LaCroix Sued For Allegedly Containing Cockroach Insecticide

Your favorite seltzer is under fire for possibly containing some upsetting ingredients. A recently filed lawsuit alleges that the sparkling water includes an ingredient used in cockroach insecticide. The suit mostly finds fault with the seltzer’s claim that it contains “all natural” ingredients. Customer Lenora Rice enlisted the la firm Beaumont Costales to file the suit on her behalf, according to CBS Philadelphia.

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“LaCroix in fact contains ingredients that have been identified by the Food and Drug Administration as synthetic,” the lawsuit states according to CBS. “These chemicals include limonene, which can cause kidney toxicity and tumors; linalool propionate, which is used to treat cancer; and linalool, which is used in cockroach insecticide.”

LaCroix’s parent company, National Beverage Corp., strongly denies the allegations. The company insists that all ingredients are in fact 100% natural. The company issued a statement earlier this week to clarify its position.

“The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers “natural” on a food label to be truthful and non-misleading when ‘nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added.’”

H/T: USA Today

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Pret a Manger: Second person dies from allergic reaction

The customer died in December 2017 after eating a “super-veg rainbow flatbread” that contained a yogurt that was supposed to be dairy-free.

But after testing by Pret and two independent authorities, it was later found that the ingredient, supplied by yogurt producer Coyo, contained dairy protein. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was informed and all Coyo products were recalled nationwide.

Pret said in a statement that “their deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of our customer in this terrible case and we will look to help them in any way we can.” The company said it was taking legal action against Coyo.

Coyo denied its product was the cause of the fatal allergic reaction. In a statement posted to its Twitter feed Sunday, the company said “the claims made by Pret are unfounded.”

“The dairy-free product we provided to Pret in December 2017 at the time of this tragedy, is not linked to the product we recalled in February 2018,” it concluded. The company said the cause of death was unknown and still being investigated by coroners.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died from an allergic reaction to the sesame seeds in a Pret sandwich.

Ingredient labeling

Pret a Manger has recently been under scrutiny
following the death of a 15-year-old girl who had an allergic reaction to a sandwich containing sesame seeds.
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse fell ill on a British Airways flight to Nice, France, after buying an olive tapenade and artichoke baguette from a branch of Pret a Manger at London Heathrow Airport. She died later of anaphylactic shock, a UK medical coroner
ruled last week.

Pret a Manger Chief Executive Clive Schlee said in a statement that the fast-food chain was “deeply sorry” for her death. He said he hoped the food-labeling measures would “set us on course to drive change in the industry so people with allergies are as protected and informed as possible.”

The company will begin a trial of full ingredient labeling from November and in the coming weeks will ensure that “prominent allergen warning stickers are placed on all individual freshly made products” and add additional allergen warning signs in shops, it said in a statement seen by CNN.

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Powerball results for 10/06/18; did anyone win the $262M jackpot?

LANSING, MI – The Powerball jackpot continues to grow as there was no winner of the $262 million jackpot for the drawing on Saturday, Oct. 6.

That means the drawing on Wednesday Oct. 10 will be worth $282 million with a cash option of $161.1 million.

The Powerball Numbers (white) for Oct. 6: 1-22-27-53-67

The Red Powerball Power Number: 15

The Power Play Number: 3

Powerball winners for Oct. 6:

  • While there was no grand prize winner, three tickets sold matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million. Those tickets were sold in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.
  • The player in Pennsylvania also played the Power Play option which increased their winnings to $2 million.
  • Prior to the drawing, the jackpot increased from $253 million to $262 million.
  • In Michigan, one player matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. That was the largest prize won in the state.
  • Overall, there were 882,663 winners in the drawing who won at least $4 each. In Michigan, there were 28,692 winners.

Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Players select five white numbers from (1 to 69) and one red ball (1 to 26). Tickets cost $2 each.

In other Michigan Lottery news:

  • The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday, Oct. 9, with an estimated jackpot of $470 million and cash option of $265 million.
  • The next Lotto 47 drawing is Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:29 p.m. with a jackpot of $9.6 million. Deadline is 7:08 p.m. that day.
  • Sunday’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is an estimated $110,000. The drawing is at 7:29 p.m. Deadline is 7:08 p.m.

For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.

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Amazon’s Third Party Needs to Keep Raging

Amazon.com’s business of selling goods for others may be a growing hassle, but the e-commerce giant has strong reasons to stay in the game.

Amazon warned some of its customers on Friday that their email addresses were shared with one of the company’s third-party sellers, in violation of the company’s policies. That came just weeks after The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was investigating some of its own employees for leaking data to third-party sellers in exchange for bribes. Amazon reportedly also has been hit…

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Why Does Social Security Leave Out Teachers in These 15 States?

Social Security provides retirement benefits to more than 47 million retired workers at the end of their careers, as well as provides support to family members of those workers. The vast majority of workers earn benefits by paying into the Social Security system through payroll taxes.

Yet what many people don’t realize is that there are some workers who aren’t part of Social Security. They don’t have to pay Social Security payroll taxes on their earnings during their careers, but they also can’t count on the program to provide retirement benefits. In particular, teachers and other public sector workers in 15 states across the country get left out of Social Security in many cases.

Teacher kneeling on floor working with students at desks.

Image source: Getty Images.

How Social Security works for most people

For most workers, participation in Social Security is almost automatic. Employees pay a 6.2% payroll tax to fund Social Security, which employers match dollar for dollar.

Once you’ve accumulated 40 Social Security credits — which for most workers takes 10 years — you’re entitled to retirement benefits on your own work history. The longer you work in the Social Security system, and the more money you make, the larger your benefits will be.

The public sector exception from Social Security

However, some state government employees, including teachers, don’t pay Social Security payroll taxes and aren’t entitled to retirement benefits from Social Security. The history of this practice dates all the way back to Social Security’s formation, when the law was intended to cover only private employees. At the time, it wasn’t clear whether the federal government could force states to pay payroll taxes. Only in the 1950s did the rules change, allowing states to have the ability to join Social Security.

The majority of states elected to enroll their government workers in Social Security. At that point, those workers started paying payroll taxes, and they earned their retirement benefits in the same way as any other worker.

However, not every state participated. Now teachers in 12 states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, and Texas — don’t have coverage arrangements with Social Security. In addition, three other states — Georgia, Kentucky, and Rhode Island — have varying degrees of coverage that differ by school district.

What it means for teachers

Lack of Social Security coverage doesn’t mean that teachers in these states are left completely high and dry. In order to opt out of Social Security, states had to provide pensions that would provide benefits that were at least as good as what Social Security would provide.

However, the big problem that teachers in these states face is when they have some work during their careers that is covered by Social Security. In the 35 states that do participate in Social Security, total work history produces predictable and desirable results that are based on an entire career’s worth of earnings.

By contrast, how Social Security interacts with public sector pensions doesn’t always provide for a clean calculation of total benefits. For some, the Windfall Elimination Provision can take away a portion of Social Security benefits even when workers have otherwise met all the requirements. Others who are eligible for Social Security spousal benefits — because the teacher’s spouse qualifies for retirement benefits — find that the Government Pension Offset can in some cases completely eliminate that potential Social Security payment.

Understand your retirement benefits

If you work as a teacher in one of the states listed above, it’s vital to understand the conditions under which your pension benefits will kick in. That way, you can use those figures to run calculations and determine what impact your pension will have on any Social Security benefits you’re entitled to receive.

The public sector exception to Social Security is easy to overlook. Even though you’ll save the payroll taxes you’d otherwise have to pay to Social Security, some teachers won’t be pleased at the trade-off of having severe limits on any Social Security benefits they’d otherwise get.

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