SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

October 30, 2012

Lil Bits Oct ’12

10-20-12

   1)     WASHINGTON

Sunscreen-maker pulling products for fire risk

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames.

Energizer Holdings Inc., based in St. Louis, said yesterday that it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist sunscreen off store shelves because of the risk of the lotion’s igniting when exposed to fire. The recall includes aerosol products such as UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids.

A company spokesman said there have been five reports of people suffering burns after using the sunscreen in the last year. Four burn cases were reported in the U.S. and one in Canada.

  2)       SANFORD, FLA.

Gag order requested in Trayvon Martin case

Prosecutors want a Florida judge to impose a gag order in the Trayvon Martin murder case, saying attorneys for the man charged with murdering the unarmed black teenager threaten to taint the jury pool by trying the case “in the media and not in the courtroom.”

Judge Debra Nelson scheduled a hearing next week on the motion.

The motion came just before George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin, appeared in court yesterday afternoon for a pretrial hearing.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, and a trial date has been set for June 10.

3)        SUPREME COURT of INDIA

All GM ‘Field Trials’ in India to be Stopped

Story at-a-glance

  • A five-member Technical Expert Committee (TEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India unanimously recommended that all GM field trials in India should be stopped until certain conditions have been met
  • The Committee also recommended a 10-year moratorium on field trials of all Bt food crops and a moratorium on field trials of herbicide-tolerant crops until an independent assessment has evaluated its “impact” and “suitability”
  • Over the past 16 years, it’s estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide after being convinced to plant Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds (especially Bt cotton), then having their crops fail, leaving them in financial ruin
  • Evidence demonstrates that the claims made that GM foods are safe and beneficial to the environment simply aren’t true
  • Americans are currently being kept in the dark regarding GM foods, as they are not labeled despite being found in upwards of 80 percent of processed foods; California stands poised to vote on Proposition 37, which would require GM foods to be labeled, on November 6
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