An anonymous whistleblower has lobbed new allegations against medical device maker Biomet, prompting a U.S. Justice Department (D.O.J.) investigation.
Biomet says that prosecutors have decided to extend the company’s probation stemming from a 2012 bribery investigation for an additional year. An anonymous whistleblower said in an email that distributors hired by Biomet to sell the company’s orthopedic devices paid kickbacks to government doctors. The device maker shared the email with the government, prompting the D.O.J. to launch a new investigation. Several employees believed to be at the center of the controversy lost their jobs, according to The New York Times (The Times). Continue reading Medical Device Maker Biomet in hot Water with the Justice Department Over new Bribery Allegations
Kraft Foods Group recalled about 242,000 cases of its Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner over concerns that the products contain small metal parts.
The affected 7.25-ounce boxes have “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, and are imprinted with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box. The “C2” refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made, according to an FDA press release on the agency’s website. Continue reading Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may Contain Small Metal Parts
Blue Bell issued its first-ever recall of some of its products after five patients were infected with listeria after eating some of the company’s ice cream while in being treated at a hospital for unrelated conditions. Four of the patients were infected by drinking milkshakes made with a single serving of Blue Bell’s Scoops ice cream at the hospital. The CDC said it believes the infections were acquired in the hospital, the Los Angeles Times (LA Times) reported. Continue reading Ice Cream Tainted with Listeria Kills Three Patients in Kansas
The controversy involves a Swiss businessman and art dealer named Yves Bouvier who stores billions of dollars’ worth of art in giant storage centers in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Singapore for the some of the world’s richest people. Bouvier was nabbed by Monacan authorities in February as part of a fraud investigation focusing on several works purchased by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. Rybolovlev alleges that Bouvier inflated or misrepresented prices by millions of dollars, according to CNBC. Continue reading International Art Scandal may Reveal Art World’s Deepest, Darkest Secrets
Lumber Liquidators is facing the first amended class action complaint concerning allegations that some of the company’s flooring products fail prematurely, contain defects and have been associated with very high levels of the cancer-causing agent, formaldehyde.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued cosmetic company L’Oreal its second warning letter in two years concerning the marketing of several of its skin care products.
In 2012, the FDA sent five cosmetic companies warning letters for allegedly marketing their products using claims which caused these products to be classified as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). L’Oreal subsidiary Lancome was among those companies, as was Avon. Both companies claimed their products could, among other things, rebuild collagen, regenerate hydroproteins, repair micro-injuries, increase the activity of genes and stimulate cell regeneration, according to RAPS.org. Continue reading Federal Health Officials Issue Second Warning to L’Oreal Over Marketing Claims