Death Wish Coffee Co. recalls product possibly contaminated with deadly toxin

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:51 PM


Death Wish Coffee Co. has initiated a recall one of its nitro coffee products because it could be contaminated with a deadly toxin.

The Round Lake, N.Y.-based coffee producer determined that the current process could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin, botulin, in low acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation may also be common symptoms.

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“Our customers’ safety is of paramount importance and Death Wish Coffee is taking this significant, proactive step to ensure that the highest quality, safest, and of course, strongest Coffee products we produce are of industry-exceeding standards – thus we are taking this measure of recalling all Death Wish Nitro cans from shelves,” said Mike Brown, founder and owner of Death Wish Coffee Co.

People experiencing any symptoms related to Botulism should seek immediate medical attention. The company will give anyone who purchased the product on a full refund within 60 days.

The company is also halting production of its Nitro Cold Brew until an additional step in the manufacturing is implemented.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased Death Wish Nitro should not consume it and can either dispose of it or return the product to the location with proof of purchase for a full refund. Call toll free 1-844-303-2290 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. EST.


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St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t drink and drive. Uber, AAA offer special deals

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:55 PM


Thousands of Ohioans will head to their favorites pubs this weekend in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, but officials have a warning for residents: “Don’t drink and drive.”

From 2012 to 2016, 269 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during this holiday period, accounting for 38 percent of all crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly 69 percent of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

“I am pleading with everyone to make the safe choice of designating a driver if they plan to drink alcohol around St. Paddy’s Day,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church. “I hope the day is fun and exciting, and also safe for people all around the country.”

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People are more aware of the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking, and thanks to increased education and enforcement, roads are safer for everyone, according to Uber. However, each day almost 29 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes in 2016, according to the high administration.

Uber and AAA are offering special deals in some cities so that party goers don’t get behind the wheel after drinking.

Many AAA clubs offer safe ride services for members and non-members. If you need a safe ride home, call (800) AAA-HELP or (800) 222-4357. ArriveSafe Program begins Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday, March 18 at 6 a.m. for Montgomery County residents only. AAA has no call center involvement. Local motorists must dial 937-449-9999.

Uber is also offering free and discounted rides in some cities, so check your app to if any discount codes apply.


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Jewelry store company expects to close 200 stores

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 11:44 AM


Signet Jewelers, parent of Zales, Kay Jewelers, Jared and other jewelry brands, expects to close more than 200 stores by the end of fiscal 2019.

Signet will undertake a real estate review as part of a new three-year strategy plan to drive change and profitability within the company. The plan will save $85 million — $100 million is fiscal 2019, with more cost reductions of $115 million to $125 million by the end of the three-year program.

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The company has seen store sales drop in recent years. Sterling Jewelers’ same store sales decreased 8.6 percent, mostly in sales of bridal merchandise. Zale Jewelry’s same store sales increased 4.3%, driven by the new Enchanted Disney collection.

Specific store locations have not been identified.

Signet isn’t the only jewelry company to close stores. Osterman Jewelers closed its location at the Mall at Fairfield Commons and locally owned Webers Jewelers closed its location in Kettering in 2016.


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Lima mulch company building Moraine location

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

A well-mulched garden.
A well-mulched garden.

A Lima, Ohio-based mulch company is building a retail and distribution site in Moraine.

Wright Mulch has already laid the foundation for its new building just east of Dryden Road, near Heidelberg Distributing’s Moraine distribution center and south of the DMAX truck engine plant.

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Mike Davis, Moraine economic development director, said the site will be relatively small to begin — about 1,500 square feet with about only five employees. But there will be room to grow, he believes.

Motorists on Dryden can already see bins for mulch at the location. The site once was home to a Delphi auto parts plant, long demolished, but a two-million-square-foot ground pad remains, Davis said.

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Davis expects retail and distribution operations at the location.

Wright Consolidated Inc. controls several companies from a Lima, Ohio headquarters, including Wright Mulch, Wright Logistics, Wright Warehousing, Wright Refuse and Wright Pallet.

A message was left with Aaron Wright, Wright Consolidated president.

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Snuggie refund: Some customers getting checks after buying 'as-seen-on-TV' products

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 5:17 PM

Snuggie Refund: Customers Getting Check After Buying Products ‘As-Seen-On-TV’

If you’ve bought a Snuggie, a Perfect Tortilla, a Forever Comfy or any of a handful of other “as-seen-on-TV”-type products, you might be getting a refund.

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Officials with the Federal Trade Commission said more than 218,000 checks are being mailed -- each worth an average of $33.14 -- to customers who bought products from the Allstar Marketing Group, a direct marketer based in New York.  The company handling the refunds, Analytics, began sending refund checks to consumers Monday, according to FTC officials.

Authorities sued the company in 2015, alleging that it deceptively marketed its products by promoting a phony “buy-one-get-one-free” offer to consumers without disclosing additional costs for the deal.

In the FTC’s complaint, officials used as an example a commercial for the company’s Magic Mesh screen door.

“The company promised that it would ‘double the offer’ for consumers if they just paid ‘processing and handling fees,’” FTC officials said. “While consumers were led to believe that they would be getting two $19.95 products for ‘less than $10 each,’ in fact, the total cost with the undisclosed $7.95 ‘processing and handling’ fees jumped from the advertised price of $19.95 to $35.85.”

Officials also charged that customers who called Allstar Marketing were immediately prompted to share their billing information and were charged for products before they could indicated how many items they wanted to buy. The company would then attempt to up-sell customers using automated voice prompts and sometimes following up the process by sending consumers to other third-party sellers with even more sales pitches.

“Once all of the offers ended, consumers were not told the total number of items they’d ‘agreed’ to buy, or the total amount they would be billed,” the FTC alleged in its complaint. “Allstar even charged those consumers who hung up mid-call, not intending to complete a sale.”

A federal judge in Illinois ordered Allstar Marketing in 2015 to stop its alleged deceptive marketing and ordered the company to pay $7.5 million for refunds to affected customers.

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