Viagra coffee, lost painkillers and Harley money

Coffee recalled thanks to discovery of Viagra-like ingredient: The undeclared ingredient in New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee has caught the attention of the Food and Drug Administration thanks to its chemical similarity to the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. The company’s coffee was recalled last week over concerns the drug could interact with other prescription medications. No one’s reported any adverse effects, but the coffee’s not the first to catch the eye of regulators. The Washington Post reported last week that two other products – Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee and Caverlo Natural Herbal Coffee – were pulled back recently over similar concerns.

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Subprime auto loans on the rise: The same sorts of high-risk loans that were packaged, sold, repackaged and sold again by the banking industry in the run-up to the financial meltdown of 2008 are now being used in the auto industry. Axios reports that subprime loans – attached to buyers with low credit scores, in large measure – have spiked alongside auto sales in recent years. Subprime auto bonds jumped from $ 2.5 billion in 2009 to $ 26 billion last year. Bloomberg reported that just one in 10 of the subprime borrowers were vetted by Santander Bank, which partners with Fiat Chrysler.

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Harley Davidson to get a break: The U.S. Justice Department plans to relieve Harley Davidson motorcycles of a $ 3 million burden attached to an agreement to reduce air pollution. The company agreed to pay $ 12 million and buy back polluting “super tuners” last year as part of a dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency. That part of the deal is still in effect, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week, but a $ 3 million payment to the American Lung Association of the Northeast to replace wood stoves is expected to be dropped. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in June that the Justice Department would no longer the use of allow donations to third parties, such as nonprofit community groups, in settlements with the federal government.

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Safeway to pay $ 3 million for losing track of pain pills: Safeway inked a deal with the U.S. Justice Department to settle a case involving lost painkillers. Alaska Dispatch reports that the case began in Wasilla, Alaska, where the grocer’s pharmacy lost track of 12,200 hydrocodone pills in 2013, but didn’t report it until April of 2014. Investigators with the Drug Enforcement Agency soon found irregularities at five separate stores, dating back to 2009. Since the case was opened in 2015, the 1,335-store company has “significantly enhanced its controlled substance monitoring program,” the Dispatch reports.

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