Pet Foods, Health Products, Cosmetics and More Recalled in 6 States at 404 Stores

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a major recall of various products sold at Family Dollar Stores in six states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The recall includes, but is not limited to: 

  • FDA-approved dietary supplements
  • Cosmetics, including skincare products, baby oils, lipsticks, shampoos and baby wipes
  • Animal foods, including kibble, pet treats and wild bird seed
  • Medical devices, including feminine hygiene products, surgical masks, contact lens cleaning solutions, bandages and nasal care products
  • Over-the-counter medications, including pain medications, eye drops, dental products, antacids and other medications for both adults and children

The FDA said they began an investigation into their West Memphis, Arkansas, distribution facility after receiving a consumer complaint in January.

Inspectors found live rodents, dead rodents, “rodent feces and urine, evidence of gnawing, nesting and rodent odors throughout the facility, dead birds and bird droppings, and products stored in conditions that did not protect against contamination,” the FDA announced this week. After fumigating the facility, more than 1,100 dead rodents were discovered. 

Between March and September of last year, the company’s internal records showed it found more than 2,300 rodents in the facility, the FDA said.

Any and all pet food — whether it’s a can of Alpo or a bag of the “good stuff” — has been recalled from 404 Family Dollar stores in the South because a distribution center in Arkansas had an apparent rodent infestation.

“There are numerous hazards associated with rodents, including the potential presence of salmonella,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted in its recall announcement.

Here is the full list of affected Family Dollar store locations.

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AZ Reps Offer Bill to Decertify 2020 Elections in 3 Counties

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Arizona House of Representatives Representative Mark Finchem (R-11)

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Representative Finchem Introduces Resolution to Set Aside & Decertify Three 2020 County Elections

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – State Representative Mark Finchem has introduced HCR 2033, a concurrent resolution calling for the elections of Maricopa, Pima and Yuma Counties to be set aside based on clear and convincing evidence that the elections in those counties were irredeemably compromised.

Statement from Representative Finchem:

“The circumstances surrounding these elections undermine voter confidence in the election system, moreover, they ultimately translate into doubts about election integrity.

“The questions first raised over a year ago about the legitimacy of the 2020 General Election persist. Evidence and testimony collected since November 3, 2020, has reached the point of clear and convincing and is now in the hands of the Arizona Attorney General for action. Citations of various elements justifying the Resolution can be found in the body of the Resolution. We have debunked the ‘baseless claims’ narrative promoted by the propaganda pushing media and are now on to the business of providing specific relief to the People.

“While some may say there is no valid constitutional, nor statutory grounds for such an action, they clearly are disregarding longstanding jurisprudence. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides, in relevant part, ‘Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.’ U.S. Const. Art. II, § 1, cl. 2 (emphasis added). The Supreme Court has described the constitutional authority of the state legislatures to determine the manner of choosing electors as ‘plenary.’ See McPherson v. Blecker, 146 U.S. 1, 35 (1892); see also Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98, 104 (2000).

“The Supreme Court of the United States has even noted that, ‘whatever provisions may be made by statute, or by the state constitution, to choose electors by the people, there is no doubt of the right of the legislature to resume the power at any time.’ McPherson, 146 U.S. at 35 (emphasis added, quoting with approval Sen. R., 1st Sess. 43rd Cong. No. 395); see also Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. at 104 (‘The State, of course, after granting the franchise in the special context of Article II, can take back the power to appoint electors’).

AZ “One significant common law principle is that actions taken as the result of fraud or illegality are void ab initio, and can be rescinded. See, e.g., United States v. Bradley, 35 U.S. 343, 360 (1836) (citing Pigot’s Case, 11 Co. Lit. 27b (1614)).


This principle has been applied to reverse a fraudulent election even after the election was certified and the illegally certified candidate was sworn in and sitting in the legislature. Marks v. Stinson, No. CIV. A. 93-6157, 1994 WL 47710, at *15-*16 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 18, 1994), vacated in part, 19 F.3d 873 (3d Cir. 1994), affirmed after remand, 37 F.3d 1487 (1994).

“That there is no process under current law for the Arizona Legislature to ‘decertify’ an election, does not mean that the Legislature cannot provide a remedy for outcome-determinative fraud and illegality in the conduct of the election, exercising powers it has directly from Article II of the federal Constitution, for as the Supreme Court stated in McPherson, ‘there is no doubt of the right of the legislature to resume the power [to appoint electors] at any time, for it can neither be taken away nor abdicated.’

“In the case of Maricopa, Pima and Yuma Counties, the fact that there is evidence showing illegal acts occurred, whether by intent or omission does not matter, the margin of error exceeds the margin of victory. If we are a nation governed by the ‘rule of law,’ as we so often espouse, then violations of the law must have consequences. In that regard, the 2020 General Election is irredeemably compromised, and it is impossible to name a clear winner of the contest.”

Text of HCR 2033 is available here.

Mark Finchem is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives serving Legislative District 11, which includes portions of Pima and Pinal Counties. 

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A Red Flag For Electric Battery Safety

Emergency first-responders are facing a new wave of safety hazards when responding to car accidents involving electric vehicles (EV). After a deadly crash in Mountain View, California, the fire chief released a safety alert to other first-responders in the region to warn of the dangers of the high-voltage batteries in electric cars involved in accidents.

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Firefighters responding to the crash were shocked to see once the fire was extinguished it reignited at least 3 times in the next six days. This created a seriously hazardous condition for the firefighters who were unsure when the battery would stop bursting into flames. Many have been questioning the safety of electric cars in high-speed car accidents.

What are Electric Cars?

Electric Car on fire

The electric car market has caught the attention of many consumers with the promise of increase in environmental efficiency and decrease in fuel costs when compared to regular gas-fueled vehicles. Electric cars run entirely off of electricity, so they must be plugged in to charge before continuing to travel. The electric car market has recently boomed with over 2 million people across the world using electric cars with the U.S. being the third largest market. With these new cars comes new safety hazards that the public needs to be aware of.

How are Electric Cars Dangerous in a Car Accident?

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Electric cars are equipped with high-voltage lithium-ion batters that differ from regular gas-fueled cars because they engineered to be rechargeable. Some electric car manufacturers, such as Tesla, engineered the battery to respond in the case of a fire by slowing down the spread of flames so all passengers can retreat safely. Unfortunately, this seemingly innovative safety features is creating more work and hazards for first-responders. The battery is burning energy so slowly that the leftover energy becomes unstable, leaving the battery to spontaneously combust over the course of a couple days after the accident.

Firefighters are usually able to cool a battery down to guarantee safe removal but with the Tesla electric battery it took days and a call to Tesla engineers to officially declare the battery safe. This is important for electric car drivers to know in case of an accident.

Battery safety is a serious concern for makers of electric vehicles (EV) today because of potential battery fires. But in earlier years, one of the most serious incidents wasn’t a fire, but a toxic chemical cloud from an EV’s experimental battery.

Automakers, energy interests, and major government-funded efforts have been on the hunt for the ideal battery to power electric cars for decades. It hasn’t been an easy road and remains a challenge even today, as shown by several massive recalls of electric vehicles with batteries that, in rare cases, have suffered spontaneous combustion.

Fires aren’t a new thing. During the EV’s drive to market, battery fires occurred early on, including several in experimental Ford Ecostar electric vehicles powered by sodium-sulfur batteries back in 1994.

A particular battery safety incident that stands out occurred at an electric car race in 1992. Rather than a fire, a race entry running an experimental battery suffered a leak that spewed a toxic vapor cloud that injured racers and race personnel, causing the raceway to be evacuated.

Here, we present the following article from the Green Car Journal archives, as it was originally published in June 1992:

Excerpted from June 1992 Issue: It was in the final hours of racing activity at Phoenix International Raceway when the lead car began spewing a reddish-brown vapor trail into turn one, then went into a spin, braking hard.

As the car slowed to a stop, its driver tore at the window’s safety net and dove out of the opening head-first, stumbling, then collapsing as he tried to escape the battery gases that filled his cockpit and the area around the car. Like the driver, James Worden, of the Solectria team (Boston, Mass.), 14 track officials and others who came to his aid would be taken to the hospital to treat breathing difficulties. Worden was admitted in serious condition. Fortunately, all 15 people injured in the accident recovered.

This was the sobering final scene that red-flagged this year’s APS Solar and Electric 500 in Phoenix, Ariz. An important showcase of new and developing electric car technology, the race exemplified new thinking like quick-change battery packs and race-style pit stops under 20 seconds. Many of the cars were substantially faster than just a year ago, and the driving more sophisticated. Products from major sponsors like General Electric, Motorola, Goodyear, and Firestone were used and touted on banners and cars. The event drew a small crowd of enthusiasts and a good showing of research teams from across the U.S. Many were small-time efforts with personal cars converted to electric propulsion. Others were well-financed teams equipped with the latest in electric motors, controllers, and batteries.

It was the experimental battery technology that brought an early end to the Chrysler-Plymouth Electric Stock Car 200. Complexed bromine solution leaked from a dislodged tube in the race car’s pressurized zinc-bromine battery on lap 91, hitting the hot track and creating a toxic cloud near the car and an acrid smell that hung over the infield. The hazardous materials team handling the incident ultimately ordered the raceway evacuated. Although disabled, Worden’s Solectria entry was later declared the winner since he was five laps ahead of the field.

Should this experimental battery have been at the race? Race sanctioning body Solar and Electric Race Association (SERA) regulations specifically cite that “any battery type (except silver-zinc) is generally permitted and any number of batteries may be utilized within the vehicle.” Thus, the prototype zinc-bromine batteries used independently by both the Solectria and Texas A&M entries were allowed. A wide array of other battery technologies, some potentially dangerous, would also be permitted under these rules.

Phillip Eidler of Johnson Controls, supplier of the experimental batteries in the Solectria car, told GCJ that of the battery technologies being pursued, zinc-bromine is one of the safer ones. “What you saw out there was one of the worst incidents, short of crashing into the wall, you’re probably going to see from the battery system.” He also cites that the Johnson Controls battery does not contain pure bromine. “It’s a complexed form, in solution, that doesn’t have near the vapor pressure and evaporation rate of pure bromine,” advises Eidler. Johnson Controls is the largest U.S. manufacturer of lead-acid automotive batteries and the leading supplier to both the original equipment and replacement markets.

Sources at Johnson Controls cite the company is engaged in a cost-shared development contract for the zinc/bromine battery with the U.S, Department of Energy for utility applications. Zinc-bromine is said to have 2-3 times the energy capacity of lead-acid batteries and, according to Johnson Controls’ vice-president of battery research Bill Tiedemann, it’s “one of the most environmentally safe battery technologies available.”

“While experimental technology is critical to the developing EV and alternative fuel vehicle fields, it’s equally critical that safety is addressed as vigorously outside the lab as it is inside. “

A spokesman for principal race sponsor Arizona Public Service (APS) told GCJ that the technologies to be used by race teams will certainly be examined more clearly for safety in coming years. SERA’s Ernie Holden cited that closer scrutiny would be built into the safety inspection process for future races as well. Johnson Controls is also offering to help in any way it can to make the race a safer event. Since assurances from entries using experimental technology cannot serve as the final word on safety, though, it’s obvious that an expert inspection team will be needed to independently perform this task.

This incident should sound a warning signal within the industry. While experimental technology is critical to the developing EV and alternative fuel vehicle fields, it’s equally critical that safety is addressed as vigorously outside the lab as it is inside. This is especially true in the case of public demonstrations of experimental technology. With the upcoming schedule or races, ride-and-drives-, and public demonstrations of electric vehicle technology worldwide, it will be imperative that adequate safety measures are taken. The same holds true for future fleet testing of electric vehicles using potentially hazardous batteries. A catastrophic battery failure on city streets could have wide-ranging consequences.

Experimental technology will continue to be seen in electric car racing, since racing is the proving ground that ultimately benefits the cars that make it to dealer showrooms. But high-risk system components, or even ones protected by redundant safety systems which could still prove deadly in the event of catastrophic failure, might be penciled out in the rule books for safety and liability reasons. This is especially true of those technologies which could injure large numbers of people in a single incident.

What of experimental components, like batteries, which need to be tested during their evolutionary run to market? That’s why the major automakers have proving grounds In their place, smaller R&D firms can rent a track like Phoenix International Raceway or countless others around the world…and do their testing with the stands empty.

“It would probably have been much better for us if we would have just ran and ran the car around the track without anybody there,” muses Johnson Controls’ Eidler. “But we’ve done years worth of testing. After that works, where’s the next place you go?” That’s a dilemma that will surely be faced by many R&D efforts in coming years. He adds: “There comes a point where you have to take it out on the road.”

GCJ editors do expect that electric cars will compete in major-league racing alongside conventional gasoline-engine cars. But it seems certain that some important safety checks will have to be in place. Racetracks packed with tens of thousands of spectators are not the venue for volatile technology that could endanger the lives of those who are on hand to root for its success.

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Auto Recalls Now On Daylight Saving Time Change List

For most people, the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday means gaining an extra hour of sleep, and maybe a reminder to change smoke detector batteries. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages you to add a new tradition to your safety essentials list when falling back and springing forward: Checking for vehicle safety recalls. 

Don’t risk your safety, that of your loved ones, or others on the road by failing to address any open vehicle recall. Taking a few minutes maintaining the family car can help keep everyone safe on the road. Remember: “Safe Cars Save Lives.”

Take these steps to protect yourself and your family:

Check for Recalls. Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). In seconds, you’ll know if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.

Get It Fixed. If your vehicle is affected by a recall, contact your dealer to schedule a repair. Every recall is fixed for FREE.

Get Alerted. Sign up for Recall Alerts. If your vehicle is included in a future recall, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know.

If you think your vehicle may have a safety-related defect that isn’t part of a current recall, contact NHTSA. Even a single complaint is enough to trigger a recall. Contact NHTSA online or by calling the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

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Reports of Newsom Recall Election Fraud Pouring In

Trump: “Does anybody really believe the California Recall Election isn’t rigged?”

The corrupt Democratic fix appears to be in for Tuesday, Sept. 14 recall election seeking to remove California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

Even President Donald Trump said in a Monday statement California gubernatorial recall election is “no different” from the 2020 presidential election “scam.”

“Does anybody really believe the California Recall Election isn’t rigged?” Trump’s statement began. “Millions and millions of Mail-In Ballots will make this just another giant Election Scam, no different, but less blatant, than the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!”

Backed by millions of dollars from the Democratic machine and such mega-donors like George Soros, voters are already seeing evidence of another stolen election. Soros donated at least $1 million to the cause.

Since this election is being conducted by mail, it is unlikely that final results will be available on election day.

“We have a voter integrity board all set up—most of these are lawyers,” chief candidate Larry Elder said. “So, when people hear things, they contact us. We’re going to file lawsuits in a timely fashion.”

Although downplayed, ignored or slanted by mainstream media reports, hundreds of voters throughout California, attempting to cast their ballot at polling locations were told they had already voted.

Some poll workers are reporting many had made the same claims. Many were instructed to submit provisional ballots, which are cast when there is uncertainty about voting eligibility. Many were not informed but some returned later when told by others they could.

The recall is intended to present voters with two questions. The first will ask whether Newsom should be recalled from the office of governor. The second will ask who should succeed Newsom if he is recalled.

A majority vote is required on the first question for the governor to be recalled. The candidate with the most votes on the second question would win the election; no majority is required.

Recall supporters say Newsom mishandled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, did not do enough to address the state’s homelessness rate, and supported sanctuary city policies and water rationing.

Forty-six candidates, including nine Democrats and 24 Republicans, are running in the election. The candidates to receive the most media attention and perform best in polls so far are YouTuber Kevin Paffrath (D), 2018 gubernatorial candidate John Cox (R), radio host Elder (R), former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R), California State Board of Equalization member Ted Gaines (R), former Olympian and television personality Caitlyn Jenner (R), and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R).

In a March 2021 response, Newsom called the effort a “Republican recall — backed by the RNC, anti-mask and anti-vax extremists, and pro-Trump forces who want to overturn the last election and have opposed much of what we have done to fight the pandemic.”

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Does George Soros Own Your District Attorney?

Gavin Newsom’s Sugar Daddy Tries to Bail Him Out of California Recall With $1,000,000

New York billionare George Soros, the money man behind buying elections, Antifia and Black Lives Matter and other anti-American causes, recently gave $500,000 to help fund California Governor Gavin Newsom’s fight against his recall.

This in addition to the previous $500,000 he gave the organization “Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom” when they realized how serious the recall efforts are.

This type of funding from Soros is nothing new.

For the past decade, Soros funded campaigns of leftist District Attorney challengers across the United States. Many were elected. Now Americans are paying dearly–many with their lives.

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In the 2018 elections of California, Soros spent $3,625,000 on DA races in Sacramento, San Diego, Alameda, Marin and Contra Costa counties.

By 2020, Soros funded more than $2.5 million of George Gascón’s race for Los Angeles District Attorney.

“The infusion of dark money in these races, usually in the final months before a primary or general election, makes a huge impact,” Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, wrote. “District attorney elections are typically minimally funded, local races.  The last-minute spending by these PACs leaves opposing candidates with scant time to raise a corresponding amount of cash to respond.”

The District Attorney of Los Angeles since 2012, Jackie Lacey lost in the last election to Gascón, who left the San Francisco District Attorney’s office and moved to Los Angeles to beat Lacey.

By March 2021, he faced a recall. To get the recall on the ballot, there must be 579,062 signatures from registered voters in the county by October 27, 2021.

The notice of intent is due to Gascón abandoning crime victims and their families, disregarding the rule of law, weakening sentencing requirements for violent crimes, and reducing sentences on hate, gun, and gang crimes.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, and former Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine announced their support of the recall. As of August 20, 2021, 18 cities in Los Angeles County had passed votes of no confidence in Gascón.

Gascón told KTLA 5 in June that “the reality is crime has been going up, in fact, in L.A. County we had a 25% increase in violent crime over the last seven years because we continue to do the same things over and over again, expecting different results.”

“What I am doing is, I am revamping the way that we address violence by using science, using data, taking a public health lens approach with the way that we deal with crime,” he offered as an excuse.

Gascon vigorously plays by socialist Soros’ playbook of portraying police as agents of a racist law enforcement system that imprisons more blacks and minorities, and targets them for police harassment and abuse.

Another Soros funded achievement, Black Lives Matter (BLM), has seen success through their division and destruction, thanks to dark money support and mainstream media propaganda.

BLM supported Gascón, “over the first Black district attorney in the nation’s most populous county, for failing to prosecute police officers who kill civilians,” NBC News reported.

“We’ve tried everything with her (Lacey),” said Melina Abdullah, BLM co-founder of Black Lives Matter-L.A. “We had a deep desire to have things be different.”

Daniel Greenfield, an investigative journalist is spot on with his observations.

“The media repeatedly described Abdullah as an activist against police violence while ignoring her affinity for a racist black supremacist hate group whose leader has described Jews as satanic and subhuman,” Greenfield said. “The level of duplicity and malpractice by the media which covered this up is its own hate crime.”

The California Globe called Gascón “the architect of Proposition 47 which largely decriminalized theft and drug crimes by reducing those crimes and a number of other ‘non-violent’ felonies to misdemeanors.”

He also developed “Prop. 57, which allows early release for ‘non-violent offenders,’ including rape by intoxication of an unconscious person, human trafficking involving a sex act with minors, arson causing great bodily harm, drive-by shooting, assault with a deadly weapon, and hostage taking. These are so-called criminal justice reforms according to Gascón.”

Gascón was endorsed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Both politicians are currently facing serious recalls.

Newsom originally appointed Gascón San Francisco District Attorney, even with no prosecutorial experience. Kamala Harris, heavily funded by Soros, also endorsed Gascón.

Of the “criminal justice reforms” supported by the Soros owned DAs, ending cash bail in California is a big priority. Their strategy–as evidenced by the destructive BLM and Antifa protests of 2020– is to release violent offenders to the streets, and destroy the $2-billion national industry. There are 3,200 bail agents in California alone.

Destroy jobs. Promote violence. Introduce more criminals into society.  This reminds many Americans of the Biden-Harris strategy, doesn’t it?

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Gascón has long advocated for the end of monetary bail.

Courthouse News reported that “in 2018, then-San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón asked the California Supreme Court to review a landmark lower-court ruling prohibiting authorities from holding criminal defendants in jail solely because they can’t afford to pay bail to get out.”

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‘Urgent Drug Recall’ Announced for Specific Cancer Treatment by FDA

A drug used for cancer treatment has been voluntarily recalled according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Teva Pharmaceuticals is recalling one lot of its injectable cancer drug topotecan after a pharmacy found one of the vials contained a glass particle.  

The FDA made the announcement last week that after a further examination, a silicone particle was also found in a vial as well as a cotton fiber. 

“The administration of an injectable product that contains particulate matter may result in local irritation or swelling in response to the foreign material,” the FDA Announcement indicated. “If the particulate matter reaches the blood vessels it can travel to various organs and block blood vessels in the heart, lungs or brain which can cause stroke and even lead to death.”

Topotecan is indicated to treat metastatic ovarian cancer, small-cell lung cancer and cervical cancer. 

The recalled lot was distributed nationwide to six of Teva’s wholesale customers, and the drugmaker has asked its customers to return all affected vials. 

“While the health hazard risk could be severe if particulate matter is infused, Teva’s internal health assessment determined that the likelihood of patient exposure to impacted product is remote or unlikely,” the FDA release said. “To date Teva has received no further complaints or reports of illness or injury.”

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