Safety

FDA Warning about Zocor

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin may–in some cases and in some people–cause muscle damage. While this sounds relatively harmless, the damage sometimes progresses to a severe form called rhabdomyolysis. With this disease (often called “Rhabdo” for short), the damaged muscles release proteins into the …

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Auto Safety Agency in the Hot Seat

It was only a matter of time before Toyota’s troubles spilled over. Problems that big always do. The next to feel the pain is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation’s auto safety agency. In light of Toyota’s recall of more than 8 million vehicles for a variety of problems related to the …

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Toyota to Pay for Loaner Cars (and More)

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today that owners of recalled Toyota vehicles will be offered several services to reduce the “inconvenience” of having to get their cars fixed. Among the benefits: Pickup and return of recalled vehicle Providing rental car while the car is being fixed Quick scheduling of repairs for accelerator and …

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Expanded Salami Recall

North Carolina is among the states with the highest number of salmonella infections from certain brands of salami. Today, the company responsible–Daniele International, Inc., expanded the recall. The products subject to recall had sell-by dates ranging from Feb. 3, 2010, through May 26, 2010, and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide. Below are the products involved …

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Recall at Trader Joe's for Salmonella

Bad news all around:  Favorite store chain Trader Joe’s has issued a nationwide recall of its “Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars.” It has the potential to contain salmonella, which can cause moderate to severe gastrointestinal problems, including vomiting and abdominal pain. In some people, more severe and long-term illnesses can result. The …

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