Marathon Enterprises Inc., Owner of Sabrett Trademark, Recalls 7 Million Pounds of Meat Products

At the urging of the USDA, Marathon Enterprises, Inc. has issued a class 1 recall on over 7 million pounds of hot dog products, most of which bore the Sabrett brand name, Reuters reports.

According to the USDA, a class 1 recall indicates a “reasonable probability” that a product will cause “serious, adverse health consequences or death.

Thus far, the only reported “adverse health consequence” resulting from the recalled products is a “minor oral injury” one consumer sustained while eating one of the hot dogs, in which a number of buyers have allegedly found bone and cartilage in the meat.

The recall was made “as a voluntary measure and in an abundance of caution,” Marathon Enterprises, which owns a registered trademark on Sabrett, said in a statement on its website.

The products were produced at a Marathon meat processing plant in the Bronx between March 17 and July 4, with sell-by dates ranging from June 19 to October 6, 2017. They were sold nationwide to “retailers and institutions.” Many wound up under the blue-and-yellow umbrellas of Sabrett’s New York pushcarts.

“As a fourth-generation, family-owned company, Sabrett takes its responsibility to provide safe foods very seriously with a robust internal food safety program,” the aforementioned statement said. “Sabrett deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this has caused its loyal customers.”

Sabrett has received an “Excellent” rating and a Level 3 certification from Safe Quality Food Institute. According to the Sabrett website, “Level 3 is the strictest compliance level requiring highly detailed monitoring and verification of all facets of the company and production.” The distinction places Sabrett in “an exclusive group of Domestic Food Facilities,” the website says.

The statement continues on to say that “Sabrett is working closely with the USDA to effectively communicate to its customers with regards to this recall and to assure those customers that the recalled products are no longer in stores.” Sabrett then thanks its “many valued customers” for their “continued loyalty.”

Many renowned New York culinary establishments serve Sabrett franks, including Gray’s Papaya and Katz Deli, which were ranked number 4 and number 1 respectively on’s list of “The 5 Best Hot Dogs in New York City.”

Sabrett products can also be found at ten professional sports stadiums and 11 college sports facilities throughout the nation, as well as at concert venues, golf courses, zoos, waterparks, amusement parks, convention centers, and ski parks. The famous franks are even served at Fort Lee, a US Army base in Virginia.

Marathon Enterprises, Inc., which owns the Sabrett name, was founded in 1926, and is headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey. In addition to hot dogs, the company produces hot sausage, kielbasa, salami, pastrami, corned beef, and garlic rings products, most of which are not sold under the name Sabrett.

However, the blue and yellow Sabrett insignia graces condiments (including onions in sauce, sauerkraut, and spicy brown mustard), hamburgers, and cocktail appetizers.

Sabrett’s name has branded itself into American culture to such a degree that Marathon can afford to recall seven million pounds of meat products, out of an “abundance of caution,” without risking its position at the heart of the American food industry.

With just one minor hazard recorded, the recall is likely more preemptive than reactionary. A similar preemptive recall was placed on a number of breaded chicken products produced by Tyson Foods and others, which contained “undeclared allergens.” In that case as well, no consumer suffered serious health trauma as a result of eating the products, but the companies recalled them to prevent potential health scares.

Though some may attribute these recent recalls to regulatory skittishness, a “better safe than sorry” principle is probably applicable. There is something to be said for taking dangerous products off the shelves before consumers suffer, rather than because buyers are suffering.

Tesla Makes Recall on 53,000 Model S and Model X Vehicles

Hyundai and Kia aren’t the only automakers issuing a recall for vehicles. Recently, Tesla Motors issued a global recall from some of its Model S and X cars for a problem with the parking break. While earlier in the month Hyundai and Kia said they’d have to recall over 1.4 million vehicles in Canada, Europe and the U.S., Tesla says that only 53,000 vehicles are to be recalled.

The vehicles that fall under the recall are those that were manufactured during the span of February to October 2016. Yet even though only 2 percent of the 53,000 vehicles were affected by the defect, the electric car making is pulling all the vehicles just to make sure.

Currently, there has been no report of any accidents of injury due to the parking break default.

The company made a statement explaining that in the Model S and the Model X there is a “small gear” in the parking break that could possibly have been “manufactured improperly by our third-party supplier.” If the gear breaks, the parking break would prevent the car from moving but be stuck in place.

Testa says that drivers are “safe to continue regular use of your vehicle” and that so far there have been no known reports of any parking breaks in either model failing. Yet it was just a few years ago, back in 2013, that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Tesla’s Model S a 5-star safety rating. The administration said that Tesla’s vehicle “set a new low record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants.”

But two years later in November of 2015, Tesla recalled over 3,000 of the Model S vehicles because of an issue with the seat belt connectivity.

Last year, Tesla made 83,922 cars including both the Model S and Model X. It was also earlier this week that the company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, said that the company would release its electric articulated lorry sometime in September. He also noted that an electric pick-up truck would be coming sometime in the next two years.

It has been stated by Musk that the company has been wanting to expand its manufacturing beyond cars. Yet even though this would seem like a good direction, analysts are worried that Tesla might not be able to meet the demand for its current projects.

This is believed because of the Model 3, which is a more mid-sized vehicle, already has over 400,000 pre-orders. That amount is far more than the company can make in a year. When Tesla contemplates expanding its vehicle output it should take in account the competition from larger automakers like General Motors who had the electric Chevy Bolt.

Hyundai and Kia Announce Recall of 1.4 Million Cars

It appears that Ford isn’t the only automaker to be making recalls on its vehicles. Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 1.4 million cars in the United States, Canada, and South Korea. The cause? There’s trouble in the engine that can cause it to fail or even stall which can result in car crashes.

This huge recall spans to some of the most popular of the Korean car maker’s brands. Those recalled in the U.S. and Canada included the 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV and Sonata midsize cars. There are also the 2011-2014 Kia Optima midsize models, 2011-2013 Kia Sportage SUVs, and the 2012-2014 Kia Sorento SUVs.

The vehicles that are being recalled in South Korea are the 2009-20012 Hyundai Grandeur and Sonata sedans as well as the Kia K5, K7 and Sportage models. All these vehicles, as well as the ones mentioned in the United States and Canada, have 2-Liter or 2.4-Liter gasoline engines.

Both Hyundai and Kia announced Friday that documents from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that there could be debris left over from manufacturing in the engines which could then result in the restriction of oil flow to connecting rod bearings. Those rods are cooled by the oil, but the restriction can lead to increase in temperature which will then cause the rod bearings to wear and fail. This ultimately leads to the engine stalling.

Hyundai and Kia will begin alerting owners of the recall while dealers begin inspecting engines. Dealers are to begin replacing the block in the engine free of charge to owners. There have been no reports of any crashes or series injuries sustained as a result of the engine default.

The recall is the second largest that has occurred in the past two years for the same engine problem. Back in September of 2015, Hyundai recalled over 470,000 of its 2011 and 2012 Sonata sedans that had the same engines.

So, what are owners looking out for? Both companies say that owners will hear a knocking sound in the engine that will increase in frequency as the engine speed increases. There can also be engine lights on the dashboard that will be coming on. The recall is to take place beginning May 19th.

Ford Recall of Over 440,000 Vehicles Could Cost the Company Millions

When you think of the recent news, all the new jobs to Michigan, the large profit-sharing checks for employees, it’s safe to say that things have been going quite well for Ford. However, recently the auto giant announced that it will be recalling over 570,000 of its vehicles. The cars are being recalled in North America and Europe due to two different issues. The first being the risk of engine fires and the second is door latches that malfunction causing the doors to fly open unexpectedly.

Ford announced that recall will cut pretax earnings by nearly $295 million. The engine recall is for over 360,000 vehicles across North America and Europe. A few of the North American vehicles on the recall list are the Escape SUVs from 2014, Fiesta ST 2014 and 2015, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize car, and the Transit Connect, a small van, models 2013 through 2015.

In Europe, the recall extends to C-Max hybrid models 2010-2015, the Focus, and the Transit Connect models 2013-2015. All these vehicles, as well as the ones listed above, carry the 1.6-Liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

What makes the engine a threat is the lack of coolant circulation throughout the engine. This could lead to engine overheat which could cause the cylinder head to crack. Ford warns that if this were to happen pressurized oil could leak through the crack. If the oil hits any hot surface that is what would result in engine fire. There has already been 29 reports of fires in the United States and Canada, yet luckily there are no reports of injuries.

In the meantime, a spokesperson for Ford told a source that car owners can still drive the vehicles and park them in their garages or other places safely. Ford says it will soon take initiative to mail out instructions as well as owner’s manuals on how to check and refill coolant. Dealers will also start checking coolant for owners. It is also stressed that if vehicle owners notice leaking coolant they should take their car to a dealer.

Dealers will then be able to install sensors that will be able to detect coolant levels. A warning light will also be installed in cars so that drivers will be alerted when coolant levels get low.

Yet the engines aren’t the only faulty parts making the recall list. Ford added over 211,000 cars to a 2015 recall on faulty door latches. This recall includes vehicles like 2014 Fiesta, both the Lincoln MKZ and Fusion 2013 and 2014 models. With these new additions, the number of recalls on the 2015 to over 757,000 cars.

Over the past three years, door latches have posed to be quite an issue for Ford. They were such a big problem that it led to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which then resulted in the recall of over 3 million Ford vehicles.

The company says that cause of the default was a pawl in the door that can break. This will cause the door from closing or cause the door to open while the car is being operated.

Just last fall the company had to recall over 2.3 million cars because the door latches weren’t working as they should have been. Those 2.3 million cars included the 2012-2015 Ford Focus as well as the 2013 through 2015 Ford C-Max and Escape. Later that summer Ford had to recall 692,700 Escape SUVs for the same issue.

Those door latch recalls last year cost Ford over $640 million dollars.

Kraft Foods Recalls Several of Its Products

Recently, several food and water companies have had major product recalls due to contamination of their food and water supplies. Even the import of cilantro from certain parts of Mexico has been banned due to contamination of the food supply.

As of now, Kraft seems to be hit by the same dilemma. The food company that is based in Illinois is under Heinz and has several other subsidiaries. Apparently, the company has recalled all of their Kraft cheese singles that were manufactured between the dates of December 29th, 2014 to January 4th, 2015.

The food company has not said much about the product itself but are rather concerned about the packaging causing choking hazards. About 36,000 cases of the product are being recalled because the thin packaging of the product tends to remain adhered to the edible portion even after the product is unwrapped, causing choking hazards.

On social media, Kraft has stated that,

“The safety and quality of our products is our highest priority. We work every day to exceed your expectations and we sincerely apologize for this situation.”

The company urges people to check the manufacture date on the packaging before purchasing and consuming the product.

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14 Brands of Water Bottles are Recalled due to E. Coli Scare

The Escherichia coli bacterium is one that affects the intestines and causes food poisoning. When affected by this virus, common symptoms are abdominal pain, vomiting, fatigue, fever, nausea amongst others.

It is a common scare that is responsible for food product recalls. One such incident is the current scare of the contaminated bottled water; at least 14 such brands of bottled water have been recalled to address the scare of the E. Coli bacteria.

Niagara Bottling has called off brands like Pricerite, Shaw’s, Shoprite, Acme, Morning Fresh, Nature’s Place, Wegman’s and a few others. The company is located in Pennsylvania and has facilities in Allentown and Hamburg.

The company is still investigating as to how the contagion occurred. However, they urge customers to boil their drinking water before consuming it; this way, the bacteria will be purged from the water and render it safe for drinking.

The company also said that the unfit water bottles that were not able to be recalled have product codes starting with the letter ‘F’ or ‘A’. The fault was discovered around the 10th of June but due to slow communication channels, the product recall took place around the 18th of June.

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Documents Show Another Delayed GM Recall

As long as you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few months, then you know that saying General Motors is in hot water is an understatement. GM has admitted to knowing that millions of their cars had faulty ignition switches which could cause the car to unexpectedly lock up, leaving their drivers completely helpless. The company declined to recall the defectives cars though, because it was deemed too expensive. Since then the company has promised to take responsibility for the defective cars, though it seems that one of America’s most prominent auto makers just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

The New York Times has recently reported that GM has failed to report another massive problem with their cars. GM recalled about 8,000 Pontiacs from 2005 to 2006 for defective brake lights that failed to work when the brake pedal was applied. What GM didn’t announce at the the time though was that the recall really affected an approximate 2 million other vehicles. They included models such as the G6, Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Aura. Since that time GM has said that the broken brake lights were responsible for 13 accidents and 2 injuries. The company claims that they did not recall the other cars because the problem did not show up frequently.

GM even told dealers about the problem, but the cars were continued to be sold without directly informing consumers. Alan Adler, a GM spokesman, tried to explain “We were monitoring these vehicles and looking to see what was happening with them all along, we made a decision that we thought was appropriate.” What they thought was appropriate was to make a decision that saved the company money even if it meant risking the safety of their customers.

They have also tried to wave the blame by pointing the finger at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who did not pressure GM to recall the newer cars. It is important to acknowledge though, that the NHTSA believed that GM was correcting the problems from its initial recall, so that it would already be fixed in the newer models. Adler further tried to defend his employer by stating “The company says it has changed its criteria for recalling cars. It now issues recalls based on the severity of a safety problem rather than the number of warranty claims or complaints.”

Though their failure to recall the vehicles did not result in deaths such as the failed ignition switch did, the point remains the same. GM is a company that has proven time and again that it does not care about its customers. While only 13 deaths have been cited as the fault of GM for failing to recall defective cars with the faulty ignition switch, trial lawyers argue that that number is really closer to 60. Maybe a billion dollar fine will teach GM that they can’t just do whatever they want. Or would they even learn anything?



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