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The FDA’s Chobani Inspection Report

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Editors Note:  The following is a reprint of the FDA Chobani inspection report released following the September recall of the Chobani Greek Yogurt due to mold contamination.  The report is being discussed in the media due to comments therein (highlighted in orange text below) that imply the mold may have been discovered sooner than it [...]

The Biggest Toy Recalls of 2013

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As you head out to do your holiday shopping this year, please keep this list of recalled products and related safety tips in mind.  The same information is also important when consigning, donating or passing down toys your family no longer needs.  Please share this post with your friends and family. 2013 Toy Recalls in [...]

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

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Editors Note:  Thanks goes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for this useful post.  Please pass it on to help keep children safe this Halloween. Also, be sure that you don’t own any of these recalled Halloween-related products. Have tips of your own to add? We welcome them in the comments below or [...]

Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak FAQs

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Editors Note: On October 7, 2013, the USDA issued a health alert regarding Foster Farms Chicken.  Subsequently, on October 13, Costco recalled Rotisserie Chickens jointly branded with Foster Farms. The following Q&A was provided by the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).   Q: When did FSIS first learn of [...]

Product Recalls During the Government Shutdown

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Product recalls are conducted by several government agencies, with the vast majority falling under the jurisdictions of the FDA, USDA, CPSC and NHTSA.  Recall activity during the government shutdown varies by agency and is described in more detail below, but each of the agencies has warned that information on their websites may not be up-to-date [...]

The Future of Home Security

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Home security systems have changed drastically in just the last 5-10 years; big changes in the accessibility of Wi-Fi and the low cost and ubiquity of mobile phones have been two of the biggest changes.  What is the next big game-changer in the world of home security? Here are 5 technologies to look forward to [...]

10 Ways to Secure Your Home on a Budget

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When it comes to home security, more is not always better – the best investments are on features you will use and defence against true threats. Here are 10 easy tips that can be implemented on the smallest of budgets and will increase your peace of mine and make your home safe. 1.    Apply Security [...]

Food-related Choking Among Children in the United States

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Editor’s note: Thanks goes to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for this informative article. Food-related Choking Among Children in the United States Candy, particularly hard candy, meat, and bones were key foods involved in choking episodes among children ages 0-14 years, according to a report published today by the Center for Injury Research [...]

Teens: Worried About Them Driving? How About Walking?

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As parents, we all hope that, by the time we send our kids off to Middle and High School we’ve done a decent job teaching them the safety basics: what to do in a fire or earthquake, how to contact us in an emergency, what to do if bothered by a stranger or bully, and [...]

Packaged Salad Blamed for Cyclospora Outbreak, but No Recall

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Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. As of August 9, 2013 (5pm EDT), the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been notified of 514 cases of Cyclospora infections from 17 states, as shown in the map above.  At least 30 people reportedly have been hospitalized in five states. So [...]

West Nile Virus is Spreading – What You Can Do

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West Nile Virus is most often transmitted by mosquitoes and is spreading quickly across the US. The green states on the map above all have West Nile Virus activity; those in dark green have confirmed incidents of human infection.  While the majority of those infected with West Nile Virus will not get sick, it is [...]

Fireworks Safety, By the Numbers

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The CPSC has updated last year’s popular “Fireworks Injuries” infographic with data from 2012. Take a look and share this with your friends. It serves as an excellent reminder that fireworks are serious business. Have fun this week as we celebrate this important holiday, but please remember to use extreme caution and make sure the [...]

Helpful Apps for Better Health

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The Fourth Annual Health Datapalooza concluded in Washington DC this week with an impressive showing of consumer apps designed to help improve consumers’ health and wellbeing.  In this post we highlight some of the applications presented at the event as well as a few others we think could be useful. Food & Health Recall Search. [...]

Importance of Bicycle Helmets Hits Home for WeMakeItSafer CEO

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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by our CEO, Jennifer Toney, on her personal blog a few years ago. It shows the importance of proper bike helmet fit.  Had her son’s helmet not been worn straight across his forehead, rather than incorrectly tilted back like we see so often, he would have suffored direct impact with the concrete. The [...]

How to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet

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In addition to publishing vehicle recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a lot of safety information for cars and other modes of transportation, including bicycles.  Knowing which government agency covers which types of products can be a bit confusing given that bicycle recalls are covered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), [...]