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Favorite New York Hot Dog Recalled as “Health Hazard”

Over 7 million pounds of hot dogs and sausages are the subject of a recall by a New York meat processor. Most of those recalled were packaged under the well-known New York brand Sabrett.

The recall was spurred by complaints by consumers who encountered small pieces of bone within some of the products, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Only one case of a “minor oral injury” has been reported due to the extra, unwanted ingredient found in the meat. There were no other reports of injury or illness due to the products, which were produced by Marathon Enterprises Inc., a meat processing establishment located in the Bronx.

The hot dogs were sold across the country, most of them under the Sabrett brand, said the USDA.

“As a fourth-generation, family-owned company, Sabrett takes its responsibility to provide safe foods very seriously with a robust internal food safety program,” Marathon said in a statement posted on its website. “Sabrett deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this has caused its loyal customers.”

Sabrett brand hot dogs are the very ones sold by vendors all over New York City from pushcarts covered by yellow and blue umbrellas.

The suspicious hot dogs were manufactured from March 17 until July 4, carrying a sell-by date ranging from June 19 to October 6, 2017.

The USDA made the meat subject to a Class 1 recall, meaning that the governmental agency believes the meat to be a health hazard that presents a “reasonable probability” of causing “serious, adverse health consequences or death,” if eaten. The Englewood, New Jersey-based company stated that it is recalling the produce out of “an abundance of caution.”

Giant Recall of Half-Million Hoverboards Sends Industry Reeling

Hoverboards, the extraordinarily lazy persons’ answer to skateboards, are dangerous, at least according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission said that they know of at least 99 reports of overheating of the lithium-ion battery packs overheating, sparking, smoking, catching on fire, and then finally, exploding.

They added that a minimum of 18 injuries have been reported. Included in those injuries are neck burns, legs and arm burns, and more. There has also been damage to property.

The recall will include about 501,000 hoverboards distributed by 10 companies. Some of those companies are Powerboard, Airwalk and iMoto.

The announcement urges consumers to immediately refrain from using their hoverboards and to contact the recalling company at once. Depending on the model the company will either fully refund the purchase price, repair the board for free, or replace it free of charge.

The boards were all manufactured in China. They were sold all over the US in stores and on-line between June 2015 and May 2016. They ranged in price from $350 to $900.

Faulty Airbags Force Ford to Recall More Mustangs

2005-2009 Ford Mustang GT/CS
2005-2009 Ford Mustang GT/CS

The recall of older model Ford Mustangs was expanded to include over half a million vehicles suspected of having faulty passenger-side Takata-made airbags. Last month Ford was one of five car manufacturers asked by the US regulatory agency the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enlarge the recall of cars with potentially defective airbags to beyond the limits of areas with high humidity.

Takata had warned that there was a possibility that inflators of the airbags could malfunction when exposed to high humidity for prolonged periods of time. They expressed concern that the malfunction could cause potentially deadly metal shrapnel to be shot out at passengers upon inflation of the airbags.

Before the expanded recall Ford had already recalled about 55,000 vehicles with problematic airbags. The NHTSA asked for the expanded recall when it learned that there were reports of airbag malfunctions outside the limited high-humidity areas. Driver-side airbag inflator events have been connected to at least five fatalities, none in Ford-made cars. Ford stated that it knew of one accident with an injury which might be linked to an airbag defect.

The recall includes 500,439 Mustangs from model years 2005-2008 and 2,050 of 2005 and 2006 niche two-seat sports car Ford GT.

Wrong Dosage Forces FDA Recall of Generic Lipitor

Lipitor Recall
Lipitor Recall

In what is at least the third recall of generic Lipitor in the past two years, The Federal Food and Drug Administration announced a Class II recall of the Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd product.

Over 64,000 bottles of the medication that lowers cholesterol levels were recalled in the United States as a reaction to the discovery by a pharmacist of a 20-milligram tablet in a sealed bottle which was marked as containing just 10-milligram tablets.

A Class II recall means that there is only a slight chance that severe bad consequences or death will ensue due to the problem. Ranbaxy, located in India, did not comment on the recall announcement.

Ranbaxy is India’s largest drug manufacturer by revenue. In November 2012 the company recalled 480,000 bottles of atorvastatin calcium, the generic name for Lipitor’s active ingredient, due to the discovery of tiny particles of glass by the company.