“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

Health & Safety Lapses In Lab Tied To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Investigators found “serious health and safety deficiencies” at the compound pharmaceutical lab tied to the fungal meningitis outbreak, according to a preliminary report released Monday. Tacky mats used to trap dirt and other contaminants from workers’ shoes prior to entering a clean room “were visibly soiled with assorted debris,” according to the report from Massachusetts’ … Continue reading Health & Safety Lapses In Lab Tied To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Banana Boat Recalls 500,000 Bottles of Sunscreen Due to Fire Risk

. The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames Energizer Holdings Inc., based in St. Louis, said Friday that it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist sunscreen … Continue reading Banana Boat Recalls 500,000 Bottles of Sunscreen Due to Fire Risk

OSHA & NIOSH Flavoring Industry Safety Information & Resources

  Flavorings-Related Lung Disease In 2000, NIOSH conducted an investigation of exposures at a microwave popcorn manufacturing plant in Missouri. Public health officials contacted NIOSH because a cluster of former employees of the facility had developed a rare lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. The majority of employees diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans had been exposed to … Continue reading OSHA & NIOSH Flavoring Industry Safety Information & Resources

Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe’s

Now includes peanut and almond butters sold nationwide by News Desk | Sep 24, 2012 The New Mexico company whose peanut butter has been linked to a multistate Salmonella outbreak issued a massive recall of products Monday. Sunland Inc. of Portales, NM is recalling all of its almond butter and peanut butter products manufactured since … Continue reading Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe’s

New Guide Puts Unfamiliar Ingredient Names in Consumer-Friendly Terms – Download Guide Here

by Gretchen Goetz | Sep 13, 2012 Food ingredients such as butylated hydroxyanisol, acesulfame potassium or methyl salicylate may sound scary, but the only thing threatening about them is their name, according to a new guide from the International Food Information Council which explains the names and purposes of common additives in order to make … Continue reading New Guide Puts Unfamiliar Ingredient Names in Consumer-Friendly Terms – Download Guide Here

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