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OSHA: AirTran Must Reinstate Whistleblower Pilot

January 17, 2012 12:30 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA officials say the airline violated whistleblower protection laws when it terminated the pilot after a sudden spike in the number of his reports detailing mechanical failures.

BMW Recalls 89,000 Mini Vehicles

January 17, 2012 9:08 am | News | Comments

BMW of North America is voluntarily recalling nearly 89,000 Mini vehicles because of a water pump malfunction that could cause a fire.

Chevron Rig Catches Fire Off Nigeria's Delta

January 16, 2012 2:41 pm | by Yinka Ibukun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigeria's government believes a "gas kick" — a major build up of gas pressure from drilling — was responsible.

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Woman Destroys UK Factory Where Dad Was Killed

January 16, 2012 10:52 am | News | Comments

Mother of two says she feels relief after she was given the chance to demolish the factory where her father was fatally scalded in 1995 in a steam accident.

Apple Juice Made In America? Think Again.

January 16, 2012 10:52 am | by Christina Rexrode, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

America's insatiable desire for juice has led to a situation where 85 percent of the apple juice we drink is imported from the likes of China.

FDA Unveils User Fee Program For Generics

January 13, 2012 3:28 pm | News | Comments

The FDA will collect hundreds of millions of dollars in new fees from pharmaceutical companies to help speed up the review of generic drugs.

Coca-Cola: We Told Gov't About Fungicide In OJ

January 13, 2012 9:13 am | by Mary CLare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola acknowledged it was the company that alerted federal regulators about low levels of fungicide in its own, and competitors', orange juice.

Dow Not Surprised By Olympics-Bhopal Furor

January 11, 2012 2:24 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow maintains it was not responsible for the catastrophe, which killed 15,000 Indians and occurred 16 years before it bought Union Carbide.

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FDA: J&J Delayed Reporting Insulin Pump Problems

January 11, 2012 2:12 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators said J&J could face fines for selling faulty insulin pumps and delaying disclosures of serious injuries to diabetics who used them.

Ford Recalls 450,426 Minivans And SUVs

January 11, 2012 12:06 pm | News | Comments

One of the two vehicles recalled is the model 2001-2002 Escape SUV, which are plagued by leaking brake fluid that could lead to a fire.

Food Facility Audits Largely Ignore FDA Guidance

January 11, 2012 9:24 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators looking into an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe linked to 30 deaths last year found that third-party auditors were severely lacking.

New Roof Hatch Railing System With A Universal Fit

January 10, 2012 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Product Releases | Comments

The new KeeHatch roof hatch railing system from Kee Safety, Inc. is designed to fit all standard models offered by the manufacturers of roof hatches, and can be installed by one person in less than 30 minutes.

FDA Ups Testing For Fungicide In Orange Juice

January 10, 2012 9:39 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency will begin testing shipments of orange juice at the border and will detain any that contain traces of carbendazim, a fungicide not approved in the U.S.

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USDA Closures Raise Safety Concerns

January 10, 2012 9:16 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press | News | Comments

USDA will close nearly 260 offices nationwide, a move that won praise for cutting costs but raised concerns about the possible effect on food safety.

Texas Suit Against J&J To Go To Trial

January 10, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Lawsuit accuses Johnson & Johnson of overstating the safety of an anti-psychotic drug and influencing its use in the state's Medicaid program.

FDA: Novartis Recall May Also Affect Painkillers

January 9, 2012 2:20 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The FDA is warning patients about a potential mix-up between powerful prescription pain drugs and common over-the-counter medications like Excedrin and Gas-X.

Novartis Recalls Bottles Of Excedrin, NoDoz

January 9, 2012 9:29 am | News | Comments

Novartis is recalling bottles of Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X over concerns they could contain stray pills from other medicines, or chipped or broken tablets.

Couple Says Defective Tylenol Killed Son

January 6, 2012 12:07 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The couple says that 30 minutes after giving their child Tylenol, which had been recalled two months prior, he began to spit up blood.

Group Questions FDA Review Of Silicone Implants

January 5, 2012 2:52 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Consumer safety advocates say that silicone implants are still too dangerous, with one in five women needing a replacement within five years.

GM To Call Back 8,000 Chevy Volts

January 5, 2012 11:18 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The proposed repairs, not part of any formal recall, will attempt to strengthen the structure around the car's batteries.

Panel Wants Lower Cutoff For Child Lead Poisoning

January 5, 2012 9:26 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Recent research persuaded panel members that children could be harmed from lead levels in their blood that are lower than the current standard.

FDA Limits Some Antibiotics In Livestock

January 5, 2012 9:22 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

FDA officials have been clear in stating their belief that antibiotics given to animals before slaughter are linked to growing antibiotic resistance in humans.

IKEA Recalling Baby-Chair Safety Belts

January 5, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Swedish home furnishings firm is recalling safety belts for some 1.2 million highchairs after some children fell when buckles unexpectedly opened.

Scientist: Tests Needed On Gas Drilling Impact

January 5, 2012 9:08 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the government's top scientists says more research is needed to determine the impacts of shale gas drilling on human health and the environment.

Murder By Cat Meat?

January 4, 2012 11:14 am | News | Comments

A billionaire in southern China died in wealthy Guangdong province after sharing a dish of slow boiled cat meat stew, a southern delicacy, with two men over a business lunch.

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