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Altria, née Philip Morris, is probably looking at a big dip in sales following a voluntary recall of some of its smokeless tobacco products after consumers found sharp metal objects in some cans. Although the company insists no users were injured from the foreign metal objects, the recall includes products from some of the corporation's most recognizable brands: Skoal and Copenhagen.

Here's what you need to know:

Drinkers of craft beer, take note: Sierra Nevada has issued a recall for the Midwest, East Coast, and the South on many of their popular 12-oz bottled beers. Fortunately, the recall is focused on a rather short production window, and the bottles and packaging are made in such a way that spotting a recalled Sierra Nevada is rather simple. So far, there have been no reported injuries.

Basically, there is a defect in the way one of their bottling plants was bottling their beverages. The defect could cause a little bit of the top to break off into the beer, exposing drinkers to potentially drinking broken glass, as well as flat beer.

When it comes to child safety, parents tend to pull out all the stops ... or maybe parents are the ones actually putting in all the stops. Regardless, a recent study about baby teething toys, or chew toys, which are not regulated in the same category as baby bottles, has shown that "BPA-free" may not actually really mean BPA-free. The study showed that not only did toys labeled as "non-toxic" contain toxic chemicals, but a majority of toys labeled as "BPA-free" actually contained BPA.

The study was designed to look at whether baby teething toys contained EDCs (endocrine disruptor chemicals), BPA, and other toxic chemicals. EDCs are harmful chemicals that can affect a person's development in many ways. Because all the harmful links between BPA, EDCs, and other toxins remain unknown, some researchers suggest avoiding as many as possible.

The past 365 days haven't been great for many reasons, a laundry list of lost artists and athletes and a nasty presidential election being just a few of them. But it wasn't a great year for food and drug companies, either. The past 12 months have been riddled with recalls, from E. coli-tainted burritos to non-dissolving antidepressants.

Here are the top five health scares of 2016:

A major household brand name in small appliances, Cuisinart, issued a voluntary recall this week that affects approximately 8 million of the company's food processor units. The recall applies to all units sold between 1996 and 2015 that have the four-rivet blade. Consumers have been warned to stop using the four-rivet blades immediately due to concerns that the product can cause injury.

The company issued the recall after it had received nearly 70 reports of consumers finding broken pieces of the food processor's blade in their food. Shockingly, a little less than half of these reports included individuals discovering the broken pieces of blade in their mouths. These types of blades break down over time and can break apart, leaving small fragments of metal blade in food.

Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, for the grandson of a Bellingham, Washington couple, he won’t be getting a 12V Ride-On Tonka Dump Truck this Christmas. While bringing home the large popular toy in the back of a pick-up truck, it spontaneously caught fire on the way back from Toys R Us, twice!

Delmond Harden purchased the dump truck from Toy R Us and was bringing it home in the back of his pick-up truck when he noticed the toy was on fire in the back. He pulled over, put out the fire, and immediately started to head back to the store to return the toy truck. However, en route back to the store, the truck caught fire again. This time however, the flames would not be contained as easily as before. The toy truck caused Harden’s real pick-up truck to catch fire, sending flames nearly 20 feet high in the sky, requiring the fire department, and a road closure. Toys R Us has pulled the toy truck from their stores while they wait for investigators to figure out the cause of the fire.

If you or a loved one takes Sun Pharmaceuticals' generic brand of Wellbutrin, the well known antidepressant drug, be advised that the manufacturer has issued a recall ahead of the FDA. Over 30,000 bottles of the generic medication are being recalled due to problems with the dissolution specifications, or how quickly the drug dissolves.

The medication being recalled is sold under the generic name of bupropion hydrochloride extended-release. The recall only applies to the 150mg tablets that were produced in the company's manufacturing facility in Halol, India. Although a recall has been issued, the recalled drug is not likely to cause injury.

The Drumstick -- second only to the Choco Taco in terms of ice cream bin impulse buys -- is in trouble. Drumstick maker Nestle announced a nationwide recall of the treat after equipment at a California factory tested positive for Listeria.

While the company asserts that no illnesses have been reported yet, some of the products were headed to convenience stores like 7-11. Here's what you need to know.

Samsung has a history of being a premier brand that consumers love and revere for quality, but lately, the brand name is becoming known for products that literally blow up. Last month, numerous reports of the newest Samsung smartphone exploding and catching fire kept the brand in the press. More recently, it has come out that even the replacement devices may be defective. And now, this past week, the brand's washing machines are making headlines for exploding.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a federal government agency charged with protecting the public and consumers from the risk of injury or death caused by dangerous products, has issued a warning to the owners of Samsung washing machines produced between 2011 to 2016.

News broke Tuesday morning that J&J’s Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump has security vulnerabilities that a hacker could exploit. There are currently no reported cases where a hacker has maliciously taken control over a person’s insulin pump, however the manufacturer wanted users to be aware of the risk.

Granted, the likelihood that a hacker would want to take control over a person’s insulin pump is extraordinarily low, but it is still not beyond belief that some malicious person would attempt to do so. The device allows users to easily have insulin injected into their bloodstream, which means that a hacker could force the device to give multiple doses of insulin, which could potentially trigger a fatal event.