(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]

(Meggito)

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]

June Recall Roundup: Melting Mason Jars And Phantom Ovens

June Recall Roundup: Melting Mason Jars And Phantom Ovens

In this month’s Recall Roundup for consumer goods, a laptop battery recall expands, mason jar night lights melt, and a friendly toy policeman is not as friendly as he initially appears to be. [More]

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3 More Toxic Salad Beetles Show Up In Canada And Texas

It turns out that fleeing to Canada won’t keep you safe from the Salad Beetle Scourge. You may remember the Iron Cross Blister Beetles turning up in organic salads and pakages of leafy greens across the United States. We learned today of three more discovered in different parts of North America, two of which were in Canada. [More]

Takata Is Not The Biggest Product Recall In U.S. History

Takata Is Not The Biggest Product Recall In U.S. History

The recall of Takata airbags used cars made by multiple manufacturers is massive: currently at 34 million vehicles in the United States alone and the list will apparently grow longer. Many news outlets are referring to this as the largest product recall in United States history, but it isn’t. [More]

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This Toxin-Emitting Beetle Is Not A Crunchy Salad Topping

Small animals love vegetables, and so do people. Sometimes small animals end up harvested along with vegetables, slip through safeguards in the system, and end up in our bowls. Usually, these are harmless, but what if they aren’t? Four people in different places have found potentially toxic beetles in their salad greens, and we really, really hope that there aren’t more out there lurking in more salads. [More]

(Loren Sztajer) Don't despair, puppy. There are other chew toys out there.

Nylabone Recalls Puppy Starter Kits For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Puppies chew everything: fingers, toes, shoes, furniture…well, anything else within their reach. Nylabone offers a kit with a few different types of durable bone for your puppy to try in order to redirect their chewing urge toward something more that’s cheaper than shoes and healthier for their teeth. That seems like a good idea…unless the bones they’re chewing are contaminated with salmonella bacteria. [More]

They stopped smiling when they learned about this recall. (Barbara Wells)

Groupon Australia Sold Boxes Of Counterfeit Durex Condoms

Overall, Groupon’s transition from a company that sells discount vouchers to a company that sells discount merchandise has gone pretty well. Yet some news from Australia caught our attention when we learned that Groupon in that country sold counterfeit condoms on their website. Now the Australian government is alerting consumers who purchased those condoms that they should probably not use them. [More]

Consumer Reports Rates Brinkmann Patio Grill ‘Don’t Buy’ For Now

Consumer Reports Rates Brinkmann Patio Grill ‘Don’t Buy’ For Now

Here in the Northeast, there are now mere weeks until grilling season begins. Safety is very important when you’re lighting an actual fire a short distance from your house, and our fire-roasted colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports test the gas grills that they review for their cooking power and their safety. One grill this season failed one of the safety tests, and for now they’ve given the Brinkmann Patio 810-6230-S a “Don’t Buy” rating. [More]

Organic Spinach From Meijer, Target, Wild Harvest, And Cadia Recalled For Possible Listeria

Organic Spinach From Meijer, Target, Wild Harvest, And Cadia Recalled For Possible Listeria

It’s not always fun when our predictions come true, especially when that prediction is about how contaminated food from a single vendor is about to trigger recalls in a variety of places across the food supply. On Monday, we predicted more organic spinach recalls to come, and we were right. Packages of frozen organic spinach from four additional brands have now been recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria bacteria. [More]

Brace Yourselves For A Frozen Organic Spinach Recallapalooza

Brace Yourselves For A Frozen Organic Spinach Recallapalooza

When food items with ingredients in common that were sold at multiple retailers are recalled because of the same food-borne pathogen, that’s a sign that the source may be that ingredient that they have in common. Three recent recalls from Amy’s, Wegmans, and Costco show that it may be wise for people who are young, old, sick, or pregnant to stay away from organic spinach. [More]

(Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

CDC Links Listeriosis Illnesses To Fruit Recalled In July 2014

Last summer, a California-based fruit packing company recalled all fruit that had passed through their plant during a six-week period, since they were potentially contaminated with Listeria bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have definitively linked fruits from the Wawona plant and cases of Listeriosis in different parts of the country, but what does that mean? should people who are pregnant or frail avoid fresh peaches and nectarines? [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Kraft Recalls 242,000 Cases That May Contain Macaroni And Cheese And Metal Shards

Back in 2012, store-brand macaroni and cheese was recalled because it might have contained pieces of metal, leading us to call it “Mac ‘N’ Cheese ‘N’ Metal Shards.” Now a brand-name version of that product is available, since Kraft has recalled 242,000 cases of its signature boxed macaroni and cheese. It could possibly contain small pieces of metal, which is not an appropriate spice to add to macaroni and cheese. [More]

Appeals Court: Insurance Doesn’t Have To Pay For 2008 Burrito Recall

Appeals Court: Insurance Doesn’t Have To Pay For 2008 Burrito Recall

You might remember the Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak last year, which made hundreds of people sick. The company’s insurer, Lloyd’s of London refused to pay for their losses from the outbreak and following recall because the company waited a very long time before officially recalling any meat. The federal government was able to shut down poultry plants, but not recall the meat, since it wasn’t “contaminated” by any substances that you don’t normally find in chicken. [More]

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CBS Reports That Lumber Liquidators Is Selling Formaldehyde-Laden Laminate Flooring

Lumber Liquidators is one of those stores that does exactly what it sounds like: they sell wood and other building supplies at a discount. A report that aired this weekend on the CBS program 60 Minutes shared some scary findings from independent lab tests performed on samples of flooring purchased from the chain. The company counters that these tests are inaccurate, and that the people behind these allegations aren’t out to protect consumers. [More]