About 140,000 LCD TV wall mounts sold at Best Buy stores are being recalled because they can crack and fall to the floor. Details are here.
Archive for January, 2009
Business conditions in the U.S. are the worst in 26 years, according to the National Association of Business Economics, and the picture is likely to worsen further this year.
For the most recent report on peanut butter salmonella contamination and list of products affected, click here.
Income-eligible Michigan homeowners now may borrow up to $50,000 from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to make alternative energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
The program adds alternative energy improvements to a long list of traditional improvements including insulation, upgraded windows and energy-efficient appliances. The loans are available through MSHDA’s Property Improvement Program (PIP).
“MSHDA has always provided low-interest loans to Michigan residents for a variety of traditional energy saving home improvements,” said MSHDA Executive Director Keith Molin. “By adding more progressive forms of improvements such as geothermal furnaces, solar water heating systems and windmills, we allow Michigan homeowners to be better stewards of the earth’s resources while reducing monthly energy costs.”
Other improvements covered by the expanded program include indoor fireplaces, permanently installed radiators, and solar rooms permanently installed for use as a sunroom or family room.
Program Manager Jess Sobel added that the program makes it easy to obtain qualified loans.
“Income eligible homeowners with no equity can borrow up to $25,000 and with equity, up to $50,000,” Sobel said. “Landlords with eligible rent limits can borrow up to $100,000 or $25,000 per rental unit, and eligible homeowners may have household incomes of up to $74,500 depending on the location of the home.”
“Interest rates are reasonable at 4 percent, 6 percent, or 8 percent depending on income, not the market,” said Sobel. “Loans can be amortized up to 20 years to make payments affordable.”
For more information about PIP, visit the MSHDA Web site and click on Home Improvement, or call 517-373-8017.
Additional manufacturers are recalling products containing peanut butter due to the nationwide peanut butter contamination scare.
New products being recalled include:
Aspen Hills chocolate and cookie dough
Rain Creek and Sinbad’s desserts
Best Brands and Reese’s peanut butter cookie dough.
Various products sold at Nash Finch-owned stores
About 25,000 Tony Hawk boys pajama sets sold at Kohl’s stores are being recalled because they don’t meet federal fire-safety standards.
More details may be found here.
Saris Cycling Group is recalling about 2,000 stationary bicycle trainers marketed under various brand names because a handle pin can disconnect, posing a fall hazard.
More information may be found here.
Some oil-fired furnaces sold under the Rheem, Ruud or United Refrigeration brand names are being recalled because they pose a fire hazard.
Details may be found by clicking here.
Lost amid inauguration news might have been the revelation by Heartland Payment Systems that it uncovered a security breach in its data systems. Heartland is a processor of Visa and Mastercard payments as well as payrolls for more than 100 million people.
The company said it has found no evidence that the security breach provided confidential financial information to the cyberthieves who might have hacked into its system.
The company set up a Web site to provide information, questions and answers.
Yikes! It turns out that Tamiflu, the leading flu treatment and prevention prescription drug, doesn’t work on the current flu strains spreading across the U.S.
Here are details from The New York Times.
And, for your information, the flu incidence in the Detroit area is higher than the national average right now, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
More products are being recalled in the wake of the discovered of salmonella contamination in the peanut butter paste distributed by Peanut Corp. of America and used in a variety of products.
The most recent recalls include:
Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits sold at Petsmart
Nature’s Path Optimum Energy Bars
Country Maid Classic Breaks Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
Evening Rise Peanut Butter Cookies and Bars
NutriSystem Peanut Butter Granola Bars
TWISTED and TITAN brand bars with peanut butter.
Poco Pac and Grande Gourmet peanut butter products.
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Michigan will get $26.4 million from a $1.4 billion nationwide settlement with Eli Lilly and Co. that resulted from the drug company’s improper marketing and payment incentives for the use of Zyprexa, an anti-psychotic drug intended for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. The settlement includes $800 million in damages and penalties to compensate state Medicaid and federal health care programs for harm suffered, and a $615 million federal criminal penalty.
“We will not tolerate actions that put people’s health at risk,” said Cox. “These funds will go to the state Medicaid program, which hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents depend on for health care.”
Between 1999 and 2005, Lilly promoted the sale and use of Zyprexa through a marketing campaign called “Viva Zyprexa” for certain uses which the Food and Drug Administration had not approved. The marketing activities promoted Zyprexa not only to psychiatrists, but also to primary care physicians, for such unapproved uses as the treatment of depression, anxiety, irritability, disrupted sleep, nausea and gambling addiction. Eli Lilly also provided compensation and other things of value to health care professionals. As a result, Michigan’s Medicaid program funded use of the drug for unapproved illnesses.
The settlement does not release Eli Lilly from liability for adverse health effects suffered by Medicaid recipients as a result of taking Zyprexa.
VitaminWater, the hot-selling beverage said to have health benefits, is subject to a class action suit from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition-advocacy group.
The reason? Each bottle has a decidedly unhealthy dose of 33 grams of sugar — more than a can of Coke.
VitaminWater is made by Coca-Cola.
For details about the claims, click here.