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Fiat Chrysler Offers $100 Gift Cards To Get Your Recalled Car Fixed Already

The federal government has fined Fiat Chrysler $105 million for its failure to address vehicle defects and active recalls, and perhaps they’ve concluded that customers will respond to a cash incentive, not a cash punishment. Taking a break from desperately hugging General Motors, today the automaker announced an offer: car owners get $100 if they bring their vehicle in for repair, and an extra $1,000 or $2,000 trade-in incentive to buy a new car instead. [More]

(Chris Rief)

Cascadian Farms Recalls Frozen Green Beans From 2014 For Possible Listeria

We have really terrible news for anyone out there who was planning to make a turkey bacon and green bean sandwich on whole wheat or multi-grain bread, even though that has probably never been a sandwich that a real person would eat or make. All three of those foods have been recalled in the last few days, now including green beans from Cascadian Farm. [More]

If You Sell Nail Polish, Try Not To Destroy Your Customers’ Nails

If You Sell Nail Polish, Try Not To Destroy Your Customers’ Nails

If you like to paint your nails, but are part of the drugstore polish-wearing masses, you might not be familiar with the vibrant online scene of small-batch cosmetics producers, or “indie beauty” businesses. The mini-industry drew outside attention this week when use of one brand of polish was linked to some scary and painful problems in customers’ nails. [More]

Truckloads Of Blue Bell Ice Cream Heading To Stores

Truckloads Of Blue Bell Ice Cream Heading To Stores

Stay strong, Americans in southern states: it might be almost the end of summer, but your frozen dessert salvation may be soon at hand. The Blue Bell ice cream plant in Sylacauga, Alabama, which was never officially linked to any cases of listeriosis, began producing test batches in July and gained approval to distribute their products last week. [More]

August Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Pieces Of A Conveyor Belt?

August Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Pieces Of A Conveyor Belt?

In this month’s Recall Roundup for food and supplements, turkey sausage might contain parts of a conveyor belt, a variety of products may be contaminated with nuts, raw pet foods keep testing positive for foodborne bacteria, and mozzarella cheese might be contaminated with egg. [More]

Blue Bell’s Alabama Plant Gets State Approval To Distribute Ice Cream

Blue Bell’s Alabama Plant Gets State Approval To Distribute Ice Cream

Blue Bell ice cream has been off the shelves for some months now due to an outbreak of listeriosis that hospitalized ten people and killed three. Now there’s hope for desperate Blue Bell fans: the company’s production facility in Alabama, which didn’t cause any known illnesses, has been making test batches of ice cream and will now be allowed to distribute them. [More]

(Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

CDC: 358 People In 26 States Confirmed To Have Cyclosporiasis From Cilantro

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration imposed a partial import ban on cilantro grown in Mexico after an outbreak of the parasitic gastrointestinal illness Cyclosporiasis was traced to specific fields and processing facilities in that country. So far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government agencies have been able to confirm 358 cases of the illness, in 26 states. [More]

Froggy, noooo!(Jess)

Package Of Spinach From Sam’s Club Comes With Free Frog

A woman in California was not pleased when she prepared a salad for dinner and saw a small, speckled frog nestled between the spinach leaves. Sure, people sometimes pay good money to have frog legs for dinner, but those frogs are usually, you know, purpose-raised. And cooked. [More]

July Recall Roundup: Of Course Kids Are Going To Chew On Their Strollers

July Recall Roundup: Of Course Kids Are Going To Chew On Their Strollers

In this month’s recall roundup, a stroller wasn’t designed to be chewed on, a fish tank heater might cook your fish instead of keeping them comfortable, and a lawn mower may fling grass clippings at the person operating the vehicle. It’s a dangerous world out there, apparently. [More]

(Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

Walmart And Kroger Pull Cilantro From Stores

After the Food and Drug Administration announced a seasonal ban on cilantro imports from the Puebla state of Mexico, Walmart and Kroger are pulling cilantro grown in that region from store shelves as a precaution. Evidence points to the cilantro as a culprit in outbreaks of cyclosporiasis, a gastrointestinal illness, and an FDA investigation turned up evidence of sanitation problems in the fields where cilantro is grown. [More]

Surprise Birthday Party Includes Surprise Scissors Baked Inside Cake

Surprise Birthday Party Includes Surprise Scissors Baked Inside Cake

When it comes to celebrating birthdays, there are good surprises and bad ones. A good surprise could be a special gift, a card containing a large amount of cash, or a surprise party. A bad surprise would be diving face-first into a cake that has a pair of scissors baked into it. That last example is not a theoretical one. [More]

10 People Confirmed Sick From Contaminated Stuffed Chicken Breasts

10 People Confirmed Sick From Contaminated Stuffed Chicken Breasts

There are two recalls going on right now for stuffed chicken breasts because of the risk that they might be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have figured out who is sick from what: seven of the documented infections resulting from these foods so far are only from the Barber Foods recall, and three are from the larger Koch Foods recall. [More]

One of many products from Barber Foods that may be contaminated with Salmonella. Many.

1.7 Million Pounds Of Barber Foods Chicken Products Recalled For Possible Salmonella

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency that has jurisdiction only over foods containing meat for some reason that we don’t understand, has recalled 1,707,494 pounds of frozen chicken products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. [More]

(JD Hancock)

CDC Warns Everyone Not To Poop In Pools And Hot Tubs

Are you planning any summer fun that includes pools or hot tubs? If so, you’ll probably want to pay attention to the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who want everyone to avoid vacation-ruining gastrointestinal illnesses this summer. [More]

(Michael Gil)

Acuras Recalled Because They Auto-Brake For Imaginary Obstacles

Automatic braking is a feature available that car manufacturers offer on their higher-end models as part of feature and safety packages. The idea is simple: if your car recognizes that there’s something in front of it, it stops. Except for some model year 2014 and 2015 Acura SUVs and sedans: there have been documented cases where they stop when there is no obstacle in front of the cars. [More]

June Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Dill Pickle Popcorn And Donut Mold

June Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Dill Pickle Popcorn And Donut Mold

In this month’s Recall Roundup for food and supplements, banned diet drugs make a reappearance, pork sausage has mysterious “foreign materials” in it, cat food has too much Vitamin D, and some mini donuts are possibly powdered with mold. [More]

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How Can I Avoid Getting Sick From Listeria-Contaminated Food?

Listeria-contaminated food has been in the news lately due to massive ice cream recalls from regional companies Blue Bell and Jeni’s. Ice cream isn’t usually where you find listeria, but it’s possible to contract listeriosis from frozen treats because the bacteria can survive below-freezing temperatures, and you don’t cook ice cream. How can you avoid illness from listeria? There are no guaranteed ways to eradicate it from the food supply, but there are precautions that you can take. [More]

Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers Due To Fire Hazard

Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers Due To Fire Hazard

When you spend a few hundred dollars on a portable speaker, you probably assume that you’re buying a quality piece of electronics that will sound nice and not overheat and catch fire when it’s not supposed to. That is not the case for the Beats Pill XL, a signature product for the headphone company, which is now part of Apple. [More]