Monday, January 28, 2008

Actions Taken by the Georgia State Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers at its January 16 Meeting

The Georgia State Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

The Board accepted the following Public Consent Orders:

Ludy’s Cars & Trucks, Cartersville: Inspection citation of $500 for failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Just Right Auto Sales, Conyers: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Joel Quality Used Cars LLC, Tucker: Inspection citation of $500 for two failures to post FTC Buyer’s Guides on each vehicle offered for sale.

Cars & Trucks Unlimited, Inc., Moultrie: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

The Board accepted the following Orders Accepting Fine Monies and Settling Inspection Citations:

Auto Loan Finders, Inc., Kennesaw: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Budget Auto Sales of Macon: Inspection citation of $3,000 for 3 failures to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and 3 failures to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Coastal Select Automotive LLC of Brunswick: Inspection citation of $3,500 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date, and 10 failures to post FTC Buyer’s Guides on each vehicle offered for sale.

Enterprise Car Sales of Macon: Inspection citation of $250 for failure to submit application for address change within 30 days of effective date of change.

Fairway Motors LLC, Tucker: Inspection citation of $2,000 for 2 failures to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and 2 failures to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Freeway Auto Credit of Albany: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

FT Auto Sales, Inc. of Decatur: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Georgia Car Credit, Inc. of Tifton: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Georgia Car Mart LLC of Roswell: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Georgia State Auto Sales, Inc. of Snellville: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Hi Performance Automobiles, Inc. of Alpharetta: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Huar Auto Sales of Douglas: Inspection citation of $500 for unlicensed practice.
Just Right Auto Sales, Chamblee: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Kellee Kars, Inc. of Austell: Inspection citation of $1,000 on 2-2-07 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Kellee Kars, Inc. of Austell: Inspection citation of $1,000 on 12-11-2007 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Lakewood Auto Sales of College Park: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

LeCroy Auto Sales of Rossville: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Macon Deals, Inc. of Macon: Inspection citation of $2,000 for 2 failures to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and 2 failures to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

McGhee Auto Sales, Inc. of Decatur: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

New 2-U Auto Sales LLC of Conyers: Inspection citation of $2,250 for 2 failures to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, 2 failures to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date, and possession of an open title.

Prestige Auto Sales of Marietta: Inspection citation of $500 for aiding and abetting an unlicensed person in selling vehicles.

SmartMove Auto LLC of Doraville: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

Sugar Hill Auto Sales, Inc. of Canton: Inspection citation of $1,000 for failure to apply for a title in the retail purchaser’s name within 30 calendar days after the date of sale, and failure to furnish appropriate documents required for tag transfer to the retail purchaser within 30 days of purchase date.

The Board accepted a Voluntary Surrender of license on each of the following:

Automotive Finance Specialist, McDonough
Steve Dodge’s Automotive Resale, Cartersville
Coco Auto Sales, Inc., Decatur
Ace Auto Sales & Leasing, Inc., Saint Simons Island
Round-Up Motors, Forest Park

The Board accepted the following Voluntary Cease & Desist Orders for unlicensed practice:

Yady Quintero, Douglas
Javier Huatado, Douglas
Mustafa Ozdemir, Marietta
Haim Yeffet, Marietta
Ademola I. Ajibike and/or Demmy Jibicks Ventures, Inc. d/b/a DJV Auto Sales of Douglasville
United Motor Cars, Tucker.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 9 a.m. at the Professional Licensing Board in Macon for the purpose of allowing licensed dealers to appeal inspection citations issued by the Board.

The Georgia State Board of Registration for Used Motor Vehicle Dealers will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Professional Licensing Boards in Macon.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Battat Recalls Magnetic Construction Sets; Ingested Magnets PoseAspiration and Intestinal Hazards

Name of Product: Battat Magnabild Magnetic Building Systems

Units: About 125,000

Distributor: Battat Inc., of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Hazard: Small magnets inside the building pieces can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Battat have received 16 reports of magnets coming out of the long flexible rods, 1-inch rods, and of the corners of square building pieces. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the 293-piece (item number BB1502H) and the 180-piece (item number BB1431H) Magnabild Magnetic Building System sets. Both sets come in rotating display cases that contain 1-inch and 4-inch rods with magnets, curved 1-inch rods, triangle and square pieces with magnets, square-shaped plastic building pieces, triangles and 5-sided pieces, and metal balls. The pieces come indifferent colors. All of the plastic building pieces, except the 4-inch flexible rods, have the word "Magnabild" in raised lettering on them. The item number is found on a hang tag attached to the set. The productis designed for children older than three years.

Manufactured in: China

Sold at: Various retailers nationwide and online sellers from 2005 through 2007 for between $30 and $40.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled Magnabild Magnetic Building System away from children and contact Battat to receive a pre-paid mailer to return the toy and to receive a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Battat at (800) 247-6144 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.battatco.com

Toy Racing Cars Recalled by OKK Trading Due to Violation of Lead PaintStandard

Name of Product: Toy Racing Cars

Units: About 2,000

Manufacturer: OKK Trading Inc., of Commerce, Calif.

Hazard: Surface paint on the toy cars contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves toy racing cars that are operated with a remote control. The toy racing car comes with four additional tires and one remote control. "Formula 1" is printed on the packaging.

Manufactured in: China

Sold at: Retail dollar and discount stores nationwide from October 2007 through November 2007 for about $1.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take this car away from children and return it to the store where purchased for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the company toll-free at (877) 655-8697 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.okktrading.com

Seoul Shik Poom, Inc. Recalls Frozen Salted Yellow Croaker and/or Frozen Dried Yellow Croaker Because of Possible Health Risk

Seoul Shik Poom, Inc. of Hillside, NJ is recalling the following products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium, which can cause life-threatening illness or death:

Item #
Description
Weight (lbs)

BG1103
Bupsungpo) Fz. Salted Yellow Croaker (bag)
2.2Lbs
BG1121B
Polar) Fz. Dried Yellow Croaker (bag)
4.5Lbs
BG1121
Polar) Fz. Dried Yellow Croaker (bag)
2.2Lbs
BG1122B
Polar) Fz. Dried Yellow Croaker (bag)
4.5Lbs
BG1124
Choripdong) Fz. Yellow Croaker (bulk box)
29.73Lbs
BG1124A
Choripdong) Fz. Yellow Croaker (bulk box)
31.6Lbs
BG1123
Choripdong) Fz. Yellow Croaker (bulk box)
30.83Lbs

Consumers are warned not to use these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Frozen Salted/Dried Yellow Croaker was distributed in New York, New Jersey and Maryland area. It reached consumers through retail stores. This product comes in a clear plastic bag and is individually tied with rope.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased these Frozen Salted/Dried Yellow Croaker products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Seoul Shik Poom, Inc. at (908) 810-7230.

Toy Wooden Block and Train Sets Recalled By Christmas Tree Shops Due toViolation 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 usingrecalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Big Wooden Blocks and Jumbo Wooden Train Sets

Units: About 15,000

Retailer: Christmas Tree Shops, of South Yarmouth, Mass.

Manufacturer: First Learning Company Ltd., of Hong Kong

Hazard: Surface paint on some pieces of the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The Big Wooden Blocks contain 30 or 60 colorful block pieces in 11 geometric shapes. The Jumbo Wooden Train Sets contain 70 wooden pieces including trees, stop and railroad crossing signs, a red wooden engine and green train cars. The following style numbers and UPC numbers are printed on the packaging of the toys:

Toy Description Style # UPC # Big Wooden Learning Blocks - 30 pieces 7210 14559211 Big Wooden Learning Blocks - 60 pieces 7211 14559235 70 piece Jumbo Wooden Train Sets 13275A 14217340

Manufactured in: China

Sold at: Christmas Tree Shops located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions from October 2006 through November 2007 for between $4 and $20.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and return the toys to any Christmas Tree Shop to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: Contact: For additional information, contact Christmas Tree Shops at (888) 287-3232 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.christmastreeshops.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

AM2 PAT, Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of All Lots and All Sizes of Pre-Filled Heparin and Normal Saline Flushes

AM2 PAT, Inc., Angier, North Carolina, is initiating a Nationwide recall of all lots of both Heparin and Saline pre-filled flushes manufactured by AM2 PAT. These products are distributed under two brand names, Sierra Pre-Filled Inc. and B. Braun. These products are sold in 3ml, 5ml sizes for Heparin and 3ml, 5ml and 10ml sizes for Normal Saline. Both products are sold as pre-filled syringes.

One lot under recall of this product 1003-02, Lot 070926H, heparin IV flush syringes has been found to be contaminated with Serratia marcescens, which has resulted in patient infections. CDC has confirmed growth of Serratia marcescens from several unopened syringes of this product.

This type of bacterial infection could present a serious adverse health consequence that could lead to life-threatening injuries and/or death.

Consumers and user facilities who have any of these recalled pre-filled syringes, Heparin or Saline Lock Flush Solution USP, should stop using the product immediately. These products should be immediately quarantined in your inventory and returned to your distributor immediately.

The following information for this recall includes:

MANUFACTURER: Sierra Pre-Filled, Inc., Angier, North Carolina

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Heparin Lock Flush Solution USP, All Strengths and Sizes

Saline Lock Flush Solution USP, All Strengths and Sizes

LOT #
NDC #
CATALOG #
Product Brand Name

All
64054-1003-02
1003-02
Heparin Lock Flush 100units/ml 5ml

64054-1003-01
1003-01
Heparin Lock Flush 100units/ml 3ml

64054-3005-02
3005-02
Heparin Lock Flush 10units/ml 5ml

64054-3003-02
3003-02
Heparin Lock Flush 10units/ml 3ml

64054-3003-06
3003-06
Heparin Lock Flush 10units/mL 3ml (6ml syringe)

64054-3005-06
3005-06
Heparin Lock Flush 10units/mL 5ml (6ml syringe)

64054-0910-2
0910-12
Normal Saline Flush 10ml

64054-0905-2
0905-12
Normal Saline Flush 5ml

64054-0903-2
0903-12
Normal Saline Flush 3ml

The firm voluntarily recalled these products after confirming bacterial contamination in some end user samples of product code 1003-02, Lot 070926H.

These products have been distributed nationwide.

It appears from an ongoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection of AM2 PAT, Inc.’s facility that the firm is not in compliance with the Quality System regulation and failed to have adequate controls to ensure necessary sterility of its pre-filled syringes.

Consumers with questions may contact Sierra Pre-Filled at 919-552-9689, Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm Eastern Standard Time.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems 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 www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Stamina Products to Pay $105,000 Civil Penalty for Failure to ReportDefects with Mini-Trampolines

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a Missouri-based manufacturer of trampolines has agreed to pay the government a $105,000 civil penalty.

The penalty settles allegations that Stamina Products, of Springfield, Mo., failed to report in a timely manner injuries from defective mini-trampolines.

In April 2006, CPSC and Stamina Products announced the recall of about 668,000 mini-trampolines. Between April 2002 and June 2005, Stamina Products received eight reports from consumers who alleged that the trampoline sprang back during the folding/unfolding process causing facial lacerations that required stitches, broken teeth, bruises, headaches, neck pain, broken facial bones, loss of mouth sensation, and blurred vision.

Stamina Products failed to report these incidents to the CPSC in a timely manner. CPSC was finally informed of the incidents in July 2005. Federal law requires firms to report to CPSC within 24 hours after obtaining information that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, or creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death. In agreeing to settle the matter, Stamina Products denies that it violated federal law.

Nordstrom Recalls Taper and Votive Candles Due To Fire Hazard

Name of Product: Nordstrom "At Home" Taper and Votive Candles

Units: About 2,500

Importer: Nordstrom Inc., of Seattle, Wash.

Hazard: The candle's exterior coating can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Nordstrom has received four reports of flames or smoke coming from the candle or the exterior coating. One instance of property damage was reported but no injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Nordstrom "At Home" 10-inch taper candles and Nordstrom "At Home" votive candles. The taper candles were sold under style numbers NR-07059G and NR-07059S. The votive candles were sold under style numbers NR-07001G and NR-07001S. The candles came in silver and gold and were sold in a box of six. The style number can be found on a sticker at the bottom of the packaging.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Sold at: Nordstrom stores nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for about $18 for the taper candles and about $12 for the votive candles.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these candles immediately and return them to any Nordstrom store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nordstrom at (800) 804-0806, 24 hours per day, visit the company's Web site at www.nordstrom.com, or email contact@nordstrom.com

B. Braun's Supplier Prompts Voluntary Recall of All Lots and All Sizes of Pre-Filled Heparin and Normal Saline Flush Syringes

AM2PAT Inc. manufactures these pre-filled syringes under both its private label, Sierra Pre-Filled Inc., as well as under the B. Braun Medical Inc. label

B. Braun Medical Inc. was recently notified by its contract manufacturer, AM2PAT Inc., of a nationwide recall of all lots and sizes of Pre-filled Heparin and Saline Flush Syringes.

Catalog #
Lot #
Description

513584
All
Normal Saline 3mL in 12 mL Syringe

513586
All
Normal Saline 5mL in 12 mL Syringe

513587
All
Normal Saline 10mL in 12 mL Syringe

513610
All
10 units/mL Heparin, 5mL in 12 mL Syringe

513611
All
100 units/mL Heparin, 3mL in 12 mL Syringe

513612
All
100 units/mL Heparin, 5mL in 12 mL Syringe


Customers that have the recalled product in their possession should discontinue use immediately. If patients report any problems that may be related to usage of this product a physician should be contacted. Customers may contact the B. Braun Medical Inc. Customer Support Department at (800) 227-2862, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 7 PM EST for instructions for handling the affected product and to arrange for replacement product.

Based on ongoing FDA inspection of AM2PAT Inc.'s facility, and CDC investigation it has been determined that there is a potential for the sterility of these affected products to be compromised, which may result in potential contamination. AM2PAT previously initiated a recall of one lot of Sierra Pre-Filled Heparin (lot #070926H) that was found to be contaminated with Serratia marcescens, which may lead to patient infections. CDC has confirmed growth of Serratia marcescens from several unopened syringes of this product in this specific AM2PAT lot. This type of bacterial infection could present a serious adverse health consequence that could lead to life-threatening injuries and/or death.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178

Harry and David Issues Nationwide Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts and Other Nuts in Harry and David Giant Cashews

Harry and David, of Medford, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2130 boxes of 4 oz. Harry & David Giant Cashews because they may contain mixed nuts, including peanuts, almonds, pecans and Brazil nuts not declared on the ingredient statement. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these ingredients (peanuts, almonds, pecans and/or Brazil nuts) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The affected product was distributed throughout the United States only through Harry and David Stores beginning 11/16/07.

Harry and David is recalling all 4 oz. boxes of Giant Cashews with lot codes 2507 MSL 15:00 through 2507 MSL 18:00 and a use by date of 6/28/08. The lot code and use by date are ink jetted on the bottom of the box. Affected boxes also can be recognized by the price sticker on the bottom, or lower portion of the back, of the box. The price sticker states "Nuts Mixed Nuts Box 4oz". These products are packaged in 4 oz. paperboard boxes with bags of metalized film containing nuts inside. The boxes are olive green with a pale green design in the background.

There have been no illnesses or injuries reported to date. Anyone concerned about an illness/injury should contact a physician immediately.

This problem occurred during a product changeover when packaging for cashews was comingled with packaging for the mixed nuts.

Consumers with product may return it to the any Harry and David retail store for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may phone the Harry and David Customer Service division at 800-233-1101, 24 hours a day.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Deli Chef Tri-Bean Salad Recalled From Some Kroger Stores

Inter-American Products, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today announced a voluntary recall on all codes of Deli Chef Tri-Bean Salad sold from store deli counters in some states because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause a potentially life threatening condition called botulism. Consumers should not consume this product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The Tri-Bean Salad was sold at deli counters in stores in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The green beans in the Tri-Bean Salad were processed by the New Era Canning Company, which has announced a recall of the beans. The text of the New Era Canning Company Recall can be found on the FDA website at this location: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/newera201_08.html.

No illnesses have been reported. No other salad products are affected by this recall.

Customers are encouraged to dispose of the product and should contact the store where the product was purchased to receive a refund.

Consumers with questions or concerns may call Inter-American Products at 1-800-697-2448.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cranium Cadoo Board Games Recalled Due to Violation of Lead PaintStandard

Name of Product: Cranium Cadoo Board Games

Units: About 38,000

Importer: Cranium Inc., of Seattle, Wash.

Hazard: The surface paint on the die contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: Only the die found in Cranium Cadoo board games with lot numbers 2007195 through 2007244 are included in the recall. The Cranium Cadoo game is packaged in a square cardboard box with an orange background. The seven digit lot number is printed under the plastic tray on the bottom half of the box.

Sold at: Fred Meyer, Kmart, Shopko, Wal-Mart and specialty game stores nationwide between October 2007 through January 2008 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately dispose of the die and contact Cranium Inc. to receive a free replacement die.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cranium Inc. at(877) 272- 6486 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday orvisit the firm's Web site at www.cranium.com

Pottery Barn Recalls Decorative Candles 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: Round and Egg-Shaped Decorative Candles

Units: About 185,000 Importer: Pottery Barn of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The candle's exterior coating can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Pottery Barn has received two reports of the gold paint on the candle exterior igniting. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves egg-shaped and large and small round candles sold in three sizes. The candles were sold in green, red and white with gold glitter and leaf designs. The recall includes all styles of this candle, including style numbers 9444811, 9444928, 9444936,9444944, 9444944, 9445214, 9445222, 9445222, and 9445313. The style number for the candles can be found on the price ticket under the candle.

Sold at: Pottery Barn stores nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for between $10 and $20.

Manufactured in: Hong Kong

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candles and return them to any Pottery Barn store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pottery Barn toll-free at (888) 922-9245 between 7 a.m. and 12 a.m. ET Monday through Sunday, or visit the company's Web site at www.potterybarn.com

The Wick & Petal Co. Recalls Candles 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: Jar candles
Units: About 1,300 Manufacturer: The Wick & Petal Co. of Indianapolis, Ind.
Hazard: The candles can burn with a high flame, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Wick & Petal has received seven reports of the candles burning with high flame, some resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves all Wick & Petal jar candles. The candles have a cylindrical shape and a chrome lid. The lid has a white label with a picture of the fragrance, the fragrance name, and "Wick &Petal Co." printed on it.
Sold at: Select candle retailers and craft fairs in Indiana from October 2007 through December 2007 for between $8 and $18.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candles and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wick & Petal at (317) 441-8008 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.wickandpetal.com. The company will accept collect calls on their main line number.

Sears and Kmart Recall Play Stoves Due to Tip-over 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 First Kenmore" Play Stoves
Units: About 17,000
Retailers: Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corp., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Hazard: A metal bracket connecting the door to the stove can cause a tip-over when the door is opened. This poses a risk of injury to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: Sears has received one report of the product tipping over, resulting in bruises to a child.
Description: The self-assembled, wooden play stove is painted pink with six white knobs and a timer. The dimensions of the stove when assembled are 11 1/2" W x 13 3/4" D x 32 7/8" H.
Sold at: Sears and Kmart stores nationwide from September 2007 through November 2007 for about $100.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove and discard the bracket that connects the door to the stove to eliminate the hazard. Consumers may obtain updated assembly instructions by contacting Sears/Kmart or byvisiting either firm's Web site. In some products, the updated assembly instructions are already included and replacement instructions are not required.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sears/Kmart at (800) 659-7026 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, or visit either www.sears.com or www.kmart.com

Saturday, January 19, 2008

L’Oréal Initiates Nationwide Recall of L’Oréal Paris Dream Blonde Bleach and Lightening Care Kit Due to Misprinted Directions

L'Oréal Paris, a division of L'Oréal USA, has initiated a voluntary recall from retail stores in the United States for the L'Oréal Paris Dream Blonde (Baby's Breath Blonde #100 Ultra Lightening) Bleach and Lightening care kit. The product was sold in retail outlets in the US from January 1 through January 18, 2008. L'Oréal is voluntarily taking this action due to an error in the printing of the directions for the use of the Dream Blonde Bleach and Lightening care kit. All retailers have been notified and have removed the product from their shelves. Affected consumers, estimated at a few hundred, will receive a full refund for returned product.

L'Oréal took immediate action following one customer complaint of the product causing irritation. The Dream Blonde Bleach and Lightening Care formula itself is safe. However, if used according to the current misprinted directions, complications such as irritation or sensitivity could result, so consumers should not use the product and should instead return it to their retailer for a refund. As with any product, if a consumer feels they are having any type of reaction or irritation, they should consultant their physician. This recall affects only the Dream Blonde Bleach and Lightening care kit in the Dream Blonde range of products.

Any consumers looking for more information should call 888-241-9504.

Friday, January 18, 2008

New Era Canning Company Announces New Nationwide Recall of Green Beans and Garbanzo Beans in #10 cans (6 to 7 pound cans)

New Era, MI – January 18, 2008 --- New Era Canning Company of New Era, Michigan is recalling all cans of green beans and garbanzo beans in #10 cans (large cans containing between 6 and 7 pounds) because they may have been processed under conditions which could have led to contamination by Clostridium botulinum bacterium spores, which can cause life-threatening illness or death. The codes on the affected product begin with the numbers “00249,” or the letters “GREEN” or “GARB”. This recall does not include Italian Green Beans because that is a different product.

Clostridium botulinum bacterium spores have the potential for growth that produces a toxin that causes a potentially fatal form of food poisoning - botulism. Symptoms of botulism poisoning in humans can begin from 6 hours to 2 weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the shoulders first, then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, and calves. Botulism poisoning also can cause paralysis of the breathing muscles, which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided. Individuals who have these symptoms and who may have recently eaten the green beans or garbanzo beans currently under recall or other food products made with these items should seek immediate medical attention.

The issues were uncovered in a FDA inspection of products that were in the company’s possession. NO product has tested positive for the toxin and there have been NO cases of botulism reported from these products.

This recall only affects the products in the large #10 cans, the majority of which were potentially sold nationwide to various food service customers. However these products may also have been purchased by consumers at retail stores. The code on the cans may be embossed (stamped into the metal of the can) or printed in ink on one of the metal can ends.

Examples of how a code may appear on a can of green beans are: "00249 2BH7FL", "00249 1515 2BH7FL", "GREEN 2BH7FL" or "GREEN 1515 2BH7FL". (These are not necessarily actual can codes).

Examples of how a code may appear on a can of garbanzo beans are: "00249 34F7LG", "00249 1515 34F7LG", "GARB 34F7LG" or "GARB 1515 34F7LG". (These are not necessarily actual can codes).
New Era Canning, in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration and the Michigan Department of Agriculture, is thoroughly evaluating all processes and procedures to determine the cause of the problem.

Any food that may be contaminated should be disposed of carefully. Even tiny amounts of toxins ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin can cause serious illness. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and the hands should be washed immediately after handling the food. Customers who have the product or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. Double bag the cans in plastic bags that are tightly closed, then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Restaurants and institutions are encouraged to assure that such products are only placed in locked receptacles which are not accessible to the public. Additional instructions for safe disposal can be found at www.cdc.gov/botulism/botulism_faq.htm. Anyone with questions can call FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

Customers with questions may contact New Era Canning at 1-800-282-9007 Ext. 111.

The following product labels are affected:

Bunny brand, Distributed by Bunn Capitol Company, Springfield, IL
Blue Lake mixed and shortcut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 6444500193).

Classic Sysco brand, Distributed by Sysco Corporation, Houston, TX.
Blue Lake cut green beans, 3 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 7486510779).
Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 7486510487).
Garbanzo beans (garbanzo beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108.0 oz (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 7486510484).

Code brand, Distributed by Code, Atlanta, GA.
Mixed & short cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 1207310120).
Fancy garbanzo beans without sulfites (garbanzo beans, water, salt, disodium EDTA) in 6 lb. 14 oz. cans (UPC 1207316120).

ComSource brand, Distributed by ComSource, Atlanta, GA.
Blue Lake cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 5254952333).
Blue Lake cut green beans, 3 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 5254952321).
ComSource Medallion Premium Quality brand, distributed by ComSource, Atlanta, GA.
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 5254952325).

ComSource Merit Excellence Food Service brand, Distributed by ComSource, Inc, Atlanta, GA.
Cut Blue Lake green beans, 5 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 5254952327).
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 5254952325).

ComSource Traditional brand, Distributed by ComSource, Atlanta, GA.
Blue Lake cut green beans, mixed and short cut, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 5254952359).
Cut Blue Lake green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 5254952427).
Cut Blue Lake green beans, 5 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 5254952429).

Frosty Acres Restaurant's Pride Preferred brand, Packed for F.A.B., Inc., Alpharetta, GA.
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 3 sieve (green beans, water, salt), in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 4820067373).
Cut Blue Lake green beans, 4 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 4820067445).
Blue Lake cut green beans, 5 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 4820067451).
Fancy cut Blue Lake green beans (green beans, water, salt), in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 4820067339).
Fancy cut Blue Lake green beans, 4 sieve (green beans, water, salt), in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 4820067446).
Mixture of Blue Lake short cut, cut green beans (green beans, water, salt), in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 4820068464).
Fancy garbanzos "chick pea" (garbanzo beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, disodium EDTA) in 111 oz. (6 lb. 15 oz.) cans (UPC 4820068264).

GFS brand, Distributed by Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids, MI
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, reorder no. 118737 (UPC 9390111873).
Cut Blue Lake green beans, mixed sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, reorder no. 273856 (UPC 9390127385).

goodtaste brand, Distributed by New Era Canning in New Era, MI.
Cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 3683512340).

Harvest Value brand, distributed by U.S. Food Service, Columbia, MD
Cut green beans, mixed and short cut, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 173619 (UPC 5810803534).
Cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 101 (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 170524 (UPC 5810801047).
Cut green beans, short cut (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 173349 (UPC 5810803538).

Kitchen brand, Distributed by Potato Products, Detroit, MI.
5 sieve- EX.-STD. cut Blue Lake green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 6 oz. cans

Kitchen Essentials brand, Distributed by Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids, MI.
Cut green beans, mixed sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 6 oz. cans, reorder no. 156337 (UPC 9390115633).

Monarch brand, Distributed by Reid, Murdoch & Co., Columbia, MD
Extra Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 177039 (UPC 5810811196).
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 3 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz (6 lb 5 oz) cans, 170672 (UPC 5810801040).

Monarch Premium brand, packed for PYA/Monarch, Inc, Greenville, SC.
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 3 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, 173205 (No UPC code).

Mount Stirling brand, Distributed by Pocahontas Foods USA, Richmond, VA.
Blue Lake cut green beans, 5 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 4156033379).

Necco brand, Packed by New Era Canning Company, New Era, MI.
Cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 6 oz. cans (UPC 3683513340).

New Era brand, Distributed by New Era Canning Co, New Era, MI.
Veri-Green cut green beans (green beans, water, salt, zinc chloride) in 102 oz. (6 lb. 6 oz.) cans (No UPC code).
Cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511340).
Cut Blue Lake green beans, no salt added, (green beans, water) in 102 oz. (6 lb. 6 oz.) cans (No UPC code).
Garbanzo beans (garbanzo beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511684).

Nugget brand, Distributed by Nugget, Atlanta, GA.
Green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6lb. 5oz.) (UPC 4410540023).
Cut green beans, 5 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 4410501930).
Veri-green cut green beans (green beans, water, salt, zinc chloride) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans (UPC 4410502101).
Mixed short cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 4410518838).
Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 4410501989).

Pocahontas brand, Distributed by Pocahontas Foods USA, Richmond, VA.
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (Blue Lake green beans, water, salt), 10282, in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 4156010282).
Fancy long cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 4156010325).
Fancy Blue Lake green beans, 3 sieve, (Blue Lake green beans, water, salt), 10280, in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 4156010280).

Reliance Sysco, Distributed by Sysco Corporation, Houston, TX.
Mixed cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 7486512175).
Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans. (UPC 7486512172).
Blue Lake cut green beans, 5 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 7486512174).

Sysco brand, Distributed by Sysco Corporation, Houston, TX.
5096342 Imperial Blue Lake cut green beans, 3 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 7486512136).
5096359 Imperial Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 7486512137).

US brand Distributed by U.S. FoodService, Columbia, MD.
Cut green beans, mixed sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 171132 (UPC 5810801048).
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 173416 (UPC 5810811195).
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 3 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 170672 (UPC 5810801040).
Fancy Blue Lake cut green beans, 4 sieve, (green beans, water, salt) 170232 in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans, 170672 (UPC 5810801041).
Cut green beans, 5 Sieve, (green beans, water, salt) in 101 oz (6 lb 5 oz) cans, 170675 (UPC 5810801042).

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Special Nutrition Programs, Alexandria, VA label.
Cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 6 oz. cans (UPC 1500101061).
Garbanzo beans (garbanzo beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans (UPC code 1500101089).

FDA Warns Public of Possible Botulism Risk

New Era Recall Expanded for Canned Green Beans and Garbanzo Beans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that New Era Canning Company, New Era, Mich., is expanding its product recall because of potential Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) contamination to all canned green beans and garbanzo beans distributed by the company nationwide over the last five years. C. botulinum can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. The affected cans are large institutional-sized containers, weighing approximately six and a half pounds.

Symptoms of botulism poisoning in humans can begin from 6 hours to 2 weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the shoulders first, then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, and calves. Botulism poisoning also can cause paralysis of the breathing muscles, which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided. Individuals who have these symptoms and who may have recently eaten the products under recall or other food products made with them should seek immediate medical attention.

To date, no illnesses have been reported to the FDA; however, consumers should not consume these products, even if they appear to be normal, because of the potential serious risk to health. Consumers who have the affected products or who have used them in recipes should immediately throw the cans and food away.

New Era took this voluntary action in the interest of public health in accordance with FDA's recall request. The company is taking immediate action to retrieve all inventories of the products throughout the distribution chain, including consumers' homes, nursing homes, schools, warehouses, restaurants, retail stores, health care facilities, and other facilities.

For specific brands and codes of green beans and garbanzo beans that are subject to this recall, consumers and retailers can access this information at the following link: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/newera.html. Please note that New Era produces canned products under other brand names and labels. Therefore, the recalled products may not necessarily be labeled with New Era's name. Also, the cans may bear a variety of product codes or no codes at all. Regardless of brand name or label, or the presence or absence of a code, the recalled cans should not be opened or used, and should be disposed of as described below. Consumers who are not sure if a product is subject to the recall should still throw it out as a precaution.

Any food that may contain the recalled canned beans should be disposed of carefully. Even tiny amounts of the C. botulinum toxin can cause serious illness when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the eye or a break in the skin. Skin contact should be avoided as much as possible, and hands should be washed immediately after handling the food.

When disposing of these products, double-bag the cans in plastic bags. Make sure the bags are tightly closed, then place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash outside of the home. Restaurants and institutions should ensure that such products are only placed in locked receptacles that are not accessible to the public. Additional instructions for safe disposal may be found at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/botulism_g.htm . Anyone with questions may call FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

FDA and the Michigan Department of Agriculture launched a joint investigation of New Era's processing plant. This investigation resulted in the identification of C. botulinum contamination in several lots of canned green beans and one lot of garbanzo beans, the identification of serious food violations, and this expanded recall. Original findings of this investigation resulted in the company voluntarily recalling green beans in December 2007 (http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01764.html ), and green beans, Mexican-style chili beans, and dark red kidney beans in January (http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/newera01_08.html ).

FDA initiated the inspection at New Era, along with inspections of other low acid canned food (LACF) manufacturers, following four cases of botulism in consumers who had consumed canned hot dog chili sauce in the summer of 2007. In light of these botulism cases, FDA increased its inspection efforts to assure that manufacturers of all types of LACF products are adhering to applicable FDA requirements. These actions illustrate the need for companies to operate under adequate preventive control systems.

As part of the ongoing investigation, FDA issued an Order of Need for Emergency Permit to New Era. This order prohibits the manufacture and shipment of the company's low acid canned foods across state lines until they demonstrate to FDA's satisfaction that the products are safe. In addition, the Michigan Department of Agriculture, under its state authority, has embargoed New Era's entire inventory of low acid canned products contained in the company's warehouses in Michigan. As a result, New Era is not currently distributing any products.

Prevention of foodborne illness is a key element of the FDA's new Food Protection Plan , launched November 6, 2007.

Raja Foods Issues Nationwide Recall on SWAD BRAND ABIL, GULAL, KANKU, KUM KUM, LAGAN SAMAGRI, AND POOJA SAMAGRI Containing High Levels of Lead

Raja Foods LLC of Skokie, Il is recalling its 3.5 oz. (100 g) packages of "SWAD BRAND: ABIL, GULAL, KANKU, KUM KUM," and "SWAD BRAND: LAGAN SAMAGRI KIT, and POOJA SAMAGRI KIT" because the product contains high levels of lead. Lead is very toxic and dangerous to humans, especially children, women of childbearing age, pregnant women and their unborn children. Although people with lead in their blood often do not exhibit the symptoms of lead toxicity, such symptoms include the following: stomach aches, colic, nausea, vomiting, abnormal irritability, and insomnia. Lead can also permanently damage the central nervous system, resulting in learning difficulties in school children as well as cause other long-term health problems.

These products were distributed through Indian grocery stores in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

These products are used in India for religious purposes and are intended to be placed on the skin or hair. Although the product was not intended to be sold for food use, its labeling may be confusing and may imply it may be used as food. The ABIL, GULAL, KANKU,and KUM KUM product is distributed in a 3.5 oz. (100 g) plastic bag with a front label stating "SWAD BEST TASTE IN TOWN SINDOOR", "FOR RECIPE IDEAS VISIT OUR WEBSITE : WWW.RAJAFOODS.COM", and "PRODUCT OF INDIA." The LAGAN SAMAGRI and POOJA SAMAGRI product is distributed in plastic bins with a front label stating "SWAD BEST TASTE IN TOWN POOJA SAMAGRI" SWAD BEST TASTE IN TOWN LAGAN SAMAGRI" The back label states "Imported and Distributed by: Raja Foods, 8110, N. St. Louis Avenue, Skokie, ILL 60076", and a sticker stating "NONEDIBLE".

External use of the product does not pose a health hazard.

Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-800-7923 x 2860.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Toy Wrestler Figures Recalled by A.A. of America Due to Violation ofLead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation 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: Toy Wrestler Figures
Units: 5,400
Manufacturer: A.A. of America Inc., of East Brunswick, N.J.
Hazard: The surface paint contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled toy is a package of four action figures. Each figure is about 5 3/4 inches high. The UPC number 604111230003 is printed on the product's packaging.
Sold at: Dollar stores and discount stores nationwide from January 2007 through December 2007 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact A.A. of America toll-free at (888) 822-8697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at recalls@aatoys.com, or visit the firm's Website at www.aatoys.com
Note: CPSC was alerted to this hazard by New York State's ConsumerProtection Board.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

FDA Takes Action Against Compounded Menopause Hormone Therapy Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent letters warning seven pharmacy operations that the claims they make about the safety and effectiveness of their so-called "bio-identical hormone replacement therapy," or "BHRT" products are unsupported by medical evidence, and are considered false and misleading by the agency. FDA is concerned that unfounded claims like these mislead women and health care professionals.
The pharmacy operations improperly claim that their drugs, which contain hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and estriol (which is not a component of an FDA-approved drug and has not been proven safe and effective for any use) are superior to FDA-approved menopausal hormone therapy drugs and prevent or treat serious diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and various forms of cancer.
FDA is concerned that the claims for safety, effectiveness, and superiority that these pharmacy operations are making mislead patients, as well as doctors and other health care professionals. Compounded drugs are not reviewed by the FDA for safety and effectiveness, and FDA encourages patients to use FDA-approved drugs whenever possible. The warning letters state that the pharmacy operations violate federal law by making false and misleading claims about their hormone therapy drugs.
"We want to assure that Americans receive accurate information about the risks and benefits of drug therapies," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, FDA's chief medical officer and acting director of the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "In addition to today's regulatory action, FDA is publishing an informational article for women on its consumer health information web page that provides the facts to make informed decisions about these unapproved therapies. Women taking these drugs should discuss with their health care providers the drugs' risks and whether they're getting effective treatment."
The pharmacy operations receiving warning letters use the terms "bio-identical hormone replacement therapy" and "BHRT" to imply that their drugs are natural or identical to the hormones made by the body. FDA regards this use of "bio-identical" as a marketing term implying a benefit for the drug, for which there is no medical or scientific basis.
The pharmacy operations also make unsupported claims that their drugs are better than FDA-approved menopausal hormone therapy drugs and can be used to prevent and treat serious diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and various forms of cancer.
The pharmacy operations compound hormone therapy drugs that contain estriol as well as progesterone and estrogen. No drug product containing estriol has been approved by FDA and the safety and effectiveness of estriol is unknown.
Firms that do not properly address violations identified in warning letters risk further enforcement, including injunctions that prevent additional violations, and seizure of violative drugs.
FDA's action today does not target pharmacists who practice traditional pharmacy compounding and who do not make false or misleading claims about compounded products. Traditional pharmacy compounding typically involves preparation of a drug for an individual patient by a pharmacist in response to a valid prescription from a licensed practitioner. This compounding follows a practitioner's decision that his or her patient has a special medical need that cannot be met by FDA-approved drugs. FDA's current view on human drug compounding is addressed in its compounding Compliance Policy Guide, available at http://www.fda.gov/cder/pharmcomp/default.htm.
FDA also responded today to a citizen petition from Wyeth, Madison, NJ, asking FDA to take regulatory action against compounding pharmacy operations that produce compounded "BHRT" drugs. Other stakeholders, including health care providers and consumer groups, have also raised concerns about "BHRT" drugs.
All patients who use compounded hormone therapy drugs should discuss menopausal hormone therapy options with their health care provider to determine if compounded drugs are the best option for their specific medical needs. If patients or practitioners encounter problems with compounded hormone therapy drugs, they are encouraged to file a MedWatch report with the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch or by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088.
For more information, see a consumer article called Bio-Identicals: Sorting Myths from Facts http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/bioidenticals010908.html.
Warning Letters and Q and A's are available at http://www.fda.gov/cder/pharmcomp/default.htm.

Intermatic Recalls Digital Timers Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation 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: Intermatic DT27 Digital Self-Adjusting Timers

Units: 8,500

Importer: Intermatic Inc., of Spring Grove, Ill.

Manufacturer: Ewig Industries Macao Commercial Offshore Ltd., of Macau, China Hazard: The recalled timers could have been wired incorrectly, which poses an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the Intermatic DT27 digital self-adjusting timer with a date code of "04B." This product is a lamp and appliance timer and is packaged as either the "DT27C Heavy DutyDigital Timer" or the "DT27CL Time All(r) Digital Lamp and Appliance Self-Adjusting Timer." The timer is white with a rounded top, and measures 3 7/8" tall by 2 3/4" wide by 1 5/8" deep. The brand name"Intermatic" is molded on the front of the timer, and the model number ("DT27") and date code ("04B") are printed on the back of the timer.

Sold at: Retailers nationwide, including Home Depot and Lowe's, from February 2007 through December 2007 for between $15 and $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled timer immediately and unplug before checking the model number and date code. Consumers should contact Intermatic to return the timer and obtain a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, or to request a prepaid shipping label, call Intermatic at (800) 704-3595 anytime or visit the company's Web site at www.intermatic.com

Hunting Tree Stand Manufacturer Agrees To Pay $420,000 Civil Penalty

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a Wisconsin-based tree stand manufacturer has agreed to pay the government a $420,000 civil penalty. The penalty settles a government lawsuit alleging that Ardisam Inc, of Cumberland, Wis., failed to immediately report to the CPSC serious injuries to hunters with its Big Foot and Lite Foot series hunting tree stands.

In July 2004, 78,000 of these tree stands were recalled by the company. The lawsuit against Ardisam alleged that the company received reports of incidents beginning in April 2000, involving tree stands that unexpectedly detached from trees. These incidents resulted in broken bones or other serious injuries to hunters. The lawsuit alleged that Ardisam failed to immediately report this information to the CPSC as required by federal law. The lawsuit alleged Ardisam eventually reported to the CPSC in May 2004.

"The law is clear - companies must immediately tell CPSC about products that could pose a substantial risk or create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death" said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "The quicker a company tells CPSC about a dangerous product, the quicker we can work to protect the health and safety of consumers."

Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, manufacturers, distributors and retailers are required to immediately report to the CPSC information about products that could create a substantial risk of injury or that create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death. In resolving the lawsuit, Ardisam denied the allegations that it violated federal law or failed to immediately report to the CPSC. The Office of Consumer Litigation of the U.S. Department of Justice brought this case before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on behalf of the CPSC.

Kash N' Gold Recalls Tinker Bell Novelty Lamps Due to Violation of LeadPaint Standard

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

Name of Product: Tinker Bell Lamps

Units: 60,000

Manufacturer: Kash N' Gold Ltd., of Deer Park, N.Y.

Hazard: The surface paint on the lamps contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled Tinker Bell lamp has model "Tinker Bell Lamp"printed on the bottom of the lamp. The lamp has a sculpted Tinker Bell in a flower garden with an animation of Tinker Bell swaying back and forth while music plays when the light switch or demo button is depressed.

Sold at: Electronic and appliance retailers nationwide, including Lowe's from January 2007 through October 2007 for about $40.

Manufactured in: Hong Kong

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or contact the firm to receive a Kash N' Gold merchandise credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kash N' Gold at (800) 354-8785 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m Monday through Friday or visitthe firm's Web site at www.kngamerica.com

A.O. Smith Recalls Exhaust Fan Electric Motors Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation 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: Whole-house Exhaust Fan Electric Motors

Units: About 6,300 Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., of Tipp City, Ohio

Hazard: The fan's electric motor can be miswired and overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled electric motor is part of a residential whole-house exhaust fan that is typically mounted on the floor of an attic. The shutters of the fan are visible on the ceiling of the floor beneath the attic and must be opened and closed by the consumer. The motors were included with exhaust fans manufactured and distributed by Air Vent Inc. and Triangle Engineering of Arkansas Inc. "A.O. Smith," the model number, and the service date code are printed on the rating plate of the motor. The recall includes model numbers S56A30A54 and S56A30A97, and service date codes 032076M - 334076M, 03207JY - 33407JY,and YB07 - YL07. Units that have a sticker indicating that the unit has been rewired are not subject to this recall.

Sold at: The recalled motors, included with the exhaust fans, were sold at home improvement stores nationwide or by professional installers or builders from February 2007 through November 2007 for about $3,000.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled unit immediately and contact A.O. Smith to arrange for a free inspection and repair of the motor.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact A.O. Smith toll-free at (866) 567-3878 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Mondaythrough Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.aosmithmotors.com

Shims Bargain Recalls Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation 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: "BabyTown" Pacifiers

Units: About 45,000

Importer/Distributor: Shims Bargain Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: These pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards for pacifiers. The pacifier shield is too small and could easily enter the mouth of an infant. Also, ventilation holes are too small and not placed to allow for the insertion of a tool to remove the pacifier when lodged in the mouth of a child. Finally, the package fails to display the required warning instructing consumers not to tie a pacifier around a child's neck, which would present a strangulation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled pacifiers were sold in a 4-pack of assorted colors. "BabyTown" and model #39864 are written on the product's packaging.

Sold at: Dollar stores nationwide from March 2004 through December 2007 for $1.

Manufactured in: China

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

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Shims Bargain toll-free at (866) 540-3334 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday throughFriday.

Torchiere Lamps Recalled By L G Sourcing Due to Fire Hazard; Lamps SoldExclusively At Lowe's Stores

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation 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: Portfolio Incandescent Torchiere Lamps

Units: About 90,000

Importer: L G Sourcing, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Manufacturer: Field Smart Lighting Co. Ltd., of China

Hazard: A short circuit in the lamps' wiring can pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: L G Sourcing has received two reports of lamp fires. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled lamp has a black steel frame and a bowl-shaped light fixture. The item number 179878 is printed on the packaging and the bottom of the base of the lamp. Only lamps sold between March 2005 and October 2007 with UL listing number E246506 are included in the recall. Lamps marked "ETL listed" are not included in the recall.

Sold at: Lowe's retail stores nationwide from March 2005 through October 2007 for about $17.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and return them to any Lowe's retail outlet to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact L G Sourcingtoll-free at (866) 916-7233 anytime or visit http://www.lowes.com/

Coin Banks Recalled by TJ Promotions Due to Violation of Lead PaintStandard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation 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: Fish Coin Banks

Units: About 1,300

Distributor: TJ Promotions, of South El Monte, Calif.

Hazard: Surface paint on the coin banks contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves coin banks made of plaster that are shaped as a fish. The coin banks are orange with white stripes.

Distribution: The coin banks were provided as a free gift to Coastal Federal Credit Union members in North Carolina from February 2006 through September 2007.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled coin bank away from children immediately and return it to where it was received for a free replacement as soon as one is available.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact T J Promotions toll-free at (866) 742-2493 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.tjpromo.com/