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Johnson & Johnson is facing hundreds of lawsuits filed by over 10,000 plaintiffs alleging the company's baby powder contained dangerous levels of asbestos in the talc used to create it. After losing several high-profile, high-damages jury verdicts (and having another overturned on appeal) a bombshell Reuters report shows J&J knew there was asbestos in its baby powder as far back as the early 1970's and spent the ensuing decades misleading customers and U.S. regulators.

Normally, such revelations would lead to a recall of potentially dangerous products. But after years of litigation on the matter (and hundreds of claims still in the courts), Johnson & Johnson maintains that its talc-based baby powder is perfectly safe.

Jimmy Dean Recalls Nearly 30,000 Pounds of Sausage

Just when you thought it was safe to eat again after the recent romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak, Jimmy Dean has recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of its sausage meat after at least five customers found ribbons of metal laced through their links. Though no one has been injured to date, the metal does pose choking, laceration, and even poisoning dangers. Reports of the laced links started hitting the U.S. Department of Agriculture on December 10th, and appear to be in the 23.4-ounce frozen packages of Jimmy Dean Heat 'n Serve Original sausage links made with turkey and pork produced and packaged August 4, 2018, with a use-by date of January 31, 2019.

Romaine Lettuce Causes E.Coli Outbreak

Romaine lettuce is involved in yet another E. Coli outbreak, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issues its most broad warning to date. Do not eat romaine of any kind -- neither bagged nor head, nor boxed romaine mixed with other leafy greens. Not in a restaurant or at home. Regardless of expiration date, and regardless of whether you have already eaten parts and feel great. The warning also extends to our Canadian neighbors to the north.

We've all heard the phrase "worst case scenario," and we've probably often conjured up such scenarios. Power going out during the big game. Breaking down on a desert highway in the middle of nowhere. The toilet exploding when you flush it.

Wait, what?

According to Flushmate, its II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems have a flaw. And that flaw involves bursting at the weld seam and releasing high pressure, enough to lift the tank lid and shatter the tank. So, yeah -- worst case scenario for anyone flushing the toilet.

Ikea Recalls Falling Ceiling Lamp

Frosted glass keeps falling on my head ... that's what owners of Ikea's Calypso frosted ceiling lamps must be humming.

To avoid potentially serious injuries from its falling ceiling lamps, Ikea has now issued a recall.


32 Children's Medicines Recalled for Possible Contamination

King Bio recalled 32 of its children's medicines after a small percentage of the items tested positive for microbial contamination. This isn't King Bio's first rodeo on the recall circuit. The company voluntarily recalled other products due to microbial contamination earlier this year, including one product for baby teething soother, another for yeast infections, and also a product to help with discomfort in the lymphatic system.

Thyroid Medication Recalled After Failed FDA Inspection

Westminster Pharmaceuticals has voluntarily recalled a hypothyroid medication after its Sichuan supplier's plant failed Federal Drug Administration (FDA) inspection. The alert states that Levothyroxine and Liothronine, two synthetic hormones used in the thyroid tablets, were manufactured in a plant that the FDA warns had a number of manufacturing failures including ones related to "established standards of quality and purity." No adverse events have been linked to the drugs to date.

Pepperidge Farm Recalls 3.3M Packages of Goldfish Over Salmonella Scare

In yet another salmonella outbreak, Pepperidge Farms has voluntarily recalled 3.3 million packages of Goldfish Crackers due to potentially contaminated whey product. All salmon and goldfish jokes aside ...

What to Do If You Get Sick From a Salmonella Outbreak?

A recent outbreak of salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal led to a recall of 1.3 million boxes, but it is widely believed that there are even more contaminated boxes out in the public. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has made it very clear to consumers -- "Do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any 'best if used by' date." They tweeted it even more bluntly -- "Do not eat this cereal."

So it's clear that we shouldn't be eating nor feeding our loved ones Honey Smacks. But what isn't so clear is what to do if you get sick from a salmonella outbreak.

A salmonella outbreak that spread to 70 cases across seven states has been tied to fruit salad mixes that include pre-cut melons, according to the Food and Drug Administration. At least 34 people have been hospitalized due to the illness, and the FDA is advising consumers to avoid recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe, as well as fruit medley products containing any of these melons.