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FDA Wants Oversight of Nanotech in Food and Cosmetics

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 20, 2012

You know you’re living in an era of widespread technological innovation when the Food and Drug Administration is instituting new rules regarding the advancement of nanotechnology.

Today, the FDA has issued draft guidance meant to govern how cosmetics companies and food producers implement nanotech.  Nanotechnology, for those that are unaware, is a fabricated material that is so tiny so as to be immeasurable by a common microscope.  Measured in nanometers, scientists can potentially create and further manipulate such materials in order to alter food packaging or cosmetic viability.

The first draft guidance issued is entitled “Guidance for Industry:  Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products.”  It emphasizes the fact that nanomaterials don’t preclude the legal requirements already in place to make sure that cosmetics are safe.  It also goes further by saying that new or altered safety tests might need to be instituted in order to guarantee nanomaterial product safety.

The other draft guidance concerns food.  It tasks manufacturers with carefully consideing how nanotechnology could change the production process and affect the safety, identity, and regulatory status of the food product in question.  The FDA is also requesting that both food and cosmetic manufacturers consult with them before bringing nanotech items to market.

This is a brave new world for a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.  As technology progresses, so must safety.  The constant outgrowth of product regulation is the only way to keep consumers safe, and I’ll be closely paying attention as a San Diego personal injury attorney to any breakthroughs made in this exciting new field.

Brake pump failure prompts Big Tex trailer recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 19, 2012

Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing Incorporated, in response to a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has issued a voluntary recall for 20 of its trailers due to a potential risk for brake failure. The trailers affected by this recall are model year 2012 Big Tex 22GN and Big Tex 25GN. The Dexter Axle electric hydraulic brake actuator pump in 20 of these trailer models may have been insufficiently heat treated, which can lead to the pumps becoming degraded prematurely from routine wear and tear of some mechanisms necessary for the effective operation of the trailer’s brakes. If the electric hydraulic brake actuator pump fails, the trailer’s brakes may unexpectedly cease to function, increasing the risk that the vehicle hauling it could become involved in a collision leading to injury or death. Consumers who have purchased trailers affected by this recall can contact the manufacturer. Dexter Axles will replace defective electric hydraulic brake actuator pumps at no cost to the trailer’s owner. Consumers seeking more information about this recall can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline, referencing campaign identification number 12V168000 and action number EQ12003.

As a San Diego personal injury attorney, I hope this recall is effectively carried out without causing injury to anyone. If you have been injured in a collision, please consider contacting a car accident attorney in San Diego.

Seafood Listeria Risks Prompt FDA to Shut Down Yamaya USA

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 11, 2012

Another company is having its production shut down due to widespread safety issues that contributed to the contamination of their products.

This time, the firm in question is Yamaya USA, a Torrance-based importer and producer of a variety of fish items.  That company has entered into what’s known as a consent decree with the Food and Drug Administration.  The Justice Department has filed a complaint for permanent injunction on the FDA’s behalf, and under the terms of the new decree, Yamaya has to correct numerous safety violations before they can resume production of seafood at their facility.

Among the company’s alleged violations are a failure to follow the FDA’s current good manufacturing practice, a failure to comply with seafood hazard analysis critical control points regulations, and continued preparation of seafood in an environment that promotes the contamination of listeria monocytogenes.  This can contribute to listeriosis, which is a hazard to newborns, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems.

Before Yamaya can ramp work up again, they must destroy their current food cache, clean the facility until it is no longer contaminated with listeria, hire a food safety expert to put in place prevention plans, and hire an independent party to conduct tests over the next five years.

Considering how dangerous a contamination is, I would think as a personal injury lawyer in Riverside that firms would take the threat more seriously.  I hope for the company’s sake that they can address the problems quickly, and as a San Diego personal injury attorney, I hope for the consumer’s sake that any food they eat is safe.

Tax deadline increases fatal accident risk, study says

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 11, 2012

According to the results of a research study published in a recent medical journal, U.S. drivers face a higher risk of being involved in a fatal automotive collision on income tax day. Researchers compiled the Internal Revenue Service’s tax day data from 1980 through 2009, and cross referenced the deadline dates with fatal accident statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Approximately 19,500 Americans were killed in income tax day traffic accidents during the 30 year time span covered by the study, an average of 226 fatalities each day. On control days, defined by the researchers as days one week before and one week after each year’s income tax deadline day, 13,000 people died. According to the research study, an average of 13 additional people are killed in automotive accidents on income tax deadline days. The increased risk of becoming involved in a fatal traffic collision Americans experience on tax deadline day is comparable to the similar rise in automotive accident deaths posed by Super Bowl Sunday, according to researchers. The pressure imposed by the taxing deadline, possibly compounded by the increased use of drugs and alcohol, may impair the judgment and occupy the attention of many motorists on income tax filing day, the study’s authors speculate,  but they conclude that more research needs to be done on the topic to determine the specific causes of the increase in accident deaths.

As a San Diego car accident attorney, I hope motorists will take extra precautions on days when traffic might be more dangerous than usual. If you have been injured in an automotive collision, please consider contacting a San Diego personal injury attorney.

Brake pump defect prompts Mo Trailers recall

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 6, 2012

The Mo Trailers Corporation has issued a voluntary recall for three of its 39 VS and 41 VS trailers manufactured during model year 2011 due to a potential defect in the electric hydraulic brake actuator pumps. The corporation has also announced a voluntary recall for two of these actuator pumps, which were sold as retail auto parts. The possibility exists that some of these actuator pumps were not sufficiently heat treated during the manufacturing process, which might compromise the durability of the parts, causing them to degrade prematurely and potentially fail unexpectedly. Because the electric hydraulic brake actuator pumps are responsible for providing power to the trailer brakes, premature actuator failure may cause the trailer’s brakes to cease functioning properly without warning, increasing the risk that the trailer will be involved in a collision. A total of five brake actuator pumps are affected by this recall. Mo Trailers has already begun to inform owners of affected actuator pumps of the potential defect. Consumers with questions concerning this voluntary recall can contact the manufacturer or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and reference NHTSA Action Number EQ12003.

As a San Diego car accident lawyer, I hope this recall is carried out quickly to avoid any potential injury or property damage. If you have been harmed by a defective auto part, please consider seeking the legal counsel of a San Diego personal injury attorney.

Pax-All Banned From Exporting Goods to America by FDA

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 5, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has told a Canadian company that until they meet certain demands, they will be unable to pedal their goods south of the border in the United States.

Pax-All Manufacturing, based out of the Canadian city of Mississauga, is the recipient of a letter from the FDA calling them out on what the safety agency says are poor production procedures that could endanger health.  Pax-All is a cosmetic and drug company that makes things like deodorant, soaps, and various other cosmetics.

The FDA sent agents to inspect a Pax-All facility last September.  During that inspection, the investigators reportedly found a number of things that gave them pause.  First, they cited the company for a failure to maintain their equipment so as to prevent contamination of their products.  They also targeted quality control as an area in which Pax-All is not up to standards put in place to ensure public health.

The manufacturing company is also being accused of poor product testing habits, a lack of a storage and expiration date assessment program, and unreliable labeling.  The FDA also targeted the company’s practice of using duct tape and cardboard when a filling line needs to be repaired.

As a Riverside personal injury lawyer, I’m glad to see the FDA crack down on a company that might be endangering public health.  I hope that the issues get resolved, and until they do, it’s my hope as a San Diego personal injury attorney that no one gets injured due to Pax-All’s potentially defective products.

BCI Burke Swing Sets Recalled Following Breaks, Injuries

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 7, 2012

BCI Burke, a Wisconsin-based company, has announced a recall of their 2 and 3/8 inch Arch Swing Sets.  This is in response to seven reports of the swing sets breaking, two of which contributed to minor injuries to those using the item.

250 swing sets fall under the purview of this recall.  The issue has to do with the welded area that connects the sleeve joint to the arch support.  This connection has a propensity to crack or even break.  As a result, the beam that the swings hang from can totally collapse, causing the swings to fall and the children on them to become injured.

The sets were sold by Burke distributors between January 2004 and December of last year.  They retailed between $700 and $1100.  Purchasers of the item are advised to discontinue use at once and disassemble the chains and swings.  By contacting the firm, consumers can obtain a free retrofit kit.

As a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I consider children’s product recalls to be some of the most devastating because they affect those who aren’t expected to worry about such dangers.  As such, I hope all parents pay attention to this recall so they can protect their children.  That’s why I do what I can in my capacity as a San Diego personal injury attorney to give out such recall information.

Honda Recalling Certain Pilot and Acura Models

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 2, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been announced for about 8,709 units of Honda Pilot and Acura vehicles after it was found that they posed a fire hazard.

The company, American Honda Motors Co, announced the recall of its 2012 Pilot and Acura MDX vehicles due to issues affecting the Vent Shut Float (VSF), which could potentially cause the a fuel leak to occur from the tank, thereby increasing the risk of fire.

The company will reportedly begin notifying vehicle owners about the recall. Owners will be able to take their recalled vehicles to their dealer for a free replacement of the fuel tank assembly. Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-999-1009 for additional information.

As a San Diego personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and know the severity of the hazards they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer San Jose to learn about the legal options available to you. Please, continue to visit our blog for regular updates about unsafe and dangerous consumer products.

Britax Child Safety Recalls Nearly 15,000 Infant Car Seats

By PSB Admin on January 30, 2012

Car safety is all important when you head out on the road, never more so than when an infant is in the vehicle.

Britax Child Safety has announced a recall of 14,220 Chaperone infant car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The products in question were manufactured between September 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011.  The model numbers affected have the same initial digits but their final seventh digit distinguishes them, i.e. E9L692J, E9L692K, E9L692L, and E9L692M.  This information can be found on a label attached to the car seat.

The problem has to do with a faulty harness adjuster.  Because of a defective rivet, the adjuster can pull away from the seat.  As such, the infant won’t be properly secured in the event of an accident.

Thankfully, no injuries or deaths have been reported at this time.  On February 6, Britax is set to begin notifying owners and shipping repair kits.  The company will replace the entire car seat if your harness has already detached (you should also immediately cease use if this has happened).

As a San Diego personal injury attorney, I know that we most need to look out for those who can’t yet look out for themselves.  As such, please heed this safety recall if you’re affected.  With my experiences as a car accident lawyer in San Diego, I know how detrimental a faulty car seat can be to a child’s life.

Petrus Feed and Seed Recalls 21% Dog Food

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 4, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for the 21% Protein Dog Food, after it was reportedly manufactured with corn at a Cargill’s facility, resulting in unacceptably high levels of Aflatoxin.

The company, Petrus Feed and Seed Stores Inc., has issued the voluntary recall after it found high levels of a naturally occurring mold by-product called Aflatoxin in the product due to it being manufactured with corn. The recalled 40 lb. packages have lot numbers 4K1011 through 4K1335.

There have been no adverse health effects reported to date.

Consumers with the product should take it away from pets immediately and return the product to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. For additional questions, consumers may contact the company at 318-443-2259.

As a San Diego personal injury attorney, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury attorney San Diego to learn about the legal options available to you.

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