CPSC announced the voluntary recall of Kawasaki and Maruyama U.S. gasoline-powered backback blowers due to fire hazard created by known or potential gasoline leaks in the tanks. Maruyamou is based out of Denton, Texas and has sold some 18,000 backpack blowers in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010. Kawasaki has sold some 3,400 from 2008-2011.

The model numbers affected and more information can be found on the CPSC websites at:

http://tinyurl.com/4epkv68, and 

http://tinyurl.com/45fllcu

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In September, FDA and Zimmer Inc. entered into a voluntary recall of Zimmer's NexGen knee implant system due to complaints of loosening of the implanted devices that required additional surgery to replace it. Some 68,000 implant systems are affected and were distributed in the USA and other countries. Further recall identification and information can be found at FDA's website below.

http://tinyurl.com/4cpphm3

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According to FDA and the Wall Street Journal, the FDA and the Department of Justice announced a consent decree to permanently enjoin Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc from the manufacture or distribution of products from its Fort Washington, Pa., plant until FDA determines the operations comply with federal law. In addition, the decree requires that Mcneil meet strict timetables in bringing its plants in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, and Lancaster, Pa into compliance. The facilities manufacture both children and adult over the counter medications such as Motrin, Tylenol, Benadryl and Zyrtec. FDA contends that non-compliant manufacturing practices led to the recall of such products on April 30, 2010.

For the FDA news release see:

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm246685.htm

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this afternoon that it will go live with the SaferProducts.gov database so that consumers will have open access to product safety reports. This will allow consumers an easier way to report bad things about products and ensure that anyone who wants to look at reports in the database will be able to see them.

Reports received today will be online and searchable by consumers at the beginning of April at www.SaferProducts.gov

In the meantime you can learn more at 

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09346.html

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