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Carcinogen in Heartburn Drug May Build in Storage, Lab Finds

News reports the heartburn medicine Zantac (ranitidine) “appears to produce unacceptably high levels of a cancer-causing chemical when exposed to heat for as little as five days, according to a testing laboratory that’s urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recall all forms of the widely used product.” Since at least September, the FDA “has been monitoring the presence of” a toxic chemical called NDMA that has been “found in some samples of Zantac, which is also sold in generic versions.” New testing “by an Alameda, California-based independent laboratory called Emery Pharma found that a combination of heat and time can raise levels of NDMA, potentially while drugs are sitting in packaging well after being analyzed by their manufacturers.”

Numerous manufacturers have already pulled products from pharmacy shelves, including Sanofi, which makes the brand-name version of Zantac. A leading oncology hospital, New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has also said it will no longer offer the drug to patients while it reviews the risk. The FDA has yet to push for any widespread recall.

Veggie Noodle Co. is recalling its Cece’s Veggie Co. brand Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth sold at retail stores across the U.S. because the separately packaged egg could be tainted, according to a notice posted Saturday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

The AP (12/28) reported that “Veggie Noodle Co. said Saturday it was voluntarily recalling its Cece’s brand Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth due to concerns the egg contained may be contaminated with listeria.” The recall is related to “hard-boiled eggs from Georgia-based Almark Foods, which recalled its hard-boiled eggs earlier this month.”

Veggie Noodle gets its hard-boiled eggs from Georgia-based Almark Foods, which recalled its hard-boiled eggs earlier this month. Almark has expanded its recall twice to involve even more products.

Lyft is being sued for having drivers who allegedly have sexually harassed and assaulted their ride along clients.

Lyft consumer class action
In a lawsuit filed by 19 women in San Francisco Superior Court, these women are claiming that Lyft drivers are nothing more than sexual predators. It echos a similar lawsuit filed by 14 women earlier this year in the same court.  The lawsuit claims that the company has done nothing to address the sexual predator crisis and requests compensatory damages on behalf of the women.

Detailed accounts are included in the lawsuit which reach back into 2017 of attempted rape, sexual assault, and other harassment. The stories go into more graphic detail of Lyft drivers asking for sexual favors of their passengers.

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