PRODUCT RECALL: Mowers and Garden Tractors Due to Risk of Injury


Product Recall #15-197 was issued on July 23, 2015 for approximately 2800 Simplicity Riding Lawn Mowers and Garden Tractors by Briggs & Stratton due to risk of injury.


Briggs & Stratton Simplicity Garden Tractor

This recall involves orange Simplicity brand zero turn riding mowers, mower deck attachments and garden tractors. Mower deck sizes range from 44 to 54 inches. The Simplicity logo is on the side of the mower or garden tractor. Mowers and garden tractors with the following model and serial numbers are included in the recall. The model and serial numbers are located on the frame near the front tires or on the frame rail below the seat.

 Model  Serial Number      Range        
 1695058  2016939034 – 2017048430
 1696445  2016943253 – 2017107153
 1696446  2016933459 – 2017114841
 1696459  2017100601 – 2017100603
 2691175  2016825203 – 2017125081
 2691176  2016869892 – 2017114891
 2691179  2016893089 – 2017100633
 2691224  2016905124 – 2017114535
 2691280  2016969131 – 2017104015
 5901269  2016868431 – 2016869752


The chute deflector on the riding mowers and garden tractors can fail to prevent projectiles from being expelled. This poses a risk of injury to consumers from projectiles.

Briggs & Stratton Simplicity Riding Mower


Briggs & Stratton dealers nationwide from August 2014 through May 2015 for between $3,600 and $16,000.


Briggs & Stratton at (800) 227-3798 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at and click on “Recalls and Notifications” for more information. Dealers can be found using the dealer locator at


 Mowers with a black dot on the label containing the product’s model and serial number are not included in this recall.

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7.9M #NepalQuake | The Worst Disaster in Nepalese History in 80 Years



On Saturday April 25th, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Lamjung District of Nepal, around 1211 NPT [Seattle is 12 hrs 45 mins behind].

21 aftershocks have also struck the region including a 5.2 in the mountains causing a landslide on Mt. Everest.

It was the biggest earthquake to strike the country in 80 years. The earthquake was felt across the region from India to China and left immense destruction, flattening sections of Kathmandu and triggering avalanches in mount Everest.

Mt. Everest Landslide.

17 people have been reportedly killed when the face of the mountain slide down on to Camps 1 and 2 below after a 5.2M earthquake [aftershock] triggered a landslide.

Sources:  Humanity, Wikipedia.



  • The country’s Police Department put the death toll at 1,382, with almost 4,482 injured.
  • Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Given the scale of the destruction, the death toll is almost certain to rise, said Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal.
  • Death Toll rises to 2500.;_ylt=AwrTHQ9TYT1VORUAMcxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzMTM1OTQzBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDU01FODM3XzEEc2VjA3Nj

Sources:  Nepal PD, AP News, CNN, Yahoo News.

Overwhelming visible crumbled buildings seen, emotional damaged people not so much. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

Overwhelming visible crumbled buildings seen, emotional damaged people not so much. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]


Initial government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, in areas where rural populations are dispersed, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.  The worst affected districts include Sindulpalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha in the CR and Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung in the western region.

Sources:  Humanity

Conditions survivors are living in. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

Conditions survivors are living in. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]


  • Medical/Emergency Supplies:  for hospitals and clinics.
  • Medical Teams: Supplies, tenting for hospitals, body bags.
  • Temporary morgues.
  • Search & Rescue Resources:  equipment and teams.
  • Heavy Equipment:  for rubble removal.
  • Air Support:  Helicopters for transport and access to blocked areas. 

Sources:  Humanity


  • Kathmandu (coordinates: 27.684744,85.285492) Ashram staff report that 100 children in need of water, food and shelter after severe damage to orphanage via email sent to Humanityroad requesting help.
  • Sankhu (coordinates: 27.513321,85.335869).  Main town of Pukhulachhi Village Development Committee (VDC) of Kathmandu District in the northwestern Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Unconfirmed reports that 90% of buildings have been destroyed, 400 people have died, there is no ambulance, and no rescue teams have arrived.
  • Gorkha (coordinates: 27.995649,84.628273). Western (Pashchimanchal) region, in zone Gandaki. Reports of 80% of parts of Gorkha destroyed and search & rescue and medical help urgently needed.  According to the Gorkha Police District Office, 94 died so far in Gorkha. Rescue is going on but more manpower is needed   
  • Thaiti, in Khatmandu.  Unconfirmed report that about 100 people need food.  Call 9818272055, 9841782909
  • Lalitpur (coordinates: 27.666300,85.309799). Region Central (Madhyamanchal), Zone Bagmati.  No power and no water supply.  
  • Pashupati Ghat – Radio reports Pashupati ghat is filled with bodies. They haven’t been able to cut wood to cremate bodies because of a lack of electricity. 
  • Langtang Village (coordinates: 28.266701,85.616699). Langtang is a region in Nepal to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet.  Avalanche overwhelms Langtang village, over 100 feared dead |
  • Sindhupalchowk (coordinates:27.951203,85.684578) Sindhupalchowk is a part of the Bagmati zone district north of Kathmandu. Impacts include collapsed buildings and walls especially historic buildings in centres, but less overall damage and collapse of buildings than expected. The majority of people remain outside houses for the second consecutive night. 
  • Kavre (coordinates:27.525942, 85.561210) District east of Kathmandu. Reported death toll at 60. Earthquake destroyed hospital, road building in Kavre district of Nepal. Dhulikhel hospital, Scheer memorial hospital in Banepa managing emergency situation. Threat of landslides. 
  • Nuwakot (coordinates: 28.137853, 83.872482) Bagmati zone district north of Kathmandu.State TV reports 126 deaths. Most houses destroyed, lack of tents or shelter as it continues to rain. 
  • Rasuwa (coordinates: 27.083333, 86.433333) Smallest district in the Bagmati zone, about 120km north of Kathmandu. Most buildings destroyed. Reported 17 army personnel and 60 people trapped under rubble in Trisuli hydropower tunnel, Rasuwa.
  • Dolakha (coordinates: 27.778429, 86.175176) Part of the Janakpur zone north of Katmandu. Many houses destroyed. Poor mostly affected. 
  • Lamjung (coordinates: 28.282869,84.440819) Village northwest of Kathmandu.Gorkha, Dhading, Sindhupalanchowk, lamjung and other need immediate rescue operations.Please Share.Entire Village has been damaged.These places has been affected very badly need immediate relief like food water and tent. 
  • Barpak (coordinates:28.210368,84.742003)  Barpak is a village situated in the northern part of the Gorkha district. It is located about 1900 m above sea level. Report of all but 4 of the 1200 houses destroyed. Village has been reached by helicopter and 120 wounded evacuated. 
  • Dhading (coordinates:27.441990,85.079597) Village in Narayani district. Gorkha, Dhading, Sindhupalanchowk, lamjung and other need immediate rescue operations.Please Share.Entire Village has been damaged.These places has been affected very badly need immediate relief like food water and tent.

Sources:  Humanity


  • Medical Staff:  Doctors and nurses are needed for a medical team headed to Gorkha.  They should contact @ajayuprety (9813550495) asap.
  • Blood donations:  shortage of certain blood types. Please call Dr. Manita at 98510-84500 at Nepal Red Cross Blood Bank. 
  • Call Out to All Doctors:  InCrisisRelief is recruiting doctors to go to Nepal.  They will arrange transport.  Contact @InCrisisRelief. 

Sources:  Humanity


Living conditions are very poor. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

Living conditions are very poor. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]



  • Kathmandu airport: Shut down on Saturday resulting in the cancellation of Indian flights bound for the capital city.  For the purpose of the public travel please check with your airline before travel.  

Sources:  Indian Times.


  • Nepal Red Cross:  Volunteers and staff of Nepal Red Cross Society are working on the ground assisting in search and rescue efforts and administering first aid to the injured. The Red Cross in Nepal has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and plays a lead role in the government’s contingency plans for such disasters. The Red Cross blood bank in Kathmandu is also providing blood supplies to the main medical facilities in the capital.

Sources:  Nepal Red Cross.


Sources:  Google, Facebook.


Sources:  Web.


  • Capital: of Nepal and largest metro City in Country. 
  • Population:  3Million
  • Location:  Surrounded by four major mountains:  Shivapuri, Phulchowki, nagarjun and Chandragiri.
  • Geography: sits in the bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal.
  • Elevation:  stands at 1400m or 4600 ft.
  • Tourism: is the gateway to Tourism. Voted as Top #3 on TripAdvisor’s Top #10 Best Travel Destinations.

Sources:  Wikipedia, WikiTravel.


  • Population:  Almost 31million
  • Location:  Located in Southern Asia between China and India. 
  • Ethnicity/race: 125 caste/ethnic groups were reported in the 2011 national census
  • Capital:  Kathmandu [population 1.015million]
  • Peaks:  Contains 8 out of 10’s world’s highest peaks.
  • Languages:  123 languages reported as mother tongue in 2011 national census; many in government and business also speak English
  • Religion:  Hindu 81.3%, Buddhist 9%, Muslim 4.4%, Kirant 3.1%, Christian 1.4%, other 0.5%, unspecified 0.2% (2011)
  • Literacy rate: 57.4% (2011)
  • Telephones: main lines in use: 834,000 (2013); mobile cellular: 18.1382 million (2013).
  • Broadcast media: state operates 2 TV stations as well as national and regional radio stations; roughly 30 independent TV channels are registered with only about half in regular operation; nearly 400 FM radio stations are licensed with roughly 300 operational (2007).
  • Internet hosts: 41,256 (2012).
  • Internet users: 577,800 (2009).
  • Railways: total: 59 km (2008).
  • Roadways: total: 10,844 km; paved: 4,952 km; unpaved: 5,892 km (2010).
  • Airports: 47 (2013).

Sources:  Wikipedia, Fact Monster.

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King County Public Health Shuts Down Seattle Food Establishment due to Immenient Public Health Safety Concerns

Seattle, Washington |The King County Public Health shut down the food establishment Seadle House dba Zen Noodles & Cafe located at 4537 University Way NE #A, Seattle, WA 98105, on February 9, 2015, at 1300 Hours.

Per the County’s website, they state the Restaurant had the following violations.

  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
  • Inadequate facilities to control temperatures, hot/cold holding
  • Foods not protected from cross contamination
  • Equipment/utensils not properly sanitized
  • Handwasing facilities unavailable and inaccessible

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Dog Chews Nationwide Recall by Barkworthies due to Possible Contamination of Salmonella

Richmond, Va | Barkworthies is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Barkworthies Chicken Vittles were distributed nationwide beginning on May 6, 2014. The product can be identified by the Lot Code 1254T1 printed on the side of the plastic pouch. The Barkworthies Chicken Vittles are packaged in a 16 oz plastic pouch with a Best Used by Date of May 2016 and UPC 816807011510.

Barkworthies has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these Chicken Vittles to date.

The recalled Chicken Vittles should not be sold or fed to pets.

For a full refund, pet owners should return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall claim form available on the Barkworthies website at

Customers with questions can call toll free 877-993-4257, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern time.


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Public Health Shuts Down Illegal Food Business on Roadside is Unnamed

Renton, Washington | A King County Public Health Inspector shut down an unnamed food business operating on SR 900 and 148th Avenue on December 19, 2014, at 1600 hours, without having a valid business license. The reason for no name listed in the report is because there was no visible food business name listed on the vehicle.

The King County Public Health Department released this statement, “f the food business operator wishes to continue this type of operation, she will need to complete all of the requirements to obtain a mobile food establishment permit as described at”

At this time of this post, the food business still has not secured the proper permits or been approved by the King County Public Health Department to reopen their business as a mobile food truck.

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FOOD RECALL ALERT: Lacteos Santa Martha products by Oasis Brands of Miami due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 4, 2014 – Oasis Brands, Inc. of Miami, FL is recalling select lots of various Lacteos Santa Martha products with Best by dates of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14, because the products has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.


Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeriainfection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


The recalled products were distributed in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina from April 1st thought October 14, 2014 to distributors and retail stores.


The products can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) sticker on the label of the plastic bag of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14.


Queso Seco Centroamericano (Dry White Cheese) 1Lb UPC 876593 001874


Queso Seco Olanchano (Dry Cheese) 1Lb UPC 635349 000840
Queso Seco Hondureno (Dry Cheese) 12oz UPC 876593 001690
Quesito Casero (Fresh Curd) 12oz UPC 635349 000406
My Queso (Latin Flavor Cheese) 1Lb UPC 635349 000406
Queso Cuzcatlan (Salvadorean Flavor Cheese) 1Lb UPC 635349 000406
Queso para Freir (Cheese for Frying) 12oz UPC 635349 000758
Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese) 12oz UPC 635349 000703
Cuajada en Hoja Queso Casero Hecho a Mano (Fresh Curd) 12oz UPC 635349 000895
Crema Centroamericana (Soft Blend Dairy Spread) 1Lb UPC 876593 001898
Mantequilla Hondurena (Honduran Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000772
Crema Nica (Grade A Cultured Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000468
HonduCrema Olanchana (Olanchana Style Soft Blend Dairy Spread) 1Lb UPC 635349 000598
Crema Guatemalteca (Guatemalan Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000819
Crema GuateLinda (Guatemalan Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000390
Crema Cuzcatlan (Salvadorean Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000444


FDA is investigating illnesses associated with the product.


The recall is the result of routine sampling by The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Inspectors and subsequent FDA environmental samples that revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.


The company ceased production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.


Consumers who have purchased the Lacteos Santa Martha products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.


Consumers with questions may contact the company at (305) 599-0225 Monday thru Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST.






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FOOD RECALL NOTICE: [High Alert] Boudin Products by Carlton Foods due to Possible Temperature Abuse

Class I Recall:  075-2014.  Health Risk:  HIGH

Carlton Foods, a New Braunfels, TX establishment is recalling approximately 25,764# of fresh Boudin Products which were produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse.  It may contact an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus, the US Dept of Ag’s Food Safety & Inspection Service [FSIS] announced on October 30, 2014.

The Boudin (sausage-like) products were produced on Aug. 22, 2014, through Oct. 17, 2014. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S HICKORY SMOKED BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S ‘HOT’ PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 16-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 32-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S CAJUN GRILLERS BOUDIN”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1943” or “EST. 961” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products with the EST. 961 inside the mark of inspection would also have NB printed on the label. “Sell By” dates for the recalled products range from Oct. 28, 2014, to Dec. 16, 2014. The products were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a Food Safety Assessment. During production, FSIS personnel observed pre-cooked rice, a component of the Boudin, being held at unsafe temperatures which could result in the products containing an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.

Bacillus cereus is a type of bacteria that can be found in a variety of foods, particularly rice that has been stored too long at room temperature. Emetic toxins produced by Bacillus cereus are characterized by nausea and vomiting occurring within 30 minutes to six hours after consumption of contaminated foods.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Tim Bruer, Chief Executive Officer, at (818) 415-7333. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Randy Rust, President, at (830) 625-7583 ext. 109.

Consumers with food safety questions can &quotAsk Karen,&quot the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

[Repost info received 11/3/14]

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Last Modified Nov 03, 2014

BEACHES CLOSED: Three Tree Point Beaches South to Pierce County

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Paralytic Shellfish Poison found at unsafe levels

High levels of marine biotoxin that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) were found in shellfish samples collected at the Des Moines Marina. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health – Seattle & King County closed Three Tree Point beaches south to the Pierce County line to recreational shellfish harvest.

The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels, oysters, geoduck and scallops. Working with partners, Public Health – Seattle & King County is posting advisory signs at beaches warning people to not collect shellfish.

Shrimp and crab are not included in this closure. Crabs should be cleaned prior to cooking, and the white-yellow fat inside the back of the shell, often referred to as “crab butter,” should be discarded. Commercial beaches are sampled separately and commercial products should be safe to eat.

An existing biotoxin closure for butter clams and varnish clams remains in effect for beaches north of Three Tree Point to the Snohomish County line.

Marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing and can be life threatening. People can become ill from eating shellfish contaminated with the naturally occurring marine algae that contain toxins that are harmful to humans. Symptoms of PSP can appear within minutes or hours, are generally mild, and begin with numbness or tingling of the face, arms, and legs. This is followed by headache, dizziness, nausea, and muscle weakness. Some people describe a floating sensation. In cases of severe poisoning, muscle paralysis and breathing difficulty respiratory failure can occur. Anyone experiencing these symptoms after eating shellfish should contact a health care provider immediately. For extreme reactions, call 911.

In most cases, the algae that contains toxins cannot be seen and must be detected using laboratory testing. The Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County will continue to monitor beaches and will notify the public if the levels of PSP toxin become unsafe in other areas.

Recreational shellfish harvesting can be closed due to rising levels of biotoxin at any time. Therefore, harvesters are advised to call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or visit the Biotoxin website at  before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Puget Sound.

Source: King County Public Health

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