Friday, February 29, 2008

Palo Alto Labs Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Aspire36 and Aspire Lite, two Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

Palo Alto Labs, 265 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Suite 252, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984, announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of the company's supplement products sold under the name Aspire36 and Aspire Lite. Palo Alto Labs is conducting this recall after being informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that lab analysis by FDA of Aspire36 and Aspire Lite samples found that the products contained Aildenafil in trace amounts and Dimethyl sildenafil thione (sulfoaildenafil) a purported analog of Sildenafil, an FDA-approved drug used as treatment for male Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Sulfoaildenafil is close in structure to Sildenafil and is expected to possess a similar pharmacological and adverse event profile. This may pose a threat to consumers because the analogue may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these conditions, and consumers may seek these types of products to enhance sexual performance.

Aspire36 and Aspire Lite are sold nationwide. The products are sold as a blister pack containing one liquid capsule or a bottle containing either three (3) or twelve (12) liquid capsules.
Consumers who have Aspire36 and Aspire Lite in their possession should stop using them immediately. In the event of any adverse side effects due to the consumption of these products, consumers should contact a physician right away. Any adverse events that may be related to the use of these products should be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 or by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178 or by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787.

The Company is advising consumers to return any unused Aspire36 and Aspire Lite, for a refund of the full purchase price, to the retail location from which it was purchased or to the Company directly if it was purchased from the Company as a part of its Direct Response Program. Consumers can call 1-(877)240-3340 for instructions on the return and refund process.

Palo Alto Labs conducts stringent quality control testing on both raw materials and finished products. Previous testing protocols did not include a test for the presence of Aildenafil or sulfoaildenafil but Palo Alto Labs assures consumers that this deficiency has been rectified. Palo Alto Labs apologizes for any inconvenience and expresses its concern for the health of consumers by conducting a voluntary recall action. Palo Alto Labs promises to ensure quality and integrity of all its products and the company is working closely with the FDA in the recall process.

Wang Globalnet Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs, Peanuts and Milk Allergens in Lotte Margaret Brand Korean Cracker (Feb. 14)

Wang Globalnet of 365 Ten Eyck Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206, is recalling 19 gram packages of Lotte Margaret Brand Korean Cracker because they may contain undeclared eggs, peanuts and milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to eggs, peanuts and milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The product comes in a 19 gram cardboard box marked with item#: 00438 on the top and a code date of 08.08.06.B2 stamped on the side. The recalled packages of Lotte Margaret Brand Korean Cracker were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared eggs in the 19 gram packages of Lotte Margaret Brand Korean Cracker which did not declare eggs on the label. Furthermore, manufacturer’s formulation revealed that sliced peanuts and milk powder were used as ingredients in the 19 gram packages of Lotte Margaret Brand Korean Cracker which did not declare milk or peanuts on the label.
No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased 19 gram packages of Lotte Margaret Brand Korean Cracker are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-821-5252.
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Summit Import Corporation Issues an Alert on Uneviscerated Fish

Summit Import Corp. 100 Summit Place, Jersey City, NJ 07305 is recalling all packages of Sum Cheong Lung brand Dried Fish discovered by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the fish had not been eviscerated prior to processing.

This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness.

The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning. Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled Sum Cheong Lung brand Dried Fish comes in an uncoded 12 oz. plastic bag and is a product of China. Dried Fish was sold in New York State.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have Sun Cheong Lung brand Dried Fish are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 201-839-2882.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Toxic Chemicals in Products

We thought we'd share this newsletter on the off-chance that some of our Recall Roundup Readers might be interested in subscribing... or at least in reading some of the arcticles! - RR

Executive Director's Letter
Investors Focus on PVC in Packaging and Products

Eleven (11) of the 43 resolutions investors have filed on toxic chemicals and product safety during the last three proxy seasons have focused wholly or partly on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in packaging, toys, and other products. Investors have been in contact with an additional 22 companies regarding their use of PVC. Prompted by potential consumer marketplace impacts of major campaigns by environmental health advocacy organizations in the US and overseas, investor inquiries to companies and shareholder resolutions have surfaced important information about corporate policies and have encouraged companies to move along the PVC reduction and phase-out path. These engagements signal that a PVC packaging tipping point has passed in the marketplace, as other materials are increasingly being sought by both retailers and their suppliers and as use of alternatives grows.

PVC is a problem substance throughout its lifecycle. It’s manufactured from carcinogenic vinyl chloride monomer, posing an occupational hazard. Depending on how it’s being used, it can contain lead and other chemicals that pose a hazard, particularly to children. PVC is not readily recyclable as are other plastics. PVC can be a reputational or litigation hazard for major firms: Wal-Mart and other companies have had to pull lead-tainted bibs and children’s lunchboxes from their shelves.

Sears published a PVC phase out policy in November 2007 following a year of consultations with both investors and environmental activists. These conversations followed withdrawal of a November 2006 shareholder resolution requesting a sustainability report from the company. When filing the resolution, the shareholders had raised PVC as a particular concern. At Target, shareholders did not file a resolution, but spoke to the company behind-the-scenes during the course of a high profile activist campaign focused on PVC. Activists raised PVC issues during the company’s annual meeting, and the company ultimately announced plans to phase out PVC from various product lines and to further explore alternatives.

At Bed Bath and Beyond, shoppers can now find prominent displays of “chlorine free” shower curtains. Bed Bath and Beyond managers discussed this and other initiatives with investors, in the aftermath of a 22% yes vote on a shareholder resolution raising questions about the company’s policies regarding PVC and other chemicals.

Wal-Mart and other companies have made very public commitments to phasing out PVC packaging, and are making progress in doing so, but other companies have been reducing reliance on PVC more quietly. For example, during the course of withdrawing a resolution at Costco on safer chemicals policies, investors were informed that the company had been working to reduce use of PVC, but had not said much publicly about it.

Additional companies have shared information with investors about their PVC progress and goals in response to inquiries, even in the absence of formal resolutions. For example, in the past year, Schering Plough, Logitech, Motorola and Nokia have provided such details. Schering-Plough signaled that its move from PVC for some of its consumer products was influenced by Wal-Mart’s interest in PVC reduction.

Companies clearly are responding to growing consumer interest in going PVC-free. A February 12, 2008 Wall Street Journal story on PVC toys noted that PVC-free plastic toys are attracting venture capitalist interest, and that Mattel and Hasbro are testing a corn-based plastic for their toys. Markets are moving away from PVC both for packaging and specific product lines, providing opportunities for both fast-moving companies and their investors.
Richard A. Liroff, Ph.D Executive Director

Proxy Update—36.1% Yes Vote on First Resolution of the Season

In January, the first toxic chemical/product safety resolution of the 2008 proxy season was voted upon at the annual meeting of medical device manufacturer Becton, Dickinson. The resolution, asking the company to report on how it is addressing likely tightening of regulations on medical devices in the European Union, received a 36.1% Yes vote from shareholders. Two proxy voting advisory services—Institutional Shareholder Services and PROXY Governance, urged support of the resolution.

Toxic Chemicals and Safer Products in the News

'Thomas' toymaker settles suit over lead for $30M Julie Schmit, USA Today January 23, 2008 The maker of Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys has agreed to a $30 million class-action settlement stemming from last year's recalls, the first in what's expected to be a wave of settlements.

The chemicals within Anne Underwood, Newsweek February 4, 2008 Many common household products contain compounds that could be affecting our health and can be found in our bodies, according to the recently released "Is it in Us?" report.

Retail goes green, from ground up Ngoc Nguyen, Sacramento Bee January 28, 2008 Kaiser-Permanente reports cost-savings from working with manufacturers to create polyvinyl chloride-free carpeting and IV bags and from a phase-out of mercury in medical devices.

Greener Cleaners Michael McCoy, Chemical & Engineering News January 21, 2007 Consumer demand for environmentally friendly cleaning products has changed the game for chemical suppliers. This new interest is proving to be a wake-up call to chemical companies that supply the cleaning products industry. Clorox has introduced a family of natural cleaners sold under the Earth-friendly name Green Works.

State to probe development of 'green' chemicals Marla Cone, Los Angeles Times January 31, 2008 In an effort to reduce industry's reliance on toxic compounds, state environmental officials today will lay out a framework for transforming California into a leader in the development and use of "green" chemicals.

Chemical-related illnesses cost stateTerence Chea, The Associated Press January 16, 2008 A new study by University of California researchers details the economic, environmental and public health effects of industrial chemicals and calls for state policies to phase out dangerous substances and promote safer alternatives. Toxic chemicals cost the state an estimated $2.6 billion annually in medical expenses and lost wages. The report is available here.

The Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN) is a collaborative partnership of investmentmanagers, advised by nongovernmental organizations, concerned about the market and health risksassociated with corporate toxics policies. It serves as an informational resource and secretariat forinvestors working to reduce portfolio risk related to toxic chemicals. For more information, visit us onthe internet at http://www.iehn.org/ or contact RLiroff@iehn.org.

Corporate-NGO Partnerships to Advance Safer Chemicals

Companies are forging important collaborative linkages with NGOs concerned about safer chemicals policies. For example, there is increasingly close technical cooperation between advocate Health Care Without Harm on the one hand and health care leaders such as Consorta and Kaiser-Permanente on the other. Likewise, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has created a Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), comprised of corporate leaders from multiple sectors and environmental health NGOs, all engaged in sharing innovations and generating useful tools. Another example is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics working with the more than 750 corporate signatories to its Compact for Safe Cosmetics on useful tools to speed the elimination of carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxicants, and other chemicals of concern from cosmetics. Finally, the NGO Clean Production Action has produced “The Green Screen for SaferChemicals” that it has shared with companies, including Wal-Mart, as a tool for screening and ranking chemicals.

Mad Cow News

Another case of mad cow disease has turned up in Alberta630ched.com - Edmonton,CanadaALBERTA - The latest one involves a six-year-old dairy cow, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will not say exactly where the animal is from. ...See all stories on this topic
Canada Says Alberta Dairy Cow Is 12th Mad-Cow Case (Update1)Bloomberg - USA26 (Bloomberg) -- Canada confirmed its 12th case of mad-cow disease in an animal born about five years after the nation banned some feed ingredients to halt ...See all stories on this topic
Canada says bad feed likely cause of mad cow caseCanada.com - Hamilton,Ontario,CanadaOTTAWA (Reuters) - The latest case of mad cow disease in Canada is most likely linked to residual contamination in the animal feed system, the Canadian Food ...See all stories on this topic
Alberta mad cow case is Canada's 12thCanada.com - Hamilton,Ontario,CanadaEDMONTON - Mad cow disease has been found in a six-year-old dairy cow from Alberta, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said today. ...See all stories on this topic
Canada confirms new case of mad cow diseaseGreat Falls Tribune - Great Falls,MT,USAAP OTTAWA (AP) — Canada has confirmed a new case of mad cow disease, the country’s 12th case since the disease was first discovered there in 2003. ...See all stories on this topic
Semi View/The cow who stole ChristmasThe Marshall Democrat-News - Marshall,MO,USAAnd although lots of jokes are made about "Mad Cow Disease" the chance of someone actually contracting vCJD are 1 in 400 billion. In contrast, your odds of ...

Mad cow found at Canadian dairy
The Australian - Sydney,Australia
THE Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said overnight it has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six-year-old dairy cow from Alberta ...

Canadian food inspectors confirm new case of mad cow disease
KPAX-TV - Missoula,MT,USA
AP - February 26, 2008 12:54 PM ET OTTAWA (AP) - Canada has confirmed a new case of mad cow disease, the country's 12th case since the disease was first ...

Canadian food inspection agency confirms new case of mad cow disease
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) - Wien,AustriaAP OTTAWA (AP) - Canada has confirmed a new case of mad cow disease, the country's 12th such case since the disease was first discovered there in 2003. ...

Haggis ban no bane for fast food
The Flint Journal - MLive.com - Flint,MI,USAThe US Department of Agriculture claims that haggis has been banned from this country because of the concern over mad cow disease. ...

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Recalls in the News & Blogs

Lawmakers blast food safety 'mess'
CNNMoney.com - USA
Stupak, chairman of the oversight and investigation subcommittee, also highlighted this month's recent recall of 143 million pounds of beef produced by ...

Porsche to recall 2561 Cayenne SUVs in China
Xinhua - China26 (Xinhua) -- Luxury automaker Porsche has started a recall of 2561 of its Cayenne sport utility vehicles (SUV), Chinese officials said here in a circular ...

Food Companies Become Frustrated With Meat Recall
Wall Street Journal - USA
By JANET ADAMY Some food companies are growing frustrated with the government's handling of the largest meat recall in US history, and a few are holding off ...

Largest meat recall in history 'only the tip of the iceberg'
On Sunday, February 17, 2008 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its largest meat recall in United States history, less than three weeks after a slaughterhouse worker secretly made a tape depicting violations of federal ...
Biology News Net - http://www.biologynews.net/

Beef recall extends to other foods
By Bob Sassone I bet that when you heard about the recent recall of 143 million pounds of beef from Westland/Hallmark you didn't think you'd have to worry about sauces and bouillon cubes. But that's what's happening. Although much of the frozen beef ...
Slashfood - http://www.slashfood.com

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Beef Recall updates

Impact of Beef Recall Widens
News/Talk 750 WSB - Atlanta,USA
(WSB Radio) It's the largest beef recall in American history. It could soon grow into the largest food recall the nation has ever seen. ...

Beef recall affects other products
United Press International - USA
(UPI) -- The recall of beef sold by a California company is snowballing into what could become the largest food recall in US history. ...

California lawmakers probe beef recall
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
The state Senate Select Committee on Food-Borne Illness took testimony Monday on the recall of 143 million pounds of beef shipped from a Chino ...
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Meat recalls mired in secrecy

The recent record recall of 143 million pounds of raw and frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse was pretty chilling.
The recall was triggered by undercover video taken by the Humane Society of cows too sick to stand being dragged and prodded across the slaughtering floor.
But here’s something else that might disturb you: If you wanted to find out whether your neighborhood grocery sold any of that meat, forget it. It’s classified.

http://www.kansascity.com/198/story/501416.html

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Meatpacker to shut down permanently after recall: report

Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co, which issued the biggest meat recall in U.S. history last week, will likely shut down permanently, The Wall Street Journal reported.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN24205620080224

Wal-Mart Provides New Toy Safety Guidelines

In light of the recalls and concerns over toy safety, last fall Wal-Mart implemented a “Toy Safety Net” program to re-test toys on its shelves through independent labs, and work with industry representatives and policy makers on improving standards.

In January, Wal-Mart began sharing its new standards with all toy suppliers – before the production of new orders began. These new safety requirements and guidelines for material content in toy products, and testing, will impact all new toys and toy re-orders.

"We know national legislation is pending, but toy orders for this year are taking place, which prompted the need for us to provide suppliers guidance now,” said Laura Phillips, vice president of Toys, Wal-Mart. “We believe these new requirements help move all toy suppliers in the right direction, even as legislation is still evolving.

Phillips continued to state that “our customers expect no less from Wal-Mart than to be an advocate for value, and for safety. We will take action now, knowing there are changes to come, so there will be quicker compliance in the future.”

Wal-Mart new toy safety guidelines include these main areas:

1.) Testing requirements for all toys have increased.
As of March 2008, Wal-Mart will require independent lab tests and documentation that all new toys and toy re-orders meet Wal-Mart’s guidelines. This is a continuation of independent lab testing requirements that Wal-Mart began with its Toy Safety Net efforts last fall.

2.) New standards on heavy metals, including lead.
Wal-Mart is requiring all toy suppliers for all new toy orders and re-orders to adhere to a maximum level of 90 ppm total lead in surface coatings on toys, down from a current limit of 600 ppm, and a maximum level of 600 ppm total lead in accessible components of a toy.

3.) New guidelines on Phthalates for toys.
Wal-Mart will require all toy suppliers of new toy orders and re-orders to reduce the level of certain phthalates (compound found in PVC and other substances) in toys to a maximum of 0.1%.

4.) Introduce Date Codes
Wal-Mart strongly recommends suppliers date (or lot) code or stamp toy products, for traceability and date of production.

For all toy products currently on shelves, Wal-Mart suppliers have been required to follow the highest CPSC standards that currently exist, and Illinois statutory law for lead levels – the nation’s toughest standard – in every state.

Toy Safety Net Program Announced Last August, 2007
Before the beginning of the 2007 holiday shopping season, Wal-Mart further enhanced its testing and toy safety program, covering five main areas:

• More Checking – Wal-Mart asked all toy suppliers to re-submit testing documentation for toys currently on Wal-Mart shelves or on their way to stores. And with more testing than ever being done by toy suppliers, that reassured customers that Wal-Mart has the most up-to-date information about the toys on its shelves.

• More Testing - Wal-Mart engaged leading independent laboratories to carry out an average of 200 additional tests each day. Priority testing was given to those toys for children up to the age of three, including toys that can easily end up in a child’s mouth. This also covers toys with a surface coating and/or containing magnets. The testing complements current toy manufacturers’ efforts and ensures all suppliers – whatever their size –have access to the best testing available at a reasonable cost.

• More Dialogue – Wal-Mart ensured the results of its tests were shared with the whole industry – retailers and manufacturers. It played a full part in building consumer confidence through groups such as the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Wal-Mart is cooperating with the TIA in supporting new measures aimed at ensuring higher safety standards.

• More help for China – Wal-Mart also stands ready to help leaders in China who are implementing new testing procedures to ensure the highest safety standards for toy products.

• More Selection - Wal-Mart will continue to identify and work with toy manufacturers from all across the world on finding new toy products for its shelves and providing parents with greater choice.
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lion Pavilion Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Grassplot Brand Dried Pachyrhizus

Lion Pavilion LTD. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling 8 ounce packages of Grassplot brand Dried Pachyrhizus because they contain undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.
The product comes in an uncoded 8 ounce, clear plastic package. The recalled packages of Grassplot brand Dried Pachyrhizus were distributed nationwide. It is a product of China.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the 8 ounce package of Grassplot brand Dried Pachyrhizus which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased 8 ounce packages of Grassplot brand Dried Pachyrhizus are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-384-6951.
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FDA Announces Permanent Injunction against Food Companies, Executives

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that Brownwood Acres Foods Inc., Cherry Capital Services Inc. (doing business as Flavonoid Sciences) and two of their top executives have signed a consent decree that effectively prohibits the companies and their executives from manufacturing and distributing any products with claims in the label or labeling to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent diseases.

The consent decree of permanent injunction is a result of the companies and their executives making unapproved drug claims and unauthorized health claims about their products, such as "Chemicals found in Cherries may help fight diabetes." The companies are prevented from making these claims until the products are approved by the FDA as new drugs, exempt from approval as investigational new drugs, or until the claims on the products' label and labeling comply with the law.

Under the terms of the consent decree, the companies have agreed to remove drug and unauthorized health claims from their labels, brochures, and Web sites, as well as references to other Web sites that contain such claims. They have also agreed to hire an independent expert to review the claims they make for their products and to certify that they have omitted all violative claims.

"The FDA will not tolerate unsubstantiated health claims that may mislead consumers," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The FDA will pursue necessary legal action to make sure companies and their executives manufacture and distribute safe, truthfully labeled products to consumers."

Brownwood Acres Foods Inc. and Cherry Capital Services Inc. manufacture and distribute various products including juice concentrates, soft fruit gel capsules, fruit bars, dried fruits, liquid glucosamine, and salmon oil capsules.

The companies have a history of promoting unapproved claims on their product labels, brochures, and Web sites, stating that the products cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent various diseases. Most recently, the companies' Web sites referred customers to an apparently independent Web site, which was actually controlled by Brownwood Acres' president and contained similar unproven statements claiming benefits for their products.

The FDA can order the companies to stop manufacturing and distributing any product if they fail to comply with any provision of the consent decree, the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or FDA regulations. The companies are also required to pay $1,000 per violation per day in the event they fail to comply with the consent decree.

The decree was signed by Judge Paul Maloney on Feb. 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
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Family Dollar Recalls Magnetic Dart Boards; Ingested Magnets PoseAspiration and Intestinal Hazards

Name of Product: FUN 'N SAFE Magnetic Dart Boards
Units: About 250,000
Importer: Family Dollar, of Charlotte, N.C.
Hazard: Small magnets at the ends of the darts can detach. 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: None reported.
Description: The magnetic dart board has a black, white, green and red bullseye checkered design and was sold with six magnetic darts. The darts magnetically adhere to the dart board when thrown. "Made in China"is embossed on the back of the board.
Sold Exclusively at: Family Dollar stores nationwide from January 2001 through January 2008 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and return the board and all of the darts to a Family Dollar store for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Family Dollar at (800) 547-0359 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, orvisit the firm's Web site at www.familydollar.com
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Children's Metal Jewelry Recalled by Pecoware Due to Risk of LeadExposure

Name of Product: Children's Metal Necklaces
Units: About 2,900
Manufacturer: Pecoware Co. Inc., of Chino, Calif.
Hazard: The children's necklaces contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled necklaces include a cat with silver and pink rhinestones, a heart and lock with pink rhinestones, a silver colored heart with a rhinestone crown, and a silver colored lock and key. The necklaces hang from silver colored chains.
Sold at: Department and specialty stores nationwide from January 2006 through July 2007 (cat necklace), and from July 2007 through November 2007 (heart, heart and key, and lock and key necklaces) for about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled necklaces away from children and contact Pecoware for instructions on returning th enecklaces for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pecoware at (800) 456-7326 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, orvisit the firm's Web site at www.pecoware.com
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Portable Electric Heaters Recalled by Aloha Housewares Due to FireHazard

Name of Product: Portable Electric Heaters
Units: About 152,000
Importer/Distributor: Aloha Housewares Inc., of Arlington, Texas
Hazard: The portable electric heater can overheat and melt plastic parts, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Aloha Housewares has received 29 reports of the heaters melting, smoking or catching fire, including 18 reports of property damage. One consumer reported minor burns to the hands and feet.
Description: This recall involves electric oscillating tower heaters with the name "Aloha Breeze" printed on the top. The white heaters have model number 02044 and dates codes 06/06, 06/07, 06/08 or 06/09. Model numbers and date codes are printed on the silver label located on the back of the heater, near the bottom.
Sold at: Wal-mart and small retail chain stores nationwide from August 2006 through November 2007 for between $35 and $45.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Aloha Housewares to receive a replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Aloha Housewares at (800) 295-4448 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or email the firm at ahitexaslg@aol.com

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Louisville Ladder Recalls Extension Ladders Due to Fall Hazard

Name of Product: "Louisville/Davidson" and "Michigan" Brand Fiberglass Extension Ladders
Units: About 25,000
Manufacturer: Louisville Ladder Inc., of Louisville, Ky.
Hazard: The extension or "fly" section can fail to lock, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled ladders are Type I, IA, or II extension ladders with fiberglass rails and "D" shaped aluminum rungs. The following models are included in the recall:

Louisville/Davidson brand
534-24 618-24 FE1724 FE3228 L-3022-24PT
534-28 618-28 FE1728 FE3228-010002 L-3022-28PT
534-32 FE3224 FE3228-740037 L-3022-32PT
534-36 FE3224-E03 FE3228-E03 L-3121-24
534-40 FE3224-E08 FE3228-E03E34 578-24 FE3224-LO32 FE3232 578-28 FE3232-E03 578-32 FE3236 FE3240

Michigan brand
386124 386128 386132 386136 386140

The recall involves only models manufactured from September 2007 through October 2007. The model number and the manufacturing date code are located on the left side rail of the ladders. Ladders with two green dots near the bottom of the left side base rail have already been inspected or repaired and are not included in the recall.
Sold at: Industrial supply stores and home centers nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for between $130 and $760.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the ladder immediately and contact Louisville Ladder for instructions on inspecting the ladder and receiving a free repair kit, if necessary.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Louisville Ladderat (800) 660-4356 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, orvisit the firm's Web site at www.louisvilleladder.com

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Pierre’s Ice Cream Company Issues Allergy Alert on its Homestyle Brand of Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream for Undeclared Peanut Butter Cup Candies

Pierre’s Ice Cream Company, in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, is voluntarily recalling its Pierre’s Homestyle Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream (purple 56 fl oz package) because it may contain undeclared peanut butter cup candies. The containers are identified with the code 07320 which is printed on the rim of the lid.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of developing a life threatening health problem/illness if they consume this batch of Dutch Chocolate. No illnesses have been reported to date.

This ice cream was distributed in Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and Indiana and reached consumers through retail stores. The packaging does not reveal the presence of peanut butter candy or peanuts on the ingredient label.

If consumers have a Dutch Chocolate 56 fl oz (purple package) with the code 07320 on the rim of the lid, they should discard the ice cream and send the lid of the empty container back to Pierre’s for a full refund:

Consumer Response DepartmentPierre’s Homestyle Dutch Chocolate Refund6200 Euclid AveCleveland, OH 44103For any questions, consumers are asked to call 1-216-432-1144

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Rinnai Recalls Wall Furnaces Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Name of Product: Direct-Vent Wall Furnaces, Models RHFE 431 and RHFE 556
Units: About 52,000
Manufacturer: Rinnai America Corp., of Peachtree City, Ga.
Hazard: A gasket in the unit can fail, posing a risk of poisonous carbon monoxide gas leaking into the home.
Incidents/Injuries: Rinnai has received 11 reports of carbon monoxide leaking from the furnace. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involves Rinnai Energy Saver Direct-Vent Wall Furnaces, Models RHFE 431 and RHFE 556. They are either natural gas orLP gas (propane) fueled. The following model numbers are included in the recall:
Model RHFE-431: FAIII-N, FAIII-P, WTA-N, WTA-P, WTA-72B-N, WTA-76B-N
Model RHFE-556: FAIII-N, FAIII-P, WTA-N, WTA-P
The model number is printed on the top of the rating plate located on the right side of the unit. The recall includes only those units manufactured from February 2000 through December 2007. The manufacturingdate code is the first four digits of the serial number, written as YYMM, and is located at the bottom of the rating plate.
Sold through: Wholesale distributors nationwide to contractors and dealers from February 2000 through December 2007 for between $1,600 and $1,900.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the furnace immediately and contact the firm to arrange for the installation of a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rinnai toll-freeat (866) 746-8344 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.wallfurnacerecall.com

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Spiderman Water Bottles Sold Exclusively at Sears Recalled by FastForward Due to Choking Hazard

Name of Product: Spiderman Water Bottles
Units: About 6,600
Manufacturer: Fast Forward LLC, of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: Screws under the bottle's lid can come loose and fall into the cup, posing a choking hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of screws coming loose under the water bottle's lid. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled plastic water bottles have a Spiderman picture on the cup and a Spiderman figure on the screw-on lid. The water bottle is red, white, blue, and black and measures nine inches high. Sold exclusively at: Sears stores nationwide from July 2007 through August 2007 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled water bottlesaway from children and contact Fast Forward LLC for instructions onreturning the water bottles for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact company toll-freeat (877) 244-4433 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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Cinderella Battery-Powered Toy Cars Recalled by Dumar International USADue to Fire and Burn Hazards

Name of Product: Cinderella 12-Volt Electric Ride-On Vehicles
Units: About 64,000
Manufacturer: Dumar International USA, of Franklin, Mass.
Hazard: The wires under the hood of the car and/or in the battery compartment under the seat can short circuit, posing a fire and burn hazard to children riding in the car.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm and CPSC are aware of 40 incidents of the toy car's wires overheating. In several incidents, smoke was seen coming out from underneath the seat area where the battery is located. In one incident, flames shot from under the hood while a 4-year-old girl was riding the vehicle. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The electric ride-on toy resembles the Pontiac Solstice. It is light blue and has Cinderella graphics on the front and sides. The wheels, steering wheel and two seats are pink. The white dashboard may contain an optional radio. "Pontiac Solstice" is printed on the back of the car. "Walt Disney's Cinderella Special Edition" is printed on the license plate. It is designed for children 4 to 7 years old.
Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from August 2005 through February 2006 for about $200.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy cars awayfrom children and contact Dumar International for a free retrofit kit,including a new battery.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact DumarInternational at (866) 424-0500 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Mondaythrough Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.dumarusa.com

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Porsche Voluntarily Recalls Some Cayenne Models for Fuel Line Realignment

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Porsche today announced a voluntary recall of Porsche Cayenne SUVs for a potentially misaligned fuel line. The recall involves V6 Cayenne’s built between the start of 2008 model year production through January 18, 2008, of which 5573 units were sold in the United States and 392 in Canada.

On these SUVs, it has been discovered that slight engine movement while driving may occur and possibly cause a fuel line to contact the engine compartment cladding. This could cause a knocking sound and in rare instances, abrasion marks could possibly occur on the fuel line itself. There have been five known complaints worldwide, and in only one case did the fuel line show abrasion marks. To avoid the risk of any damage, Porsche will be altering the layout of the fuel line in the vehicles affected.

Owners of these potentially affected Cayennes will be informed shortly to take their cars to an authorized Porsche dealer where the fuel line will be rearranged. The procedure will be performed at no charge to the customer and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, GA, and, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario, are the two importers of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles for the United States and Canada respectively. They are wholly owned, indirect subsidiaries of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG. Combined, PCNA and Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. employ approximately 250 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 200 U.S. and 12 Canadian dealers. They, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Update: Recall of Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. Beef

On Sunday, (Feb. 17), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recalled 143 million pounds of beef that originated at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. plant in California. Some of this meat was used for school nutrition programs around the country under a USDA contract. There were 37 school systems in Georgia that purchased products containing the recalled beef.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is notifying all school systems today of the recall and the proper procedures for destroying the beef. The recalled meat must be destroyed following strict USDA procedures. Once this is done, the systems will notify the GaDOE's School Nutrition division and they will report out to USDA.

School systems will be reimbursed for the cost of destroying the recalled beef as long as they follow USDA protocols. It is not clear if school systems will be reimbursed for the cost of the lost food. That decision will rest with USDA.

Some of the beef in question has been consumed. But USDA officials stress that there is a very low risk of illness, since Westland did put its cattle through the required pre-slaughter screenings.

GEORGIA SPECIFIC INFORMATION
- 37 school systems bought products that were made from the recalled beef. These systems bought products that used a total of 6,300 cases of the Westland beef. Each case contained about 60 pounds of beef.
- The beef was purchased by USDA and at the request of local systems sent to processing plants that turned it into food products used by cafeterias, such as patties and beef crumbles. Those products were then sent to the school systems.
- 32 of the 37 school systems have notified us that they have some of the products containing the recalled beef.
- There have been no reports of illness in our school systems related to the school lunch program.

MORE INFORMATION:

1) Statement from Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer on the recall: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/02/0046.xml

2) Questions and Answers on the Beef recall: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/02/0048.xml

3) Food Safety and Inspection Services Press Release on the Recall: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Recall_005-2008_Release.pdf
- En Espanol: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Recall_005_2008_SP.pdf

4) School Districts Involved

The following systems have notified GaDOE that they have some products containing the recalled beef:
Atlanta City
Barrow County
Bartow County
Carroll County
Carrollton City
Cartersville City
Cherokee County
Clayton County
Cobb County
Coffee County
Dalton City
Decatur County
DeKalb County
Fannin County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Fulton County
Gordon County
Grady County
Griffin-Spalding County
Gwinnett County
Jackson County
Lamar County
Marion County
Murray County
Muscogee County
Newton County
Paulding County
Pickens County
Richmond County
Tift County
Ware County

The following systems purchased products containing beef from Hallmark/Westland but reported having none of the products left:
Berrien County
Lowndes County
Marietta City
Oconee County
Wilkinson County
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ford Recalls 180,000 Vehicles

2/11/08 Ford Motor Co. said Monday it was recalling more than 180,000 sport utility vehicles and vans in two separate recalls to fix interior door handles and faulty fuel hoses.The larger of the two recalls involves nearly 124,000 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from the 2007-2008 model years. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said the spring system in the inside door handles could break.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/industries/transportation/article/ford-recalls-180000-vehicles_474507_8.html

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Consumer Alert: Evenflo Recalls One Million Discovery Infant Car Seats

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging parents with Evenflo Discovery child safety seat Models 390, 391, 534 and 552 manufactured between April 2005 and January 29, 2008, to immediately check their seats. Evenflo is recalling approximately one million Discovery child safety seats that could fail to adequately protect children in a high impact side collision. The model numbers and date of manufacture are located on a white label at the bottom of the car seat.

The Discovery car seat is designed with a convenience base that attaches to the vehicle's seat and allows the seat to be attached or removed from the vehicle without removing the base. Tests conducted by NHTSA and the Evenflo company have found that this car seat has the potential to separate from its base. Parents are urged to immediately contact Evenflo for a free supplemental dual-hook fastener to ensure the seat doesn’t separate from the base. However; parents should continue to use the child safety seat while waiting for the fastener to arrive.
Owners of the affected seats can contact Evenflo toll-free at 1-800-356-2229 between 8am and 5pm ET or visit their website at http://safety.evenflo.com/cs/sc/cssc_RD.phtml

Consumers with questions about this or any other safety recall campaign may call NHTSA’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

All owners are also reminded to register their seat with Evenflo to receive important safety notices in the future.
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California packer makes largest U.S. beef recall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A California meatpacker accused of animal cruelty is making the largest U.S. meat recall on record -- 143 million lbs, the Agriculture Department said on Sunday

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West Music Recalls Egg-Shaker Toy Instruments Due to Choking andAspiration Hazards

Name of Product: Transparent Toy Egg Shakers
Units: About 5,500
Manufacturer: West Music Company, of Coralville, Iowa
Hazard: The end cap can detach from the egg shaker and allow the small beads to spill out, posing choking/aspiration hazards to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: West Music has received a report of the end cap detaching. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves clear, plastic egg-shaped instruments with various color beads inside. The beads inside the shaker instrument come in five colors: red, white, green, dark blue and aqua. "Basic Beat"and "Jumbo Egg Crystal" is printed on a label attached to the plastic bag packaging. Model numbers "BB5102" and "202212" are printed on the side of the label.
Sold at: West Music stores in Iowa and Illinois, West Music catalog, www.westmusic.com and at West Music exhibit booths nationwide from October 2006 through December 2007 for about $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled egg shakers from young children and contact West Music for a free replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact West Music at (800) 397-9378 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or e-mail the firm at rcousins@westmusic.com
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Pendants and Candle Charms Recalled Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

Name of Product: Pendants and Candle Charms
Units: About 460,000
Importer: Benjamin International, of Middlebury, Conn.
Hazard: The recalled pendants and charms contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled pewter pendants were sold in eight collections of 12 pendants each. The pendant collections included Signs of the Zodiac, Runes, Ritual, Goddess, Chinese Zodiac, and Celtic Harmonies.The pendants were sold separately and on candles of various colors and scents.
Sold at: Gift shops nationwide from January 2002 through November 2007 for between $6 and $8 for the pendants and between $12 and $15 for the charms with candles.
Manufactured in: Korea
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these pendants/charms and contact Benjamin International to receive a free replacementpendant/charm.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Benjamin International toll-free at (888) 249-7639 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ETor visit the firm's Web site at www.benjamininternational.com
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Trek Recalls Girls Bicycles Due To Frame Failure

Name of Product: Trek MT220 Girls Bicycles
Units: About 49,000
Importer: Trek Bicycle Corp., of Waterloo, Wis.
Hazard: The bicycle's frame can break during use, causing the rider to lose control and suffer injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: Trek has received 13 reports of frames breaking, including four minor injuries.
Description: This recall involves Trek girls' bicycles model MT220 and model years 2005 (light metallic blue), 2006 (metallic silver and metallic purple or pink and pearl white), and 2007 (pink and white pearl or metallic purple). The model name is printed on the frame of the bicycle. Model year 2008 bicycles are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Authorized Trek dealers nationwide from April 2004 through June 2007 for about $300.

Manufactured in: China and Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled bicycle away from children immediately and return it to a Trek dealer for a free replacement MT220 girl's bicycle or a $100 discount on a different size Trek bicycle.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact Trekat (800) 373-4594 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Fridayand between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Saturday, or visit the firm's Web siteat www.trekbikes.com
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Consumer Alert: Fire Hazard with Remote-Controlled Helicopters and Airplanes

Playing with remote-controlled helicopters and airplanes can be fun, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is concerned about an emerging fire hazard from the battery technology being used with these toys.

CPSC is urging consumers to follow manufacturer's instructions when charging toys that contain rechargeable lithium batteries.

Rechargeable lithium batteries (lithium-ion or lithium polymer) are increasingly being used in toys because the technology is lighter. However, rechargeable lithium batteries have a lot of energy in a small package, so consumers should use caution when charging and handling them.

These batteries are charged with a transmitter or a charging adapter. Overcharging them can result in overheating, fire, and/or an explosion.

Since November 2007, CPSC has received 26 reports of remote-controlled helicopters igniting while being charged and one incident of a helicopter that ignited while flying. These reports involve minor burns and minor property damage.

"CPSC has received dozens of reports of incidents and injuries involving remote-controlled helicopters igniting," said Nancy Nord, CPSC Acting Chairman. "We are urging consumers to follow simple safety tips to prevent future incidents and injuries."

To promote the safe use of remote-controlled toys that contain rechargeable lithium batteries, CPSC recommends the following:
- Do not leave the toy unattended while charging it.
- Battery charging should be done by adults.
- Charge the toy on a non-flammable surface and keep it away from flammable items.
- Turn the charger off when the toy's battery is charged, and always unplug it from the toy.
- Disconnect AC wall chargers from outlets while not in use.
- If the toy has been damaged, immediately stop use, unplug, and safely move the toy away from flammable materials.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for charging the toy. Do NOT charge longer than recommended.
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Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Recalled By Soft Air USA Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Name of Product: Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys
Units: About 30,000
Importer: Soft Air USA Inc., of Grapevine, Texas
Hazard: The rechargeable battery contained inside the helicopter can catch fire during charging, igniting the helicopter and nearby combustible materials. This poses a burn or fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Soft Air USA has received six reports of helicopters igniting, including one minor injury.
Description: This recall involves the remote-controlled helicopter toy "Fun2Fly Microcopter" with item number 91001. The helicopter comes with a transmitter that controls and recharges the helicopter. The helicopter is made of foam and plastic and measures about 6 ½ inches by 2 ½ inches. The transmitter measures about 4 1/2 inches by 5 inches. "Fun2Fly" and "Microcopter" are printed on the packaging. The item number is printed above the UPC label.
Sold at: Sporting goods stores and other retailers nationwide from May 2007 through December 2007 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toy helicopter and return it to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Soft Air USA collect at (817) 210-4181 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or e-mail the company at Bhook@softairusa.com
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Christmas Tree Shops Recalls Tea Light Candles Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: "Embers" Tea Light Candles
Units: About 146,000
Retailer: Christmas Tree Shops Inc., of South Yarmouth, Mass.
Hazard: The tea light candles have a clear, plastic shell that can melt or ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 13 reports of the plastic shells of the tea light candles igniting or melting, causing minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled tea light candles were sold in the colors and quantities listed below. The individual candles are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 5/8 inches high. The recall includes the following models: Model Name and UPC Embers Multi-colored Spring Tea Lights (50-count package) - 13826864 Embers Red/Green/White Tea Lights (50-count package) - 14508462 Embers White Daydream Tea Lights (8-count package) - 13838218 Embers Celebrate White Tea Lights (8-count package) - 14327056 Embers Daydream Tea Lights (8-count package) - 14326998 Embers Vanilla Tea Lights (8-count package) - 14327100 The model name, UPC and country of manufacture are printed on a label located on the product's packaging.
Sold at: Christmas Tree Shops retail locations in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions from January 2004 through November 2007 for between $1 and $5.

Manufactured in: China and Hong Kong.

Embers Tea Light Candles manufactured elsewhere are not subject to this recall.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled candles immediately and return them to any Christmas Tree Shops location for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at (888) 287-3232 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.christmastreeshops.com
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See's Candies, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

See's Candies, Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is recalling 16-ounce bags of See's Candies Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips because the product may contain undeclared traces of 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.

The product was distributed through See's owned retail shops in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Illinois. Licensees of See's also sold the product in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Texas and internationally in Japan and Hong Kong. See's Mail Order department sold small quantities countrywide.

The product is sold in a black and white See's logo flexible bag. This recall applies to all code dates (30757, 31327, 32067, 33157, and 23397).

There is one reported allergen reaction attributed to this product.

See's Candies confirmed in its investigation that the product was produced on a line that also produces milk chocolates as a follow-up to a consumer contact.

Concerned consumers who have packages of 16-ounce See's Candies Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips should return them to the shops where they were purchased for a full refund. If the product was received through mail order or direct shipment, consumers should contact See's Consumer Affairs at 1 800-789-7337 for product return instructions. Any consumers with questions about this recall should also contact See's Consumer Affairs at 1 800-789-7337.
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dollar General Issues Customer Warning, Removes Pokemon Valentine’s Day Candy From All Stores

2/14/08 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Out of an abundance of caution, Dollar General is removing from its shelves this morning Pokemon 10 Valentine Cards and Pops and has placed an immediate nationwide stop sale of the product on its registers after a customer reported finding a metal object in one of the product’s candy lollipops last night. The product, supplied by Sherwood Brands of Maryland, was purchased from a store in Lakeland, FL.

No injuries have been reported; and, at this time, no additional incidents have been reported.

“Dollar General is very concerned about this discovery and, in light of today’s Valentine’s Day holiday, would like to encourage all customers who may have purchased the Pokemon Valentine Cards and Pops to refrain from consuming it until we know more,” said Richard Dreiling, CEO of Dollar General. “Any customer who has a concern about this product for any reason may return it to our store for a full refund.”

Dreiling also stated that the company is cooperating with the Polk County Sheriff’s department and has asked the supplier, Maryland-based Sherwood Brands, to investigate the incident.

“We will review with the supplier the manufacturing safety protocols that are in place and whether additional measures are needed,” said Dreiling.

As an additional precautionary measure, Dollar General has pulled an additional product supplied by Sherwood Brands, the Dog Artlist Collection Valentine Cards & Pops.

For additional information regarding Pokemon 10 Valentine Cards and Pops, please contact the supplier, Sherwood Brands customer service, at 401 434 7773, ext. 271.
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Boys' Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Siegfried &Parzifal Due to Strangulation Hazard

Name of Product: Karl Kani Boys' Fleece Hoody Sweatshirts
Units: About 5,000
Distributor: Siegfried & Parzifal Inc., of City of Industry, Calif.
Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the 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: Karl Kani boys full-zip fleece hoody sweatshirts with model numbers MB7808, MB7809, MB7810, MB7812. The model numbers were printed on the original hang tag. The words "Kani Polo" are printed on the sweatshirt neck tag. The sweatshirts were sold in various colors including, blue, gray, black, red and brown in boy's sizes small (8-10) and medium (12-14).
Sold at: A&E Store, DD Discount, Forman Mills, The Marmaxx Groups, and Suit Mart stores nationwide from July 2007 through October 2007 for about $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard and or contact Siegfried & Parzifal for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Siegfried & Parzifal Inc. toll-free at (866) 268-2868 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
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Mission City Press Recalls Girl's Bracelet Sets Due to Violation of LeadPaint Standard

Name of Product: A Life of Faith Charm Bracelet Sets
Units: About 11,000
Manufacturer: Mission City Press, of Franklin, Tenn.
Hazard: Surface paint on the pearl white beads of the bracelet, contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Incident/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled bracelets have a silver-colored chain ands ilver-colored charms, including a Bible, angel, cross, heart, and praying hands. The bracelets were sold with clear, crystal and pearl white beads. The recalled sets include a bracelet for a girl to wear, along with a smaller, matching bracelet for her doll.
Sold by: Specialty toy, book, and gift stores nationwide from October 2006 through November 2007 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the bracelet sets (including the girl's bracelet and the doll's bracelet) away from children and return to the Mission City Press to receive a refund. If you received the bracelets for free, please dispose of them or remove the pearl white beads. Return Address: Mission City Press Attn: Bracelet Refund 202 Second Ave. South, Franklin, TN 37064 For refunds, please also include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Mission City Press at (800) 840-2641 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site atwww.alifeoffaith.com/bracelet_recall.html, or e-mail the firm atcustomerservice@missioncitypress.com
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Polaris Industries Expands Recall of ATVs Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
Units: About 95,000 (45,000 units recalled in June 2005)
Manufacturer: Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn.
Hazard: The ATVs can have defective Electronic Control Modules (ECM) that overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: Since the original recall announced in June 2005, Polaris has received 372 additional reports of smoking and/or melted ECMs on the recalled ATVs, and 20 reports of fires, nine of which involved property damage beyond the ATV. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves select 2005 through 2006 model Polaris Sportsman and Scrambler 500 ATVs. The model and serial numbers are printed on a decal attached to the front side of the radiator (Sportsman) or the top of the front cab cover (Scrambler 500). Serial numbers are permanently stamped into the left frame rail behind the left front wheel.

The recalled models are listed on the chart below.
Model - Year - Market - Name - Model - Number -
2004 - SPRTSMN 500 - A04CH50AO
2004 - SPRTSMN 500 - A04CH50AR
2004 - SPRTSMN 500 - A04CH50AS
2005 - INT 500 HO - A05MH50FB
2005 - SCRMBLR 500 4X4 - A05BG50AA
2005 - SPRTSMN 400 - A05MH42AB
2005 - SPRTSMN 400 - A05MH42AG
2005 - SPRTSMN 400 - A05MH42AH
2005 - SPRTSMN 500 - A05MH50AB
2005 - SPRTSMN 500 - A05MH50AC
2005 - SPRTSMN 500 - A05MH50AG
2005 - SPRTSMN 500 - A05MH50AH
2005 - SPRTSMN 500 - A05MH50AL
2005 - SPRTSMN 500 - A05MH50AT
2005 - SPRTSMN 600 - A05MH59AK
2005 - SPRTSMN 600 - A05MH59AN
2005 - SPRTSMN 6X6 - A05CL50AA
2005 - SPRTSMN 6X6 MIL - A05CL50MA
2005 - SPRTSMN 700 - A05MH68AD
2005 - SPRTSMN 700 - A05MH68AK
2005 - SPRTSMN 700 - A05MH68AN
2005 - SPRTSMN 700 MIL - A05MH68MB
2005 - SPRTSMN MV7 - A05MH68AP
2005 - SPRTSMN MV7 - A05MH68CA
2005 - SPRTSMN MV7 - A05MH68MA
2006 - INT SPTSMAN 500 - A06MH50FB
2006 - SCRMBLR 500 4X4 - A06BG50AA
2006 - SPRTSMN 450 - A06MH46AA
2006 - SPRTSMN 450 - A06MH46AC
2006 - SPRTSMN 450 - A06MH46AD
2006 - SPRTSMN 450 - A06MH46AF
2006 - SPRTSMN 450 - A06MH46AT
2006 - SPRTSMN 500 - A06MH50AA
2006 - SPRTSMN 500 - A06MH50AB
2006 - SPRTSMN 500 - A06MH50AD
2006 - SPRTSMN 500 - A06MH50AF
2006 - SPRTSMN 6X6 - A06CL50AA
2006 - SPRTSMN 700 - A06MH68AA
2006 - SPRTSMN 700 - A06MH68AD
2006 - SPRTSMN 700 - A06MH68AF

Sold at: Polaris dealers nationwide from July 2004 through January 2008 for between $3,800 and $7,900.

Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should disconnect the negative (black) battery cable from the battery when the ATV is not in use. Consumers should contact their local Polaris dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners received direct mail notification of this recall.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Polaris toll-free at (888) 704-5290 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.polarisindustries.com
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Summit Import Corporation Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut

Summit Import Corp. is recalling "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" because it contains undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The product comes in an uncoded 4 oz plastic container. The recalled "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" was distributed in New York State. It is a product of China.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" in packages which did not declare sulfites on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" revealed they contained 70 mg per serving.

No illnesses involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" are urged to return it to the place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 201-839-2882 Attention: Mr. Lee.
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Sherwood Brands Announces Nationwide Recall of Pokémon Branded “Valentine Cards and Pops” Because They May Contain Metal Fragments

Sherwood Brands LLC is voluntarily recalling approximately 400,000 packages of Pokémon® branded "Valentine Cards and Pops™" (Item# 073964209109 and Item# 073964289804), because of reports that metal fragments were found in two lollipops purchased in Florida. There are no reports of injury. People who bite into or swallow a metal fragment could possibly be injured.

The products being recalled are packages of ten and thirty Pokémon branded Valentine cards and lollipops featuring a variety of characters.

Sherwood Brands is advising its distribution network to remove the Pokémon branded Valentine cards and lollipops from the shelves immediately. The product was sold at retailers nationwide.
"Our utmost concern is the safety of our customers. We took immediate action upon learning of this incident and Sherwood is working with the FDA to recall the products," said Amir Frydman, president of Sherwood Brands.

"Pokémon is committed to consumer safety and we’re working closely with our licensee, Sherwood Brands, to investigate this matter completely," said J.C. Smith, Pokémon USA’s director of marketing.

Consumers who have purchased the above products are advised not to consume them and to return them to Sherwood Brands for a full refund. Send affected products to:

Sherwood Brands LLC
Attn: Product Recall
350 Shaw Drive, Keysville, VA 23947
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PRICARA™ RECALLS 25 mcg/hr DURAGESIC® (fentanyl transdermal system) CII PAIN PATCHES

PriCara, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said today that all lots of 25 microgram/hour (mcg/hr) DURAGESIC® (fentanyl transdermal system) CII patches sold by PriCara in the United States and all 25 mcg/hr fentanyl patches sold by Sandoz Inc. in the United States are being voluntarily recalled as a precaution from wholesalers and pharmacies.

The recalled patches all have expiration dates on or before December 2009, and all are manufactured by ALZA Corporation, an affiliate of PriCara. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All 25 mcg/hr fentanyl patches manufactured by ALZA and sold in Canada also are being recalled.

DURAGESIC 25 mcg/hr (fentanyl transdermal system) and Sandoz Inc. 25 mcg/hr fentanyl transdermal system patches being recalled may have a cut along one side of the drug reservoir within the patch. The result is possible release of fentanyl gel from the gel reservoir into the pouch in which the patch is packaged, exposing patients or caregivers directly to fentanyl gel. As per the approved product labeling for DURAGESIC, fentanyl is a potent Schedule II opioid medication. Fentanyl patches that are cut or damaged in any way should not be used. Exposure to fentanyl gel may lead to serious adverse events, including respiratory depression and possible overdose, which may be fatal. Anyone who comes in contact with fentanyl gel should thoroughly rinse exposed skin with large amounts of water only; do not use soap. Immediately dispose of affected patches with cut edges by flushing them down the toilet, using caution not to handle them directly. Patches with a cut edge that have leaked gel will not provide effective pain relief.

Anyone who has 25 mcg/hr DURAGESIC or Sandoz Inc. fentanyl patches should check the box or foil pouch for the expiration date to see if they have patches that are being recalled. The recalled patches all have expiration dates on or before December 2009. The cut edge in affected patches can be seen upon opening the sealed foil pouch that holds the patch. Affected patches should not be handled directly.

Anyone with 25 mcg/hr DURAGESIC patches being recalled should call 800-547-6446.

Anyone with 25 mcg/hr Sandoz Inc. patches being recalled should call 800-901-7236.Patients using fentanyl patches who have medical questions should contact their health-care providers.

For more information, visit www.DURAGESIC. com.

DURAGESIC is used to manage persistent moderate to severe chronic pain that needs to be treated around the clock and which cannot be treated by: combination narcotic, short-acting, or non-narcotic pain treatment products. It should only be used by people who are receiving or have developed a tolerance to pain therapy with opioids. DURAGESIC should not be used if patients have pain that will go away in a few days, such as pain from surgery, medical or dental procedures, or short-lasting conditions. Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of fentanyl patches should be reported to the appropriate company using the telephone numbers above. DURAGESIC brand and other fentanyl patches are available by prescription only, through pharmacies, and should be used only under the supervision of a physician.

DUROGESIC™ patches sold in Europe, Latin America and Asia are not affected by this recall.
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Dreyer's Issues Voluntary Recall of Slow Churned® Light Caramel Delight and Butter Pecan Ice Cream Flavors for Undeclared Pecans

Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling 90 cartons of Dreyer's Slow Churned® Light Caramel Delight ice cream and Slow Churned Light Butter Pecan ice cream distributed in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming, because the ice cream may contain pecans not identified on the label.

The potentially affected cartons are the 1.75-quart size of Dreyer's Slow Churned Light Caramel Delight and Slow Churned Light Butter Pecan ice cream. The sides of the Slow Churned Light cartons identify the flavor as Caramel Delight, but the carton lids identify it as Butter Pecan. The actual flavor of the ice cream may be Butter Pecan erroneously packaged in Caramel Delightcartons, so Dreyer's is recalling the ice cream to avoid any confusion among consumers who may be allergic to pecans.

Less than 90 mislabeled cartons are believed to be in the marketplace. These products are sold in various retail grocery stores. The affected cartons have the following specific code printed on the bottom of the carton:

BEST IF PURCHASED BY 09/11/08049-32

No other Dreyer's ice cream products or codes are affected.

Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans may run the risk of serious or potentially life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. People with a pecan allergy or sensitivity should not consume the ice cream and should immediately dispose of the product.

No consumers have reported symptoms of allergic reaction. Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in implementing this voluntary product recall and is investigating the incident. Dreyer's is also working with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network to alert consumers in the four states.

Consumers who have purchased the ice cream with this code should call the Dreyer's Consumer Call Center at 1 888 837-4438, for a full refund. Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream manufactures and distributes ice cream and frozen snacks across the United States.
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Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company Issues Recall of Low Fat Caramel Popcorn (in the green bag) 9 oz.

Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company, Centennial, CO is voluntarily initiating a nationwide recall of 1,603 bags of Low Fat Caramel 9 oz. Popcorn (in the green bag). This recall is on the Low Fat variety only. An ingredient in this product has been found to contain a trace amount of tree nuts, which potentially could cause an allergic reaction to any person with a tree nut allergy.

Consumers who have tree nut allergies and have purchased Rocky Mountain Popcorn’s Low Fat Caramel 9 oz. Popcorn (in the green bag) which is being recalled should stop using this item and contact Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company for a refund.

The recall includes only one flavor of the company’s ready to eat popcorn and it is Low Fat Caramel 9 oz. Popcorn (in the green bag). UPC #10449 32050 – with a manufacturing code less than D1231xx.

The company has voluntarily recalled the product after learning that the supplier of one of the ingredients in the formulation of Low Fat Caramel 9 oz. Popcorn (in the green bag) had changed its formulation to contain trace amounts of tree nuts. FDA has been apprised of this action.

The company has acquired an ingredient to replace the suspect ingredient that does not contain tree nuts, therefore future manufacturing of this product will not contain tree nuts. Again, only Low Fat Caramel with a manufacturing code less than D1231xx is affected by this recall.

No allergic reactions have been reported. Furthermore, there has been very limited distribution of this item, and it has been mostly in the Denver, CO area. All future sales of this item will be packaged in clearly and correctly labeled bags.

Low Fat Caramel 9 oz. Popcorn (in the green bag) was distributed to Colorado grocery and Convenience stores, only 100 units were distributed outside of the state of Colorado, in Ft. Worth, Texas. The product can be identified by a silver bag with green graphics.

Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company is notifying its distributors and customers by phone, email and letter, and is arranging for refund of this item to customers who have uneaten bags of popcorn, and who suffer from tree nut allergies.

Customers should contact Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company directly at 303.744.8850 or by email at info@rmpopcorn.com , and provide proof of purchase (a receipt and UPC code) for unused product reimbursement of Low Fat Caramel 9 oz. Popcorn (in the green bag).
Consumers with questions may contact Rocky Mountain Popcorn @1.888.744.8850.

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, or by regular mail or by fax.

Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm’
Regular Mail: MedWatch
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
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Nutri-Foods Recalls "Organic Sesame Seeds Natural - Unhulled" Because of Possible Health Risk

Nutri-Foods, Inc. ("Nutri-Foods") of Royal Oak, Michigan, is recalling its .50 pound packages of "Organic Sesame Seeds Natural - Unhulled" due to possible salmonella contamination, an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illness such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled "Organic Sesame Seeds Natural - Unhulled" were sold at Nutri-Foods.
The product comes in a .50 pound clear plastic package with a product SKU #170 at the top and a "packed on" date of December 28. This product was sold from circa December 15, 2007 through January 28, 2008.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and manufacturer of the product continue their investigation.

Consumers who have purchased the .50 pound package are urged to return them to Nutri-Foods for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Nutri-Foods at (248) 541-6820 and ask for John B. or Judy.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Shop Smart: Beware Of Harmful Counterfeit Goods

(SPM Wire) Fake goods can do more than just save you money -- they can negatively impact your family's health.

A recent investigation of counterfeit goods conducted by Consumer Reports magazine found that today's fakes are not just the usual knockoffs like bogus handbags or watches. Some unsafe counterfeits in circulation include phony oil filters, fake diabetic strips that give erratic readings and even brake pads made of kitty litter, sawdust, and dried grass.

And investigators have seized electrical power strips, extension cords, and smoke alarms with phony Underwriters Laboratories (UL) marks; toothpaste made with a chemical found in antifreeze; and cell-phone batteries that could explode.

In addition to posing potential health threats, fakes are estimated to cost legitimate businesses up to $250 billion in yearly sales. And while it's not against the law to buy phony goods, it's not a victimless crime.

You may expect counterfeits to be sold by vendors on city streets, but they also are marketed on the Internet, at some deep discount stores, at flea markets, salons, swap meets and college campuses.

"Goods are showing up in different outlets other than the guy on the street corner, so more people could be exposed to products that pose a danger to their health and safety," said Tod Marks, senior editor, Consumer Reports.

The easiest way to avoid counterfeits is to deal with reputable dealers authorized to sell a manufacturer's products. Consumers should be suspicious of third-party Web sites that offer deep discounts for products that are usually pricey.

Here are some tips from the experts at Consumer Reports on avoiding bogus merchandise:
* Think twice before buying at deep-discount and dollar stores, which have been sources of fake extension cords, toothpaste, and batteries.

* Avoid no-name products. A manufacturer's name and address is no guarantee of safety, but at least it lets you contact the company to try to remedy problems.

* Inspect labels and packaging. Missing or expired "use by" dates, broken or missing safety seals, misspellings, or unfamiliar or flimsy packaging for big-name brands should send up a warning flag.

* For electrical goods, look for the UL safety mark. A silver holographic seal is required on decorative lighting made worldwide and on fans, other lighting and the like made in China.

* It's especially hard to tell whether car parts are authentic. Use a mechanic who has been reliable, or a new one that comes with a recommendation.

The full report on counterfeit goods appeared in Consumer Reports magazine and is also available online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

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New Era Canning Company Announces New Nationwide Recall of Vegetable Products in #10 cans (6 to 7 pound cans)

New Era Canning Company of New Era, Michigan is recalling all cans of vegetable products in #10 cans (large cans containing between 6 and 7 pounds) on the list below 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.

While the UPC on the can label may be helpful in determining whether the product might be under recall, customers will need to also examine the lot code information on the can end to determine whether the can is subject to recall, as some distributors may purchase these products from more than one supplier. The UPC and lot code information has been included on the product list for each product under recall to make the identification of any recalled products easier.

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 any of the recalled vegetable products 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 and the first set of numbers or letters in the code may be used to identify whether the product was canned by New Era Canning. We have been alerted that some of our cans may be missing the can codes. Any cans of these products without a code should not be opened or used and assumed to be under the recall.

Examples of how a lot code may appear on a can of Green Beans, Italian Cut are: "00249 2BH7FL", "00249 1515 2BH7FL", "ITAL 2BH7FL" or "ITAL 1515 2BH7FL". (These are not necessarily actual can codes). In these examples, the "00249" and the "ITAL", being the first set of numbers or letters in the lot code, would be used to identify that the product was canned by New Era Canning.

Examples of how a lot code may appear on a can of Great Northern beans are: "00249 34F7LG", "00249 1515 34F7LG", "NORTH 34F7LG" or "NORTH 1515 34F7LG". (These are not necessarily actual can codes). In these examples, the "00249" and the "NORTH", being the first set of numbers or letters in the lot code, would be used to identify that the product was canned by New Era Canning.

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 these products 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 products are affected by this recall action:

Classic Sysco brand, Distributed by Sysco Corporation, Houston, TX.
Green asparagus cuts & tips (asparagus, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 7486510471). All lot codes beginning with "00249" are included.

Great Northern beans (Great Northern beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 7486510486). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "NORTH" are included.

Green beans, Italian cut, (Italian green beans, water, salt), in 105 oz. (6 lb. 9 oz.) cans (UPC 7486511294). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "ITAL" are included.

Light red kidney beans (kidney beans, water, corn sweetener, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 7486510642). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "LRKID" are included.

Red beans (red beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 110 oz. (6 lb. 14 oz.) cans (UPC 7486510638). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "RED" are included.

Cut wax beans (wax beans, water, salt) in 101 oz. (6 lb. 5 oz.) cans (UPC 7486511434). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

Code brand, Distributed by Code, Atlanta, GA.
Dark red kidney beans (soaked kidney beans, water, corn sweetener, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans (UPC 1207316042). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "DRKID" are included.

Fancy cut wax beans 4 sieve (wax beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans (UPC 1207310183). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

Frosty Acres Restaurant's Pride Preferred brand, Packed for F.A.B., Inc., Alpharetta, GA.
Black beans (cooked black beans, water, ferrous gluconate, calcium chloride) in 6 lb. 15 oz. cans (UPC 4820049145). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "BLACK" are included.

Blackeye Peas (Blackeye peas, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans (UPC 4820049146). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "BEP" are included.

Fancy Great Northern beans (Great Northern white beans, water, salt, natural flavors and calcium chloride) in 110 oz. (6 lb. 14 oz.) cans (UPC 4820068288). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "NORTH" are included.

Fancy cut Italian green beans (Italian beans, water, salt) in 105 oz. (6 lb. 9 oz.) cans (UPC 4820068390). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "ITAL" are included.

Fancy dark red kidney beans (dark red kidney beans, water, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride) in 111 oz. (6 lb. 15 oz.) cans (UPC 4820068171). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "DRKID" are included.

Fancy Mexican style chili beans (white beans, water, corn syrup, sugar, tomato paste, salt, dextrose, onion powder, garlic powder, oleoresin paprika, natural flavors) in 111 oz. (6 lb. 15 oz.) cans (UPC 4820068534). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "CHILI" are included.

Fancy pinto beans (pinto beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 111 oz. (6 lb. 15 oz.) cans (UPC 4820068939). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "PINTO" are included.

Fancy red beans (prepared red beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans (UPC 4820069023). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "RED" are included.

Fancy vegetarian beans in tomato sauce (white beans, water, corn syrup, sugar, tomato paste, salt, dextrose, onion powder, garlic powder, oleoresin paprika and natural flavorings) in 112 oz (7 lb.) cans (UPC 4820069161). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "VEG" are included.

GFS brand, Distributed by Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids, MI
Fancy all green asparagus cuts & tips (asparagus, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, reorder no. 229601 (UPC 9390122960). All lot codes beginning with "00249" are included.

Fancy black beans (black beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans, reorder no. 557714 (UPC 9390155771). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "BLACK" are included.

Italian cut green beans (Italian green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 9 oz. cans, reorder no. 769878 (UPC 9390176987). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "ITAL" are included.

Medium lima beans (lima beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans, reorder no. 118796 (UPC 9390111879). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "LIMA" are included.

Fancy Mexican style chili beans (soaked red beans, water, chili seasoning, salt, corn starch, tomato paste, sugar, calcium chloride) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans, reorder no. 192015 (UPC 9390119201). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "CHILI" are included.

Fancy cut wax beans 4 sieve (wax beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, 118834 (UPC 9390111883). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

Kitchen Essentials brand, Distributed by Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids, MI.
Cut wax beans mixed sieve (wax beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, 274453 (UPC 9390127445). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

Monarch Heritage brand, Packed for PYA/Monarch, Inc, Greenville, SC.
Italian style cut green beans (green beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, 173865 (No UPC code). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "ITAL" are included.

Necco brand, Packed by New Era Canning Company, New Era, MI.
Cut wax beans (wax beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 6 oz. cans (UPC 3683513440). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

New Era brand, Distributed by New Era Canning Co, New Era, MI.
Asparagus cuts & spears (asparagus, water, salt) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511220). All lot codes beginning with "00249" are included.

Black beans (black beans, water, salt) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511692). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "BLACK" are included.

Black-eyed peas (black-eye peas, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511698). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "BEP" are included.

Butter beans (lima beans, water, salt, sugar, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511694). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "LIMA" are included.

Chili beans in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511675). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "CHILI" are included.

Great Northern beans (Great Northern beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 110 oz. (6 lb. 14 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511688). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "NORTH" are included.

Italian Cut Green Beans (Italian beans, water, salt) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511342). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "ITAL" are included.

Light red kidney beans, (kidney beans, water, corn sweetener, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511682). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "LRKID" are included.

Dark red kidney beans, (kidney beans, water, corn sweetener, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511680). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "DRKID" are included.

Lima beans (lima beans, water, salt) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511696). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "LIMA" are included.

Pinto beans (pinto beans, water, salt, calcium chloride, EDTA) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511686). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "PINTO" are included.

Red beans (red beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans (no UPC). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "RED" are included.

Vegetarian beans (white beans, water, cane syrup, tomato paste, corn syrup, salt, vinegar, calcium chloride, onion powder, paprika, spice, natural flavorings) in 108 oz. (6 lb. 12 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511670). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "VEG" are included.

Cut wax beans (wax beans, water, salt) in 102 oz. (6 lb. 6 oz.) cans (UPC 3683511440). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

Nugget brand, Distributed by Nugget, Atlanta, GA.
Asparagus cuts & tips (asparagus, water, salt) in 6 lb. 12 oz. cans, (UPC 4410503580). All lot codes beginning with "00249" are included.

Reliance Sysco, Distributed by Sysco Corporation, Houston, TX.
Cut wax beans 4 sieve (wax beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, 4108056 (UPC 7486512190). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

Wax beans mixed and short cuts (wax beans, water, salt) in 6 lb. 5 oz. cans, 4182788 (UPC 7486512231). All lot codes beginning with "00249" or "WAX" are included.

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