FDA Issues A Dog Food Alert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a National warning regarding a certain kind of chicken strips or treats that can pose serious health hazards for dogs.

According to recent news, there are some cases the contaminated strips can present life-threatening risks to pets.

The products that have been under investigation are marketed mostly as chicken tenders, treats or strips. The number of complaints regarding the several canine illnesses caused by the consumption of the alleged contaminated treats is increasing, pushing the FDA to look into the matter with more dedication and attention.

The FDA assures consumers the probably contaminated product is manufactured only in China. Some of the health issues linked to these products include an increase of sugar in the dog’s blood (Fanconi syndrome) and kidney failure. Sick animals sustain certain symptoms like vomiting, decreased activity, diarrhea and increased water consumption.

As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I urge pet owners in Washington to make sure the treats they purchase come from trustworthy sources.

Personal injury lawyers are aware that a dog’s health is always a priority to its owner. For more information on future recall news, stay tuned to this blog by returning to this address regularly.

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Collision Involving a Vehicle and a Truck Causes Oil Spill

According to the local news, a Kirkland 47-year-old woman was involved in an accident on Interstate 405. The Washington State Patrol has reported officially that the accident happened sometime Sunday night. Authorities claim that the northbound lane of the I-405 in Bellevue was closed during many hours after the accident.

The woman was allegedly driving her Toyota Camry when something caused her to lose control of the wheel, which caused the vehicle to hit a tanker truck. The authorities say that the trailer rolled down making the rig slide across the interstate.

The Washington State Patrol reports that the accident caused the truck to spill something like 3,400 gallons of gasoline. According to the official statement from the Department of Ecology and many other different sources, the oil allegedly reached the drainage system.

The reports say that both drivers had their seatbelts fastened and that the authorities are investigating the real causes of the accident. Up to this point it is still unknown if the oil has reached Lake Washington.

As a Bellevue car accident attorney I hope that both drivers will recover quickly and that the authorities will work hard to keep our stream from being polluted by the oil spill.

Any car accident related to the distracted driving of others should be taken to a personal injury lawyer in your area right away.

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Products from Unsanitary Washington State Facility to be Seized by U.S. Marshals

The U.S. Marshals were requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration office to seize food products, according to the news. A Washington-based facility kept a processing and food storage location that was claimed to be unsanitary for the State’s standards. According to official reports, the warehouse was inspected by the FDA. The investigators found a very active infestation of rodents and insects in both warehouse and processing areas.

The first letter issued by the FDA regarding this problem was filed on September 29th. It claimed that the food being kept in the Washington State facility was possibly adulterated, taking into account the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The complaint asked for a speedy action from the Court. A warrant was issued on the same day for the U.S. Marshals to be allowed to take hold of all products present in the facility.

According to the FFDCA, after amended by the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act, the FDA may order the detaining of all types of food during inspection, specially when food adulteration or misbranding is suspected to have taken place.

As a Kirkland personal injury lawyer I’m happy with the fact that the FDA is upholding a competent food inspection nationwide. Sadly enough, many personal injury lawyers are familiar with cases related to severe illnesses of individuals exposed to contaminated food products. Don’t hesitate in contacting a lawyer if that has been your case.

Kirk Bernard

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FDA Issues Letter Addressing Contaminated Cantaloupe Concerns

According to recent news and a report issued by the Food and Drug Administration, producers, processors and shippers of fresh cantaloupe melons must make sure that all guidelines outlined by the FDA in the wake of the Listeria outbreak will be followed thoroughly.

The FDA issued a letter earlier to all cantaloupe melons and produce companies recommending the best practices to eradicate the contamination of products with the Listeria monocytogenes.

Not too long ago, a Listeria outbreak started with the consumption of contaminated melons according to reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It was concluded that the cantaloupe industry should review all their operations so future outbreaks could be entirely prevented.

By October 25th, there were 139 alleged confirmed illnesses directly linked to the consumption of the contaminated melons. Sadly enough, 29 deaths associated with this outbreak were also reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Many companies have taken precautions addressing food safety concerns, but the issue hasn’t been completely erased from the agency’s fears.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I hope that all victims of this outbreak will have a speedy recovery. Personal injury lawyers are familiar with the tragic consequences of the consumption of contaminated food are always updated when it comes to recall news.

Don’t hesitate in contacting an attorney if you ever need to have your questions answered.

Kirk Bernard

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Possibly Mislabeled Seafood under FDA Investigation

According to many news outlets, there is an investigation being held by the Food and Drug Administration regarding the mislabeling of seafood packages that come from all over the world. Many cases of seafood species being packed and labeled as something else have been allegedly reported.

The seafood trade association has been reportedly discussing the issue in a recent conference. The DNA tests will start being held by the FDA soon. They will be using many samples of fish from warehouses and distribution centers. Imports will also be targeted. The NFI claims that the most advanced DNA bar coding technology will be put to good use for the testing. The genetic material is taken from each fish sample, is compared against all the gene fragments in store and then determined whether labels match the species inside the packages.

Regarding the mislabeling errors, FDA firmly believes that most of it must have happened after the product left the manufacturer’s facilities. According to reports, they think the mistake took place at the retail level.  A staggering number of 1,000 seafood samples will be tested.

As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I hope that cases of personal injury related to product mislabeling will end drastically after this extensive investigation. If you ever find yourself a victim in a similar case, don’t delay in contacting a personal injury lawyer in your area.

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Sexist Safety Measures Protect Men More Than Women

According to recent studies from the American Journal of Public Health, women have a higher likelihood of suffering injuries in car accidents because safety features are designed for men.

While going over data concerning US auto accidents, researchers uncovered that females that wear seatbelts during accidents still have a 47 percent higher chance of sustaining serious injury than men involved in a comparable accident. Previous studies have attributed these differences to the way in which each of the sexes drive, but researchers have recently suggested that the design of the safety features may be to blame. The positioning of head restraints, for examples, does not take into account the different length, size and strength of a woman’s neck in comparison to a man’s. Women also have a higher likelihood of injury to their lower extremities because of their shorter stature. In other words, vehicles safety features are simply made for taller people.

Researchers say that, “health policies and vehicle regulations must focus on effective safety designs specifically tailored toward the female population for equity in injury reduction.”

As a Tacoma car accident lawyer, I’m glad that this issue has been brought to light and hope that steps can be made in the near future to help improve the safety of all drivers on the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent driving of another, speak with an experienced car accident lawyer in your city about the options open to you.

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Current Cell-Phone Radiation Rates Underestimate Exposure

According to recent studies, the limits considered safe for low-level radiation absorbed from cell-phones operating at their highest power output levels, known as Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), set by the Federal Communications Commission do not adequately protect the majority of individuals that use cell-phones, especially children who absorb more radiation than adults.

The reason behind this inconsistency in safety standards has been traced back to the testing procedure used in certifying cell-phone compliance with SAR limits. The procedure underestimates the radiation exposure levels for many cell-phone users, according to the researchers from the Environmental Health Trust. Researchers say that the testing used liquid filled mannequin heads based on upper end US military recruits to simulate the average electrical conductivity in the brain. The test heads, known as Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequins (SAM), are large than that of 97 percent of the US population. Average cell-phone users are smaller adults and children’s, who absorb much more radiation that SAM estimates.

The researchers noted that SAM’s uniformly consistent liquid filled head is unable to accurately simulate the varied capacity of the 40 different types of brain tissue that absorb cell-phone radiation. SAMs are also incapable of providing accurate data on how a child’s head, which is significantly smaller and has a thinner skull, absorbs radiation. The test itself is also flawed in the way that it underestimates exposure levels, keeping phones roughly 1-inch from the head during calls, rather than the way most people use them like in the pocket or held directly against the head. Researchers say that MRI and CT scans would allow for far more accurate data.

As a Vancouver personal injury lawyer, I hope that providing this information will shed some light on this issue. Though not a prevalent problem, cell-phones, and the amount in which they are current used today, are relatively new to our society and need to be further tested. If you’ve been injured through the use of an unsafe product, it may be in your best interests to call a personal injury lawyer.

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CooperVision Complies with FDA Request

In a news release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that CooperVision, a division of Cooper Companies Inc, has complied with their request for a widen recall effort of their Avaira Toric contact lenses.

CooperVision initiated a recall of their Avaira Toric contact lenses in August, however faced pressure from the FDA because the agency believed that the company had not done enough to educate the public of the recall. The FDA has since announced that the company has come into compliance with their request.

FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said, “CooperVision’s public communications are consistent with the agency’s expectations. The FDA will continue to monitor this recall’s effectiveness to ensure that the affect devices are removed from the marketplace and not used by consumers.”

Whether the move by CooperVision is based solely on the FDA request or was monetarily based, the company saw a stock decrease of almost $5 a share Monday, though the stock remains up 23 percent for the year, has not been commented on by either the FDA or the company.

As a Bellingham personal injury attorney, I’ve seen many similar recalls in the past and am glad that the appropriate steps have been taken to inform the public of this situation. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about the legal avenues open to you.

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CooperVision Complies with FDA Request

In a news release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that CooperVision, a division of Cooper Companies Inc, has complied with their request for a widen recall effort of their Avaira Toric contact lenses.

CooperVision initiated a recall of their Avaira Toric contact lenses in August, however faced pressure from the FDA because the agency believed that the company had not done enough to educate the public of the recall. The FDA has since announced that the company has come into compliance with their request.

FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said, “CooperVision’s public communications are consistent with the agency’s expectations. The FDA will continue to monitor this recall’s effectiveness to ensure that the affect devices are removed from the marketplace and not used by consumers.”

Whether the move by CooperVision is based solely on the FDA request or was monetarily based, the company saw a stock decrease of almost $5 a share Monday, though the stock remains up 23 percent for the year, has not been commented on by either the FDA or the company.

As a Bellingham personal injury attorney, I’ve seen many similar recalls in the past and am glad that the appropriate steps have been taken to inform the public of this situation. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about the legal avenues open to you.

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Radon Awareness Week Aims to Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths

Media sources reported that nine federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are sponsoring Radon Awareness Week as part of the Federal Radon Action Plan (FRAP) in the effort of educating the public on the risks of radon and the fact that it causes roughly 22,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the US.

According to press releases from the Federal Radon Action Plan, “Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Because radon is a gas, it can enter buildings through openings or cracks in the foundation. The radon gas itself decays into radioactive solids, called radon daughters. The radon daughters attach to dust particles in the air, and can be inhaled. The inhalation of radon daughters has been linked to lung cancer.”

The Federal Radon Action Plan, formed in June, aims at raising awareness and developing expertise and jobs in the fields of radon testing and mitigation. Their goals include eventually having a radon test standard during real estate transactions and routine radon testing in schools businesses and daycare facilities. Elevated radon levels can be found in virtually every county nationwide, regardless of the buildings age, the type of foundation it has or whether it is in an area “prone to having radon problems.”

As a Vancouver personal injury attorney, I’m glad that this organization is raising awareness to this problem. I hope that by sharing this information, you can be more informed to the problem of radon contamination and, hopefully, better protect yourself and your family. If you’ve been injured through exposure to chemicals that you were not informed of prior to purchasing property, it may be in your best interests to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer.

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