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Portable Generator

American Honda is releasing recall information on approximately 200,000 portable generators. The recalled portable generators can leak gasoline from the fuel valve, posing fire and burn hazards. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled generators and contact a local authorized Honda Power Equipment service dealer to schedule a free repair. Honda is contacting all known purchasers directly. For more information, call (888) 888-3139 or visit powerequipment.honda.com.

Zero-Turn Mower

Approximately 3,850 Kubota Zero-Turn Mowers are currently being recalled by the manufacturer. The throttle cable can make contact with internal electric wiring, posing a fire hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled zero-turn mowers and contact an authorized Kubota dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. Kubota is contacting all known purchasers directly. More information can be found by visiting kubotausa.com or by calling (800) 752-0290.

Riding Saddles

Weatherbeeta USA is recalling approximately 1,600 units of their riding saddles. In addition, about 70 were sold in Canada). The recalled saddles were manufactured with screws that were too short, causing the firth of the saddle to detach from the tree of the saddle, posing a fall hazard to the rider. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Collegiate saddles and contact the firm for a free repair. For more information, call (877) 927-4337 or visit collegiatesaddlery.com. You may also email info@collegiatesaddlery.com.

Off-Highway Utility Vehicle

Approximately 2,600 Off-Highway Utility Vehicles are being recalled by their manufacturer, Kawasaki USA. The vehicle's oil cooler hoses can separate and the fuel tank cap gasket can crack, allowing fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled utility vehicles and contact a Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free repair. Kawasaki is contacting all known purchasers directly. Visit kawasaki.com for more information or call (866) 802-9381.

HP Batteries

HP is expanding their recall of batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations due to fire and burn hazards. Approximately 78,500 units are being recalled. Additionally, 50,000 were previously recalled in the United States in January of 2018. The lithium-ion batteries detailed in the recall can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. Consumers should immediately visit HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable “Battery Safety Mode” if their battery is included in the recall. The website provides consumers with instructions on how to initiate the validation utility to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall. These batteries are not customer-replaceable. HP will provide free battery replacement services by an authorized technician. For more information, call (866) 671-7362.


Pillsbury flour may contain salmonella contamination

Ashley Hunter
ECB Publishing, Inc.

Almost everyone has been told that they shouldn't eat raw cookie dough, or lick the bowl when mixing cake batter – and almost everyone has openly defied the possible health concerns in order to consume the unbaked dough of delicious chocolate chip cookies.
But it seems that the warnings carried weight after all, as the newest recall is for a popular flour brand, which may contain salmonella.
Winn-Dixie and Publix supermarkets have issued a recall for approximately 12,185 cases of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour after the flour's producer, Hometown Food Company announced that their product may be tainted with salmonella.
The recall announcement was released on Friday, March 8 when Publix and Winn-Dixie posted the news on their websites.
The contaminated cases of impacted Pillsbury flour were distributed through a limited number of retailers and distributors nationwide.
Hometown Food Company also produces White Lily, Martha White, Jim Dandy, Hungry Jack and Pillsbury Funfetti brands, though no further recalls have been issued for any other product or brand.
Consumers who may have recently purchased five-pound bags of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour are asked to throw away or return the product to the place of purchase in order to receive a full refund.
The two lots of contaminated flour can be identified by their lot codes: 8 292 or 8 293 as well as their best-by dates of either April 19, 2020 or April 20, 2020.
The contamination was discovered when Hometown Food Company ran a test on Lot 8 292 and detected salmonella strains in the flour – Lot 8 293 is being included in the recall out of an “abundance of caution,” according to officials with the company.
While cooking or baking will typically kill off any salmonella bacteria, a Salmonella illness can be a serious and dangerous infection for people with weakened immune systems, the very young or the very old.
The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
Call your doctor if you have a fever of 101.5° F or higher, bloody diarrhea, or severe dehydration as this may be signs of a more aggressive salmonella poisoning.