“Oxygen Bars” – A New Headache For The Fire Service?

This video is for information on these establishments only. Not something I endorse - Jack Benton Oxygen Bars: Is a Breath of Fresh Air Worth It? Peppermint, bayberry, cranberry, wintergreen. Breath mints? Scented candles? No--they're "flavors" of oxygen offered at your local oxygen bar. Since oxygen bars were introduced in the United States in the … Continue reading “Oxygen Bars” – A New Headache For The Fire Service?

Big Spike in Food Recalls During Third Quarter

Food recalls occurred at a four-per-day clip during the third quarter, reaching their highest levels in two years, according to data produced by Indianapolis-based Stericycle ExpertRECALL. The rise in recall activity involved nearly 8.5 million units of food and beverages, a 57 percent increase over the previous quarter. Food recalls in the third quarter reached … Continue reading Big Spike in Food Recalls During Third Quarter

BPA Banned from Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

  by Gretchen Goetz | Jul 18, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that the controversial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, can no longer be used to make baby bottles or sippy cups. The agency said it is taking this step not because BPA is unsafe when used in these products, but … Continue reading BPA Banned from Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Study Indicates U.S. Drug Recalls Common But Not Well-Publicized

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalls potentially harmful drugs about once every month but could do a better job of letting doctors and patients know about them, according to a study released on Monday. Over an eight-year span, researchers found that the FDA failed to send notifications for one in five of the most … Continue reading Study Indicates U.S. Drug Recalls Common But Not Well-Publicized

Preliminary FDA Inspection Report Cites Flaws at Diamond Pet Foods Plant

By Mary Rothschild | May 16, 2012 Diamond Pet Foods, the company behind a massive recall of dry dog food due to Salmonella contamination that has sickened at least 16 people, was not taking "all reasonable precautions" to ensure the safety of its product, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection report. The … Continue reading Preliminary FDA Inspection Report Cites Flaws at Diamond Pet Foods Plant

CDC: No Source Confirmed in Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened 93 in 20 States – 9 in Illinois

Sushi or sashimi suspected by Mary Rothschild | Apr 04, 2012 Ninety-three illnesses linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 19 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday, but CDC officials said a specific food has not been identified as the source of … Continue reading CDC: No Source Confirmed in Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened 93 in 20 States – 9 in Illinois

FDA Denies Petition to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Containers

  Agency will continue to study and review chemical's effects by Helena Bottemiller | Mar 31, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday denied a petition seeking to ban bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, from food and beverage packaging, but the agency said it continues to support research examining the safety of the … Continue reading FDA Denies Petition to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Containers

Lead in Lipsticks: Which Brands Are The Worst Offenders?

Red lipsticks. (Mike Kemp for The Washington Post) A new study from the Food and Drug Administration may have you thinking twice about your morning make-up routine. As The Post’s Dina ElBoghdady reports, four hundred types of lipstick were found to contain lead. Here is a list of the 10 brands and shades that contain … Continue reading Lead in Lipsticks: Which Brands Are The Worst Offenders?

Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

  What is the problem? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports that low levels of the chemical carbendazim have been found in some orange juice products that contain imported orange juice concentrates. Carbendazim is a fungus-killing chemical used in Brazil and some other countries to preserve agricultural crops. Brazil provides about 11 … Continue reading Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

FDA Shuts Down Chicago Sandwich Maker

By News Desk | Dec 23, 2011 A Chicago food maker agreed to stop making and distributing its sandwiches after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed a complaint in federal court describing chronic sanitation problems and Listeria contamination in its processing facility. Triple A Services signed a consent decree that not only requires the … Continue reading FDA Shuts Down Chicago Sandwich Maker

U.S. regulators lack data on health risks of most chemicals

This summer, when Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks, the company blamed elevated levels of a chemical in the packaging. Dozens of consumers reported a strange taste and odor, and some complained of nausea and diarrhea. But Kellogg said a team of experts it hired determined … Continue reading U.S. regulators lack data on health risks of most chemicals

Bolingbrook, IL woman files lawsuit claiming Subway sandwich made her sick

A suburban Chicago woman who says she got sick after eating a Subway sandwich is suing the restaurant and the chain's parent company. Forty-six-year-old Alicea Bush-Bailey of Bolingbrook claims Subway failed to prevent an outbreak of salmonella. She filed the lawsuit Monday in Will County court. Bush-Bailey claims a sandwich she ate put her in … Continue reading Bolingbrook, IL woman files lawsuit claiming Subway sandwich made her sick

Food Safety During an Emergency—Personal Family Preparedness

Many of us deal with food safety issues as part of our corporate positions to make sure the products we make or distribute are safe for consumption as food products travel from the farm to the fork.  We plan and practice safety and run mock recall drills so we are prepared in the event of … Continue reading Food Safety During an Emergency—Personal Family Preparedness

FDA Adds New AEDs to Existing Class 1 Recall

WASHINGTON -- The FDA has expanded its Class I recall of some automatic external defibrillators (AED) due to reports of malfunction. The announcement adds to the recall issued in November of defective Powerheart and CardioVive AED models manufactured by Cardiac Science Corporation from August 2003 to August 2009. The recall was again updated in February … Continue reading FDA Adds New AEDs to Existing Class 1 Recall

C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Chilli Man Seasoning Mix due to Possible Health Risk

Contact: Ken Sevcik Chilli Man 888-824-4554 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- San Antonio, TX   March 18, 2010 – C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc.today announced a voluntary recall of Chilli Man Branded Seasoning Mix because it contains a pepper ingredient that may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. This recall does not involve any … Continue reading C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Chilli Man Seasoning Mix due to Possible Health Risk

C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. Announces Amended Voluntary Nationwide Recall of several additional products that contain pepper due to Possible Health Risk

Contact: Ron Spies C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. 210-351-6203 pepperrecall@chguenther.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- San Antonio, TX March 23, 2010 – C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of additional products containing a pepper ingredient that may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The following products are in … Continue reading C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. Announces Amended Voluntary Nationwide Recall of several additional products that contain pepper due to Possible Health Risk