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United Airlines mishandled listeria contamination, endangering travelers, lawsuits claim
United Airlines failed to address critical food safety issues at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, endangered passengers and retaliated against employees for speaking up, three high-level managers who worked in its catering division allege in lawsuits filed last month.
United Airlines did not address persistent maintenance issues at its catering facility at Newark airport, which allowed the spread of several strains of the bacteria listeria, including the potentially deadly Listeria monocytogenes, the lawsuits say. Further, once the listeria was discovered, they say, United didn't act aggressively to contain it.
19 sickened after chemicals overcome swimmers at California pool
Authorities said 19 young people were injured — and 12 transported to the hospital — after they were overwhelmed by pool chemicals at a swim school in Thousand Oaks, California, CBS Los Angeles reports. Officials said seven of the injuries were critical but none of the injuries was described as life-threatening.
Most of the victims were teens and kids between the ages of 11 and 15, said Ventura County Fire officials.
The exact cause of the incident is under investigation.
Texas water resort closed, tested for 'brain-eating amoeba' after man's death
After a 29-year-old man died from an infection with what's commonly known as brain-eating amoeba, health officials are investigating the Texas surf resort he visited.
CNN affiliate KVTV identified the man as Fabrizio Stabile of New Jersey, who visited a surf resort at Waco's BSR Cable Park before developing symptoms in September.
WHAT IS A VAMPIRE FACIAL? SPA CLIENTS MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO HIV DURING PROCEDURE
Earlier this week, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) issued an alert urging people who had received “vampire facials” at a spa in Albuquerque to report to the Midtown Public Health Office for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing.
After an inspection of the spa on September 7, the NMDOH determined that its hygiene practices were not up to the required standard and closed it down immediately, according to a statement. The inspection was undertaken after a client developed an infection that may have resulted from a procedure carried out there.
Australia strawberries contaminated with needles prompt reward for information
An Australian state is offering a reward for information after several people reported finding sewing needles or pins in strawberries.
The government of Queensland has offered $100,000 Australian dollars (about $71,510) to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the strawberry contamination.
"Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia -- they are putting an entire industry at risk," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement.
Multiple passengers fall ill on separate international flights to Philadelphia
Multiple passengers fell ill on separate international flights coming into Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, CBS Philly reports. Officials said 12 passengers arriving at the airport on American Airlines flights from Paris and Munich experienced flu-like symptoms.
Multiple ambulances were dispatched to the airport.
All 250 passengers and crew on the flights were held for a medical review and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified to investigate. The CDC, Philadelphia Health Department and the Philadelphia Fire Department personnel performed medical evaluations on the passengers.
State says seniors were abandoned during California wildfire
Staff at two senior care centers abandoned residents during an evacuation as wildfires swept through Northern California last October, state officials said Thursday as they moved to revoke licenses from the Santa Rosa facilities and their top administrators. Nobody in either facility died.
A Department of Social Services complaint says more than 20 people would have died when a dementia facility burned to the ground if family members and emergency responders hadn't evacuated them after all staff left. The investigation says night staff members at Villa Capri were not trained in emergency procedures and had never practiced a fire drill. They could not find keys to a bus that could have sped evacuations.
At least three residents were never evacuated from another facility, Varenna, and workers who found them the next morning lied about it, the investigation found.
Both care centers are owned by Oakmont Senior Living, which called the allegations unfounded.
American Man Arrested for Allegedly Urinating on Sleeping Fellow Passenger During Flight to Japan
A man traveling from Chicago to Tokyo was arrested for allegedly urinating on another passenger, the Japan Times reports.
A dad and son are accused of illegally killing a family of bears and covering it up. They didn't know a camera was running.
A father and son are accused of slaughtering a female black bear and her two cubs as they rested in their den in April.
Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, face several felony and misdemeanor charges related to illegal hunting. It is against the law to shoot a black bear with cubs in Alaska.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers, which announced the charges on Monday, said the act was caught on a motion-activated camera set up inside the den to monitor the bears as part of a study being conducted by the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The camera produced both video and audio of the encounter.
Foodborne illness may be on the rise. Here's why
One child drank apple cider at a Connecticut farm, another a glass of juice during a road trip in Oregon; later, both were rushed to emergency rooms as they struggled for their lives. A middle-aged woman became sick more than a decade ago after enjoying a salad at a banquet hosted by a California hotel; her debilitating symptoms continue to this day.
A 17-year-old paid the ultimate price when he ate two hamburgers "with everything, to go" and died days later.
These are the stories behind the faces on the "Honor Wall" of Stop Foodborne Illness, the national nonprofit that represents and supports those who suffered a drastic consequence following the most ordinary act: eating.
McDonald’s Pulls Salads From 3,000 Locations After Midwest Food Poisoning Outbreak
Dozens of people appear to have contracted an intestinal parasite after eating McDonald’s salads in the Midwest in recent weeks, prompting the chain to pull salads from 3,000 locations.
According to USA Today, since mid-May, 20 people became ill after eating salads in Illinois, alongside another 15 who ate salads in late June or early July in Iowa. Other outlets are reporting as many as 90 cases in Illinois, although not all reported eating McDonald’s salads.
Specifically, these individuals contracted the cyclospora parasite. Symptoms can take over a week to appear, and can stick around for anywhere from days to months — they include most of the food poisoning standards like vomiting and cramps, alongside “diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements.” In some cases, patients may improve and fall ill again over time.
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DELTA FLIGHT ATTENDANT ALLEGEDLY REMOVED SEVERAL PEOPLE FROM PLANE OVER CELLPHONE AIRPLANE-MODE ARGUMENT
Delta Airlines flight attendant reportedly removed several passengers from a plane at Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana after an argument with a customer over a cellphone.
Robyn Rodgers, also known as DJ Reborn, posted to Instagram that she was “unfairly rejected” from Delta flight 4257 on Saturday after a female flight attendant asked her if her cellphone was in airplane mode. According to Rodgers, the flight attendant stood over her as she switched her phone to airplane mode.
"I told her 'I know how to turn on airplane mode, you don’t have to stand over me,'" Rodgers wrote in her Instagram post on Wednesday. "She became agitated and said, 'If you’re gonna act like that we can go back to the gate and you can get off.' I held up my phone to show her that airplane mode was on."
Family can sue Walgreens over woman's death after insurance denial, court says
Does a pharmacy have an obligation to help a patient be sure that insurance will cover a prescription? That's the question at the heart of a landmark case that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Thursday.
Yarushka Rivera, 19, of Lowell had epilepsy and took a drug called Topamax to manage her life-threatening seizures. Her insurer, MassHealth, covered the drug, and the family was able to pick it up from their local Walgreens until June 2009 without any trouble.
A month later, after Rivera turned 19, MassHealth wouldn't cover the cost of the drug without a doctor's pre-authorization for insurance coverage. The pharmacy told the family about the requirement and said they would have to pay $399.99 out of pocket for the crucial medication -- money they did not have, according to court documents.
Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines broke EPA’s lead paint rules. They were fined $40,000.
The popular HGTV reality TV show Fixer Upper just got its wrist slapped by the Environmental Protection Agency for breaking lead paint rules.
It turns out that renovations Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines did on older homes in several seasons of the show “did not depict the lead-safe work practices” and violated rules on toxic substances and lead paint, the agency said. The parent company of Fixer Upper, Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, reached a settlement with the EPA on Tuesday.
The company will pay a civil penalty of $40,000 and spend $160,000 to clean up lead contamination in the Waco, Texas, community.
Noted Competent Man Scott Pruitt’s Latest Scandal Involves Chick-fil-A
Beleaguered Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt — who’s currently under more than a dozen ethical investigations surrounding everything from travel expenses to lobbying rules to housing arrangements to mattress purchases — at least thinks of others from time to time. Today, the Washington Post reports that among the slew of potential ethics violations committed after he took office, Pruitt once enlisted an EPA aide to try to land his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise.
According to WaPo, Pruitt requested a meeting with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. Though that phone call never took place, Pruitt did speak to a member of the Chick-fil-A legal department to express “interest in his wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee,” company representative Carrie Kurlander told the Post. Marlyn Pruitt apparently started, but never completed, the official application.