray that is available with a prescription and that many law enforcement agencies and hospitals use. Narcan is also available over the counter in most states

    Hospira has notified wholesalers, distributors and hospitals of the contaminated lots, and it is encouraging others to discard affected lots, the FDA said. 

    The recall affects an older version of the drug that may still be in atomizer kits that were distributed into communities. Those with older kits should contact the business or institution that distributed them and get replacements.

    "This is not a product for use by consumers. Training is required to use it appropriately," Pfizer explained. "Therefore, it is for use by medical professionals or first responders such as police officers who have been trained in its use."



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    <![CDATA[Over 228,000 Pounds of Spam Recalled]]>483825061Sun, 27 May 2018 19:16:20 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/spamGettyImages-158914477.jpg

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food.

    The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned chicken and pork in question was produced in February at the company's plant in Fremont, Nebraska. The agency says "minor oral injuries" have been reported.

    The recall covers 12-ounce metal cans containing "SPAM Classic" with a "Best By" date of February 2021 date. Those products were shipped throughout the U.S.

    The production codes are F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889.

    The recall also includes 12-ounce metal cans of "Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf" with a "Best By" date of February 2021. Those products were shipped only to Guam, with production codes F02098 and F02108.

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    <![CDATA[Fiat Chrysler Warns 4.8M: Don't Use Cruise Control]]>483692691Mon, 28 May 2018 18:44:44 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/806423300-fiat-chrysler-jeep-dodge.jpg

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control.

    The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until the cars, SUVs and trucks can be fixed with a software update.

    Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens. But the brakes are designed to overpower the engine and the vehicles could still be stopped.

    Shifting into park would cancel the cruise, but tapping the brakes or turning off the cruise control button won't work.

    The recall includes 15 Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram models from six model years with gasoline engines and automatic transmissions. Models in Canada, Mexico and other countries also are affected, but the company is still sorting out which ones.

    So far, FCA said the affected models include:

    • 2014-2019 Ram 1500 pickup, as well as the 2014-2018 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 pickups and chassis cab trucks
    • 2015-2017 Chrysler 200
    • 2014-2018 Chrysler 300
    • 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
    • 2015 to 2018 Challenger
    • 2014 to 2018 Charger, Journey and Durango
    • 2014 through 2018 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee
    • 2018 Wrangler

    The problem was found in testing of the vehicles' computer network. FCA said it has no reports of crashes or injuries. After the testing uncovered the trouble, FCA said it reviewed consumer complaints and found one that may be related.

    In the complaint filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an owner from Olathe, Kansas, said a 2017 Dodge Journey SUV rental vehicle was being driven about 70 miles per hour with the cruise control on when the windshield wipers came on by themselves and the throttle locked up.

    The owner, who was not identified in the agency's complaint database, wrote that the cruise control would not disengage by tapping the brakes or turning off the button. The driver was able to brake and get the SUV to the side of the road. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 mph and fighting the brakes," the driver wrote.

    The engine stop button also wouldn't work, but the driver was able halt the SUV and shift into park while the brakes "smoked significantly."

    The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's road safety agency, urged drivers not to use the cruise control until repairs are made. The agency says that to stop the vehicles, drivers should shift into neutral, forcefully apply the brake and put the vehicle in park once it's stopped.

    Fiat Chrysler will begin notifying customers as early as next week. The company is urging customers to follow the recall instructions and get the repairs done as soon as possible.

    Owners with questions can call their dealers or Fiat Chrysler at 866-220-6747.

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    <![CDATA[Stop & Shop Frozen Broccoli Recalled Over Listeria Risk]]>483479581Wed, 23 May 2018 15:48:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-518961258.jpg

    Stop & Shop has issued a voluntary recall of its store brand frozen broccoli after regulators in Connecticut found listeria on a sample. 

    The recall was issued Wednesday after the state Department of of Consumer Protection's foods and standards division found the bacteria at a Stop & Shop on Ellington Road in South Windsor. 

    “We’re incredibly proud that our staff was able to catch this during a routine sampling,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “We work hard every day across all of our divisions to ensure public health and safety both by conducting regular inspections, and by responding to complaints."

    She added, "I want to thank Stop & Shop, the Department of Public Health Lab, and the Food and Drug Administration for their cooperation.”

    There have been no reports of illness from the broccoli. 

    Impacted packages of frozen broccoli are marked with UPC 068826700926 and code BEST BY MAR 15 2020. Customers with packages included in the recall may return the broccoli for a full refund. 

    Visit Stop & Shop's website for more information on the recall.

    Those sickened by listeria may have symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeria can cause life-threatening infections in people with weakened immune systems, including infants, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions.



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    <![CDATA[1M Chainsaws Recalled For Operating After Being Turned Off]]>482837771Wed, 16 May 2018 16:11:37 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chainsaw2.jpg

    Harbor Freight Tools this week issued a recall for about a million electric chainsaws after three people were injured when their chainsaws continued to operate after being turned off. 

    There were 15 reports of malfunctioning power switches in all, and one person's laceration injuries were serious enough to require stitches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in its recall notice.

    Harbor Freight Tools's recall affects two models of 14-inch chainsaws sold under three brand names: Portland, One Stop Gardens and Chicago Electric. The Portland and One Stop Gardens brands are green and black. The Chicago Electric brand chainsaws are red and black.

    The chainsaws, which retailed for about $50, were available at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and through the Camarillo, California-based company's website from May 2009 through February 2018. 

    Free replacements are available at the company's stores. 

    Harbor Freight Tools can be reached at 800-444-3353 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, or by email at recall@harborfreight.com. 

    Click here for more details on the affected model numbers and other information.



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    <![CDATA[12 More Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Egg Recall]]>482533451Mon, 14 May 2018 09:07:57 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/egg-recall.jpg

    An outbreak of salmonella that brought the recall of more than 200 million eggs last month has sickened 12 more people, federal health officials announced on Friday, bringing the total to 35. 

    Eleven people were hospitalized. No deaths were connected to the outbreak.

    The eggs were produced by Rose Acre Farms in Indiana and sold in stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. They were sold under brand names including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that consumers don't eat any of the recalled eggs, which can be identified with Julian date range 011 through 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package. A full list of lot codes can be found on the FDA's site. A total of 206,749,248 were affected.

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    <![CDATA[Take Care of Faulty Takata Air Bags Now, US Urges Drivers]]>481944591Mon, 07 May 2018 14:59:14 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/800894302-takata-airbags.jpg

    The U.S. Department of Transportation is again urging owners of vehicles with defective Takata air bags to seek repairs immediately.

    The agency singled out Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks from 2006, which are under a "do not drive" warning. The agency said Monday that it is "deeply concerned" that they are not being returned for repairs quickly enough.

    Chemicals used to inflate the air bags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister that can lead to hurling shrapnel.

    At least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defect. Some 50 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the United States and millions more globally. Lawsuits are pending against the company.

    According to the manufacturers, only 49.2 percent of the 33,320 impacted Ford Rangers and 55 percent of the 2,205 Mazda B-Series trucks have been fixed.

    Both automakers will have the vehicles towed to a dealership at no cost.

    The focus is on 21 cities and Puerto Rico where, according to the agency, many of the vehicles are located.

    "I cannot stress strongly enough the urgency of this recall - these airbags are dangerous," said Heidi King, deputy administrator at the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Every vehicle must be accounted for now."

    The agency is urging consumers to visit NHTSA.gov and use a Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, to find out if their vehicle is included in the recalls.

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    <![CDATA[FDA Expands Dietary Supplement Recall Over Salmonella Fears ]]>481923631Mon, 07 May 2018 11:57:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fda+logo.JPG

    Badger Botanicals is recalling four different dietary supplements that may have been contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration said on its website Friday.

    The recall affects consumers who purchased Green Suma, Red Suma, Green Hulu 2 and Red Hulu 2 kratom dietary supplements in pouches of 250 grams through the Utah-based company’s website from Jan. 1 through April 12 of this year, the FDA said.

    One possible illness has been reported in connection with the recall, according to the FDA. Salmonella symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping and fever, the agency noted.

    The recall comes less than a month after the FDA announced that it was investigating a "multistate outbreak" of Salmonella linked to products that contain kratom — a plant native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papau New Guina, according to the agency's website. 

    The agency hasn’t approved any uses for kratom, and has gotten "concerning reports about the safety of kratom, including deaths associated with its use," it said last month.

    "The FDA advises consumers to avoid kratom in any form,” it said on its website. “In addition to the public health concerns raised by this outbreak, there is strong evidence that kratom affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine and appears to have properties that expose people who consume kratom to the risks of addiction, abuse and dependence."

    Anyone who bought the supplements included in the recall should stop using them. Unused supplements can be returned, the FDA said.

    Consumers with questions can call Badger Botanicals at 1-385-325-0875.

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    <![CDATA[Utz Recalls Several Tortilla Chips Brands Over Milk Allergen]]>481617941Thu, 03 May 2018 09:10:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tortilla+chips1.jpg

    Utz Quality Foods is voluntarily recalling several brands of tortilla chips due to potential contamination of undeclared milk allergen.

    The Hanover, Pennsylvania-based company announced in a press release that some bags of Golden Flake, Good Health, Utz and Weis brand tortilla chips may have been contaminated with milk, a product that is not listed under the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

    No illnesses associated with this voluntary recall have been reported to date, and no other products from any of the brands are being recalled.

    Consumers are urged not to eat the recalled products. Those who purchased the recalled product may return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange, or simply discard it. Retailers should check their inventories to confirm that none of the products are available for purchase by consumers and remove all of the recalled products from shelves.

    For further information please contact the UTZ Customer Care Team at 1-800-367-7629 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.


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    <![CDATA[Vans Gluten-Free Waffles Recalled for Containing Gluten]]>481369171Tue, 01 May 2018 12:42:16 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*126/Vans+Waffles+Recall.jpg

    Van's Food is recalling more than 1,500 cases of gluten-free waffles distributed in 11 states because some of the packages may contain waffles with both gluten and undeclared dairy.

    A "limited number of the wrong packaging were used during the production of Van's Belgian Waffles," according to a statement posted on the FDA website.

    The recalled packages have a lot code of #A640234710–WL2 and were distributed in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

    The FDA said Van's had not received any reports of illness or adverse effects from people eating the products. 




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    <![CDATA[Audi Recalls 1.2 Million Vehicles Over Fire Concerns]]>480711961Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:41:20 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495863684.jpg

    Audi is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the electric coolant pumps can overheat and possibly cause a fire.

    The recall covers the 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6, and the Q5 SUV from 2013 to 2017. All have 2-Liter turbocharged engines.

    The Volkswagen luxury brand says in U.S. government documents that the pumps can become blocked with cooling system debris, or moisture in the pump can cause an electrical short. An Audi spokesman in the U.S. said there have been reports of fires but he had no details.

    Dealers will replace the pumps at no cost to owners. The spokesman said Tuesday that redesigned parts won't be ready until November, but dealers will install a new version of the current pump until the redesigned ones are available.

    Audi recalled the same vehicles last year and dealers did a software update. But the company says in documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that pump problems continued.

    Audi will send out recall letters on or before June 11.


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    <![CDATA[Nearly 207M Eggs Recalled Over Possible Salmonella Outbreak]]>479800923Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:13:41 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/175*120/genericbrowneggs_1200x675.jpg

    Rose Acre Farms in Indiana has recalled more than 200 million eggs "through an abundance of caution" because of a possible salmonella contamination, the Food and Drug Administration said on its website Friday.

    The eggs were distributed from the company's farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, and sold in stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

    Twenty-two illnesses have been reported to date, the FDA said.

    Salmonella causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, with symptoms that include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, according to the FDA.

    The recalled eggs have a Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package. A full list of lot codes can be found on the FDA's site. A total of 206,749,248 are affected.

    The FDA said consumers who have purchased the eggs should immediately stop using them and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

    Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. also announced a voluntary egg recall due to potential salmonella contamination, which affects about 23,400 dozen eggs. The affected products are identified as 18-pack Publix Grade A extra large eggs and 18-pack Sunup Grade A large eggs, among others.



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    <![CDATA[67 Tons of Salisbury Steaks Recalled Over Bone Fragments]]>479508553Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:28:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-04-12+at+8.26.31+AM+%282%29.png

    Conagra Brands is recalling over 67 tons of Salisbury steak dinners because it may be contaminated with bone fragments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.

    The Arkansas-based company said it had received several complaints and three reports of minor oral injury associated with the consumption of "Banquet Family Size 6 Salisbury Steaks & Brown Gravy Made With Chicken, Pork and Beef — Grill Marks Added."

    It is recalling 135,159 pounds of the product produced on March 10, 2018 and shipped nationwide. The 27-oz cartons bear the lot code 5006 8069 10 05 and have a "best by" date of "SEP 01 2019" printed on the package. The recalled products also have a USDA mark of inspection with establishment number “P-115” located on the side panel of the package.

    The USDA classifies the risk associated with the recall as "High" and says anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

    Anyone who has the recalled product is being advised not to eat it. Customers who purchased the product should throw it out or return it to the place it was purchased.

    Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Conagra Brands Consumer Affairs at (800) 289-6014.



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    <![CDATA[Ford Recalls Trucks, SUVs for Transmission Shifter Problem]]>478991853Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:13:57 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ford150.jpg

    Ford is recalling about 350,000 trucks and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico because they might be in a different gear than the one shown on the shift indicator.

    The recall covers the 2018 F-150 pickup and Expedition large SUV with 10-speed automatic transmissions. Also covered are 2018 F-650 and F-750 trucks with six-speed transmissions. The F-150 is the top-selling vehicle in the U.S.

    Ford says that on some vehicles, a clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission might come loose. The company says a driver might be able to shift into park and remove the key while the transmission is in another gear, allowing unintended movement. That can increase the risk of a crash.

    Ford says it knows of one crash and one injury due to the problem.

    Owners will be notified the week of April 16. Dealers will make sure the clip was installed correctly and secure it if needed.

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