PILLS IN FISH PROMPT RECALL: Gorton's Inc. said Monday that the pills a Pennsylvania family reported finding in fish fillets were harmless over-the-counter herbal supplements. The incident remains an isolated case, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is leading the investigation, Gorton's spokesman Jud Reis said. The Gloucester, Mass.-based company recalled about 1,000 cases of its 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets in 11 states. Tracy Rowan of New Freedom called police Feb. 24 to report that she and her 9-year-old daughter discovered the pills in their mouths as they ate dinner. The fish fillets, purchased at a Giant store in Shrewsbury, were prepared by Rowan's daughter. Rowan said the girl was adamant that she did not alter the food. FDA spokesman Brad A. Swezey declined to comment on the investigation into what he called "suspected tampering." Gorton's set up a hot line for people who purchased the recalled fillets: 800-896-9479.
SECRETARY SOUNDS WARNING: Transportation Secretary Mary Peters surrounded herself with some well-known U.S. exports -- corn, rice and Jack Daniel's whiskey -- to dramatize her warning Monday of economic losses if Mexican trucks are kept off U.S. roads. Peters is fighting in court against a law that sought to end a pilot project allowing Mexican trucks greater access to U.S. roads. The North American Free Trade Agreement gave Mexican trucks the access beginning in 1995. But the United States opened more roads to only a few trucks when the pilot program began in September. Without the program, Mexican trucks are confined to about 25 miles beyond the border, where goods they bring are picked up by a U.S. truck driver.
BRAKING POWER IN QUESTION: The government is investigating whether 2008 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports roadsters with turbo engines have enough braking power. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 40 complaints alleging that drivers need to press hard on the brakes to stop the vehicle after it has started. The problem has been occurring in driveways or parking lots. The NHTSA says it is aware of one crash that may be linked to the case. The agency has opened a preliminary inquiry. The investigation covers 20,000 of the 2008 model Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky vehicles with 2.0 liter turbo engines.
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296 million: Population in 2005
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