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FDA Warns of 48  Illnesses, One Death  Linked to Diamond Shruumz Edibles

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is now investigating nearly 50 illnesses and one death that may be linked to eating Diamond Shruumz edibles.

Of the 48 people in 24 states who said they got sick after eating the chocolate bars, cones and gummies, one patient has died and 27 have been hospitalized, the FDA noted in an updated

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  • July 3, 2024
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  • More Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Bars, Cones and Gummy Edibles

    The number of people severely sickened after consuming mushroom edibles sold as Diamond Shruumz-brand chocolate bars, cones or gummies has risen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

    "As of June 17, 2024, a total of 26 illnesses have been reported from 16 states," the FDA noted in an

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 19, 2024
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  • Dollar Tree Left Recalled Apple Sauce Pouches on Store Shelves Too Long, FDA Says

    After a recall was issued last year for lead-tainted applesauce pouches linked to illnesses in over 500 children, the discount retailer Dollar Tree failed to remove all products from store shelves for too long, federal officials said Tuesday.

    In a 

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  • June 19, 2024
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  • More Sickened After Eating Diamond Shruumz Bars, Cones and Gummies

    The number of people severely sickened after consuming mushroom edibles sold as Diamond Shruumz-brand Chocolate Bars, Cones or Gummies has risen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

    As of Monday, "a total of 12 illnesses have been reported from eight states," the FDA noted in an

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 12, 2024
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  • Biden Administration Pushes for Rule Wiping Medical Debt From Credit Reports

    In an effort to keep medical debt from destroying credit scores, the Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is moving ahead with a proposal that would remove health care bills from consideration in credit checks.

    Along with making it easier for folks to rent an apartment, get a mortgage or buy a car, the proposed rule would prevent lenders from repossessing medical devices like wh...

    Cream Cheese From Aldi, Hy-Vee Stores Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

    Two major supermarket chains, Aldi and Hy-Vee, are recalling brands of cream cheese because of a potential risk for salmonella.

    No actual illnesses linked to the products have yet been reported, but Hy-Vee said it's annou...

    Planters Peanut Products Under Recall Due to Listeria Risk

    Planters peanut products sold at Publix and Dollar Tree in five states are being recalled due to the risk of Listeria contamination, maker Hormel announced.

    The products are Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts (4 ounces) and Planters Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts (8.75 ounces).  

    So far, there have been no reports of illness linked to the recalled products, the company said.


    Organic Walnuts Tied to Serious E. Coli Illnesses

    Organic walnuts from a California grower that were distributed to health food and co-op stores in 19 states have been linked to serious cases of E. coli illness, federal officials reported Tuesday.

    So far, 12 people have been sickened; seven were so ill they required hospitalization, according to the

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 1, 2024
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  • Watchdog Group Says U.S. Food Recalls Rose Again Last Year

    U.S. recalls of foods for salmonella, foreign objects or undeclared allergens are rampant nowadays and the highest they've been since 2020, a watchdog group warns.

    "Everyone needs to do better: food producers, regulators and lawmakers,"said Teresa Murray, consumer watchdog at U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). "We shouldn't ha...

    Check Your Fridge for Trader Joe's Fresh Basil, Linked to Salmonella

    Fresh organic basil tainted with salmonella and sold by Trader Joe's in 29 states has sickened at least 12 people, according to an alert issued Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    One person was so ill that hospitalization was required.

    "Throw away any Infinite Herbs organic basil pur...

    FDA Recalls Heart Failure Devices Linked to Injuries and Deaths

    Two implanted heart devices used by patients in end-stage heart failure are now under a strict U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall, after being tied to 273 known injuries and 14 deaths, the agency said Tuesday.

    The HeartMate II and HeartMate 3 are manufactured by Thoratec Corp., a subsidiary of...

    Company Behind Defective CPAP Machines Must Make Changes Before U.S. Production Resumes

    Phillips Respironics, the company responsible for the recall of millions of defective sleep apnea machines since 2021, must overhaul its production of the machines before it can resume making them in the United States, federal officials announced Tuesday.

    Under a settlement reached with the company, Phillips must revamp its manufacturing and quality control systems and hire independent ex...

    Abiomed Heart Pumps Linked to 49 Deaths

    A new warning is being issued over a heart pump whose use could perforate the heart.

    The device has already been linked to over 100 injuries and 49 deaths.

    These left-sided Impella heart pumps are made by Abiomed, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson MedTech. Abiomed posted the new

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 1, 2024
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  • Don't Use 'Comfi' Baby Walkers Due to Injury Dangers

    Your baby could be endangered by now-recalled Comfi Baby Infant Walkers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned Thursday.

    The walkers, sold on Amazon, "violate the federal safety regulations for infant walkers because they can fit through a standard doorway, are not designed to stop at the edge of a step and have leg openings that allow the child to slip down until the child...

    Johnsonville Sausages Recalled Due to Rubber Pieces

    Be sure to check your fridge for any Johnsonville turkey kielbasa sausage -- over 35,000 pounds of the product is under recall due to some customers finding "pieces of rubber" in the packaged meat.

    Denmark, Wisc.-based Salm Partners, which makes the sausage, said the products under recall were made Oct 30 and 31 and shipped to retailers nationwide.

    They carry labels reading Johnso...

    FDA Warns of Toxic Lead in Cinnamon Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a health advisory Wednesday warning consumers that six brands of ground cinnamon are tainted with lead.

    The FDA urged folks to throw away and not buy the following brands of ground cinnamon...

    Eye Ointments Sold at Walmart, CVS Recalled Due to Infection Risk

    Eye ointment products made in India and sold in the United States at Walmart, CVS and other retailers are being recalled due to a danger of infection.

    Brassica Pharma Pvt. Ltd., of Maharastra, India, said it is recalling various eye lubricant products labeled Equate, CVS Health and AACE. Recalled products will have expiration dates ranging from February 2024 to September 2025.


    CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Tied to Cheese, Yogurt

    Two people have died and 23 have been hospitalized in a years-long outbreak of listeria illness that's finally been traced to one company's cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products.

    That's the message from a U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention alert sent out on Tuesday.

    All of the dairy products, s...

    FDA Warns of Dangerous Counterfeit Eyedrops

    Certain copycat eyedrops may be contaminated and could give users an antibiotic-resistant eye infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

    The packaging for South Moon, Rebright and FivFivGo eyedrops mirrors the packaging for Bausch & Lomb's Lumify eyedrops, an over-the-counter product approved for red eye relief.

    However, samples of the knockoff South Moon...

    ADHD Drug Zenzedi Recalled Over Pill Mixup

    The maker of a drug used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy has recalled one lot of the medication after a pill mixup was discovered.

    The recall notice, issued by Azurity Pharmaceuticals Inc., states that one lot of Z...

    Phillips Suspends U.S. Sales of CPAP, Ventilator Machines After Recall

    Following a recall of millions of its breathing machines that began in mid-2021, Phillips Respironics announced Monday that it would halt sales of all such machines within the United States.

    The machines include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices used by people with sleep apnea, as well as ventilators used by other patients.


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  • January 29, 2024
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  • Robitussin Honey Cough Syrup Recalled Due to Fungal Threat

    The maker of Robitussin has recalled eight lots of Robitussin Honey CF Max Day Adult and Robitussin Honey CF Max Nighttime Adult cough syrups.

    The products, which are made by Haleon, may be contaminated with a microbe, and "in immunocompromised individuals, the use of the affected product could potentially result in severe or life-threatening adverse events such as fungemia or disseminate...

    Charcuterie Meat Recall Expands as Salmonella Cases Double

    Cases of salmonella linked to recalled charcuterie meats have doubled in just over two weeks, triggering an expansion of the recall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

    "Since the last update on January 5, 2024, 23 more illnesses have been reported and an additional 8 states have reported cases, creating a total case count of 47 illnesses from 22 states...

    Quaker Oats Widens Recall of Granola Bars, Cereals Linked to Salmonella Risk

    The Quaker Oats Co has widened a recall of granola bars and cereals that was first announced in December, adding more products that may potentially be contaminated with salmonella.

    The products were sold in all U.S. states and territories, with a full list of recalled products listed on the company's updated statement.

    While salmonella ...

    Sam's Club Charcuterie Meats Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

    A salmonella outbreak that's already sickened 24 people is triggering the recall of charcuterie meats sent to Sam's Club distribution centers nationwide.

    "On January 3, 2024, Fratelli Beretta USA Inc., recalled approximately 11,097 pounds of Busseto Foods brand ready-to-eat charcuterie meat products," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

    Ohio seems t...

    One Death, 10 Hospitalizations in Listeria Outbreak Tied to Peaches, Plums

    Peaches, nectarines and plums tainted with Listeria have caused one death and put 10 people in the hospital with food poisoning across seven states, federal officials say.

    The Listeria outbreak also has caused one premature birth, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. One of the hospitalized patients was pregnant, and she went into early labor as a result of her illnes...

    FDA Moves Against Vape Products That Mimic Toys, Slushies and Appeal to Kids

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking action against e-cigarettes disguised to look like everyday items that appeal to young people.

    The FDA sent warning letters Thursday to seven online retailers that were selling unauthorized vape devices that look like drink containers, toys and phones.

    The products' design could appeal to young people and help them conceal e-cigarettes...

    Babies Are Contracting Salmonella After Handling Pet Food, FDA Warns

    FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Two federal health agencies are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to dog food that has sickened seven people in seven states, nearly all of them infants.

    On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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  • November 10, 2023
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  • FDA Expands Investigation of Pureed Fruit Pouches

    Amid reports of more illnesses and additional product recalls, U.S. health officials have expanded their investigation into potentially lead-tainted pouches of apple cinnamon pureed fruit.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in an updated alert post...

    Tyson Chicken Nuggets Recalled Over Small Metal Pieces in Product

    Nearly 30,000 pounds of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets have been recalled by maker Tyson Foods Inc. after customers discovered small bits of metal in some of the nuggets.

    There has been one reported minor oral injury associated with consumption of the nuggets, which were produced on Sept. 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a

    More Eyedrops Recalled Due to Infection Danger

    Cardinal Health, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain LEADER brand eyedrops because they may cause eye infections.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed the Dublin, Ohio, company that agency investigators found unsanitary conditions in its manufacturing facility. Tests of critical drug production areas of the facility were positive for bacteria.

    The drops were supplied by ...

    Baby Activity Centers Sold at Walmart Recalled Due to Injury Risk

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dorel Juvenile Group have announced a recall of an infant/toddler activity center due to injuries.

    The Cosco Jump, Spin & Play Activity Centers were sold exclusively at Walmart. Straps holding the seat can detach or break while a child is sitting in it, possibly causing a fall, according to the recall notice.

    The recall follows 141...

    Bagged, Precut Onions Tied to Salmonella Illnesses in 22 States

    Federal regulators are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to packaged, diced onions that has sickened at least 73 people across 22 states.

    Fifteen of the illnesses were so bad that people required hospitalization.

    Gills Onions has already issued a recall for the products, which include diced yellow onions, diced onions and celery, diced mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery) ...

    Toos E-Scooters Could Be Fire Hazard; Warning Issued After 2 Die in House Fire

    Toos electric scooters are a fire hazard and people should stop using them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned Monday.

    The Toos Elite 60-volt electric scooters, also marketed under the name Zooz, were sold exclusively at Toos Urban Ride stores in New York and online at the Toos website.

    Two people recently died in an apartment fire that local fire officials de...

    70 Million 'Slime Licker' Candies Recalled Due to Choking Risk

    Candy Dynamics Inc. said Thursday it is recalling 70 million of its candies because they can pose a choking hazard.

    The recall is for its "Slime Licker Sour Rolling Liquid Candies."

    Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candy.

    It's a product that features a plastic bottle with a rolling ball that holds a sour liquid candy. The ball can come loose and potential...

    Water Beads Can Expand Inside Body, Causing Kids Serious Harm. Should They Be Banned?

    Ashley Haugen's 13-month-old daughter, Kipley, woke up projectile vomiting in their Texas home one morning in July 2017.

    The Haugens took her to the doctor after it became apparent she wasn't keeping anything down. After not responding to medication, Kipley was whisked to a nearby children's hospital for emergency surgery.<...

    Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking Hazard

    Kraft Heinz said it is recalling over 83,000 packs of its Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices because of a packaging defect in the plastic that wraps the cheese slices.

    A temporary issue developed on one of the wrapping machines, making it possible for a thin strip of individual film to stay on the cheese slice after the wrapper is removed. Having this film on the cheese could ...

    Choking Hazard Spurs Recall of Bath Toys Sold at Target

    If you have a Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kit, a child's toy made by Buffalo Games and sold exclusively at Target, throw it out.

    The toy is being

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  • September 15, 2023
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  • Company Pulls 'One Chip Challenge' From Store Shelves After Teen Dies

    The maker of the "One Chip Challenge"has pulled the product from store shelves after a Massachusetts mom claimed the super spicy chip, packaged in a coffin-shaped container, contributed to the death of her 14-year-old son.

    "The Paqui One Chip Challenge is intended for adults only, with clear and prominent labeling highlighting the chip is not for children or anyone sensitive to spicy food...

    Company Reaches $479 Million Settlement Over Defects in CPAP Machines

    Philips Respironics has agreed to a partial $479 million settlement to users of CPAP machines that blew gases and flecks of foam into their mouths and lungs.

    Class action lawsuits against the company are ongoing, the New York Times reported.

    This agreement is only for monetary reimbursements to device users and vendors who paid for replacement machines. It does not have a ...

    Don't Use Dr. Berne's and LightEyez Eye Drops Due to Bacteria, Fungus, FDA Says

    Tainted eye drops are back in the news, with federal regulators warning consumers not to use certain eye drops because of contamination concerns.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday

    Don't Use Certain Tests for Pregnancy, Ovulation, UTIs, FDA Warns

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that consumers should not use certain pregnancy, ovulation, urine, UTI and breast milk test kits over concerns that the tests may not be safe and effective.

    The tests in question were manufactured by Universal Meditech Inc. (UMI), though they were branded under several names and may not include information about UMI on their packaging, the ...

    Listeria Cases Spur Recall of 'Soft Serve On the Go' Ice Cream

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recalled a brand of soft-serve ice cream after linking it to listeria cases in Pennsylvania and New York.

    The product, Soft Serve On The Go ice cream cups, was distributed in several states, the

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 11, 2023
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  • Feds Warn Parents: Don't Use La-La-Me Infant Loungers Due to Suffocation Risk

    Parents and caregivers are being advised to immediately stop using La-La-Me Infant Loungers because they pose a risk to babies of suffocation and falling.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the warning Thursday. It said the loungers failed to meet its Infant Sleep Products Rule for several reasons.

    The product's seller, La-La-Me of Bellmore, N.Y., has not agre...

    Some Lots of Tydemy Birth Control Pills Recalled Due to 'Reduced Effectiveness'

    Certain lots of the prescription birth control pill Tydemy may be less effective than expected, potentially resulting in an unintended pregnancy, because the pills do not contain enough of an active ingredient.


  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 2, 2023
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  • 7.5 Million 'Baby Shark' Bath Toys Recalled Due to Serious Injuries to Kids

    Nearly 8 million Baby Shark and Mini Baby Shark bath toys have been recalled because they can cause serious injuries to children.

    When using these bath toys, particularly in a bathtub or wading pool, a child can sit, slip or fall onto the shark's hard plastic top fin, posing risks of impalement, lacerations and puncture wounds, according to the company, Zuru.

    This recall includes bo...

    Recalled Newborn Loungers Tied to 2 More Infant Deaths

    After two more infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is are urging parents and caregivers to stop using recalled Boppy Newborn Loungers, which are now linked to 10 deaths in all.

    The loungers were recalled in September 2021 because of eight baby deaths. An additional two deaths have been reported since the recall, the commission said Wednesday.

    The recal...

    Cleveland Case Suggests Tainted Eye Drops Were Harming Vision Months Before CDC Alert

    Months before U.S. health officials warned that tainted eye drops were causing vision loss and even death, a Cleveland woman lost the sight in her eye in a case that puzzled her doctors.

    The 72-year-old went to an outpatient eye clinic last November complaining of blurry vision. She was sent to a hospital emergency department from there.

    Ophthalmologists evaluated her eye, cultured ...

    Seat Post Defect Spurs Recall of 2 Million Peloton Exercise Bikes

    People who use a Peloton exercise bike at home should check their model number immediately.

    A recall of 2 million bikes with the model number PL01 was issued Thursday. People should stop using them immediately because of fall and injury hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

    The new recall follows reports of seat posts that break and detach from the bike during u...

    FDA Says Repaired Sleep Apnea Machines Still Carry Health Risks

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued another warning about certain sleep apnea machines made by Philips Respironics.

    Already the subject of a 2021 recall, some of the company's repaired continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines may still be dangerous to use, the agenc...