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Salmonella Risk Prompts Apex Chicken and Rice Dog Food Recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on May 7, 2012

I have another recall to share with all of you today, this time concerning a product that could endanger both canines and human beings.

20 and 40 pound bags of Apex Chicken and Rice Dog Food have been recalled by Apex Pet Foods because the items in question might contain salmonella.  The products, which were created only on January 24 of this year, were available solely throughout South Carolina.  Both sizes of dog food will have a best by date of January 23, 2013 and a production code of ACD0101B32.

It’s unclear what necessitated the recall, as the announcement takes pains to say that no items have tested positive for salmonella.  Nevertheless, customers are being advised to contact the company to receive a refund on the product.  Consumers will also be able to exchange the product if they prefer.

Concerned pet owners should be on the lookout for signs that would signify their pet has contracted salmonella.  Symptoms include lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting.  People that have handled the dog food might also be at risk, and should consult a physician should they begin to experience fever, nausea, cramping, and more.

No human or canine illnesses have been reported at this time.

I’m sorry to see yet another potentially contaminated product as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.  The threat of salmonella in both pets and humans should not be taken lightly, and it’s my hope as a personal injury lawyer in San Francisco that all affected persons out there adhere to these recall instructions.

Full Circle Nut Blend Recalled by John B. Sanfilippo and Son

By PSB Admin on April 17, 2012

The presence of undeclared soy and milk has triggered the immediate recall of Full Circle Concierge Snack Nut Blend sold in 11 ounce packs and having a best by date of November 2. These ingredients have the potential to cause severe, even life-threatening allergic reactions in certain groups of people that have sensitivities to such ingredients. As such, all consumers are being warned of the risk by the producer of the nut blend, John B. Sanfilippo and Son.  They are requesting that all users return the products to the original place of purchase for a full refund or an exchange for another item.

The nuts have an item code of V28392 and a UPC of 036800 28392.  Customers could have purchased the item in Minnesota from Lunds stores, and they were also available in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania via a chain of grocers called Weis Markets.

As of yet, there have been no reported severe reactions in conjunction with the consumption of the Full Circle brand nut blend described above.

As a personal injury lawyer in Fresno, I’m sad to see yet another product that could pose an imminent danger to someone with an allergy who accidentally consumed the very item they were trusting their food not to contain.  Although the recall took place on the opposite side of this country, you never know when the item could show up in California given how easy travel is nowadays.  It’s my sincere wish as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney that this issue gets quickly resolved before some unlucky person gets hurt.

Younger passengers unlikely to discourage distracted drivers

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 17, 2012

Passengers can affect the texting behavior of drivers, safety experts suggest. Stating their objections to the driver’s distracted practices or offering to help navigate or operate the driver’s cell phone can impact the driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. According to recent research, drivers under the age of twenty are the least likely demographic to discourage a driver from sending or receiving text messages from behind the wheel. Research compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that drivers from this age group are most likely to be involved in collisions and near-misses due to the distraction caused by a handheld communication device. They are also three times as likely to report having been looking at their cell phones at the time of the accident. Motorists under the age of 25 are twice to three times as likely to send texts or place phone calls on a handheld communication device while driving.

While 90 percent of drivers polled said they consider sending text messages or reading emails is risky behavior behind the wheel, only about 33 percent of passengers younger than the age of 25 say they would say something to discourage a driver from text messaging while behind the wheel.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I have seen the damage that drivers can cause to themselves and others when they take their eyes off the road. If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, please consider contacting a Los Angeles car accident lawyer.

647,000 Dangerous Products Denied Entry Into US By CPSC

By PSB Admin on April 12, 2012

Working in conjunction with the United States Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has stopped almost 650,000 dangerous products from entering the country to be sold to consumers.  This was in the first quarter of the fiscal year of 2012 alone.  The first quarter goes from October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

Many of the products they prevented from entering the country were children’s toys found to contain lead that exceeded the federal limits for safety.  In fact, there were more children’s products barred from entering the country than any other type of product.  In addition to the threat of lead poisoning, banned phthalates prompted the removal of many items, as did the presence of small parts that children can ingest and choke on.

Typically, tests on a shipment’s product quality involved the usage of an x-ray fluorescence analyzer, or else what’s known as use and abuse testing.  A total of 2,900 shipments were screened by the CPSC and CBP, and some other items that were denied entry include holiday lights, dangerous lamps, and faulty hair dryers.  Throughout 2011, the numbers were even more impressive, with 4.5 million units prevented from going onto store shelves.

As a personal injury lawyer in Fresno, I applaud any organizations’ efforts to make store shelves safer for consumers across the country.  Although I know that it might be impossible to fully eradicate the threat of a defect from every single product there is, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.  Eventually, it’s my hope as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney that products are so safe that they don’t need oversight.

Cephalosporin Livestock Ban Aims to Improve Consumer Health

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 4, 2012

Because of worries that it could actually adversely affect human beings, the Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to ban cephalosporin in livestock.

The thinking works like this:  although antibiotics such as cephalosporin are a great way to treat infections, extended application can actually cause the person being treated to become susceptible to strengthened bacteria.  Cattle, chicken, and pigs have been given the drug to combat internal infection, but since those animals are then processed into our food, we then risk being constantly exposed to the cephalosporin.

Basically, this means it’s possible that fairly harmless bacteria are taken care of while the more serious bacteria like E. coli become immune to the effects of an antibiotic.

There are other antibiotics that are given to livestock that have not yet been banned, such as the far more common tetracycline. However, experts think that the cephalosporin ban is a great step that may lead to bans on more prevalent types of antibiotics.

One area where the ban on cephalosporin will not take place is with pets.  The antibiotic is widespread in veterinary offices, and as such, the FDA does not want to compromise the safety of such animals.

As a personal injury lawyer in Long Beach, I’m glad to see any steps taken to preserve public health.  It’s my hope that this and other measures can save lives and make food safer for all of us to eat.  As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I’ll be paying attention to see what other practices the FDA enacts in the near future.

FDA Addresses Drug Cargo Theft Dangers in New Ruling

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 3, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that consumers are safe from drugs that may have been stolen from pharmaceutical companies.

It’s an issue that the general public probably isn’t all that aware of, and the FDA aims to change that.  They have instituted new standard operating procedures that pharmaceutical companies are required to follow in the event of a theft.  This includes a full report on the name of the drug, dates of expiration and manufacture, lot numbers, and storage instructions.  If a company fails to properly report missing drugs, then the FDA is now within their rights to issue a press release and a possible health alert through their Cargo Theft Response Team.

These measures are being taken to protect public health.  The FDA is concerned that stolen drugs will likely not be adequately stored and protected from safety defects, and if these items make their way to the public, the risk to safety could be great.  Reporting such theft helps to keep the public informed.

Last year, eight shipments of drugs were stolen, adding up to millions of dollars in damages.  This is actually down from 2009, in which 15 shipments were taken for an even greater damage amount.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I’m glad to see steps taken to preserve public safety.  Pharmaceutical drug theft is an issue many Americans likely don’t consider on a regular basis, and I hope that perception gets fixed.  I understand as a San Francisco personal injury lawyer how these issues affect the country.

Spring is the time to teach kids bicycle safety

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 3, 2012

Many kids see spring as the time to take their bicycles out of storage to ride them around their neighborhoods. But for pediatricians, spring is the time when the most child bicyclists need treatment for injuries including everything from small cuts and scrapes to serious internal injuries. Head injuries, even minor seeming ones, are the most difficult t treat.

In March and April and May, the number of children involved I bicycle accidents is larger than any other time of year, according to a study conducted in the state of Arizona. According to Arizona’s 2011 Child Fatality Program report Two Arizona children were killed in bicycle accidents in 2010. Neither of the children was wearing a helmet. Safety experts recommend parents of young children carefully supervise their bicycle riding during these months.

 Children need to be active, but they must also stay safe, according to experts, and the first step to safety is to always wear a helmet. In 85 percent of all bicycle collisions wearing a helmet has prevented riders from head injury, and helmets have prevented  brain injury 88 percent of the time, a statistic experts say is safer than wearing a seatbelt while riding inside of an automobile.

As a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, I hope these safety tips help children have an accident free spring and summer. If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision, however, please consider contacting a Los Angeles car accident attorney.



CPSC Safer Product Website Reaches One Year Anniversary

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 29, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just reached a milestone.  Their website Saferproducts.gov has now been in service for precisely one year.

The database found on that site lets concerned persons search for any relevant recall information as well as post their own complaints directly to the site.  6,000 reports were submitted to the site within the first ten months of its existence.  A study has shown that most reports, 37%, concerned kitchen products, while children’s products were the next biggest area of concern at 15% of reports.

The site was started as the result of a survey which suggested that a whopping 82% of citizens would be interested in a webpage that tracks dangerous products.  Consumers make up the lion’s share of those persons filing a report to the site, with contributions from medical professionals and public safety entities conspicuously absent for the most part.

Concerned consumers may visit the site to browse recall information, or else they can file reports and use a keyword search to see various other safety reports that may or may not have resulted in a recall.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I can see how a tool like this would be indispensable for millions of Americans.  It’s never guaranteed that a product you own is completely safe, but being able to see if anyone else has had problems is a comforting thought.  It’s my hope as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney that more people utilize this excellent site.

Workstar trucks recalled due to electrical defect

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 27, 2012

Navistar Incorporated is announcing a voluntary recall for specific models of its International Workstar Trucks due to an electrical systems defect. These models feature headlights in the front bumper. The circuits attached to the headlights  — the ground circuit and headlight circuits — are incorrectly wired. These two circuits have been crossed at the headlight connector, causing the headlight’s wattage to be lower than the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 108 “Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.” The dimmer headlights may reduce the driver’s ability to avoid an auto collision due to inadequate nighttime visibility for the truck’s driver and the ability of other drivers sharing the road with the defective International Workstar Truck. The trucks affected by the recall were manufactured between November 15, 2010 and March 6, 2012. Navistar is scheduled begin informing dealers and owners of the affected trucks sometime around May 21, 2012. Owners can contact the company and return an affected truck to an authorized dealer, which will repair the defective headlight at no cost to the consumer.

As an experienced  Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I have seen firsthand the damage defective auto parts can cause, and I hope this recall comes in time to prevent any physical harm or property damage this malfunction might have caused. If you or someone you love or care about was injured by a defective automobile, please consider contacting a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.

Undercover sting operation targets unsafe crosswalk behavior in North Hollywood

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 23, 2012

Undercover police officers in North Hollywood issued citations to many drivers and pedestrians recently as part of a sting operation targeting unsafe crosswalk behavior, following a fatal accident that claimed the life of an elderly pedestrian.

The police stopped 60 people, giving warnings to 24 pedestrians and motorists and ticketing 36 others for jaywalking or failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Plainclothes police officers posed as pedestrians as part of the undercover operation, and drivers who didn’t stop for them were issued traffic citations. The police ticketed fourteen pedestrians for crossing the street illegally.

Twenty-seven of the 56 fatal auto accidents that took place in San Fernando Valley involved pedestrians, and an increasing number of elderly pedestrians are killed in collisions every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic each year continues to increase, even as the number of overall deaths decreases. Five pedestrians have been killed in traffic accidents in San Fernando Valley so far this year.

Police conducted sting operations at the intersections of Lankershim Boulevard and Campo de Cahuenga and Ventura Boulevard and Arch Drive.

As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer,  I want our streets to be safer for motorists and pedestrians alike, but if you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, please consider contacting a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney.

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