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Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration, but the federal agency says it has not yet cleared the firm of violations.            

California Firm Recalls 93K Pounds of Caesar Salad Kits

August 27, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says a Southern California food firm has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.  

Spiders Force Suzuki to Recall Midsize Cars

August 27, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spiders and their tangled webs have forced Suzuki to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars.                                             

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5M AC Power Cords

August 26, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada.                    

Feds Seek Comments on 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 26, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.            

Guilty Plea in California Meat-Recall Case

August 25, 2014 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.                 

2.2M Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Deaths

August 22, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.                                      

Nestle Pushes for Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

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Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.                     

Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.                                      

Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:11 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others.                                 

Peanut, Almond Butter Recalled for Salmonella Risk

August 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters.        

Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 19, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.                          

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Recaro Recalls Child Safety Seats

August 19, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash.                                       

Ex-peanut Plant Head Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened, he testified Thursday.

Ford Recalls More Than 83,000 Cars and SUVs

August 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked.                                      

Problems for The Tesla Model S

August 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports, but a recent article states that the car now "has more than its share of problems."                                  

Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                            

GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 12, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks.                                        

U.S. Agency Slow To Move On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.               

GM Receives Claims In 63 Death Cases

August 11, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.                         

Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                                          

Hyundai Fined $17.35M for Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.                    

USDA Overhauls 50 Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.            

Harley Recalls Bikes for Ignition Switch Problem

August 4, 2014 12:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.                                      

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