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December 2015 Archives

GM Recalls Continue: Ignition Issues Mar Airbag Operation

General Motors has had to recall millions of vehicles in recent years as news that a faulty ignition switch was causing car engines to shut off during operation. Now, nearly two years since the recalls began in Fberuary, 2014, General Motors continues to take potentially defective cars off the market.

Top 10 Food Recalls of 2015

Every day the Food and Drug Administration recalls foods that need "corrective action." Not all recalls are based on food poisoning or the result of an actual injury. Sometimes there is a problem with the label that needs correcting or there is another packaging problem.

But sometimes food is recalled because the food itself is defective, poisonous, or otherwise dangerous to consumers. This year, like every other, there were numerous food recalls and they included some national favorites. Here is a look at 2015's top ten recalls in chronological order, according to The Daily Meal.

Diet Pill Wrongful Death Suits Survive

Three lawsuits against a diet drug maker for wrongful death of one woman were consolidated and allowed to continue, a federal court judge in Hawaii ruled this week. Sonnette Marras, wife and mother of seven, died due to liver damage caused by OxyElite Pro diet pills, say the plaintiffs, who between the three cases sued a slew of associated individuals and entities..

Sweet Leaf Teas Recalls 1.5 Million 16-Ounce Bottles

Stop, don't swallow that bottled beverage just yet! The Sweet Leaf Tea Company is recalling 1.5 million bottles of its flavored teas after four customers complained they found glass in their drinks.

No one was hurt and the recall is voluntary. Sweet Leaf spokeswoman Jane Lazgin told NBC News that the company received the first complaint in July "and believed it to be an isolated incident until hearing from three others more recently." As a result, it is taking precautions to get the tea off the market.

Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Nut Butters

Nut butter spreads are being associated with a salmonella outbreak that has caused 11 people in 9 states to fall ill between July and November. Almost all those diagnosed said that they ate nut butters within a week of experiencing food poisoning symptoms.

FDA Extends E. Coli Recall

Vegetables are usually considered nutritious. But if you are getting any number of ready-made foods at a wide range of major chains in the US right now, you are at risk. The Food and Drug Administration last week extended a recall of "Celery and Onion Diced Blend" that tested positive "for E. coli 0157:H7 in a sample taken by the Montana Department of Health."

Bertagni and Meijer Butternut Squash Ravioli Recall

Sweet butternut squash ravioli sounds delicious, right? It might be but Bertagni brand is recalling some of its Bertagni and Meijer ravioli products that may contain undeclared nuts, according to a company press release posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website last week.