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Marc E. McCallister

Raja Foods Issues Nationwide Recall Indian Products Due to High Levels of Lead

Raja Foods LLC, in conjunction with the FDA, is recalling its 3.5 oz. packages of Swad Brand: Abil, Gulal, Kanku, Kum Kum, and Swad Brand: Lagan Samagri Kit, and Pooja Samagri Kit because these products contains high levels of lead. The products are for Indian religious purposes and are supposed to be placed on the skin and hair, but the labeling may be confusing and consumers may thing the…

Marc E. McCallister

Popcorn Flavoring Causes Lung Problems in Workers

The chemical diacetyl is used in popcorn to create the buttery flavor many Americans enjoy. It is also used to create flavoring in candy and often baked goods. The problem, however, is the chemical has been linked to severe lung problems in workers in plants that produce these products.Recently, the four biggest microwave popcorn manufacturers in the US announced they were removing the…

Marc E. McCallister

Latest Toy Recall Linked To Date Rape Drug

The latest toy recall was announced today. A very popular toy, Aqua Dots, was recalled after it was found that the chemical in the toy when ingested turns into the date rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate or ghb. There have been reports of children ingesting parts from the toy and becoming lethargic, vomiting and even lapsing into a coma. If ingested, the toy can also cause seizures or…

Marc E. McCallister

Cargill Recalls Over 1 Million Pounds of Beef

Cargill recalled 1 million pounds of beef that may be contaminated with E.coli. The beef was produced between October 8 and 11. Retailers that may have sold the beef include Giant, Shop Rite and Stop & Shop. There have been no reports at this time of anyone becoming ill from eating the beef.If you may have eaten the contaminated beef and are experiencing diarhea and/or dehydration seek…

Marc E. McCallister

Medtronic Recalls Sprint Fidelis Leads, What's Next For Patients?

Medtronic recalled its Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads approximately two weeks ago after several reports of people receiving shocks. The shocks result from tiny fractures in the leads. The fractures may also cause the defibrillator not to work at all. Medtronic is suggesting that patients have doctors adjusted the frequency in their defibrillators which may reduce the chance of…

Marc E. McCallister

Recall on Halloween "Ugly Teeth"

A recall was announced today on a popular Halloween item,”Ugly Teeth.” The fake teeth are imported from China and were recalled today after it was determined they contain 100 times the amount of allowable lead. It is estimated that 43,000 “Ugly Teeth” packages were sold prior to the recall. The product sales began in January 2006.There have been no reports at this time of adverse affects from…

Marc E. McCallister

Stand 'n Seal Grout Sealer Linked to Chemical Pneumonia

Approximately 200 people have filed lawsuits against Home Depot and the manufacturer of Stand ‘n Seal grout sealer after falling ill from using Stand ‘n Seal. People are complaining of severe breathing problems after using the grout sealer, including chemical pneumonia. One man, Dr. Walter Friedel, said he became so ill he was in the intensive care unit for 4 days and was on oxygen for 4…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Medtronic Recalls Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Leads

Medtronic, Inc. removed its Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator leads from the market on October 15, 2007. The company decided to stop sales of these leads because they are prone to fractures and can cause unnecessary shocks to the patient. They can also fail to work. Medtronic states that the likelihood of failure is minimal, but reliance on a defibrillator is literally a life and death matter. A…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Ford Recalls Cruise Control Switch

Ford recently announced it is recalling 3.6 million vehicles due to a faulty cruise control switch. The switch may be a fire hazard. Ford has reported at least a few vehicle owners have complained of fires. Ford has settled at leat one lawsuit. Earl Mohlis filed suit against Ford after his wife died as a result of a fire caused by the faulty switch.The problematic switch was first brought to…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Lead Found in Mattel Toys, Recall Announced

Mattel Inc. announced a recall of nearly 1 million of its Chinese manufactured toys after fear the toys may contain lead. The maker of popular Fisher Price toys including “Dora the Explorer” and several Sesame Street characters has recalled at least 83 types of toys. Some listed include Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters. The toys are believed to have excessive amounts of lead in them…