Watch Out! Safety News Report Apr. 7 – Apr. 13

Ford recalls 350,000 trucks, SUVs for transmission issue

Ford is issuing two separate safety recalls to fix mechanical issues affecting control of the transmissions on certain 2017 and 2018 models. The automaker says it’s aware of one reported accident with an injury related to the the first and largest recall.

That safety recall affects nearly 350,000 pickups and SUVs from the 2018 model year to fix a potentially unseated gear shift cable locking clip that could leave the transmission in a gear state different from what the driver selects — meaning the vehicle could move even when placed in park, if the parking brake isn’t activated, with no warning message on the instrument panel or warning chime when the driver-side door is opened. The recall affects 2018 F-150F-650 and F-750trucks and 2018 Expeditions equipped with six- and 10-speed automatic transmissions.

 

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Strawberries again top 2018’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and veggies

Once again, strawberries top the list of the 12 “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables, according to the Environmental Working Group.
Every year since 2004, the group — a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization — ranked pesticide contamination in 47 popular fruits and vegetables for its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
Pesticides include a wide array of chemicals that kill unwanted insects, plants, molds and rodents.
Spinach is the second dirtiest item on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by (in order of contamination) nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. Each of these foods tested positive for pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce.

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Man warns pet owners after fish tank releases ‘second deadliest’ poison, hospitalizes 10

At first, Chris Matthews thought a flu bug had hit his entire family last week when they started to feel nauseous and experience eye problems at the same time. But when the family’s two dogs started to show symptoms, Matthews knew something was wrong.

Matthews had cleaned out the aquarium inside his house in Steventon, England, a day prior. The 27-year-old was transferring rocks and other items from the fish tank into another container, so he could clean each item individually.

During the process, the pet owner unknowningly scrubbed a piece of coral, releasing palytoxin into the air, SWNS reports. Palytoxin is “a potentially life-threatening toxin that can act via dermal, inhalation, and oral routes of exposure,” according to the CDC.

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67 tons of salisbury steak recalled for bone fragments

Arkansas’ ConAgra Brands Inc., located in Russellville, Wednesday recalled 135,159 pounds of Salisbury steak products after at least three consumers reported mouth injuries.

The nationwide recall, posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), reported possible contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically bone, as the reason for the recall.

The family-style, heat treated, not shelf stable Salisbury steak and brown gravy products were produced on March 10, 2018.  Here’s what is subject to recall:

  • 27-ounce cartons containing plastic shrink-wrapped packages each with six pieces of “Banquet FAMILY SIZE 6 SALISBURY STEAKS & BROWN GRAVY MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK AND BEEF – GRILL MARKS ADDED” with the lot code 5006 8069 10 05 and a “best by” date of SEP 01 2019 printed on the package.
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Authorities eye rat poison as fake pot kills 3, leaves others bleeding from eyes, ears

Illinois health authorities are warning against a synthetic marijuana that’s left at least three people dead and over 100 others bleeding from the eyes, ears, gums and nose. While the state has taken measures to alert the public about the potential dangers of using the synthetic drug, commonly referred to as K2, Spice and fake weed, at least 107 cases of severe bleeding have been recorded since March.

“This is the first time we’ve seen anything of this size,” Melaney Arnold, communications manager at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), told Fox News.

Arnold said that the majority of cases in the state involve severe bleeding from the gums, nose, blood in urine and coughing up blood, but at least one involved a patient bleeding from the eyes.

State officials said Monday that several of the patients tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used in rat poison. Human exposure to brodifacoum affects the body’s ability to use vitamin K, which aids in the blood-clotting process.

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New clothes can harbor fecal bacteria, expert says

Turns out that brand new, store-bought outfit may not be as clean as you think.

On April 5, one expert made waves with a Huffington Post interview reporting that new articles of clothing can harbor fecal germs, norovirus and bacteria, including strep and staph.

Philip Tierno, professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University, told the outlet that his studies have indicated that germ counts are quite high on garments featured for sale in stores, given how many people try them on.

“It’s not four or five or six people; it’s dozens and dozens … if that garment sits there for weeks or a month,” he said.

People mostly spread germs from skin, respiratory tree and anus, he said, adding that even touching germ-infested clothing puts one at risk.

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Even Toddlers Endangered by Opioids, Other Addictive Drugs

The youngest victims of America’s addiction crisis are not the teenagers tempted by tobacco, pot and pills.

Rather, they are tens of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers who are accidentally poisoned when they get into the drug stash of a parent or older sibling, claims a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

In 2016, U.S. poison control centers received an estimated 30,250 reports of children aged 5 and younger sickened by a wide array of addictive substances — everything from tobacco and e-cigarettes to marijuana and prescription opioid drugs, the report found.

“We think this is a largely overlooked problem as people think about and talk about the problem of substance abuse and addiction in our nation,” said lead researcher Linda Richter, director of policy research and analysis at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

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