Product Recalls

FDA RECALLS ALL ZANTAC AND RANITIDINE PRODUCTS

East County News Service
 
April 2, 2020 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced it is asking manufacturers to withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of the contaminant N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). NDMA is a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer).  
 
Low levels would not be expected to lead to an increase in the risk of cancer. However, sustained higher levels of exposure may increase the risk of cancer in humans. The FDA determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity. 
 

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TOYOTA RECALLS 1.8 MILLION VEHICLES FOR FUEL PUMP FAILURE RISK

East County News Service

March 9, 2020 (San Diego) -- Last week, Toyota amended a safety recall involving fuel pumps first announced on January 13, 2020.  Approximately 1.8 million vehicles in total are now involved in this recall due to a risk of fuel pumps that may cease operating, calling the vehicle to stall, not restart, and increase the risk of crashes especially following stalls at high speeds. 


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E-COLI OUTBREAK LINKED TO ROMAINE LETTUCE HARVESTED IN CALIFORNIA

East County News Service

November 24, 2019 (San Diego) - CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationexternal icon (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region. 


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FROZEN RASPBERRIES RECALLED FOR POSSIBLE HEPATITIS A CONTAMINATION

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
Photo: Packages of berries that were sold at several local Aldi stores that have been recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination (CDC.gov)
 
November 7, 2019 (San Diego) - Frozen raspberry products recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination were sold in eight Aldi supermarkets in San Diego County and contained in yogurt parfaits served at cafeterias in the Escondido Union School District, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Friday. There have been no illnesses reported due to exposure to these products.

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SIMMONS CHICKEN PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO HIGH RISK OF METAL CONTAMINATION

East County News Service

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November 7, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Over 2 million pounds of chicken products sold to institutions in eight states including California have been recalled by Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc. due to metal contamination.


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KING ARTHUR FLOUR EXPANDS RECALL DUE TO E. COLI

East County News Service

October 7, 2019 (San Diego) – King Arthur Flour last week broadened an earlier recall in June due to e-coli contamination found at the ADM milling facility in Buffalo, New York.  The 5-pound and 25-pound bags of unbleached all-purpose flower were distributed nationwide and online. 


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FDA ISSUES WARNING OVER PERFORMANCE DOG RAW FOOD DUE TO SALMONELLA AND LISTERIA: DANGERS TO HUMANS AND PETS

East County News Service

September 30, 2019 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets any Performance Dog frozen raw pet food after a sample tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).  Bravo Packing, Inc. Performance Dog products are sold frozen in two-pound plastic pouches.


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HEALTH ALERT: GOLD MEDAL FLOUR RECALLED DUE TO SEVERE STRAIN OF E-COLI

East County News Service
 
September 23, 2019 (San Diego) – An e-Coli outbreak has been traced to Gold Medal unbleached flour, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. General Mills has recall the 5-pound bags, which have a use-by date of September 6, 2020 and UPC code 016000 196100.

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AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS, INC. RECALLS RAW BEEF PRODUCTS DEEMED UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION

East County News Service

September 6, 2019 (Chino, Calif.) -- American Beef Packers, Inc., a Chino, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 24,428 pounds of raw beef products that are deemed unfit for human consumption, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Aug. 31.


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WHIRLPOOL, KITCHENAID AND JENNAIR GLASS COOKTOPS RECALLED DUE TO UNITS TURNING ON BY THEMSELVES, CAUSING FIRES AND BURNS

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 31, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that after 133 reports of cooktop elements turning on by themselves, 26,300 cooktops are being recalled by Whirlpool. They were sold under the brand names Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir and manufactured from Dec. 2016 and July 2019. The recall includes cooktops with a glass cooking surface, touch controls, radiant and downdraft radiant models.


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HOME ELEVATOR WARNING ISSUED AFTER SEVERAL CHILD DEATHS

East County News Service  

August 7, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – The Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today sent a letter to governors of all 50 states urging building code changes to protect consumers from a dangerous feature found in some residential elevators.  The letter follows a warning issued to consumers after several children became trapped in gaps between the elevator car door and room access door; the youngsters were crushed and died.

If you own a residential elevator, dangerous gaps can be eliminated by placing space guards on the back of the room access door or installing an electronic monitoring device that deactivates the elevator when a child is detected in the gap.  The CPSC urges consumers to contact their elevator manufacturer or an elevator installer to obtain these critical safety devices and protect children from this hidden hazard.


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OVER 75 HUMMUS PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

East County News Service

 

July 19, 2019 (San Diego) – Over 75 hummus products distributed nationwide and sold under  multiple brand names have been recalled by Pita Pal Foods, LP of Texas due to concerns over listeria.  The brands include Bucee’s, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter, Hummus Hummus, Lantana, Pita Pal, Reasor’s, Roundy’s, Schnucks and 7-Select.


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PIG EAR DOG TREATS SICKEN HUMANS AND PETS, CDC WARNS

East County News Service

July 19, 2019 (Washington D.C.) - At least 93 people have been sickened, including 20 patients hospitalized due to pig ear dog treats contaminated with salmonella. The illness can also sicken pets. 


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IF YOU’VE EATEN FROZEN BERRIES SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS, YOU MAY NEED A HEPATITIS A VACCINE

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2019 (Washington D.C.) — The FDA is warning consumers about hepatitis A virus (HAV) contamination of frozen packages of blackberries and triple berry medley products. The “private selection” products made by Kroger were sold in Kroger, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less, Dillons, Fred Meyer and other grocery chains across the U.S.

The contamination was found as part of an ongoing berry sampling.  The recalled products have a long shelf life with best-by dates through June and July of 2020:


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BEEF RECALLED DUE TO E-COLI CONTAMINATION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 24, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Before you throw some steaks or burgers on the barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, be aware that over 62,000 pounds of raw beef products have been recalled. The meats may be contaminated with E. coli, a dangerous bacteria that can cause diarrhea, cramping, kidney failure or death.


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HEALTH WARNING ISSUED OVER RAW OYSTERS

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 8, 2019 (San Diego) - The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested in Mexico’s Estero El Cardon area in Baja California. Twelve people have become ill after eating the raw oysters that were distributed statewide and sold at restaurants and retailers including here in San Diego County.

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LOCAL AVOCADOS RECALLED FOR LISTERIA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 24, 2019 (Escondido) – Escondido-based Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling avocados after a government inspection at a California packing facility resulted in testing positive for Listeria. The recalled products have stickers reading Bravocado” on the exterior.

Listeria can cause fever, stiffness, nausea, diarrhea and other symptoms. It may be fatal to young children, elderly people or others with weakened immune systems. It can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women.


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BMW FIRES RAISE ALARM

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ABC news screenshot

February 7, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Despite more than 90 complaints of BMW luxury vehicles bursting into flames while parked with engines turned off, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not actively investigating the causes.


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BMW FIRES RAISE ALARM

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ABC news screenshot

February 6, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Despite more than 90 complaints of BMW luxury vehicles bursting into flames while parked with engines turned off, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not actively investigating the causes.

ABC News first reported the problem back in May of 2017 and called for a federal investigation. Since then, more than 30 new BMW fires have occurred—and still the federal government has failed to take action to protect consumers, Jason Levine, executive director at the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, told ABC this month.

The BMW company has recalled over a million vehicles since that 2017 report ran. But ABC found fires have occurred recently among models not on the recall list.


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PEACHES, PLUMS AND NECTARINES RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has announced a recall of thousands of cases of Fresh Peaches, Fresh Plums and Fresh Nectarines packed by Jac. Vandenberg Inc. The fruits were sold at major retailers in several states, including Costco in California.


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GROUND BEEF RECALL EXPANDS

 

 

East County News Service

December 4, 2018 (Washington D.C.)  Over 250 people nationwide have fallen ill from salmonella tied to ground beef, including 66 cases in California, the Centers for Disease Control reports.  Over 12 million pounds of ground beef have been recalled, all packaged between July 26 and Sept.7, but health officials warn that some products may still be in consumers freezers.

Following an October recall, a second recall issued this week adds another 5 million pounds of potentially tainted products. The tainted beef was sold at major retailers including Walmart, Sams Club, Sprouts, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and others.  View the retailer list here


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SUNSHINE MILLS, INC. ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF DRY DOG FOOD DUE TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS LEVELS OF VITAMIN D

 

 

East County News Service 

December 1, 2018 (San Diego) - Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of select products of Evolve® Puppy, Sportsman’s Pride® Large Breed Puppy and Triumph® Chicken and Rice Dog Food (reference below) due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D, which can cause kidney failure and other serious health harm to dogs. The recalled products are:


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AXES RECALLED BY WALMART

 

East County News Service

October 10, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – Walmart is recalling over a quarter of million axes sold nationwide after two reports of axe heads coming off the handles, causing minor injuries, the U.S. Product Safety Commission reports. The axes, made by Ozark Trail, were sold between January 2017 and July 2018 .


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RECALLED GROUND BEEF WAS SOLD AT MAJOR RETAIL STORES

 

East County News Service

September 26, 2018 (San Diego) – The U.S. Department of Agricultural and Cargill Meat Solutions have recalled over 132,000 pounds of ground beef products sold at major retailers nationwide. In California, stores that sold the tainted meat include Target, Vons, Safeway/Albertson’s, Central Meat & Provision Co. in San Diego, and Pak N Save.


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PRIUS RECALLED DUE TO FIRE DANGER

 

East County News Service

September 5, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - Toyota has ordered a recall of some Prius hybrid vehicles  made between June 2015 and May 2018, due to an electrical system defect that can cause fires.

Wire harnesses connected to the vehicles’ power control units can wear out and overheat, causing fires. The company reports it will fix the problem free and will notify customers starting this month.


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BIRTH CONTROL PILLS RECALLED; MAY CAUSE “UNINTENDED PREGNANCY”

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2018 (San Diego) — Taytulla birth control pills made by Allergan have been recalled by the manufacturer nationwide.  The sample packages distributed by doctors are supposed to include pills with hormones for 24 days, as well as four placebo pills without hormones.


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AVOID ALL ROMAINE LETTUCE, CDC ADVISES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2018 (San Diego) - The Centers for Disease Control has broadened its health warning regarding e-coli cases linked to romaine lettuce.  

The federal health agency is now advising consumers to avoid all forms of romaine lettuce, including lettuce heads, chopped romaine and salad mixes that may contain romaine, unless you are certain that the lettuce was not grown in Yuma, Arizona. 


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INSTANT POTS SOLD AT WALMART HAVE DANGEROUS DEFECT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2018 (San Diego) – Instant Pot Gem multicookers sold only at Walmart have resulted in 107 reports of overheating including five that caused property damage, 10 News reports.

KTNV in Las Vegas investigated after viewing photos on Facebook posted by an Instant Pot user who said the bottom of the machine melted and burned wires after just four uses.  The station contacted the manufacturer, which confirmed there have been other complaints.


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ROMAINE LETTUCE SUSPECTED IN E-COLI OUTBREAK

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 4, 2017 (San Diego) – An e-coli outbreak that has sickened 58 people in the U.S., including California, and Canada is likely tied to consumption of romaine lettuce. At least one patient has died, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports.


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WESTINGHOUSE GENERATORS RECALLED

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 8, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that Westinghouse Portable Generators have been recalled by MWE Investments because they can overheat, posing a fire hazard: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Westinghouse-Portable-Generators-Recalled-by-MWE-Investments-Due-to-Fire-Hazard.


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