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Woman bites into razor in Walmart ice cream, but won’t sue

In East Texas, reports indicate that a woman bit into a razor in her Walmart ice cream. Stephanie Granger says that her Peanut Butter Stars cup “tasted funny” when she first started eating it. Rather than suing Walmart, however, Granger says she just hopes the company “reviews safety procedures.” Woman bites into razor in her

Vegetable packages recalled for glass in frozen peas

A frozen vegetables recall has been announced by the manufacturer. The frozen vegetable packages in question were found to have shards of glass in packages of peas. So far, the recall appears to have only been from a single lot of frozen vegetables. There are four packages that may contain them. The recall is nationwide,
“Do you have a facebook?” reads this artistic Facebook ad that depicts an strangely sad face.

Report suggests Facebook is outing gay users to sponsors

According to online security researcher Christopher Soghoian’s blog Slight Paranoia, Facebook may be in hot water again. A paper by a Microsoft researcher and two fellows from the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems entitled “Challenges in Measuring Online Advertising Systems” includes troubling findings about Facebook. Specifically, the paper implies that via a loophole, Facebook
An infant suffering from a bout of diaper rash. Will this suffering cause a Pampers recall?

No Pampers recall yet; Dry Max diapers under scrutiny

Proctor & Gamble is reeling, much like many other American companies during today’s stock market crash, and spirits will sag further yet if there is a Pampers recall. Parents don’t care quite as much about whether somebody on Wall Street made a typo when recording a big Proctor & Gamble trade (sending investors scrambling for
An example of one of the units involved in the Walmart heater recall.

Walmart electric heater recall affects 2.2 million units

Cold winter winds have sent many people scrambling indoors for the holidays, where the warmth of humming electric heaters make Jack Frost a distant memory. Unfortunately, electric space heaters are not infallible, as more than 2 million Walmart customers have discovered. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release, a Walmart heater recall

O salmonella! FDA recalls hydrolyzed vegetable protein

According to Wikipedia, salmonella is a form of bacteria that can cause serious illness in those with suppressed immune systems. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea and typhoid fever, and resulting dehydration can lead to death if left untreated. Thankfully, only 30 Americans die due to salmonella infection each year, although that is 30 too many.
A McDonald's employee is dressed as the beloved children's movie ogre Shrek. The Shrek glass recall had not yet happened at the time this photograph was taken.

Shrek glass recall | Beware ogres bearing cadmium

Children the world over know and love the cantankerous Hollywood ogre known as “Shrek,” but after the recent Shrek glass recall, kids may need to worry about the health standards of the denizens of Far, Far Away. Neither ogre ooze nor donkey drool are quite as disturbing as cadmium in the paint used on Shrek
A photograph modeling what has happened to some infants in drop-side cribs. The side panel slides down and causes strangulation. Depicted here is an infant doll.

Drop-side cribs banned by U.S. government

For generations, thousands of U.S. parents put their infants in drop-side cribs because they were cheap and gave parents easy access to their child. But as the Associated Press reports, the era of drop-side cribs has officially come to an end. After the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers since 2000 and millions
Curly Hair

Brazilian Blowout | Dangerous product or safely straight hair?

In the quest for ultra-straight hair, the Brazilian Blowout has marketed itself as a safe option. Rather than a deep chemical relaxer, Brazilian Blowout claims to “bond to the amino acids on the surface of the hair.” Recent reports, though, say that Brazilian Blowout could be anything but safe. The Oregon Health and Science University
Diet soda

Is diet soda bad for you? One study links diet soda to stroke

In a new study presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, diet soda was linked to risk of heart attack and stroke. Many are seizing on this study and others linking the product to obesity as proof that diet soda is dangerous. This study, however, is preliminary and the results are very heavily
bill shock regulation to prevent this as pictured

FCC to propose bill shock regulations that rein in mobile fees

“Bill shock” regulations to protect consumers from being burned by surprise mobile phone charges are being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. Mobile users have been ambushed for years by surprise charges, but the issue came to the forefront last month when Verizon, under FCC pressure, agreed to refund customers about $50 million for bogus
An x-rayed femur

Fosamax and femur fractures : FDA is investigating possible links

A connection between Fosamax and femur fractures is currently under investigation by the FDA. Fosamax is a drug intended to treat bone weakness, though some doctors have been noticing a possible connection to Fosamax and fractured bones. The Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency out of the UK published information in March of 2009 about the
acetaminophen overdose

FDA cuts acetaminophen dose in prescription painkillers by half

Acetaminophen is a common ingredient in prescription and over-the-counter pain medications. Acetaminophen can be poisonous, and an overdose can seriously damage the liver. To halt a rising occurrence of acetaminophen overdose, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered drug companies to cut the amount of acetaminophen used in prescription medications. OTC acetaminophen drugs escape ruling
cell phone brain cell study

Cell phone radiation increases brain cell activity in new study

Cell phone radiation increases brain cell activity, according to a new study. The study found an increase in brain cell metabolism in regions of the brain closest to the cell phone antenna. Researchers confirmed that electromagnetic radiation from cell phones has an effect on brain cells but don’t yet know whether the effects are harmful.
A parent is shown holding her infant in a front baby sling. This is not the SlingRider or Wendy Bellissimo product under the Infantino baby sling recall; it is only meant to illustrate how such a product is worn.

Infantino Sling Rider recall affects more than 1 million products

A recent baby sling recall by Infantino that affects the “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” models — heretofore to be referred to as the “Infantino Sling Rider Recall” — will take more than 1 million products off the market. That’s 1 million from the U.S. and 15,000 from Canada, reports the Chicago Tribune. For parents of
tylenol 8-hour recall

New Tylenol recall fifth in a year for Johnson & Johnson

A Tylenol recall is the latest embarrassment for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The Tylenol recall is the fifth recall in a year for the drug maker, which is under investigation by Congress for its quality control practices. This time, Tylenol is being pulled from the shelves because of widespread customer
anti aging products

Costly DMAE cream delivers little more than common moisturizers

DMAE cream is an anti-aging product being hyped as a “facelift in a jar.” A doctor hawking DMAE cream appeared on the “Dr. Oz” show this week and buzz about the substance spread like wildfire. Dermatologists and the FDA dismiss anti-aging claims about DMAE as pseudoscience, but evidence does exist that DMAE creams provide certain