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California Slaughterhouse Under Criminal Probe

February 25, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

A congressman says federal officials have launched a criminal probe of a Northern California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef. Huffman said investigators could not provide details, but he was told the suspected misconduct was grave.

Company Recalls 16 Varieties Of Cheese After Death

February 24, 2014 10:42 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Delaware company has recalled 16 varieties of cheese after some of the cheeses were linked to a death in California and illnesses in newborns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the cheeses produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., are linked to a listeria outbreak.

IoT Fixes Tesla’s Fire Recall

February 21, 2014 4:19 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued two recalls, one from Tesla and one from GM, both were associated with problems that could cause fires. The major difference? Tesla’s fix only required a WiFi connection, while GM required owners to bring their vehicles in for service.

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USDA: Plant Circumvented Inspection Rules

February 21, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

The USDA issued a short statement Thursday on the ongoing investigation into Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., which voluntarily halted operations this month following a recall of more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products that it processed.

Nestle Recalls Some Of Its Hot Pockets

February 19, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

The food maker said it is recalling an unspecified number of "Philly Steak" and its "Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" Hot Pockets in certain sizes. Nestle says the products may have been affected by a meat recall by Rancho Feeding Corp. that was announced last week.

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

February 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Articles | Comments

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.        

Nissan Recalling Over 18,000 Vehicles In Japan

February 13, 2014 2:53 pm | News | Comments

In a report filed with Japan's transport ministry, the automaker said compressed air induction pipes in the vehicles may detach due to vibration from diesel turbo engines, potentially making it impossible for the vehicles to accelerate or causing engines to stall.

GM Recalling Nearly 780,000 Compact Cars

February 13, 2014 8:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem. The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

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Toyota Recalls 294,000 Vehicles

February 13, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. The Japanese automaker said the problem can cause stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control to turn off, although standard braking will keep working.

Toyota Recalls 1.9M Prius Cars For Software Glitch

February 12, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the problem.

Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8M Child Car Seats

February 11, 2014 2:27 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received at least 80 complaints about the seats. Parents reported having to use excessive force to unlatch the harness buckle. In some cases, the straps had to be cut to free children.

Calif. Plant Halts Operations Following Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp. in Petaluma.

Calif. Company Seeks N.M. Peanut Butter Plant For $18.5M

February 10, 2014 11:29 am | News | Comments

Court filings show a California manufacturer is seeking to buy assets of a defunct New Mexico peanut giant for $18.5 million. Sunland closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October after it was involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

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ConAgra Recalls Soup Products Sold In Alaska

February 10, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

A Nebraska-based food company is recalling soup products because the labels weren't correctly marked. ConAgra Foods, based in Omaha, on Friday said it is recalling Healthy Choice Chicken with Rice soup which was sold in microwave bowls.    

Honda To Recall 80,000 Hybrid Cars Over Transmission Glitch

February 10, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

According to Honda, there is a risk that the new dual clutch transmission system adopted in the two vehicles to improve fuel efficiency may prevent gear engagement or cause their sudden engagement, resulting in standstills or sudden starts.   

Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds Of Meat

February 10, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.    

Aston Martin Recalls More Than 17,000 Luxury Cars

February 5, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

British luxury carmaker Aston Martin says it is recalling 17,590 sports cars because of a problem with the accelerator pedal molding. The company said Wednesday there had not been any accidents or injuries stemming from the fault, which can cause the engine to idle unexpectedly.

Texas Beef Processor Issues Recall

February 5, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

A Fort Worth, Texas beef processor is recalling nearly 16,000 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated by E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that a "high" health risk exists for products provided by PFP Enterprises. There are no reports of consumers being sickened.

U.S. Vehicle Recalls Hit 9-Year High In 2013

February 4, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Automakers recalled 21.9 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year, a nine-year high. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, up 9 percent from the prior year.   

Britax Recalls Strollers For Amputation Risk

January 31, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Britax is recalling about 216,000 strollers because of a risk to partially amputate fingertips, break fingers or cause severe lacerations, among other injuries, when pressing the release button while pulling on the release strap.     

Pacifiers Recalled Over Risk That Baby Could Choke

January 30, 2014 4:06 pm | News | Comments

Fred & Friends is recalling 200,000 pacifiers because of the risk that a baby using one could choke. Young children should stop using the pacifiers immediately, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. No injuries have been reported.

Gree Recalls Another 350,000 Dehumidifiers

January 30, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 16 reports involving the humidifiers, including five reports of fires resulting in about $430,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported. The dehumidifiers are light gray plastic with the GE brand name and come in 30-, 40-, 50- and 65-pint sizes.

Parts That Can Cause Toilets To Burst Are Recalled

January 24, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.   

Government Ending Jeep Investigation

January 20, 2014 7:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall the vehicles.

Listeria Cantaloupe Farmers Seek Probation

January 16, 2014 12:51 pm | by Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 are asking a federal judge for probation, saying jail time for them is excessive because justice has been served with the federal government's imposition of new food guidelines.

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