Hepatitis A Linked to Strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Café

Stawberries

NBC 12 News reports that 4 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Central Virginia. Altogether, Tropical Smoothie Café strawberries are to blame for 17 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Virginia. Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are to blame for the illness. After learning about the problem, Tropical Smoothie Café stopped using the strawberries in its stores.

Hepatitis A is spread primarily through food or water contaminated by stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can be prevented by vaccination. There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A. In most cases, the immune system clears the infection and the liver completely heals. Treatment aims to ease symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. Symptoms of Hepatitis A are as follows:

  • Jaundice
  • Pain in the belly
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

If you or someone you know has contracted Hepatitis A from a Tropical Smoothie Café location, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

Toxic Chemicals Found in African-American Hair Products

Hair Products

NBC 12 News reports toxic chemicals have been linked to hair products aimed at African-American women. A report from “Black Women for Wellness”, a black women’s health and well-being advocacy and research group, linked overwhelming health concerns to the toxic chemicals in many African-American women’s hair products, including infertility, respiratory disorders, uterine fibroids, and even cancer. According to the 60-page, five-year study, African-American hair products are some of the most toxic on the market. Dr. Patel of Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates said “You definitely want to choose products that are paraben free, sulfate free, fragrance free, and hydroquinone free.” To access the entire study on these beauty products, access the following link:

http://www.bwwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/One-Hair-Story-Final-small-file-size-3142016.pdf

If you or someone you know has been injured after using hair products aimed at African-American women, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

Increase In Listeria Recalls

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Images are representative, not actual event

NBC 12 News reports the latest in listeria food recalls are Atkins snack bars. The following bars are being recalled:

  • Atkins Day Break Cranberry Almond Bar (5 ct.), 6 oz., UPC 63748005506 with Best By Dates from 9/27/2016 to 9/29/2016, from 10/19/2016 to 10/21/2016, from 12/9/2016 to 12/11/2016, 2/25/2017, from 3/28/2017 to 3/30/2017, or from 4/25/2017 to 4/26/2017
  • Atkins Meal Cinnamon Bun Bar (5 ct.), 8.5 oz., UPC 63748005925 with a Best By Date of 12/14/2016
  • Atkins Snack Triple Chocolate Bar (5 ct.), 7 oz., UPC 63748003540 with a Best By Date of 4/27/2017
  • Atkins Meal Blueberry Greek Yogurt Bar (5 ct.), 8.5 oz., UPC 63748002566 with Best By Dates from 10/21/2016 to 10/22/2016, 11/10/2016, or from 3/30/2017 to 4/1/2017
  • Atkins Day Break Chocolate Hazelnut Bar (5 ct.), 7 oz., UPC 63748005532 with Best By Dates of 10/23/2016 or from 12/16/2016 to 12/18/2016
  • Atkins Snack Caramel Double Chocolate Crunch Bar (5 ct.), 8 oz., UPC 63748003505 with Best By Dates from 12/15/2016 to 12/16/2016
  • Atkins Day Break Peanut Butter Fudge Crisp Bar (5 ct.), 6 oz., UPC 63748005502 with Best By Dates from 9/30/2016 to 10/1/2016 or from 4/29/2017 to 4/30/2017

Also being recalled for listeria concerns are Kashi granola bars, sunflower seeds, and Clif Bars. Additionally, Hostess Brand Donettes are being recalled as they may contain peanut residue. So far no illnesses have been reported.Symptoms for listeria include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur. But infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness.

If you or someone you know becomes ill from eating any of these recalled products, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoowin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

Frozen Foods Recall

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CBS News reports millions of packages of fruits and vegetables shipped across the U.S. were recalled amidst concerns of listeria linked illnesses and deaths. Products that date back to 2014 are being recalled. Over 400 products from CRF Frozen Foods have been recalled.

Eight people have become sick with listeriosis from these products. Six of the eight people lived in California. Two people have died from listeriosis, living in Maryland and Washington. Listeriosis primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. For a complete list of recalled products check the FDA website.

 If you or someone you know has gotten sick from one of these recalled products, call the experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at ReidGoodwin today for a legal evaluation.

 

Defective Takata Airbag Recall Expanded Nationwide

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February 3, 2016

The New York Times reports that Honda Motor is expanding its Takata airbag recall by more than a third in North America. The carmaker has already recalled as many as 8.51 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States — a third of the recall’s overall total.

This recall is related to an announcement made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month that five million vehicles with the defective Takata airbags would have to be recalled. To date, fourteen automakers have recalled about 28 million inflators in 24 million vehicles. Continue reading

Collegiate Construction Site Accident Proves Fatal

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June 19, 2015- Henrico, VA

A construction site on the lower campus of the Collegiate School became the scene of a tragic, fatal accident Monday afternoon. NBC12 News reports that an employee of Breedlove Masonry, an Ashland-based company, was operating a concrete saw when he was “cut severely.”

Despite the quick administration of CPR by other workers who witnessed the incident, the victim ultimately succumbed to his injuries. A spokesman for Conquest, Moncure & Dunn, the contracting company working on campus, stated, “Thoughts and prayers go out to their family during these difficulties.”

According to NBC12 News, the victim’s identity is currently being withheld until proper notification can be made to family members.

In cases where an on-the-job injury results in death, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act provides wage loss replacement benefits and payment of funeral expenses to surviving family members. Continue reading