Money Matters: Recalls by Garden-Fresh Foods and Mazda

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September 30, 2013, 8:01 am
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(NECN) - Garden-Fresh Foods is recalling 19,000 pounds of various ready-to-eat salads, slaw and dip products due to listeria concerns. Products affected by the recall include various size containers distributed in more than a dozen states, including Massachusetts, and sold under the brands listed on your screen. Currently, no illnesses have been reported. Customers who purchased any of the recalled products can return it for a refund.

Mazda is recalling more than 160,000 midsize cars in the US because the doors can open while they're being driven. Mazda says the problem is with mounting screws on the door latch. The automaker says the problem hasn't caused any crashes or injuries. The recall affects "Mazda 6" cars from the 2009 through 2013 model years.

The second phase of the BP oil spill trial begins Monday. Both sides will argue over what actions the company took to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 spill and how much actually seeped into the ocean. The company faces up to 18 billion dollars in pollution fines. It has already spent $26-billion on gulf restoration efforts.

A government shutdown hasn't even happened yet but already some world markets are reacting to the possibility. Asian markets were mostly down while investors await word on a deal can be reached to avoid that shutdown. Japan's Nikkei lost two percent at closing. South Korea and Hong Kong's markets also took hits.

JC Penney is selling 84-million shares in a public offering in an effort to reassure the market about its financial stability. Shares of the company plunged last week on reports the firm could be seeking to raise as much as one-billion dollars through the sale of new stock or bonds. The department store chain says it will use the money it makes "for general corporate purposes."

Apple is the new most valuable brand in the world. That's according to a closely followed annual report from Interbrand, which is a corporate identity and brand consulting company. The report estimates the value of the Apple brand at more than 98 billion dollars, up 28-percent from last year's report. The previous number one brand, Coca-Cola, fell to number three.

Turns out, every day you wait to book your Thanksgiving trip, you're losing money. If you plan on traveling the Wednesday before or Sunday after turkey day, you'll pay five more dollars for every day you wait to purchase airfare. That's according to farecompare.com. The increase kicks in the third week of October for all other Thanksgiving flights.

Get ready for more fees when you fly but these you might just like! The Associated Press reports airlines will soon introduce fees that include renting iPads preloaded with movies and paying to have the seat next to you left empty. Right now, fees bring in more than $15-billion a year for the airlines.

Tags: recall, Apple, business , BP oil spill, Mazda, Coca-Cola, Money Matters, JC Penney, bp oil spill trial, thanksgiving flights, interbrand, garden-fresh foods
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