Smith & Nephew Hip Recall

adobestock_126371093Smith & Nephew is a medical device manufacturer in London that provides their products worldwide used in hip, knee, and shoulder replacements.  Their latest recall involving their hip replacement systems and the company voluntarily mailed out safety notice letters to inform the consumer on November 15, 2016

The devices involved in the recall are the modular neck hip prostheses of the Modular SMF and Modular REDAPT revision femoral hip systems.  The joint replacement manufacturing giant made the decision to issue the hip system recalls because of, in their words, “a higher than anticipated complaint and adverse event trend.”  This is not the first time the company has seen such complaints and adverse events in their history, but this latest one is due to their medical devices posing the danger to patients of metal debris being released by the implant into the blood.  This can cause chromium and cobalt ion releases into the blood that can cause blood poisoning and also DNA damage (genotoxicity).  Muscles and bones can be destroyed with these issues and the toxicity can carry over to other organs as well.  The cobalt ions have caused heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy).  Metal poisoning occurs when there is loosening of the medical device and the bone and muscle surrounding the replacement deteriorate. Read more

Sabra Hummus Recall

adobestock_77182681-1If you are like most, you are probably ready to be told any way to avoid sickness, as in listeria illness, over the upcoming holiday season.  Sabra Dipping Company is the latest food company to issue a recall due to the possibility certain Sabra Hummus products may contain listeria monocytogenes.  The hummus products were distributed in the United States and Canada, so if you have recently purchased the product, you may go online to to see if your particular product is one of the affected.  You may also phone Sabra at 1-866-265-6761. Read more

Samsung Washer Recall

adobestock_84005987Samsung seems to be having a bad 2016.  The company’s latest recall involves 2.8 million top loader washing machines.  It seems the machines run the risk of falling apart while being used, making it possible that injuries would occur to owners and their families if the top detaches from the chassis and crashes on them.  In fact, injuries have already occurred, including a fractured jaw and shoulder injury.  Earlier in the year, Samsung washing machines were exploding and the company’s latest cell phone offering was exploding into flames as well.  All of the company’s recalls have been due to the defects and the high risks of injuries to consumers.  Read more