Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Boys Reversible Vests Recalled by Bon-Ton Stores Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Boy's Reversible Vests

Units: About 5,000

Retailer: The Bon-Ton Department Stores Inc., of York, Pa.

Hazard: The zipper tabs on these vests fail to meet the children's torques test standards, posing a choking hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the "Ruff Hewn" reversible vests for boys sold in toddler (style # F821235) and 4 through 7 sizes (style # F841235). The vests are brown and reverse to a camouflage print. "Ruff Hewn" is printed on the tag found in the left pocket of the brown side and on the price tag. The style number is printed on the price tag.

Sold at: Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, and Carson Pirie Scott stores nationwide and Parisian in the Detroit area from July 2008 through November 2008 for about $30.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these vests away from children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bon-Ton toll-free at (866)798-2875 anytime or visit the company's Web site at www.bonton.com

Faulty Instructions Prompt Recall of Electrical Wiring How-to-Books by The Taunton Press; Shock Hazard to Consumers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Wiring a House, 3rd Edition and Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish Instructional Books

Units: About 64,000

Publisher: The Taunton Press, of Newtown, Conn.

Hazard: The books contain several errors in the technical diagrams that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves the 3rd Edition of Wiring a House. The paperback book’s cover is white and yellow and has a photograph of a man wiring a panel. ISBN #978-1-56158-942-5 is printed on the back cover. Wiring Complete, Expert Advice from Start to Finish is paperback and has a green, black and white cover that shows hands wiring an electrical wall receptacle.

Sold at: Home improvement stores, book stores, and various other retailers nationwide from February 2008 through November 2008 for about $25.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the books and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Taunton at (800) 477-8727 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site www.taunton.com .

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

KRC Food Trading Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs in Fish Cake Sushi

KRC Food Trading Inc is recalling its Fish Cake sushi with production date of December 19 and December 22 due to the label not declaring eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The Fish cake Sushi was distributed in California in coffee shops, bakeries, and Korean markets in Los Angeles, CA including two retail stores owned by the firm.

The Fish Cake Sushi comes in a 14-ounce package and is labeled as being distributed by Min Sok Chon. The production date can be found on a yellow stick-on label.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the Fish Cake Sushi counting egg was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the location of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-213-388-8215 its business hours is from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Its contact person is Ms Joanna Kim.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Woodstock Percussion Inc. Recalls Toy Drums Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Calypso Steel Drums

Units: About 2,800

Manufacturer: Woodstock Percussion Inc., of Shokan, N.Y.

Hazard: Surface paint on the recalled toy drums contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled steel drum is made of steel and comes with two wooden drum sticks and a wooden stand. The sides of the drums are painted red. The drum pan is painted black with silver markings to show the location of notes. Each rim is stamped with a #5 or #6. Not all drums stamped with a #5 are affected by this recall.

Sold by: Mail order catalogues, Web sites and retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through December 2007 for between $50 and $100.

Manufactured in: Trinidad

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled steel drum away from children and return it to Woodstock Percussion for a replacement drum and a $5 credit or payment.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Woodstock Percussion toll-free at (866) 543-2848 anytime, e-mail safety@chimes.com, or visit the firm's Web site at www.woodstockpercussion.com

Munire Recalls "Newport Rubbed Black" Cribs and Matching Furniture Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Newport Rubbed Black 4-in-1 Cribs and Matching Furniture

Units: About 3,000 Cribs and 6,000 Matching Furniture Pieces

Manufacturer: Munire Furniture Inc, of Piscataway, N.J.

Hazard: The red paint which is underneath the black finish paint on some of the cribs and matching furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested by young children lead can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: Munire has received one report of a child ingesting the paint. The child was diagnosed with lead poisoning.

Description: The recalled cribs and furniture are made of wood and have a rubbed black finish. Only the "Newport Rubbed Black" cribs and matching furniture manufactured in Indonesia between April 2006 and November 2008 are included in this recall. The model number, date, and country of manufacture are printed on the label attached to the side panel of the crib and the date of manufacture is on the back panel of the furniture. Models listed below are included in the recall:

Model and Name
7900 Newport Lifetime Crib
7918 Hutch for Combo & Double Dresser
7915 Mirror
7908 Combo
7902 Nightstand
7907 Conversion Kit for Lifetime Crib
7905 5 Drawer Dresser
7929 Armoire
7975 Guardrail for Lifetime Crib
7906 Double Dresser
7914 Bookcase
7901 Newport OldeWorld Crib

Sold at: Specialty furniture stores nationwide from April 2006 through November 2008 for about $600 for the crib and the matching furniture pieces were sold between $700 and $1,000. Additional accessories were sold for about $170.

Manufactured in: Indonesia

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the products and contact Munire Furniture to receive a replacement coupon which will entitle consumers to exchange the products for another product free of charge.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Munire Furniture toll-free at (866) 586-9639 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.munirefurniture.com .

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Gardener's Supply Company Recalls Candle-Powered Carousels Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Candle-Powered Carousels

Units: About 1,500

Importer: Gardener's Supply Co., of Burlington, Vt.

Hazard: The candle holder placement on the base of the carousels is too close to the structure, allowing the candle flame to come in contact and ignite different parts of the carousel, including the fans, trees and deer, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of the carousels catching on fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled candle carousels are made of yellow pine and stainless steel and measure about 9 inches in diameter by 13 inches high. The candle measures about 4 inches high. The candle carousels generate heat which rotate the fan blade and can cause the center platform to spin. The carousel is made of wood with cutouts of trees and deer.

Sold at: Gardener's Supply retail stores in Burlington and Williston, Vt. and Gardener's supply catalog distributed nationwide and on the internet at www.gardeners.com from September 2008 through November 2008 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the carousel immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can mail the product to Gardener's Supply Returns, 5 New England Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gardener's Supply Co. at (800) 876-5520 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.gardeners.com

Foursquare Recalls Hooded Youth Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Foursquare Hooded Jackets

Units: About 1,300

Distributors: Foursquare Outerwear, of Irvine, Calif.

Hazard: The jackets have a drawstring through hood which poses a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description and Models: This recall involves the Foursquare hooded jackets with drawstrings in boys and girls sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL. The jackets come in various colors and patterns and have a logo showing four adjacent, vertically offset squares on the sleeve, waist, breast and/or back of the jacket, depending on the specific model.

Sold at: Snowboard, ski and sportswear stores nationwide from June 2008 through November 2008 for about $125.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or contact Foursquare for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Foursquare toll-free at (877) 327-4484 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, visit Foursquare's Web site at www.foursquareouterwear.com, or e-mail the firm at info@theprogram.com

Atomic Skis USA Recalls Ski Bindings Due to Unexpected Release, Fall Hazard

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Alpine Ski Bindings

Units: About 125,000 (an additional 1.0 million were sold outside the U.S.)

Manufacturer: Atomic Skis GmbH, of Austria

Hazard: The heel housing of the bindings can crack, causing the binding to release unexpectedly. This can cause the skier to lose control or fall and suffer injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of injuries, including a concussion and injuries to the shoulder and knee from falls.

Description: The recall affects the heel components of the following Atomic alpine ski bindings: Race 310, Race 412, RaceRace 310, RaceRace 412, Xentrix 310, Xentrix 311, Xentrix 412, C310, C311, C412, CR 310, CR 412, R 310, R 412, SX 310, SX 412, Device 311, Device 412, Centro 310, Centro 412, and Dynamic ADX 312, RD10, X412, Centro 412. The recall includes only those bindings manufactured from 1998 through 2002. The year of manufacture can be located on the underside of the heel lever.

Sold at: Authorized Atomic USA ski dealers nationwide from 1998 through 2005 for between $150 and $350.

Manufactured in: Austria

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these ski bindings immediately and return them to any authorized Atomic Ski dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the heel component, if needed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Atomic Ski USA toll-free at (888) 535-7555 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday; e-mail consumerserviceUS@atomicsnow.com; or visit the firm's Web site at www.atomicsnow.com.

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Hallmark Recalls Jumbo Snow Globes Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Jumbo Snowman Snow Globes

Units: 7,000

Importer: Hallmark Cards Inc., of Kansas City, Mo.


Hazard: When exposed to sunlight, the snow globes can act as a magnifying glass and ignite nearby combustible materials, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Hallmark has received two reports of the snow globes igniting nearby materials. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves a Hallmark Jumbo Snow Globe in the shape of a snowman with model number 1XAG5093 and UPC code 795902066666. The snow globe measures 11 by 12 by 17 inches. The model number and the UPC code can be found on the back of the hangtag.

Sold at: Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide from October 2008 through November 2008 for about $100.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the snow globe from exposure to sunlight and return it to any Hallmark Gold Crown store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hallmark at (800) 425-5627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.hallmark.com.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dorsey Marketing Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Three Gourmet Market Cocoa Products: 120126, 120129, 120144

Dorsey Marketing Inc. (DMI) of Ville St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada, is voluntarily recalling the following three G&J Gourmet Market cocoa products because these products may contain melamine:

1. G&J Hot Cocoa Stuffer Item 120144 (UPC 061361201444). This hot cocoa product was sold in small green and blue boxes with a backer card, candy cane and marshmallows.
2. G&J His and Hers Hot Cocoa Set Item 120129 (UPC 489702201296). This cocoa product was sold with 2 ceramic mugs in a brown box.
3. G&J Cocoa item 120126, sold in 2 flavors: French Vanilla Cocoa and Double Chocolate Cocoa
1. G&J French Vanilla Cocoa (UPC 061361201260). This product was sold in a small green bag with a whisk attached.
2. G&J Double Chocolate Cocoa (UPC 061361201260). This product was sold in a small pink bag with a whisk attached.

No injuries have been reported and only a few samples have, in fact, been found to include melamine. However, DMI is proceeding with this recall in the interest of public health and the safety of American consumers.

The above recalled products were imported into the United States by DMI and distributed nationwide to retailer Big Lots during the weeks of September 22, 2008 and September 29, 2008 and to retailer Shopko during the week of October 10, 2008.

Consumers who purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Tim Acheson of DMI Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST toll free at 1-888-645-1053 or email recall@dmi-global.com.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Children's Jewelry Sold Exclusively in Hawaii Recalled by Aloha 808 Trading Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Children's Jewelry

Units: About 12,800

Importer: Aloha 808 Trading, of Honolulu, Hawaii

Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves eight styles of silver-colored metal jewelry: flower ear ring, three flower pendant, necklace with red flower and metal leaf pendant, and miniature sandals in aqua, purple, green, orange and turquoise.

Sold at: Small retail stores and kiosks in Honolulu, Hawaii from April 2008 through November 2008 for between $2 and $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled jewelry and contact Aloha 808 Trading for a refund or exchange.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Aloha 808 Trading collect at (808) 923-3660 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

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Evenflo Recalls Majestic(tm) High Chairs Due to Fall and Choking Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Evenflo Majestic(tm) High Chairs

Units: About 95,000

Manufacturer: Evenflo Company Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio

Hazard: Plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, posing both fall and choking hazards to children. Plastic caps and screws that become loose and fall out can cause the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair. Children can fall out or collide with objects and suffer broken bones, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached plastic caps and metal screws also pose a choking hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: Evenflo has received 140 reports of seatbacks reclining, falling back and/or detaching unexpectedly, which resulted in at least 47 reports of bumps and bruises to the head, two reports of broken bones, and at least 45 reports of other injuries including abrasions, cuts, and bruises. Evenflo has received more than 1,000 reports of plastic caps and screws falling out of the high chairs, including seven incidents in which caps and screws were found in children's hands or mouths but were removed before choking occurred.

Description: The recall involves Evenflo Majestic(tm) high chairs made before January 23, 2007. The recalled high chairs have the following model numbers: 3001395A, 3001583, 3001633A, 3001669, 3001700A, 3001713, 3001713A, 3001730A, 3001732, 3001732A, 3001733, 3001742, 3001742A, and 3001756. The model number and production date can be found on a white label on the seatback. "Evenflo" is printed on the label and on the push button on the front of the tray.

Sold at: Juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory and Shopko, and on-line at walmart.com from January 2006 through May 2007 for between $80 and $110.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the high chairs and contact Evenflo to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.majestichighchair.com .

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Xtreme Toy Zone Recalls Toy Dinosaurs Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: "Dinosaur Epoch" Toy Dinosaurs

Units: About 480

Importer: Xtreme Toy Zone, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: Surface paint on the toy dinosaurs can contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled "Dinosaur Epoch" Toy Dinosaurs are battery-operated dinosaurs that move and make sounds. The recall includes the orange-colored "Dinosaur Brachiosaurus" (model #1033) and the green, yellow and orange-colored "Dinosaur Carnotaurus" (model #1030). The model number can be located on the toy's battery cover.

Sold at: Xtreme Toy Zone's Web site from May 2008 through October 2008 for between $15 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Xtreme Toy Zone for a refund or exchange.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Xtreme Toy Zone collect at (213) 237-9983 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.xtremetoyzone.com .

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Regal Lager Recall to Replace Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Phil & Teds Dash Buggy Strollers

Units: 1,600

Importer: Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga.

Hazard: The frame handle could fail to latch properly and break, posing a fall hazard to small children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Phil & Teds Dash Buggy strollers with article #7-1080005 (red) and article #7-10080005 (black). The strollers have a metal frame with three wheels, a cloth seat, and a canopy. The Phil & Teds logo is located on the crotch piece of the harness. The article number can be found on the safety strap hanging from the handle.

Sold through: Various independent juvenile specialty stores and online from July 2008 through September 2008 for between $500 and $600.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this stroller immediately and contact the company for a replacement stroller frame.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Regal Lager at (800) 593-5522 or visit the Company's Website at www.regallager.com .

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Grease Removers Recalled by Fantastic Distributors Due to Chemical Burn Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: "Bagi Shumanit" Super Cold Grease Removers

Units: About 245,000

Importer: Fantastic Distributors, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Hazard: Direct contact with this substance can cause burns to consumers' skin and eyes. The product lacks required special packaging and warning label.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: "Bagi Shumanit" Super Cold Grease Remover is packaged in a white 26.4 fl oz. (750 ml) bottle with a trigger sprayer. This product is intended to clean grease from ovens and other cooking surfaces.

Sold at: Various grocery stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from April 2000 through September 2008 for about $5.

Manufactured in: Israel

Remedy: Consumers should immediately pour any remaining product into the toilet, using care to avoid splashing. Consumers should return the empty bottle to the store where the product was purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fantastic Distributors collect at (718) 485-1300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.fantasticinc.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

FDA Announces Class I Recalls of Two Unapproved Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a Class 1 recall today for two unapproved and uncleared devices whose manufacturers claimed could treat various medical conditions. A Class 1 recall means that there is a reasonable probability that the use of a device will cause adverse health consequences or death.

The manufacturers, VIBE Technologies of Greeley, Colo., and Nebion LLC of Los Angeles, Calif., claimed their devices treated conditions ranging from cancer to migraines. The FDA is concerned that based upon the original health claims made by the company, patients may forgo approved therapies, and that this could result in more severe illness or death.

"These recalls underscore the importance of taking action against manufacturers who make false medical claims for their devices," said Daniel G. Schultz, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "One of the FDA's primary responsibilities is protecting consumers from harm that can be caused by manufacturers who try to sidestep the approval and clearance process.”
Vibrational Integrated Bio-photonic Energizer device

On April 11, 2008, the FDA issued a warning letter to VIBE Technologies stating that the agency's November 2007 inspection of the facility showed that the company had not obtained FDA marketing approval or clearance for the Vibrational Integrated Bio-photonic Energizer (VIBE device), which claims to treat cancer, infections, and depression. The FDA also cited the company for substantial deviations from the current Good Manufacturing Practice/Quality System regulation.

VIBE Technologies initiated a recall of 840 VIBE devices in an April 3, 2008, letter sent to users. VIBE Technologies agreed to stop promoting and marketing the VIBE device, and will contact all those who had purchased it to ensure no other unsubstantiated medical claims are being made. The FDA has requested that the company update its recall notices to state that the VIBE device is not intended for the treatment of any diseases or medical conditions.

The FDA is aware of information that suggests that the VIBE device has been used in cancer patients. There is one death that occurred in a patient who used this device. However, FDA has not verified that there is any association between the death and the VIBE device.
HLX8 device

In June 2008 FDA inspected Nebion, LLC, which revealed that the company had not obtained FDA marketing approval or clearance for the HLX8 device, which claims to treat cancer, migraines, arthritis, and ruptured discs. The inspection also uncovered substantial deviations from the Current Good Manufacturing Practice/Quality System regulation.

Nebion recalled eight HLX8 devices on July 2, 2008, and notified their customers to stop using the devices immediately and to contact Nebion for their retrieval.

Nebion's first recall letter did not address the potential risks associated with the HLX8 device, but the company has recently notified FDA that they will issue a second letter that identifies potential health hazards. The FDA has not received any reports of injuries or deaths linked with the HLX8 device.

Under federal law, products that claim to diagnose a disease or condition, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent disease, or that are intended to affect the structure or function of the body are devices subject to FDA jurisdiction and may require FDA approval or clearance prior to marketing. Premarket approval is the most stringent type of FDA device review and is for devices with a high level of risk, such as those that support or sustain human life. FDA clearance is for lower risk devices that are shown to be as safe and effective as a similar device already on the market.

Neither VIBE Technologies nor Nebion has demonstrated to the FDA that their device is safe and effective at curing or treating diseases as claimed.

Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or phone.

* Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
* Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm and mail to MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
* Fax: (800) FDA-0178
* Phone: (800) FDA-1088

Health care professionals and patients can obtain further details about the recalls from VIBE Technologies at 970-356-9594 or Nebion LLC, at 310-215-6400.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Kashi Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Kashi® GOLEAN® Powder Chocolate Energy Shake Mix

Kashi Company of LaJolla, CA is recalling a limited number of canisters of Kashi GOLEAN Powder Chocolate Energy Shake Mix because they contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The product was distributed to grocery, health food, pharmacy and on-line retailers nationwide.

The product is packaged in a 14.8 oz – canister with a bar code of 18627 71000. Canisters with a Better if Used by Date stamped on the bottom of the canister between the dates of JAN 17 2009 and NOV 15 2009 are included in this alert.

No allergic reactions have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a limited number of Kashi GOLEAN Chocolate Energy Shake mix canisters did not declare whey caseinate, a milk ingredient, in the ingredient statement.

Consumers who have a Kashi GOLEAN Chocolate Energy Shake Mix canister with a bar code of 18627 71000 and Better if Used by Date stamped on the bottom between the dates of JAN 17 2009 and NOV 15 2009 should call the Kashi Consumer Response center at 1-877-747-2467.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Urgent: Food Product Recall Re: Imitation Cream Cheese and Low Protein Peanot Butter™

Cambrooke Foods® is announcing a voluntary recall of all batches of the following products:

* Cheddar Wizard Low Protein Imitation Cream Cheese (SKU 10310; 8 oz. jar);
* Herb & Garlic Low Protein Imitation Cream Cheese (SKU 10308; 8 oz. jar); and
* Plain Low Protein Imitation Cream Cheese (SKU 10306; 8 oz. jar).

Cambrooke Foods® is undertaking this voluntary recall as a precaution because some of these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

For the above-listed Imitation Cream Cheese products, Listeria monocytogenes was detected through routine batch testing of product at a company facility before it was sent to customers. These batches of Imitation Cream Cheese products were destroyed. While no reports of adverse events have been reported with any product shipped to our customers, we are taking the precautionary step to recall all Imitation Cream Cheese products, regardless of batch number.

To be abundantly cautious and proactive, Cambrooke Foods® is also conducting a market withdrawal of all batches of:

* Low Protein Peanot Butter™ (SKU 10809; 16 oz. jar).

This product is being withdrawn because it is produced in the same facility and using the same machinery used to produce the Imitation Cream Cheese products. Testing has not confirmed Listeria contamination in any batch of Low Protein Peanot Butter™ nor have any adverse events been reported as a result of its consumption. No other Cambrooke Foods™ product is produced using this machinery.

Cambrooke Foods™ is working directly with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the cause of this contamination. Cambrooke Foods™ has voluntarily suspended manufacture and distribution of these products pending its investigation.

If you have purchased any of these products since May 2008, please take the following actions immediately:

1. discard all units of these products remaining in your possession;

2. complete the online Recall Response Form

If you have questions or require further information, contact Cambrooke Foods® toll-free 866-456-9776, ext. 1015, or via email at safetyfirst@cambrookefoods.com

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Friday, December 12, 2008

FDA Warns Consumers and Retailers of Botulism Risk from Ungutted, Salt-Cured Alewives (Gaspereaux) Fish

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning retailers and food service operators not to offer for sale ungutted, salt-cured alewives (also called gaspereaux fish) from Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd., CAP-PELÈ, New Brunswick, Canada, because the fish may contain the Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) toxin. Consumers should not consume the product.

C. botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. The toxin cannot be removed by cooking or freezing.

The fish were imported into the United States and sent to these Florida distributors:

Quirch Foods Inc.

Den-Mar Exports LLC

Dolphin Fisheries Inc.

Labrador & Son Food Products Inc.

The fish were packed in 30-pound, white plastic pails with green plastic lids. The brand name "Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd.," appears on the side of the pails, as does the phrase "Product of Canada." One hundred seventy-three (173) 30 lb. pails of fish were distributed. The fish may have been repacked or sold loose by retailers in Florida.

The FDA considers any ungutted fish over five inches in length that is salt-cured, dried, or smoked, such as the ungutted, salt-cured alewives/gaspereaux fish, to be adulterated because it could contain the C. botulinum toxin. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovered the ungutted alewives/gaspereaux fish from Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd. being sold in stores and alerted the FDA. The FDA prohibits the sale of this adulterated product in the United States.

To date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with this product. However, consumers who have purchased ungutted, salt-cured alewives/gaspereaux fish in Florida should contact the place of purchase to determine if the fish they bought originated from Michel & Charles LeBlanc Fisheries Ltd. If the fish were from this company or if the source of the fish cannot be determined, consumers should immediately discard the fish and any foods made with these fish.

Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from six hours to 10 days after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness that affects first the shoulders and then moves progressively down the rest of the body. Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided.

Individuals who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten alewives/gaspereaux fish should seek immediate medical attention.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Propane Gas Fireplace Inserts Recalled by Wolf Steel Due to Laceration Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplace Inserts

Units: About 1,200

Manufacturer: Wolf Steel USA, of Crittenden, Ky.

Hazard: Delayed ignition due to a build-up of propane gas can cause the insert's glass cover to break, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Wolf Steel has received one report of a consumer who suffered minor lacerations when the glass cover shattered.

Description: This recall involves Napoleon propane GDI44 gas fireplace inserts. Model number GDI44 is located on the front cover of the operating instructions or on the rating label found behind the right side panel next to the insert's viewing glass. The glass size is 36" wide and 22" high. Napoleon natural gas GDI44 inserts are not affected by this recall.

Sold at: Authorized Napoleon fireplace hearth dealers nationwide from July 2002 through September 2008 for about $2,000.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the fireplace and contact Wolf Steel to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wolf Steel toll-free at (866) 539-2039 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.napoleonfireplaces.com .

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The Toro Company Reannounces Recall of Electric Blowers Due to Projectile Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Toro Power Sweep Electric Blowers

Units: About 900,000

Manufacturer: The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn.

Hazard: The blower's impeller, which is a rotating component on the blower, can break, resulting in pieces of plastic flying out of the blower. This poses a risk of serious injury to the user or a bystander.

Incidents/Injuries: Toro has received 162 reports of broken impellers, including 28 reports of minor cuts and bruises resulting from projected impeller pieces.

Description: The recall involves Toro Power Sweep electric blower model 51586 that was manufactured between 2000 and 2002. The recalled units have serial numbers that range between 000055100 and 220255609. There are two decals on the main housing of the blower. One decal reads, "TORO Power Sweep" and the decal on the opposite side of the blower contains the model number and serial number (shown by the letter "A" in the picture below). The recalled units can be identified by a black impeller fan, which can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit.

Sold through: Toro dealers and various mass retailers nationwide including The Home Depot, Lowes, Target and K-Mart stores from January 2000 through late December 2002 for about $32.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled blowers immediately and contact Toro to receive a replacement blower.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Toro at (888) 279-3191 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. Consumers can also visit the Toro web site at www.toro.com. The Toro Company has notified registered owners directly.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dill Air Controls Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Automobile Tire Stem Valves

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Dill Air Controls Products announced the voluntary recall of automobile tire stem valves sold in the United States between November 2006 and July 2007. The snap-in rubber valve stems, manufactured by Topseal (Shanghai) Auto-Parts Co., Ltd., in Shanghai, China, and imported and distributed by Dill Air Controls Products LLC (“Dill”) under the “Dill ACP” brand name, may lack the required additive to protect the rubber against deterioration from ozone exposure. As a result, affected valve stems, when subjected to high levels of ozone, may weather and crack earlier than normal for this product. Over time, such a crack could progress to the point that it leaks air resulting in a loss of tire pressure. Loss of tire pressure can result in a flat tire and/or loss of vehicle control.

Dill advises all consumers that bought new tires between November 2006 and July 2007 containing the unique Dill valve cap to have their valve stems inspected for cracks. Dill ACP valve stems from this time period exhibiting cracks in the rubber will be replaced at no cost to the consumer.

Consumers can check their own valves by flexing the valve (located where one inflates the tire) outwards toward the tire and inspecting the area where the valve meets the tire rim, or they can simply return to the place they purchased their tires for professional inspection. Data collected to date indicates that, by this time, cracking will be visible on any of the recalled valves likely to exhibit cracking. If consumers are unable to return to the point of purchase, they can have their valves inspected at any participating Sears Automotive Center, Tire Kingdom, Big O Tires, Les Schwab Tire Center, NTB or Merchant’s Tire. For more information please visit www.tirevalverecall.net or call 888-364-2982.

Dill has concluded the problem relates to two specific lots manufactured in July 2006. Based on field returns and testing data, Dill believes that the number of valves from the two suspect lots subject to increased cracking risk is 200,000 or fewer. However, the valve stems are not traceable by lot number once the stem is installed; in that light, the recall necessarily includes many more valves than are likely to contain the defect. Consumers who are unsure if their current valve stems were purchased during the recall period should have their valves inspected.

Dill and Topseal have taken numerous corrective actions to prevent a recurrence of this problem, including using an enhanced rubber compound, using an automated inspection system to ensure all additives are mixed properly, performing more testing of the valves in the United States, and re-establishing production of valve stems in the United States.

If consumers experience any difficulty in connection with this recall, they can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Balanced Health Products, Inc. Expands Voluntary Urgent Nationwide Recall of Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug

Balanced Health Products, Inc. has expanded its voluntarily recall of STARCAPS DIET SYSTEM DIETARY SUPPLEMENT to include additional Lot Numbers 12/2009 – 82866 and 12/2010 - 83801, sold in 30 capsule plastic bottles.

The recall is effective immediately and is being undertaken because these lots of STARCAPS contain an undeclared drug ingredient- Bumetanide – a diuretic available by prescription only. Bumetanide is also not listed on the product label as an ingredient in this product.

Bumetanide is a diuretic indicated for the treatment of edema associated with congestive heart failure, hepatic and renal disease including nephrotic syndrome. Bumetanide has been detected in STARCAPS at a level of 0.8mg per capsule. Potential risks associated with the use of Bumetanide include serious and significant fluid and electrolyte loss and an elevation in uric acid concentrations. Consumers should not take Bumetanide if they are allergic to sulfonamides. Significant drug interactions with Bumetanide, such as with digoxin and lithium, may lead to an increase risk of toxicity. Patients may also be at an increased risk of hypotension (low blood pressure), fainting (syncope) and resultant injury if they have normal blood pressure or are already taking an antihypertensive medication and take STARCAPS with undeclared Bumetanide.

The company has received no reports of illness associated with this product.

The company’s investigation to date has indicated that an additional lot of raw material intended for use in the production of STARCAPS which has been stored in sealed drums since the time of its importation into the U.S. is also contaminated with Bumetanide. This information seems to indicate that the contamination occurred at the point of production of the raw material in Lima, Peru.

STARCAPS lot number 12/2009 – 82866, totaling 28,739 consumer-size bottles was distributed nationwide from 3/2006 to 4/2007 through retail outlets and online sales.

STARCAPS lot number 12/2010 - 83801, totaling 28,530 consumer-size bottles was distributed nationwide from 5/2007 to 7/2008 through retail outlets and online sales.

Consumers who purchased STARCAPS Lot Numbers 12/2009 – 82866 and 12/2010 – 83801 should immediately discontinue their use and return it to Balanced Health Products, Inc. at the address on the product label.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (212) 794-9793 from 10:30am to 4pm EST Monday through Friday.

Consumers who experience adverse events with any lots of this product should seek immediate help from their physician or healthcare provider.

Retail stores are being notified by fax or registered mail to immediately stop all sales and return product to the company.

This recall is being made in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product should also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-410, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at wwww.fda.gov/medwatch.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Walgreens Recalls 173 Teddy Bears With Chocolate Bars Sold Since Late September 2008

Walgreens is recalling 173 teddy bears with chocolate bars sold in stores since late September 2008. Analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that certain samples of the chocolate provided with the teddy bears were contaminated with melamine. Customers who purchased any of the 173 teddy bears should return them immediately to the Walgreens stores where they were purchased for a full refund.

Walgreens already has instructed stores to stop selling the product, which is specifically described as an approximately 9-inch high Dressy Teddy Bear with 4-oz. Chocolate Bar. The product's UPC number is 047475864485, and the product tag also includes the item number 291332. Walgreens has not received any reports of illness or injury related to this product.

Walgreens takes the safety of its customers seriously and is working with the FDA on this recall. For additional information, visit Walgreens Web site at http://www.walgreens.com/images/pdfs/recalls/TeddyBear_Product_Safety.pdf or contact Walgreens Product Quality department at 847-315-2755, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central time.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Mom's Food Products, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs In Pimento Spread Sandwiches

Mom's Food Products, Inc. of Ft Worth, TX is recalling its Pimento Spread sandwiches with a expiration date of December 15th through the 18th due to the label not declaring an allergen egg yolks. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered the Pimento Spread sandwiches with these dates were incorrectly labeled.

This recall only affects product delivered by Mom's Food Personnel.

The products involved are:

Mom's Pimento Spread 5.0 oz black wedge (UPC 83898 00114) Expiration dates December 15th through 18th.

Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Mom's Food Products at 1-800-743-0010.

Limited Recall of LAND O LAKES® Sheep Balancer B136

The Land O'Lakes Purina Feed plant in Lincoln, Neb., has initiated a limited recall of LAND O LAKES® Sheep Balancer B136, packaged in 50-pound bags, due to the potential for a higher than acceptable level of copper. The recall is limited to Sheep Balancer B136 produced at the Lincoln plant on October 8, 2008.

The only product and lot number involved in the recall is:

Formula No. 3LN7
Item No. 1860220
Description Sheep Balancer B-136
Lot Number 8OCT08LNC1

The lot number is found on the sewing strip of each bag.

The product was distributed only to six dealers in southeastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

The presence of copper in higher than acceptable levels can cause health issues and, at high levels, mortality in sheep. To date, no customer complaints have been received involving the product.

Retailers have been contacted and told to immediately quarantine the recalled product and notify customers who purchased the product. Customers should discontinue feeding the product immediately. Customers who purchased these products will receive replacement feed.

For more information on the product recall, contact Customer Service at 1-800-227-8941.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

OKK Trading Recalls Toy Army Figures Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Army Figures

Units: About 5,400

Importer: OKK Trading, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: Surface paint on the face of the Army figures contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves 7 ½ inch tall plastic toy Army figures. The figures are dressed in Army fatigues and have guns.

Sold at: Dollar type retailers and OKK Trading's Web site www.okktoys.com from June 2008 through September 2008 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact OKK Trading for a full refund or replacement toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact OKK Trading at (877) 655-8697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.okktoys.com (pdf) .

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Doll Clothing Sets Recalled by Manhattan Group Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Groovy Fashions(tm) Sassy Jammies(tm) Doll Clothing Sets

Units: About 9,200

Manufacturer: Manhattan Group, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: Surface paints on the pajama pants contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled doll clothing set features a two-piece pajama set, eye mask and slippers. The pajama top is pink satin and the pants are dark brown with multiple-colored flowers printed on them.

Sold at: Mail order, Internet and specialty gift stores nationwide from January 2008 through October 2008 for about $12.

Manufactured in: Indonesia

Remedy: Consumers should take the product away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund or store credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Manhattan Group at (800) 541-1345 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.manhattantoy.com .

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Hockey Helmets Recalled by Reebok-CCM Due to Head and Neck Injury Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Hockey Helmets

Units: About 1,000

Distributor: Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S. Inc., of Montpelier, Vt.

Hazard: The helmet's chinstrap can unexpectedly disengage while in use. If this happens, the helmet can fall off, posing a head and neck injury risk to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves RBK and CCM brand hockey helmets. Helmets included in this recall have a HECC sticker with date code JUN - 2013. HECC stickers and model numbers are located on the back of the helmets. Models included in the recall are:

Brand | Model Numbers | Colors Of The Helmet Shells That Require Inspection | Colors Of The Helmet Shells
That Are Not Affected By This Recall

RBK | HT8K | Black/Black, Black/Silver, White/Silver, Navy, Red, Green, Maroon, Yellow | White/Black, Royal
RBK | HT6K | Black, White, Navy, Red, Royal | None
RBK | HT6K Combo | Black, White, Navy, Red, Royal | None
RBK | HT4K | Black, Navy, Red, Royal | White
RBK | HT4K Combo | Navy, Red, Royal | Black, White
CCM | HTV10 | Yellow | Black, White, Navy, Red, Royal, Green, Maroon
CCM | HTV10 Combo | Black | White, Navy, Red, Royal
CCM | HTV08 | Black, White, Royal, Yellow | Navy, Red, Green
CCM | HTV08 Combo | Black, Medium Black, White, Navy, Royal | Red
CCM | HT692 | White, Navy | Black, Red, Royal
CCM | HT692 Combo | Black | White, Navy, Red, Royal

Sold at: Sporting goods stores nationwide and Internet retailers from May 2008 through July 2008 for between $80 and $200.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and return the helmets to the place of purchase for a free replacement helmet.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Reebok-CCM at (800) 451-4600 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.reebokhockey.com and http://en.ccmsports.com .

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stainless Steel Pots Recalled by Ocean State Jobbers Due to Burn Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Century Cookware Stainless Steel Stockpots

Units: About 7,000

Importer: Ocean State Jobbers Inc., of North Kingstown, R.I.

Hazard: The stainless steel pots have metal handles that can detach during use, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Ocean State Jobbers has received one report of the handles breaking off a pot and causing a burn injury.

Description: This recall involves the 8-quart, 12-quart, 16-quart, and 20-quart Century Cookware Stainless Steel Stockpots with glass lids. "Century Cookware" is marked on the front and on the bottom of each pot.

Sold at: All Ocean State Job Lot stores throughout New England from July 2008 through October 2008 for between $12 and $25.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the stockpots and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ocean State Jobbers at (800) 603-9601 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.oceanstatejoblot.com (pdf)

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Fashion Sanctuary Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Zhen De Shou Fat Loss Capsules Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Fashion Sanctuary Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Zhen De Shou Fat Loss Capsules Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Fashion Sanctuary is recalling all lot codes of Zhen De Shou Fat Loss Capsules sold in 10 count blister cards. The recall was initiated after notification by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that lab analysis of Zhen De Shou samples found the product to contain undeclared sibutramine, making it an unapproved drug. Sibutramine is an FDA approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. This poses a potential threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.

The product was primarily distributed in the U.S and sold via the Internet. It is sold in a box with an inner foil pouch. Inside the pouch is a blister pack containing light and dark green capsules. This recall affects all lot codes and use by dates. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date in connection with this product.

Consumers who may have purchased product from this company should immediately discontinue using the product and contact the firm at zhendeshourecall@gmail.com to receive further instructions for returning the product or with any questions.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience to consumers. The firm has taken this voluntary action out of concern for the health and safety of consumers.

This recall is being made in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product should also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at wwww.fda.gov/medwatch.

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Balanced Health Products, Inc. Conducts Voluntary Urgent Nationwide Recall of Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug

Balanced Health Products, Inc. Conducts Voluntary Urgent Nationwide Recall of Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Balanced Health Products, Inc. is voluntarily recalling STARCAPS DIET SYSTEM DIETARY SUPPLEMENT, Lot 12/2011 – 84810, sold in 30 capsule plastic bottles.

The recall is effective immediately and is being undertaken because this lot of STARCAPS contains an undeclared drug ingredient- Bumetanide – a diuretic available by prescription only. Bumetanide is also not listed on the product label as an ingredient in this product.

Bumetanide is a diuretic indicated for the treatment of edema associated with congestive heart failure, hepatic and renal disease including nephrotic syndrome. Bumetanide has been detected in STARCAPS at a level of 0.8mg per capsule. Potential risks associated with the use of Bumetanide include serious and significant fluid and electrolyte loss and an elevation in uric acid concentrations. Consumers should not take Bumetanide if they are allergic to sulfonamides. Significant drug interactions with Bumetanide, such as with digoxin and lithium, may lead to an increase risk of toxicity. Patients may also be at an increased risk of hypotension (low blood pressure), fainting (syncope) and resultant injury if they have normal blood pressure or are already taking an antihypertensive medication and take STARCAPS with undeclared Bumetanide.

The company has received no reports of illness associated with this product.

To date, this recall only applies to Lot 12/2011 – 84810. The company is in the process of testing other lots and will notify the FDA of its results, as well as, if additional lots are to be recalled.

The recalled lot totaling 1,974 consumer-size bottles were distributed nationwide from August 2008 to October 30, 2008 through retail outlets and online sales.

Consumers who purchased STARCAPS Lot 12/2011 – 84810 should immediately discontinue their use and return it to Balanced Health Products, Inc at the address on the product label.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (212) 794-9793 from 10:30am to 4pm EST Monday through Friday.

Consumers who experience adverse events with any lots of this product should seek immediate help from their physician or healthcare provider.

Retail stores are being notified by fax or registered mail to immediately stop all sales and return product to the company.

This recall is being made in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product should also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-410, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at wwww.fda.gov/medwatch.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

JCPenney Recalls Arizona(r) Newborn and Infant Pants Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with J.C. Penney Corporation, Plano, TX, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.

Name of Product: Arizona(r) Newborn and Infant Denim Pants

Units: About 24,000

Importer: JCPenney Co., of Plano, Texas

Hazard: The metal snap at the waist can detach posing a choking hazard to infants.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves Arizona(r) brand newborn and infant girl's and boy's denim pants. They were sold in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months. Only those pants made in Bangladesh are affected; pants made in China are not included in the recall. The country of origin is located on a label sewn into the waistband.

Sold Exclusively at: JCPenney stores nationwide and at www.jcp.com from July 2008 through October 2008 for about $15.

Manufactured in: Bangladesh

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pants and return them to any JCPenney store for a full refund. Pants purchased through the firm's Web site may be returned to the Catalog Desk at any JCPenney store.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact JCPenney toll-free at (888) 333-6063 anytime or visit JCPenney's Web site at www.jcp.com .

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Heavy Duty Acidic Cleaner Recalled by DuPont Due to Leaking Cap; Poses Risk of Severe Skin Irritation

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Heavy Duty Acidic Cleaner Bottles

Units: About 20,000

Manufacturer: DuPont, of Wilmington, Del.

Hazard: Pressure can build up in a full or nearly full bottle of the acidic cleaner when it is stored in elevated temperatures over an extended period of time, which can result in the cleaner leaking from underneath the cap. If the product comes into contact with skin, it can cause severe skin irritation.

Incidents/Injuries: Lowe's has received two reports of leaking bottles at two different Lowe's stores. One consumer reported temporary skin irritation. Another consumer reported skin peeling.

Description: Heavy Duty Acidic Cleaner is used to clean ceramic and porcelain tile and grout. It was sold in silver-colored one quart plastic bottles. "DuPont" and "Heavy Duty Acidic Cleaner" are printed on the front of the bottle. UPC code 6-69009-71003-9 is printed on the back label.

Sold at: Lowe's stores from March 2008 through October 2008 for about $7.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Heavy Duty Acidic Cleaner bottles if there are signs of leakage. Even if there are no signs of leakage, consumers should use gloves when handling the recalled bottles and contact DuPont to receive a free replacement bottle cap. Consumers should not return the product to Lowe's.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact DuPont toll-free at (888) 241-2780 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.stonecare.dupont.com .

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Stop & Shop Recalls Butternut Squash in Prepared Turkey and Ham Dinner

Following a recall from its vendor, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company has announced it is recalling all butternut squash sides that are packaged with the supermarket chain’s prepared turkey and ham holiday dinners.

The recall applies to all 24-ounce sides of butternut squash packaged in the holiday meals and was issued immediately after Stop & Shop’s vendor, Simmering Soup, Inc. recalled the product because of an undeclared egg allergen and quality concerns. The recall applies only to butternut squash that comes as part of the packaged holiday dinners and not to squash sold in the prepared foods department.

To date, no illnesses have been reported due to the recalled product.

Customers who have already picked up their holiday meals are asked to discard the two containers of squash and return to the store either before or after the holiday, where they will receive a $12 refund to enable them to purchase an alternative side dish of their choice. Customers who have not yet picked up their meals may do so as planned—the squash will be removed, and the price of the meal will be reduced by $12.

No other items in the meals are being recalled besides the squash, and customers are asked not to return the entire meal. All other components of the holiday meals meet Stop & Shop’s high quality standards.

Customers with questions may contact Stop & Shop Customer Service starting Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at (800) 767-7772. The call center is open from 9 – 5, Monday through Friday. Customers can also visit Stop & Shop’s website at www.stopandshop.com.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

PANOS Brands Recalls Vegan Rella Cheddar Block

PANOS brands, of Saddle Brook, NJ is recalling Vegan Rella Cheddar Block, (a cheese substitute) with a Sell by date of 12/09/2008. This product is being recalled because it may possibly contain an undeclared milk protein. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. No other lot or variety of Vegan is involved.

The product was sold directly to the consumers from their retail stores located nationwide.

The recalled product is packed in 8oz packages with UPC Code 0 37983 00015 4 and a sell by date of 12/09/2008.

There was one reported incident of an allergic reaction associated with the consumption of the product. The product is manufactured by Swan Gardens/Tree of Life, Austell, GA. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 494-8839 ext. 425

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall on Wegmans Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of 24 oz. Wegmans Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce with a “use-by- date of 11/26/08”, UPC 77890 79010. The product is being recalled because the package may actually contain a milk ingredient which is not declared on the label. The recall of this product is of concern only to those individuals who have an allergy to milk. Consumption may cause a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction in persons with an allergy to milk. No other code dates are affected by this recall.

The 24 oz. Wegmans Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce is packaged in a clear flexible pouch, and was sold in the prepared foods department of Wegmans stores located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.

The affected product would have been available in Wegmans stores between Saturday, November 15 and Thursday, November 20. Wegmans reports that this problem is limited to 108 cases of product, and that all product with the affected code date is no longer on store shelve.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The problem was discovered by a Wegmans store employee. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the affected code of Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce actually contained VODKA BLUSH SAUCE which contains milk.

Concerned customers should return the recalled product to Wegmans for a full refund. Customers who have consumed the product and feel they are experiencing symptoms should contact their physician. Wegmans’ customers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact the consumer affairs department at 1-800-WEGMANS, ext. 4760.

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Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall of Roman Blinds; Sold Exclusively at IKEA

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: IRIS and ALVINE Roman Blinds

Units: About 670,000 (an additional 4.8 million were sold outside of the United States)

Distributor: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck in an exposed inner cord on the backside of the roman blinds.

Incidents/Injuries: On April 4, 2008, a 1-year-old girl in Greenwich, Conn. became entangled in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman Blind and strangled. The child was in a portable playpen that was located underneath a fully lowered roman blind. She was found partially suspended with the inner cord of the blind wrapped twice around her neck.

Description: This recall involves all sizes of IRIS and ALVINE Roman Blinds in white. The blinds have a sewn-in label at the top edge of the blind with the IKEA logotype, article name (IRIS or ALVINE), 5-digit supplier number 19799 or 21369, four digit date stamp (YYWW) and the words "Made in India". On the bottom edge of the blind there is a sewn-in orange/white safety warning label. The blinds are made from 100% cotton.

Sold at: IKEA stores nationwide from July 2005 through June 2008 for between $7 and $30.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Roman Blinds and return them to any IKEA store to obtain a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ikea-usa.com

Note: CPSC reminds consumers to examine all Roman Blinds and shades in their homes. If looped pull cords are present or exposed inner cords are found on the back of blinds or shades and children are in the home or occasionally visit your home, please consider replacing them with blinds or shades that do not have exposed pull cords or inner cords.

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Near Strangulation of Child Prompts Recall to Repair Window Blinds by Green Mountain Vista

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Insulated Black-Out Roller Shades and Insulated Roman Shades

Units: About 7,300

Manufacturer: Green Mountain Vista Inc., of Williston, Vt.

Hazard: The black-out roller shades and insulated roman shades have a continuous looped bead chain that when not attached to the wall or floor, hangs loosely by the blind, posing a fatal strangulation hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC received a report of a 2-year-old girl from Bristol, Conn., who suffered a near strangulation, June 2008, when she placed a loose bead cord loop around her neck and then slipped off the radiator where she was standing. Her 5-year-old brother lifted his sister, who was gasping for air, from the cord entanglement. She vomited and had deep neck bruising, but has since recovered from her injuries.

Description: This recall includes all insulated black-out roller shades (colors: white, cream, harvest, light sage) and insulated Roman shades sizes 48, 60 and 72 (colors: white, natural, sage, sienna, blue, goldenrod, mahogany, terracotta). The shades have RN number 107875 printed on the care label of the shade and identify the manufacturer on the "Installation and Care Instructions."

Sold at: Country Curtains, Plow & Hearth, The Linen Source, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, Ann & Hope, The Sportsman's Guide, Target.com, The Curtain Shop of Maine, and Solutions Catalog. Sold nationwide from June 2005 through September 2008 for between $60 and $200.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately check their window coverings to see if the tension device is attached. If not attached, immediately stop using the window coverings and contact Green Mountain Vista Inc. to receive a free repair kit. If the consumer is not able to install the tensioning device, contact Green Mountain Vista for further instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Green Mountain Vista at (800) 639- 1728 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.gmvista.com

Note: CPSC reminds consumers to examine all Roman Blinds and shades in their homes. If looped pull cords are present or exposed inner cords are found on the back of blinds or shades and children are in the home or occasionally visit your home, please consider replacing them with blinds or shades that do not have exposed pull cords or inner cords.

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ImagiPLAY Recalls Bead Maze Toys Due to Laceration Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Bead Maze Toys

Units: About 500

Importer: ImagiPLAY, of Boulder, Colo.

Hazard: The trees on the toys can detach, exposing a metal screw. This poses a laceration hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled products are painted wooden toys with beads that slide on a curved metal track. The product was sold in three styles: the Apple Tree Bead Maze, the Cactus Tree Bead Maze and the Palm Tree Bead Maze.

Sold by: Toy retailers nationwide from August 2008 through October 2008 for about $13.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and return them to the retail store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact ImagiPLAY at (800) 882-0217 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ImagiPLAY.com (pdf).

Candela Recalls Candles Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Anthropologie Stores

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Anthropologie Tin Candles

Units: About 225

Importer: Candela Group, of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The candle flames could flare up out of the tin container during the burning of the last half inch of wax, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Anthropologie tin candles. The candles were sold in the following four fragrances; Amber Woods - Model #14987044, Black Lilac - Model #14987093, Figue Tree - Model #14987085 and Red Currant - Model #14987051. Candles sold after October 11, 2008 are not affected by this recall.

Sold at: Anthropologie stores nationwide from September 2008 through October 2008 about $20.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tin candles and call Candela for a self-addressed, postage paid envelope in which to return the candle for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Candela Group toll-free at (866) 961-9050 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.candelagroup.org

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Brownie's Third Lung Recalls Air Compressors Due to Drowning Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Air Compressors

Units: About 1,000

Manufacturer: Brownie's Third Lung, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Hazard: The air compressor's components can fail, which could cause a stoppage of air flow. This poses a risk of drowning to users.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled air compressors are used to provide air to divers. The recalled products include the following models:

Product Models Serial Numbers
Gas-powered direct drive hookah compressor assemblies F280X, F390X, C270, C390, CTD390 14421 - 15715
Dual-head electric direct drive compressor assemblies E250, EC2 14344 - 15762

The serial number is printed on a metallic plate located on the compressor's base and on the storage case.

Sold at: Brownie's Third Lung factory and various marine/diving products resellers nationwide from July 2007 through August 2008 for between $2000 and $3500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the air compressor and contact their dealer for a free inspection and repair, if necessary. Consumers are being directly notified of this recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Brownie's Third Lung at (800) 327-0412 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.browniedive.com (pdf)

Target Recalls Dive Sticks Due to Impalement Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Dive Sticks

Units: About 365,000

Importer: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The recalled dive sticks could remain in an upright position, posing an impalement hazard to young children. CPSC banned pre-weighted dive sticks in 2001.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled dive sticks were sold in a bundle of three in multiple colors: light blue, aqua green, fluorescent yellow, royal blue, and red. The tag accompanying the dive sticks contains: "Dive Toys" or "Diving Game" and has a white small parts warning label in the upper right hand corner. The words "Made in China" are printed in the lower right hand corner.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from April 2008 through August 2008 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled dive sticks away from young children immediately and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.target.com

Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by R&D International Due to Strangulation Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Young Colors Children's Hooded Jackets

Units: About 1,500

Importer: R&D International Inc., of Salida, Colo.

Hazard: The jackets have drawstrings through the hood and at the waist. Children can get entangled in the drawstrings that can catch on playground equipment, fences or tree branches. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstring in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. From 1985 through June 2008, CPSC received reports of 27 deaths and 70 non-fatal incidents involving the entanglement of children's clothing drawstrings.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The cotton knit and woven hooded jackets have a drawstring through the hood and waist. They were sold in sizes 12 months through size 10 in a variety of solid colors and prints. "Young Colors" is sewn into the jacket tag located at the neck.

Sold at: Specialty children's stores nationwide from April 2004 through September 2007 for about $45.

Manufactured in: Peru and Indonesia

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the jacket to eliminate the safety hazard.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact R&D International Inc. collect at (719) 539-3812 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site www.youngcolors.com .

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lithium-Ion Batteries Used with Bicycle Lights Recalled By DiNotte Lighting Due to Burn Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: DiNotte Lighting Lithium-Ion batteries used with bicycle lights

Units: About 1,700

Manufacturer: AA Portable Power Corp., of Richmond, Calif.

Distributor: DiNotte Lighting, of Hampton, NH

Hazard: A loose wiring connection and improper venting can cause the battery to overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: DiNotte Lighting Lithium-Ion battery with nylon bags are used with DiNotte 5W Li-Ion bicycle lights and DiNotte 3 LED police lights. The DiNotte logo is printed on the battery cable connector.

Sold at: Bicycle and recreation stores nationwide and by Internet retailers from February 2006 through March 2007 for between $200 and $400.

Manufactured in: United States and China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the battery and contact the company to receive a free replacement battery.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact DiNotte Lighting at (866) 822-7694 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm's Web site at www.dinottelighting.com, or email the firm at service@dinottelighting.com
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GE Recalls to Inspect and Repair Wall Ovens Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: GE(r), GE Profile(tm), Monogram(r) and Kenmore(r) Wall Ovens

Units: About 244,000

Manufacturer: GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: The extreme heat used in the self-clean cycle can escape, if the wall oven door is removed and incorrectly re-attached by the installer or the consumer. This can pose a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE is aware of 28 incidents of minor property damage in which adjacent kitchen cabinets have been damaged. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE wall ovens sold under the following brand names: GE(r), GE Profile(tm), Monogram(r) and Kenmore(r). The wall ovens were sold in white, black, bisque and stainless steel. The following model and serial numbers can be found inside the oven on the left interior wall. For microwave combination ovens, the serial number can be found on the left interior wall of the microwave.


Brand | Model | Serial Number Begins With
GE/Profile | JCT915, JT912, JT915, JT952, JT955, JT965, JT980*, JTP20, JTP25, JTP28, JTP48, JTP50, JTP86 | TD, VD, ZD AF, DF, FF, GF, HF, LF, MF, RF, SF, TF, VF, ZF
Monogram | ZET3058, ZET938, ZET958
Kenmore (All modelnumbers start with 911) | 4771, 4775, 4781, 4904, 4905, 4923* | 2T, 2V, 2Z 3A, 3D, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3L, 3M, 3R, 3S, 3T, 3V, 3Z

* Lower oven only


Sold at: Home builders and appliance stores nationwide from October 2002 through December 2004 for between $900 and $3,600.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately inspect the oven to make sure they do not have an incorrectly re-attached wall oven door, which will not open into the flat position. If the wall oven door is incorrectly re-attached, consumers should not use the self-clean cycle and call GE for a free repair. Consumers can continue to use normal baking or broiling function in the oven until the oven is repaired.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 569-1588 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday ET, or visit the firm's Web site at www.GEAppliances.com .

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Seattle's Favorite Gourmet Cookies & Dessert Co Issues Nationwide Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Muffin Tops

Seattle's Favorite Gourmet Cookies & Dessert Co. of Tukwila, WA is recalling Orange Cranberry and Banana Nut Muffin Tops because they contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Orange Cranberry and Banana Nut Muffin Tops were distributed nationwide to coffee shops, espresso stands, and retail outlets.

These products are individually wrapped in clear plastic with a black product card featuring the Seattle's Favorite logo in upper left hand side and contains the product name and ingredient statement. Product may or may not contain an expiration date or best by date. The date is placed on the product at the retail location. These products, regardless of any codes, are subject to this recall.

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

During a routine FDA inspection it was discovered that the ingredient statement did not declare milk.

Consumers are urged to return these products to point of purchase for a refund. For any further concerns or questions please contact Seattle's Favorite at seattlesfavoritecookies.com or 1-866-203-5588.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cobra Electronics Recalls Children's Two-Way Radios with Rechargeable Batteries Due to Chemical Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively in Toys "R" Us Stores

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Children's Two-Way Radios

Units: About 8,000

Manufacturer: Cobra Electronics, of Chicago, Ill.

Hazard: The rechargeable batteries in the radios can leak electrolyte, posing a chemical burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves two-way radios with the 300 mah "CEL" batteries. The walkie talkie style radios are made of pink plastic and come in purple packaging. Product number PR191-2VP is located on the front of the packaging and on the label inside the battery compartment. The batteries are standard AAA Nickle Metal Hydride battery cells with a black wrapper with the battery name 300 mah (CEL) with the date code (TF or RF) on the battery itself.

Sold by: Toys "R" Us Stores nationwide from August 2008 through September 2008 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the two-way radios and contact the company for a free replacement and a 20% off coupon for a future purchase at www.cobra.com. If batteries have leaked on to the radio, do not touch the liquid, and contact the company for a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Cobra Electronics toll-free at (888) 252-9889 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.cobra.com .

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Swim 'N Score Dive Sticks Recalled by Modell's Due to Risk of Impalement Injury to Children

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: CORAL Swim 'N Score Pool Stix

Units: About 130

Retailer: Modell's Sporting Goods, of New York, N.Y.

Manufacturer: ERO Industries (no longer in business), of Mount Prospect, Ill.

Hazard: Children can fall or land on these dive sticks in shallow water and suffer impalement injuries. Eye and other facial injuries are also possible. In April 2001, CPSC banned certain types of dive sticks.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled Pool Stix are weighted plastic tubes, which stand upright when tossed into water. The sticks are about 8" long and were sold in packs of 6 in various colors. The UPC (#4969382814) is printed on the product's packaging.

Sold at: Modell's Sporting Goods stores nationwide from August 1999 to October 2008 for about $3.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should keep children from playing with the recalled dive sticks and return the product to any Modell's Sporting Goods for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Modell's at (800) 275-6633 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.modells.com/recall .

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JA-RU Recalls Toy Trains Due To Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: My Little Train Classics Toy Trains

Units: About 18,000

Importer: JA-RU Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla.

Hazard: The recalled toy contain small parts which can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: My Little Train Classics wooden toy trains are available in two styles. One, with a yellow cab, blue body and six red wheels and the other with a blue cab, red boiler, wooden base and four black wheels. The item #5293 is the same for both styles and is located in the lower left hand corner on the front of the package.

Sold at: Various wholesalers and retailers nationwide from March 2007 through October 2008 for about $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the toy train away from children immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact JA-RU at (800) 231-3470 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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CSI USA, Inc. Issues Voluntary National Recall of Topical Acne Cream

CSI, USA, Inc. issued a voluntary nationwide consumer product recall of all lots of 1 ounce (28 g) tubes of 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cream with the following names: "DG Maximum Strength Acne Medicated Gel" (sold at Dollar General); "Kroger Acne Gel 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Medication" (sold at Kroger); and "Equate: Medicated Acne Gel" (sold at Wal-Mart).

These products are being recalled because samples of the products were found to contain bacteria identified as "Burkholderia Cepacia," formerly known as Pseudomonas Cepacia.

After conducting a thorough assessment, the company concluded that the risk of illness in healthy individuals following use of this product is very low. However, there could be an increased health risk of infections for individuals with cuts, scrapes, rashes or other compromised skin conditions; or those with weakened or suppressed immune systems.

No consumer adverse health events related to this issue have been reported.

No other acne medications sold by Dollar General, Kroger or Wal-Mart are affected by this recall.


Consumers should discontinue using the product and may obtain a full refund by mailing the tube, or proof of purchase, to:

CSI USA, Inc.
170 Commerce Way
Gallatin, TN 37066
Attn: ACNE CREAM RECALL


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