There is no doubt that this year the holidays will be a little different. With state governments and healthcare providers pleading with people to stay home, with hundreds of thousands of families mourning the loss of loved ones due to the pandemic, with a nation more vocally divided than at any point in recent history it can often feel as though there isn’t a shred of what was once thought of as “normal.” Thankfully, this is where the organization WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) enters the picture, releasing, as always, its annual top 10 list of worst toys.
On November 23rd, 2020, in a ground-breaking decision by the United States Government, automotive industry giant General Motors (GM) was ordered by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall nearly 7 million pickup trucks and SUVs due to their ongoing issues with defective and deadly airbag inflators produced by Takata, a now-defunct Japanese car parts manufacturer.
Vacationing on a cruise ship in an experience unlike any other. From family-friendly activities, to bars and comedy clubs, there’s a little bit of something for everyone aboard these “cities at the sea.” And after a long day of picking and choosing what experiences you’d like to participate in, there’s certainly one thing you won’t want to forget…the glorious food. Beautiful buffet lines sprawled across spectacularly designed dining halls will have you feasting like a king. Unfortunately, these types of environments are breeding grounds for foodborne illness outbreaks.
On Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an urgent recall to drug manufacturers regarding a complete removal of all over-the-counter and prescription drugs containing ranitidine. Most commonly referred to by its brand name Zantac, this widely popular medication is commonly used to treat heartburn and stomach ulcers.
In a landmark move by the Swedish furniture mega-company Ikea, the family of a child who died after a dresser fell on them will be receiving $46 million as a settlement. Spokespeople for Ikea indicated that they understood there was no amount of money that could make up for the tragic removal of a child. The massive settlement is currently the largest wrongful death involving a child settlement that has occurred in the history of the United States.
The vaping craze that swept the nation over the past few years has become a noticeable public health disaster, with numerous incidents of severe injury and death occurring due to the products. In Florida, a second death due to health complications from vaping was reported as having taken place this December.
The sale of several popular over-the-counter prescription drugs that purports to reduce stomach acid within certain individual has been halted after the US Food and Drug Administration in concert with the European Medicines Agency released reports indicating that batches of the drugs contain an impurity. Specifically, reports from numerous news agencies throughout the U.S. and Europe indicated that the ranitidine products manufactured by the company Sandoz for the parent drug company Novartis contain traces of NDMA. NDMA is a chemical that has undergone numerous and intensive tests, and the results of these tests indicated that NDMA likely causes cancer within humans.
It appears that a malfunction within a motor scooter’s braking system caused the death of a single person in a city close to Tampa on the night of Saturday, July 13th. Reports from the St. Petersburg Police Department indicated that the incident took place sometime around 10:00 at night, and that only the single vehicle was involved.
This past weekend, the El Monterey corporation issued a recall affecting over 246,000 pounds of their popular frozen breakfast wraps and burritos. The company stated that this recall came as the direct result of fears from the El Monterey corporation that their product may have been contaminated with small objects. Specifically, the corporation said that the objects one might now expect to find in certain types of its breakfast offerings were small rocks.
Fans of the pasta company called Ragú received a surprise when the company that owns Ragú, Mizkan America, issued a broad recall on a large swath of its product line over fears of contamination. In an announcement made on Saturday, June 15th, Mizkan America believes that there is a chance that a number of their products may contain slivers or splinters of plastic. While the company said that no consumer complaints or issues have yet been reported, and that the recall was made out of a desire to be overly-cautious, the fact remains that there are an untold number of people who have purchased Ragú sauces who remain unaware as to the potential health hazards.