Category: Defective Products

Hydroxycut Recalled – Liver Damage

Government health officials are announcing the recall of popular weight loss pill Hydroxycut, after reports of liver damage and other health problems. FDA officials said Friday the manufacturer of Hydroxycut has launched a nationwide recall of the dietary supplement, used by people trying to shed pounds and by body builders to sharpen their muscles. Hydroxycut is advertised as made from natural ingredients. It accounts for about 90 percent of the market for weight loss supplements, with sales of about 1 million bottles a year.

The public has to keep in mind when considering using these “dietary supplements” that they are not approved by the FDA.  Consequently, the consumer is relying solely on the manufacturer’s representation that the product is safe.  Such reliance is a mistake.  In many cases, the manufacturer has not properly tested the product to ensure that it is safe for human consumption.

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Rolls-Royce Jet Engines On Boeing 777s Have Engine Flaw

U.S. transportation regulators are questioning the safety of some Boeing 777s built with Rolls-Royce engines. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is not convinced that procedures recently adopted by airlines flying Boeing 777s will prevent a potentially catastrophic power loss related to a defect in the Rolls-Royce engine. According to reports, Boeing 777s with Rolls-Royce engines could lose power in freezing weather due to accumulation of ice in the fuel supply. This engine defect has already been implicated in two accidents.  One incident occurred last January when a British Airways flight lost power in both engines during final approach and crashed at London’s Heathrow Airport. The aircraft’s landing gear was ripped off.  Only one passenger suffered serious injury. In the second incident a Delta Air Lines Boeing 777 suffered a similar loss of engine power while flying between Shanghai and Atlanta in November. The pilot followed a standard procedure to recover engine power and landed the jet safely at its planned destination. Following the two incidents, Boeing issued new procedures to help prevent ice accumulation, and to recover thrust in cases of ice blockage. The NTSB said that while the mandatory procedures did reduce the risk of ice blocking the fuel supply, the added burden placed on pilots who have to implement them might cause other hazards. The NTSB is recommending that the Federal Aviation Administration require Rolls-Royce to redesign the engine’s heat exchanger to prevent ice from restricting fuel flow. It is also recommending the redesigned part be installed within six months of its certification to fly or during an aircraft’s next scheduled maintenance. Yet despite the urgent nature of its recommendation, the NTSB has not called for the grounding of Boeing 777s with Rolls-Royce engines That means that around 220 Boeing 777s with the potentially deadly engine flaw will stay in the air.

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Baby-Bed Product Linked To Infant Deaths Subjected to Recall

Federal regulators have recalled 600,000 Simplicity brand baby cribs on top of  the one million cribs recalled in September 2007.  The owner of the Simplicity brand is SFCA, Inc. of Reading, PA.  SFCA bought the Simplicity brand at a public auction in April 2008 after the Simplicity company went out of business.  SFCA has refused to conduct a recall of the cribs because it contends that it is not liable for defective products made before it acquired the brand.  Consequently, the government has gone to the retailers including Wal-Mart to execute the recall.  The defective cribs have been linked to several infant deaths.  The defect involves a drop side that can become detached creating a dangerous gap that can suffocate infants.

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More Than 1 Million Pounds Of Beef Recalled Due To E.Coli.

More than a million pounds of fresh ground beef has been recalled by an Omaha meat processing plant after 31 people were reported to have tested positive for E. Coli. Last month Nebraska Beef recalled approximately 5 million pounds of ground beef after reports of E. Coli.

The tainted beef was sold at Whole Foods, who buys their beef from Coleman Natural Foods, not Nebraska Beef; but Coleman uses the Nebraska Beef plant to process their beef. As a result Whole Foods also issued a recall of all ground beef sold at their stores between June 2 and August 6. It recommended that consumers should dispose of the beef bought between these dates.

Federal inspectors have been at the plant watching the processing of meat trying to determine the source. What’s disturbing is that they have not found the source, yet Nebraska Beef continues to process beef.

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