This week in safety

Consumer Reports News: September 26, 2008 02:18 PM

Try as we might, we can't cover every safety issue or hazard. So this week we are starting a roundup of safety issues featured in the news to call your attention to information we think you should know. We'll also update issues we've been following, point out recalls and give you other news you can use.

FDA Alert: Seven types of Mr. Brown coffee recalled for possible melamine contamination
Food and Drug Adminstration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers that seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products manufactured in China are being recalled by the King Car Food Industrial Co. Ltd. due to possible contamination with melamine.  The products are manufactured by China's Shandong Duqing. Read more …

Mandating fire sprinklers for the home
The Wall Street Journal

As concern over residential fire deaths grows, home sprinklers are becoming more widespread and could soon be mandatory in new homes across the country. As early as this weekend, the International Code Council, which sets the residential building code used in 46 states either at the state or local level, will vote on code changes that would make sprinklers mandatory in new one-family and two-family homes. Meanwhile, a growing number of communities in states ranging from California to Maryland are already requiring sprinklers in new homes and, in some cases, in homes that undergo significant enlargements. Read more …

Sports eye injuries leading cause of blindness in youths
U.S. News and World Report

Sports-related eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in school-age children, but most could be prevented with the proper eye protection. According to Prevent Blindness America, there are more than 100,000 sports-related eye injuries every year with 42,000 requiring emergency care. In fact, a U.S. emergency room treats a patient with an eye injury due to sports every 13 minutes. Read more …

Study finds ATV guidelines inadequate
University of Kentucky News

National size guidelines for all-terrain vehicles (ATV) are inadequate to ensure the safety of young riders, according to preliminary results from a study by researchers at the University of Kentucky. Based on initial experiments, the researchers found that national ATV size guidelines for youth—which match the rider's age to a recommended vehicle frame or engine size—do not assure a proper fit. Though results are preliminary and the initial experiments were considered exploratory, the results have profound implications. Read more …

FDA posts list of drugs that may be unsafe
Los Angeles Times

Score one for the consumer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published its first list of drugs that are on the market and being used by consumers but are under review for potential safety issues. The list contains 20 drugs along with the potential safety issue of each drug. You can read about the program at the FDA's website and see the current list of potentially unsafe drugs. Read more …

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