Dole has recalled more than 1000 bags of romaine lettuce in more than 6 states from stores in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. A sample of lettuce tested positive for listeria.
More than 30 people died in 2011 from listeria contaminated cantaloupes that were linked to Jensen Farms in Colorado.
I did not find any news on Dole’s website concerning this recall.
Just a quick note to alert everyone out there to this recall. The Rocketfish battery case sold exclusively at Best Buy can overheat while charging causing a serious risk of burn and/or fire hazard. 31,000 of them were sold in the United States along with another 1,000 in Canada.
Well, summer has come and gone for another year – ALMOST!! We still have Labor Day weekend to survive and part of me really does mean survive. Not only surviving entertaining our kids’ insatiable needs for non-stop action but surviving the roads and waterways of North Florida this weekend. Lots of people will be making that last trip to the beach, last venture in the boat either fishing, skiing, sunning or sailing, quick vacation down to see Mickey and friends or whatever else they can sneak in before we officially close the book on summer. Our family will be doing the same scheduled in between the other obligatory functions like horse show and swim practice.
It all adds up for lots of potential fun and fellowship with friends and family. Don’t forget to keep safety in the forefront of your mind. Safety for yourself, family friends and others. Slow down, look twice, be patient, don’t drink and drive – all those terms come to mind!
Enjoy your weekend, be safe and here’s to another fun filled summer in the books. Best part about summer ending – football starts!!
For the second year in a row, there will be no Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) to monthly Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income Benefits. This means monthly Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits will remain the same for 2011.
Social Security and SSI benefits increase automatically each year if there is an increase in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Bureau of Labor Statistics data determined there was no increase in the CPI-W.
To make up for no COLA, there is a push in Congress to give Social Security recipients a one-time payment of $250. We’ll let you know if this passes.
Give us a call if we can answer your social security questions. Our social security lawyers are standing by and ready to speak with you.
The US Department of Transportation held its second annual distracted driving summit yesterday. All the pertinent facts can be found through the government’s official website at www.distraction.gov.
I won’t bore you with the statistics that their related studies show other than to say distracted driving is on the rise and the number of distractions are constantly increasing. Automobile manufacturers are making important safety changes in an effort to minimize potential distractions but ultimately the onus is on us to combat these distractions and prevent car accidents.
Texting and teenagers seem to be the most obvious target of concern but from my own observations during my drive to work on the roads of Jacksonville (study to be rel’d at a later date), texting and just basic cell phone use is by no means just a teenage problem. Yes the teenagers are not as experienced behind the wheel but neither are a lot of you adults out there. It only takes a moment to completely change your life, your family’s life or that of a complete stranger and their friends and family. In less than 6 hours one day this week, I read about three tragic accidents that lead to untimely deaths on our local roads and highways. Not all were caused by distractions but we may never know if distracted driving played a role in any of those car accidents.
Hang up and drive is the best solution. Pull over and take that important call or read that e-mail. Unless you are carrying the nuclear football it can wait. In my humble opinion, it’s only going to get worse as our smart phones and mobile devices get even more advanced.
Cell phones are not the only common driving distractions. Here’s a sample list of other common distractions:
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a PDA or navigation system
Watching a video
Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player
Please take some time to think about your normal driving routine and maybe even write a list of your own distractions you create every day. Share and compare with other drivers in your household and workplace and let’s make Jacksonville a safer place to drive.
Besides the fact that the law requires seat belt use, here are ten reasons why you should wear your seat belt based on statistics from a James Mason University study:
- One in five drivers are involved in an auto accident each year.
- Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for those under the age of 45.
- Close to 35,000 people die each year in auto accidents, half of whom would have been saved by the use of seat belts.
- For every one percent increase in the use of seat belts, 172 lives are saved.
- Seat belts reduce auto accident fatalities by 60-70 percent.
- A person is 25 times more likely to die when thrown from a vehicle.
- Children are often killed by being crushed by unrestrained adults.
- The most common injuries to children in car accidents are head injuries resulting in brain damage, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy or death.
- Over 80% of child fatalities in auto accidents would have been prevented by the proper use of seat belts or car seats. Unfortunately, less than ten percent of children are properly restrained.
- Seat belts may provide the greatest and only protection against DUI drivers.
A seat belt may very well save your life in the case of a car accident. If that is not enough, it may save your child. Just as importantly, it could minimize physical injuries.There many more good reasons for wearing a seat belt and none that would suggest otherwise.
This past weekend we had a tragic reminder of why seat-belt use is so vital to our well-being. Two teeenagers in separate accidents sadly lost their lives on the roads of North Florida. One vehicle swerved to miss an animal and a young girl was ejected and killed. The other accident involved a young man who failed to negotiate a curve and was killed on impact.
Both of these accidents involved the wrongful death of a young teenager filled with lots of promise and potential. Neither of them were restrained by a seat-belt. I can’t say for certain if a seat-belt would have changed the outcome but my hunch is that both of these kids would still be with their friends and family enjoying the waning days of summer had they taken a few seconds to buckle up!
Don’t start the car until you and your passengers are properly restrained by a seatbelt or secured in a car seat.
DON’T BECOME A STATISTIC – WEAR YOUR SEAT-BELT!
According to an AP story, law enforcement officials will soon start increasing the enforcement of a new Florida boating law that recently went into effect. Most people don’t know about the new law and you probably don’t want to get caught by surprise. Fines will range from fifty to eighty dollars.
The new law requires Florida boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to take and pass a state approved boating education course in order to pilot any vessel with 10 or more horsepower. The new law also applies to non-Florida residents with a few exceptions like those with a USCG Master’s license.
More and more people will be affected every year since it is tied to a specific date and not an age. Being an avid boater all my life, I believe this will go a long way towards improving boating safety. It won’t end all the boat accidents out on the water but I have to believe that if more people understood the basic right of way rules – we would all be better off. Driving a boat is not like driving a car and some people shouldn’t even be driving a car. Biggest difference is that boats don’t have brakes.
Let’s be safe out there on the water and don’t forget all your required safety equipment. If you can’t swim, wear a USCG approved life vest.
The reports of three infants deaths have been brought to the attention of the CPSC. The infants died due to suffocation in these baby slings produced by Infantino, LLC out of San Diego. Our condolences go out to those three families and any others that may have suffered the same loss.
Obviously, you should immediately stop use of these baby slings. The recall uses 4 months of age and younger wording but I would err on the side of caution and stop using it altogether. Over a million slings are being recalled in the United States and fifteen thousand in Canada.
Here’s the link to the CPSC / Infantino recall .
As an avid triathlete, I could not pass this one by without a post to the blog. It’s hard enough to ride a bicycle down in the aerobars when they work but even harder when they fall apart in your hands. Imagine going downhill about 40 miles per hour and suddenly be left steering with your elbows or forearms. Yikes! Here’s a link to the voluntary recall between CPSC and the aerobar manufacturer, 3T. There is a risk of the rubber grips coming off of the end of the handlebars. The link has the information for replacing the faulty grips.
Sounds like there were only a few hundred sold so hopefully this will help spread the word before any serious injuries occur.