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Although the season for backyard barbeques and sunscreen has come to an end in the Great Northwest, you may want to consider throwing out any Banana Boat spray-on sunscreen products left over from the season.

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen recalled 23 spray-on products saying there was a risk they could catch fire on one’s skin, after reports of five people being burned in the US and Canada. Energizer Holdings said it was recalling its popular continuous spray sunscreen “due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.”

It cited a likely problem with the size of the spray valve opening that allows more of the volatile product to be sprayed on the skin than usual. As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays. If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite.

A Clark County Public Health spokesman says the number of salmonella cases linked to a Vancouver, Wash., restaurant continues to climb.

The number of people sickened after eating at On the Border has now reached 13 confirmed and 33 probable cases. Most of the ill are adults. Three people have been hospitalized and two of them have since returned home.

Health officials are still trying to determine the source of the bacteria. They closed the restaurant temporarily on Tuesday as a precaution.

Federal officials say Washington health facilities didn’t get the spinal injection products that have sickened and killed patients in other states, but state officials say some facilities do have other injectable products from the same company.

The products found in Washington hospitals and clinics are included in a second, expanded recall of injectable products made by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass, although they have not been linked to illness or death.

The original injectable steroid recalled, methylprednisolone acetate, was found to have been contaminated by fungus. Three lots of the steroid have been linked to more than 130 illnesses and 12 deaths in 11 states.

Four years after a previous salmonella outbreak tied to peanut butter, it’s happened again, despite stricter industry standards.

A recent recall of Trader Joe’s peanut butter has been expanded to more than 100 products sold nationally in many other supermarkets. The Food and Drug Administration announced that it found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe’s and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe’s peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states, including two in Washington. Almost two-thirds of those sickened are children under the age of 10. No deaths have been reported.

Health officials began investigating the peanut butter after at least 12 of those sickened reported having eaten it. The FDA said Friday that Washington state health officials have confirmed the presence of salmonella in a jar of the Trader Joe’s peanut butter found in a victim’s home.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2012 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.


Name of product: Bicycles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently introduced a new crash test which revealed disturbing safety deficiencies in many luxury cars. Most luxury-model cars tested failed the new crash test despite high overall safety ratings. Of 11 midsize luxury cars tested only two vehicles, the Acura TL and the Volvo S60, earned good ratings, while the Infiniti G was rated as acceptable

The new test mimics crashes in which the front driver-side corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. A 2009 institute study found these “small overlap frontal” collisions accounted for nearly 25 percent of frontal crashes that result in serious or fatal injury to occupants in the front seat. Another 24 percent of frontal crashes were “moderate overlap crashes, although they likely occurred at much higher speeds than the Institute’s moderate overlap test,” according to the report.

All of the models passed the institute’s standard moderate overlap frontal test in which the impact is spread out over a larger area of the vehicle’s front end.

Delta Air Lines Inc. and the FBI are trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches served aboard four flights from Amsterdam to the United States, including one flight to Seattle. The airline said that what appear to be sewing needles were found in five sandwiches on Sunday. The needles were found on two flights to Atlanta and one flight to Minneapolis. One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured.

The FBI’s Atlanta office has opened a criminal investigation into the matter, the agency said in a written statement. The Transportation Security Administration says it’s closely monitoring the situation. The agency said it immediately notified U.S. carriers with flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

The sandwiches were made in the Amsterdam kitchen of catering company Gate Gourmet. Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur said flight attendants stopped serving the sandwiches as soon as the needle was discovered. Messages went out to other flights en route from Amsterdam. Another sandwich served on the Minneapolis-bound flight also had a needle, Baur said.

Sysco Seattle Inc. is recalling 16,800 pounds of ground beef patties due to risk of contamination by E. coli bacteria. The meat originated in Canada, a product of New Food Classics of Burlington, Ontario, and may have been tainted by the potentially deadly bacteria E. coli 0157:H7. The patties were intended for distribution to restaurants in Washington, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. At least one illness has been reported in Canada from the tainted beef. Children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable.

Victims of E. coli infection resulting from tainted food may have claims against the food’s producers, distributers, and other entities involved.

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The process of deciding between different brands of sunscreen can be somewhat overwhelming. Consumers are often left wondering what various claims on sunscreen labels mean and whether the sunscreen they are choosing will actually keep them safe from sunburn and skin cancer.

In June 2011 the FDA published new rules, to take effect in June 2012, which will govern sunscreen testing and labeling. The aim of the new rules is to reduce consumer confusion and ensure that sun protection products on the market meet safety standards for effectiveness based on the latest possible scientific information.

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