Sunday, March 30, 2008

Charlie's Produce Spokane Recalls Cut Cantaloupe Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Charlie's Produce of Spokane, WA is recalling Charlie's Produce Brand Cut Cantaloupe Products, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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 illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The products recalled by Charlie's Produce Spokane include the following fruit items containing cut cantaloupe:

Retail Products:
Cut Fruit 4 Section – 40oz
Cut Cantaloupe – 24oz, 16oz, 8oz
Cut Honeydew/Cantaloupe - 16oz
Mixed Fruit –24oz, 16oz, 8oz
Rainbow - 24oz, 16oz, 8oz
Cut Fruit Tray Deli – 12', 8'
Cut Fruit Tray - 76oz, 40oz 8'
Grab & Go Fruit Tray - 16oz
Foodservice Products:
Cut Cantaloupe – 20lb, 64oz
Cut Mixed Fruit – 20lb, 64oz

The above products containing cantaloupe were distributed in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana to retail stores, delis, and foodservice institutions.

Products are branded with the Charlie's Produce name and logo, in a hard plastic clamshell, with a Use By date of 3 07 through 3 29 stamped on the bottom of the container.
No illnesses have been reported to date.

Cantaloupe used in these products may have been supplied from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, to Charlie's Produce Spokane. This recall was initiated when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert regarding cantaloupe from this grower, because, based on current information, fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for full refund. Customers with questions may contact the company through: Mike Ruff – Food Safety Director – 206-625-1412 Monday - Friday.

T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. Recalls Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risk

T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA is recalling cantaloupes which it purchased from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has determined, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from this company has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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 illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled product was distributed to wholesalers and processors in Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey, and may have reached consumers through grocery stores, restaurants, or other similar channels. Whole cantaloupe fruits subject to this recall carry a “Mike’s Melons” sticker or may be unlabeled because this sticker has fallen off. Whole cantaloupe fruits subject to this recall were sold in boxes marked with the following text: “Cantaloupe, Mike’s Melons, Produce of Honduras, Grown, Packed and Shipped by Agropecuaria Montelibano, San Lorenzo, Valle, Honduras”.

We are unaware to date of any illnesses that may be associated with any cantaloupes sold by our company.

This recall has been initiated based on the FDA’s determination, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from the referenced grower/packer appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Consumers who have recently bought whole cantaloupes from this specific grower and packer should destroy these products immediately. Consumers with questions may contact George Manos of T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. at (215) 336-3160.

Voluntary Recall on Honduran Cantaloupes Due to Potential Health Concerns

Dole Fresh Fruit Company, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company, Inc., has voluntarily recalled all Honduran Cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower, Agropecuaria Montelibano of San Lorenzo Valle, Honduras.

This recall has been initiated based on current information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Persons infected with Salmonella may experience a variety of symptoms and illnesses. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 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 more severe illnesses and potentially can be fatal.

The cantaloupes were distributed for sale throughout the United States and parts of Canada in cardboard cartons with the brand "Dole" and "PRODUCT OF HONDURAS" printed on each of the side panels of the carton.

The FDA advises consumers who have recently bought cantaloupes to check with the place of purchase to determine if the fruit came from this specific grower and packer. If so, consumers should throw away the cantaloupes. Consumers with questions may visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov for more information or contact the Dole Consumer Center at (800) 232-8888.

Spokane Produce Recalls Cut Cantaloupe Products Because of Possible Product Risk

Spokane Produce, Inc. of Spokane, Washington is recalling Garden Patch, Yokes, and Rosauers Classic labels of various products of fresh cut and cut fruits containing cantaloupe, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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 illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocaritis and arthritis.

Products recalled by Spokane Produce include the following items containing cut cantaloupe:

Cantaloupe Chunks and Pieces
Sizes: 5oz, 8oz., 11oz, 12oz.,16oz., 21oz, 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz. & 5 lb.
Melon Medley
Sizes: 6oz., 8oz., 11oz., 12 oz., 16oz., 23.oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz.
Mixed Melon Cantaloupe-Honeydew
Sizes: 4oz., 5oz., 8oz., 11oz., 16oz., 22oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz.
Fruit Medley
Sizes: 5oz., 8oz., 11oz., 12oz., 16oz., 23oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz.
Fruit Medley with Strawberries
Sizes: 16oz., 24oz.
Mixed Melon and Fruit
Sizes: 6oz., 11oz., 16oz., 24oz.
Fruit Trays
Sizes: 40oz., 48oz., 75oz.

Products are packed in plastic cups or clamshells and distributed under the Garden Patch, Yokes, or Rosauers Classic labels. Products are coded with a “Best used by” dates up to and including 03/26/08.

The above products were distributed through retail stores in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming. Products are packed in plastic cups or clamshells and distributed under the Garden Patch, Yokes or Rosauers Classic labels.

No illnesses reported to date have been directly linked to the above-mentioned products.

The cantaloupe products were supplied from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, to Spokane Produce. This recall was initiated when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert regarding cantaloupe from this grower, because, based on current information, fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Customers with questions may contact Dan Petek of Spokane Produce at 509.710.8301.

Bounty Fresh, LLC. Recalls Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risk

Bounty Fresh, LLC, has recalled cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer because the U.S Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has determined, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from this company has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, 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 illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide to wholesalers and grocery stores. Whole cantaloupe fruits subject to this recall are packed three melons in a sleeve under the brand "Chestnut Hill Farms" and one melon per sleeve under the "Perfect Melon" brand. Individual melons are not labeled, but sleeves contain tags that say either "Perfect Melon" (one count) or "Chestnut Hill Farms" (3 count). Whole cantaloupe fruits subject to this recall were sold in boxes marked with the following text: "Cantaloupe, "Chestnut Hill Farms" (3 count) or "Perfect Melon" (one count) , Produce of Honduras, Grown, Packed and Shipped by Agropecuaria Montelibano, San Lorenzo, Valle, Honduras". All boxes also contain the Chestnut Hill Farms logo.

This recall has been initiated based on the FDA"s determination, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from the referenced grower/packer appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Consumers who have recently bought whole cantaloupes from this specific grower and packer should destroy these products immediately. Consumers with questions may contact Raul Romero, Bounty Fresh, LLC at 305-592-6969.

Boys' Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by High Energy;Children Can Strangle on Drawstrings

Name of Product: Boys' Hooded Sweatshirts
Units: About 5,000
Distributor: Kidz World Inc., d/b/a High Energy USA, of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring through hood which poses a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines 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: The recalled boys' sweatshirts are hooded and have a zipper up the front. They were sold in boys' sizes small and medium. The style number, and "High Energy" or "Energy Clothing Company," are printed onthe sewn-in neck tag. The following styles are included in this recall.
Style Number and Color
T78311: Tan and brown plaid
S78511, S78514, S78515, S78516: White/black, blue/gray, red/navy and other assorted colors
S72509, S74509: Navy blue and other assorted colors
Sold at: A.J. Wright, Bealls Outlet, A&E Stores, and Happy Days Stores nationwide from October 2007 through November 2007 for about $15.
Manufactured in: Pakistan, Egypt, and Korea
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or contact High Energy for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact High Energy collect at (212) 563-4949 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. Recalls Whole Cantaloupes Grown by Agropecuaria Montelibano, Honduras, Due to Possible Health Risk

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower, Agropecuaria Montelibano in Honduras. The product was distributed to customers nationwide and is being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of food-borne Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Individuals who have recently eaten cantaloupe and experienced any of these symptoms should contact their health care professional.

The cantaloupes were distributed for sale throughout the US and Canada in cardboard cartons with the brands "Mike's Melons," "Mayan Pride" and "Chiquita" all showing "PRODUCE OF HONDURAS" printed on each of the side panels of the carton. The address of the shipper appears on one end panel of the carton as follows:

GROWN, PACKED AND SHIPPED BY:
AGROPECUARIA MONTELIBANO
SAN LORENZO, VALLE, HONDURAS

Chiquita advises that U.S. grocers, food service operators and produce processors remove from their stock all recall product. Chiquita also advises consumers who have recently bought cantaloupes to check with the place of purchase to determine if the fruit came from this specific grower and packer. If so, consumers should throw away the cantaloupes.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 242-5472.

Publix Issues Recall for Assorted Flavors of Empanadas

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall on all codes of prepackaged 2 and 4-pack Apple, Pineapple and Pumpkin Empanadas sold in retail bakeries due to the undeclared milk ingredient. 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 recall affects the following 10 counties:

Clayton, Ga.
Cobb, Ga.
Collier, Fla.
DeKalb, Ga.
Davidson, Tn.
Fulton, Ga.
Gwinett, Ga.
Hall, Ga.
Houston, Ga.
Lee, Fla.

The product was sold in a variety of different containers.

"The packaging error was detected during a routine label review," said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “As part of our commitment to food safety, we routinely inspect our product labeling for accuracy and for product quality. There have been no reported cases of illness. Customers who have purchased the product may return it to their store for a full refund or replacement. Consumers with questions may contact Publix at 1-800-242-1227."

Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Honduran Cantaloupes grown by Agropecuaria Montelibano, San Lorenzo Valle, Honduras

Central American Produce, Inc. of Pompano Beach, FL announces a voluntary recall of cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower, Agropecuaria Montelibano of San Lorenzo Valle, Honduras. The product was distributed nationwide and Canada. Based on current information, the cantaloupe grown, packed and shipped from Agropecuaria Montelibano appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

In persons with poor health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections. Symptoms of food-borne Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Individuals who have recently eaten cantaloupe and experienced any of these symptoms should contact their health care professional.

The FDA advises that U.S. grocers, food service operators and produce processors remove from their stock any cantaloupes grown packed and shipped from this company. The FDA is also advises consumers who have recently bought cantaloupes to check with the place of purchase to determine if the fruit came from this specific grower and packer. If so, consumers should throw away the cantaloupes. The cantaloupes were distributed for sale in medium brown cardboard cartons with the brands “Mikes Melons” or “Mayan Pride” all showing “PRODUCE OF HONDURAS” printed on each of the four side panels of the carton. The address of the shipper appears on one end panel of the carton as follows:

GROWN, PACKED AND SHIPPED BY:
AGROPECUARIA MONTELIBANO
SAN LORENZO, VALLE, HONDURAS

There are other firms that are involved in this recall using other labels of the same grower, including Mikes Melons. The FDA is taking this preventive measure while the agency continues to investigate this outbreak in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state partners.

For more information on produce safety, please visit: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/prodsafe.html.

Consumers with additional questions should contact Central American Produce, Inc. at 954-943-2303.

Downeast Concepts Inc. Recalls Water Bottles Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

Name of Product: Backyard and Beyond Metal Water Bottles
Units: About 18,000
Distributor: Downeast Concepts Inc., of Yarmouth, Maine
Hazard: Surface paint on the metal water bottles contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: Backyard and Beyond brand water bottles with model numbers 67402, 67404, 67442, 67444, 67742, 60442, 67744, 67746, 67748 and 60448 printed on the hang tag. The metal water bottles have a black plastic sip-top and were sold in green, pink or blue with assorted animal or insect graphics on the exterior.
Sold at: Major retailers, gift shops, convenience stores, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide from February 2006 through February 2008 for about $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled water bottles away from children and return it to the store where purchased for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Downeast Concepts at (800) 343-2424 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.backyard-beyond.com or e-mail the firm at productsafety@downeastconcepts.com

Plan Toys Inc. Recalls Toy Penguins Due to Laceration Hazard

Name of Product: Toy Penguin Figures
Units: About 3,000
Manufacturer: Plan Toy Inc., of Mountain View, Calif.
Hazard: The head of the penguin toy can detach, exposing connectors with sharp points, presenting a laceration hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Plan Toys has received one report of the head of a penguin toy detaching. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The wood penguin-shaped toy has a black head with rubber fins, a yellow nose and a white body with red on the base. The toy is round-shaped and creates a soft bell jingle when spun. The toy measures about 3 ¾ inches in height and about 3 inches in diameter. "PLAN TOYS" and UPC number 084543521109 or EAN number 8854740052117 are printed on the outside of the packaging of the toy.
Sold at: Specialty toy stores nationwide and on-line from May 2007 through February 2008 for between $15 and $20.
Manufactured in: Thailand
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the penguin toys away from children and return them to the store where purchased to receive a refund. Consumers also can contact Plan Toys to receive instructions on returning the penguin toys via mail for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Plan Toys toll-free at (866) 517-7526 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.plantoys.com

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use “Blue Steel” and “Hero” Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or use "Blue Steel" or "Hero" products marketed as dietary supplements throughout the United States because they are considered unapproved drugs and have not been proven to be safe or effective. These products contain undeclared ingredients, which may dangerously affect a person’s blood pressure level.

These products are promoted and sold over the Internet for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and for sexual enhancement. They’re touted as “all natural” and labeled as dietary supplements. However, Blue Steel and Hero products do not qualify as dietary supplements because they contain undeclared and unapproved substances that are similar in chemical structure to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for ED.

"Because these products are labeled as ‘all natural dietary supplements,’ consumers may assume that they are harmless and pose no health risk,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “But an unsuspecting consumer with underlying medical issues may take these products without knowing that they can cause serious side effects and interact in dangerous ways with drugs that a consumer is already taking."

The undeclared ingredients in these products may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin), and can 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 medical conditions. Because they may have been advised against taking ED drugs, these men may seek products like Blue Steel and Hero because the products are marketed as "all natural" or as not containing the active ingredients in approved ED drugs.

FDA chemical analysis revealed that both Hero and Blue Steel contain substances that are similar in chemical structure to sildenafil; however, they are not components of an FDA approved drug. Additionally, the products’ label do not list any of these substances.

The FDA advises consumers who have used either of these products to discontinue use and consult their health care professional if they have experienced any adverse events that they feel are related to the use of these products. Consumers and health care professionals can report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm. The FDA recommends that consumers should talk to their health care professional about FDA‑approved treatments for erectile dysfunction. The FDA may take further regulatory actions to protect consumers from these illegal products.

Blue Steel is sold in bottles containing 10 blue capsules or blister packs containing two blue capsules. Hero is sold in blister packs containing two blue capsules. Both products distributed by Active Nutraceuticals or the Marion Group, Carrollton, Ga.

For more information, visit: http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/erectiledysfunction010408.html

Tropifresh, Inc. Recalls Whole Cantaloupe Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Tropifresh, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling Agrolibano’s Produce Brand whole Cantaloupes because they appear to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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 illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Whole cantaloupe fruits subject to this recall carry a “Mike’s Melons” sticker or may be unlabeled because this sticker has fallen off. Whole cantaloupes fruits subject to this recall were sold in approximately 1100 pound cardboard bin containers and were distributed to wholesalers in Southern California, Pennsylvania and Canada.

No illnesses have been reported to Tropifresh, Inc. to date.

These cantaloupe products were supplied from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, to Tropifresh. This recall was initiated when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert regarding cantaloupe from this grower, because, based on current information, fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Customers with questions may contact Luis Alvarado of Tropifresh, Inc. at 213-745-81111.

Plush Rocker Toys Recalled By Tek Nek Toys Due to Fall Hazard

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rock 'N Ride Plush Rocker Toys
Units: About 122,000
Manufacturer: Tek Nek Toys Int'l L.P., of Southlake, Texas
Hazard: The base of the rocker can become unstable and allow the rocker to tip forward or backward, posing a fall hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: Tek Nek Toys has received 35 reports of the rockers tipping over, including ten reports of injuries such as bumps, bruises and lacerations.
Description: This recall involves Rock 'N Ride plush rocker toys sold in eight models: brown pony, pink pony, pink unicorn, deluxe pony, deluxe bull, lil' penguin, lil' propeller plane and Clifford big red rocker. The toys have molded plastic rocker bases and were sold for children at least 18 months old and up to 65 lbs. A button on the toy's ear, hat or dash activates songs and phrases when pressed. Rockers included in this recall have a date code from July 26, 2007 through December 29, 2007. The date codes are printed on a sticker inside the battery compartment.
Sold at: Wal-Mart, Toys "R" Us, Kmart, Target, Atwoods, and Pamida stores nationwide and Internet retailers from September 2007 through March 2008 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the rocker toys away from young children and contact Tek Nek Toys for a free replacement base.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Tek Nek Toys toll-free at (888) 686-2728 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.teknektoys.com

FDA Warns Consumers about "Total Body Formula" and "Total Body Mega Formula"

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. The liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.

The Total Body Formula products are sold in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles. The Total Body Mega Formula is sold in 32-ounce plastic bottles. Both products are distributed by Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta. The company is the sole distributor of the products and has voluntarily recalled Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar and Total Body Mega Formula in Orange/Tangerine flavor.

The Florida Department of Health recently provided reports to the FDA on 23 individuals who experienced serious reactions to these products seven to 10 days after ingestion. In all cases, the reactions included significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue. The FDA subsequently learned and is investigating a report that some individuals in Tennessee using the same products have experienced similar reactions.

FDA laboratories are analyzing samples of the products to identify the cause of the reactions, including the possibility that the products contain excessive amounts of selenium, which is known to cause symptoms such as those described in the adverse events reported to the agency. Selenium, a trace mineral, is needed only in small amounts for good health.

The products have been distributed in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The FDA is advising consumers in all states to avoid using the products immediately and to discard the products by placing them in a trash receptacle outside of the home.

Consumers who have been taking the products and have experienced adverse reactions should consult their health care professional. Consumers and health care professionals can also report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

The FDA is working with the Florida Department of Health in its investigation.

For more information, consumers can call the FDA's toll-free Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

Simply Fresh Fruit Announces Nationwide Recall of Some Fresh Cut Fruit Products Containing Cantaloupe Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Simply Fresh Fruit, of Los Angeles, California is recalling selected fresh cut fruit products which may contain cantaloupe which has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. On March 26, 2008, Simply Fresh was requested by its supplier, Tropifresh, Inc to recall products produced with cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano. Simply Fresh had begun to recover this product earlier, on March 24, based on a notice published By the U.S. FDA.

The products being recalled include: Simply Fresh Fruit Brand food service Fruit Mix in Syrup products dated “sell by 4 – 18 08” or earlier, food service Cantaloupe Chunks in Syrup products dated “sell by 4 – 08 8” or earlier, and retail and club store Simply Fresh, Fresh Cut Fruit Brand containing cantaloupe dated “sell by 3 – 29 8”or earlier. Retail and club store products involved were removed from sale prior to Monday, March 24. Foodservice distributors who sell their own brand, have been notified, and are recalling the products involved. Foodservice products are packed in plastic pails or jars, and retail products are packed in plastic trays.
Symptoms of food borne Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

We are unaware to date of any illnesses that may be associated with any products containing cantaloupe, sold by Simply Fresh Fruit, or its distributors.

Food Service establishments who have any of the products involved should contact their supplier for disposition instructions. Consumers with questions may contact Simply Fresh Fruit at (323) 586-0000.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Galison/Mudpuppy Recalls Wire Bound Journals and Calendars Due toViolation of Lead Paint Standard

Name of Product: Wire-O Bound Journals and Calendars
Units: About 90,000
Manufacturer: Galison/Mudpuppy, of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: The paint on the metal spiral bindings of the journals contains excessive levels of lead, which violated the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled journals are spiral bound journals, activity books, and calendars sold in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Galison or Mudpuppy and the ISBN numbers are printed on the back cover of the calendars/journals. Calendars/journals included in the recall are listed below:
ISBN Style Number Style Name
Galison List Journals
978-0-7353-1952-3 Next Great Idea (Black) List Journal
978-0-7353-2050-5 Hiroshige Waves List Journal
978-0-7353-2051-2 Nature's Cabinet Butterflies List Journal
978-0-7353-1934-9 Chinese Peony List Journal
978-0-7353-1949-3 Toffee Dots List Journal
978-0-7353-1951-6 Toffee Stripes List Journal
978-0-7353-1933-2 William Morris Clover List Journal
978-0-7353-1950-9 Porch Florals List Journal

Galison Prose Journals
978-0-7353-1925-7 Next Great Idea (Black) Prose Journal
978-0-7353-2052-9 Hiroshige Waves Prose Journal
978-0-7353-2053-6 Nature's Cabinet Butterflies Prose Journal
978-0-7353-1926-4 Chinese Peony Prose Journal
978-0-7353-1930-1 Toffee Dots Prose Journal
978-0-7353-1932-5 Toffee Stripes Prose Journal
978-0-7353-1929-5 William Morris Clover Prose Journal
978-0-7353-1931-8 Porch Florals Prose Journal

Galison Perpetual Calendar
978-0-7353-0793-3 Chocolate Dots Perpetual Calendar

Mudpuppy Specialty Journals
978-0-7353-2061-1 Are We There Yet? Journal
978-0-7353-2171-7 Get Crafty Journal
978-0-7353-1506-8 Happy Camper Journal
978-0-7353-0604-2 Road Trip Journal
978-0-7353-0670-7 Things to Do in the Meantime Journal
978-0-7353-0619-6 Camp Fun Journal
978-0-7353-0882-4 My Travel Journal

Sold at: Specialty and gift stores nationwide and on-line from August 2003 through December 2007 for between $7 and $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should remove the back cover of the calendars/journals with the ISBN barcode number and contact Galison for instructions on returning the back cover for a refund. The journals/calendars should be discarded.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Galison/Mudpuppy at (800) 670-7441 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.galison.com or e-mail the firm atsafety@galison.com
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American Health Packaging Announces a Recall of Approximately 1,400 Units of Heparin Sodium Vial Products as Part of Broader Baxter Recall

Health Packaging (AHP), a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), today announced a voluntary recall of 1,421 units (25 vials per unit) of 10000 USP units/ml heparin sodium injection 1ml vials as part of the broader February 29, 2008 recall of Heparin products made by Baxter Healthcare Corporation. The vials were manufactured by Baxter and then placed by AHP into individually labeled bags for use in pharmacy automation equipment. The AHP packages where sold to five hospitals in Georgia and California, all of whom were notified of the recall earlier this month. Baxter Healthcare will reimburse AHP for the recalled product.

The recalled products are APS HEPARIN 10MU/ML (10000 USP units/ml) 1ml SDV 25UD (bag) NDC # 00641-0410-25, lot numbers 074155, 073089, 073391, 073613, 070095A, 073712, 072907, 073454, 070095D and APS HEPARIN SDV 10MU (10000 USP units/ml) 1ml 25UD (box and rod) NDC # 00641-0410-25, lot numbers 070095B, 070095C, 068286, 067755. AHP instructed customers to return any and all of these product lots remaining in inventory.

This recall was initiated due to the Baxter Healthcare’s recall which stated, "…voluntary recall of Heparin Sodium Injection to include all lots of single and multi-dose vial products, due to an increase in reports of adverse patient reactions including abdominal pain, burning sensation, chest pain, diarrhea, dizziness, drug ineffectiveness, dyspepsia, dyspnia, erythema, flushing, headache, hyperhidrosis, hypoesthesia, hypotension, including profound and refractory hypotension, increased lacrimation, loss of consciousness, malaise, nausea, pallor, palpitations, paresthesia, paresthesia (oral), pharyngeal adema, restlessness, vomiting/retching, stomach discomfort, tachycardia, thirst, trismus, and unresponsiveness to stimuli. The reports of profound and refractory hypotension usually occur with the first few minutes of bolus administration."

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration. Heath care professionals with questions about the AHP packages should contact Richard J. Augustine at 1-800-707-4621. To report adverse drug events or for information on the Baxter Healthcare recall of all Heparin Sodium Injection products, please contact Baxter Healthcare at 1-800-667-0959.

About AmerisourceBergen
AmerisourceBergen is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies serving the United States, Canada and selected global markets. Servicing both pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers in the pharmaceutical supply channel, the Company provides drug distribution and related services designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. AmerisourceBergen's service solutions range from pharmacy automation and pharmaceutical packaging to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services. With more than $66 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs more than 11,500 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #29 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to www.amerisourcebergen.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements: competitive pressures; the loss of one or more key customer or supplier relationships; customer defaults or insolvencies; changes in customer mix; supplier defaults or insolvencies; changes in pharmaceutical manufacturers' pricing and distribution policies or practices; adverse resolution of any contract or other disputes with customers (including departments and agencies of the U.S. Government) or suppliers; regulatory changes (including increased government regulation of the pharmaceutical supply channel); government enforcement initiatives (including (i) the imposition of increased obligations upon pharmaceutical distributors to detect and prevent suspicious orders of controlled substances (ii) the commencement of further administrative actions by the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration seeking to suspend or revoke the license of any of the Company’s distribution facilities to distribute controlled substances, (iii) the commencement of any enforcement actions by any U.S. Attorney alleging violation of laws and regulations regarding diversion of controlled substances and suspicious order monitoring), or (iv) the commencement of any administrative actions by the board of pharmacy of any state seeking to suspend, revoke or otherwise restrict the ability of any of the Company’s distribution facilities or businesses to distribute or dispense pharmaceuticals in such state; changes in U.S. government policies (including reimbursement changes arising from federal legislation, including the Medicare Modernization Act and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005); changes in regulatory or clinical medical guidelines and/or reimbursement practices for the pharmaceuticals we distribute, including erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) used to treat anemia patients; price inflation in branded pharmaceuticals and price deflation in generics; fluctuations in market interest rates; operational or control issues arising from the Company’s outsourcing of information technology activities; success of integration, restructuring or systems initiatives; fluctuations in the U.S. dollar - Canadian dollar exchange rate and other foreign exchange rates; economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory developments in Canada, the United Kingdom and elsewhere outside of the United States; acquisition of businesses that do not perform as we expect or that are difficult for us to integrate or control; any disruption to or other adverse effects upon the PMSI workers’ compensation business caused by the Company’s announcement that it is pursuing the sale of PMSI; the inability of the Company to successfully complete the sale of PMSI; the inability of the Company to successfully complete any other transaction that the Company may wish to pursue from time to time; changes in tax legislation or adverse resolution of challenges to our tax positions; and other economic, business, competitive, legal, tax, regulatory and/or operational factors affecting the business of the Company generally. Certain additional factors that management believes could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements are set forth (i) in Item 1A (Risk Factors) in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007 and elsewhere in that report and (ii) in other reports filed by the Company pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Hobby Lobby Stores Recalls Easter Egg Containers and Spinning Egg TopsDue to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

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

Name of Product: Camouflage Eggs and Spinning Egg Top Toys
Units: About 13,000
Importer: Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Hazard: The paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The Camouflage Easter Egg Treat Containers have Item #1031 printed on the front of the packaging and are white, brown and green camouflage colors, sold in a package of eight eggs. "Made in China for Tony Development and Mfg Ltd; TST, Kin, HK" and UPC code number 43078 01031 are printed on the back of the packing. The Easter Spinning Egg Tops have Item # 1054 printed on the front of the packaging and are multi-colored and come in packages of a single egg and a rip cord. "Made in China for Tony Development and Mfg Ltd. TST, Kin, HK" and UPC code number 43078 01054 are printed on the back of the packaging.
Sold at: Hobby Lobby Stores nationwide from January 2008 through March2008. The camouflage egg sold for about $2.50 and the Spinning Top sold for about $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled Camouflage Eggs and the Spinning Egg Tops away from children and contact Hobby Lobby to receive a $3 exchange card that can be used toward the purchase of any other products sold at Hobby Lobby stores.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hobby Lobby toll-free at (800) 326-7931 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.HobbyLobby.com
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B. Braun’s Supplier Recall of Heparin API Prompts Voluntary Recall of Heparin Solutions

B. Braun Medical Inc. was recently notified by its supplier, Scientific Protein Laboratories LLC (SPL) of a nationwide recall of Heparin Sodium USP active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). The voluntary recall affects the following 23 Finished Product (FP) lots manufactured and distributed by B. Braun Medical Inc. nationwide and to Canada.
B. Braun FP Lot #
B. Braun FP Material
Description
NDC Numbers
CAN DIN
J7D490
P5872
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (250mL)
0264-9587-20
N/A
J7C684
P5771
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (500mL)
0264-9577-10
N/A
J7D496
P5771
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (500mL)
0264-9577-10
N/A
J7C470
P5872
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (250mL)
0264-9587-20
N/A
J7D580
P5671-00
Heparin Sodium 20,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (500mL)
N/A
02209713
J7E420
P5872-00
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (250mL)
N/A
02209721
J7C611
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7C557
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7C477
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7C705
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7D485
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7E415
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7E416
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7E494
P5872
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (250mL)
0264-9587-20
N/A
J7E500
P5771
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (500mL)
0264-9577-10
N/A
J7E577
P5771-00
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (500mL)
N/A
01935941
J7E489
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7N556
P5872
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (250mL)
0264-9587-20
N/A
J7P404
P5771
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (500mL)
0264-9577-10
N/A
J7N604
P5771
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (500mL)
0264-9577-10
N/A
J7P476
P5872
Heparin Sodium 25,000 Units in 5% Dextrose Injection (250mL)
0264-9587-20
N/A
J7N519
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
J7N676
P8721
Heparin Sodium 1000 Units in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection (500mL)
0264-9872-10
01935933
B. Braun Medical Inc. began recalling the lots on March 21, 2008 as a precautionary measure. This product recall was initiated due to a notification received from the supplier, Scientific Protein Laboratories (SPL), disclosing that one lot of Heparin Sodium, USP Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient acquired by B. Braun Medical Inc. has a heparin-like contaminant. To date, B. Braun Medical Inc. has not received any adverse event reports related to this issue.
The Food and Drug Administration has received reports of serious injuries and/or deaths in patients who have been administered Heparin injectable products of other companies containing this contaminant. As indicated in the notification issued by the supplier SPL, typical symptoms include anaphylactic-like reactions such as low blood pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced in the U.S. with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced in Canada with use of this product may be reported to Health Canada. For details on how to report these reactions please refer to the following website:
Online: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/index_e.html
Customers who have product in their possession from the recalled product lots should discontinue use immediately. Patients reporting any problems that may be related to the use of this product should be advised to contact a physician. Customers may contact B. Braun Medical Inc. Customer Support Department at (800) 227-2862 for U.S. and (800) 624-2920 for Canada, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 7 PM EST for instructions for handling the affected product and to arrange for replacement product.
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FDA Warns of Salmonella Risk with Cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an import alert regarding entry of cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because, based on current information, fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada. The import alert advises FDA field offices that all cantaloupes shipped to the United States by this company are to be detained.

In addition, the FDA has contacted importers about this action and is advising U.S. grocers, food service operators, and produce processors to remove from their stock any cantaloupes from this company. The FDA also advises consumers who have recently bought cantaloupes to check with the place of purchase to determine if the fruit came from this specific grower and packer. If so, consumers should throw away the cantaloupes.

To date, the FDA has received reports of 50 illnesses in 16 states and nine illnesses in Canada linked to the consumption of cantaloupes. No deaths have been reported; however, 14 people have been hospitalized. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The FDA is taking this preventive measure while the agency continues to investigate this outbreak in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state partners. Such intervention is a key component of FDA’s Food Protection Plan.

Symptoms of foodborne Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections. Individuals who have recently eaten cantaloupe and experienced any of these symptoms should contact their health care professional.

The FDA recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce the risk of contracting Salmonella or other foodborne illnesses from cantaloupes:

Purchase cantaloupes that are not bruised or damaged. If buying fresh-cut cantaloupe, be sure it is refrigerated or surrounded by ice.

After purchase, refrigerate cantaloupes promptly.

Wash hands with hot, soapy water before and after handling fresh cantaloupes.

Scrub whole cantaloupes by using a clean produce brush and cool tap water immediately before eating. Don't use soap or detergents.

Use clean cutting surfaces and utensils when cutting cantaloupes. Wash cutting boards, countertops, dishes, and utensils with hot water and soap between the preparation of raw meat, poultry, or seafood and the preparation of cantaloupe.

If there happens to be a bruised or damaged area on a cantaloupe, cut away those parts before eating it.

Leftover cut cantaloupe should be discarded if left at room temperature for more than two hours.

Use a cooler with ice or use ice gel packs when transporting or storing cantaloupes outdoors.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Reebok to Pay Record $1,000,000 Civil Penalty for Violation of FederalHazardous Substances Act

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a manufacturer of athletic shoes and apparel has agreed to pay the government a $1,000,000 civil penalty. This penalty, which has been provisionally accepted, is the largest for a Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) violation and follows a recall announced by CPSC and Reebok of 300,000 bracelets.

The penalty settles allegations that Reebok International Ltd., of Canton, Mass., imported and distributed charm bracelets that contained toxic levels of lead. The charm bracelets were provided as free gifts with the purchase of various styles of children's footwear. In March 2006, a 4-year-old boy from Minneapolis who swallowed the bracelet's heart-shaped pendant died. The FHSA bans toxic levels of accessible lead in toys and other children's products. CPSC's enforcement policy urges manufacturers of children's metal jewelry to keep lead content below 0.06% by weight.

"This civil penalty sends a clear message that the CPSC will not allow companies to put children's safety at risk," said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "Preventing dangerous metal jewelry from reaching the hands of children is a priority for our agency."

In agreeing to settle the matter, Reebok denies that it violated federal law.

News round Up

Mega Brands issues new toy recall
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Rat Head Forces Producer to Recall Popular Snack
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A customer had reportedly called Nongshim asking for a refund and a recall on all of its product made on that day, but initially her requests were denied. ...

A year after pet food recall, still buyer beware
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The federal legislation, for instance, relies on manufacturers to voluntarily recall contaminated pet food. “As long as it’s voluntary, there will always be breaches,” says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and ...
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Mega Brands Hits Record Low on Magnetic-Toy Recall (Update2)
Bloomberg - USA
The company said it is cooperating with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in the voluntary recall. There have been at least 44 reports in the US of ...

USDA warns changes could delay meat recalls
Reuters - USA
CHICAGO (Reuters) - It took four hours under the US Agriculture Department's voluntary recall system to begin the largest meat recall in history, ...

Mega Brands stock plunges 14 per cent on news of latest recall
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MONTREAL - The third recall of a Mega Brands (TSX:MB) magnetic toy has dealt the struggling toymaker an especially painful blow as it marks the first time ...

Children’s Juice Recall!
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Loblaw’s supermarkets in Canada issued an official recall yesterday (3/13) of two brands of pear juice because of their unusually high concentrations of….get this….arsenic! Beechnut Pear and President’s Choice Organics(! ...
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Evenflo Discovery Seat Recall Shows Need for Side Impact Standards
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Last month’s Evenflo Discovery Car Seat recall was issued despite the absence of a federal standard that specifies how well child safety seats must protect ...

A year after pet food recall, still buyer beware
MSNBC - USA
The federal legislation, for instance, relies on manufacturers to voluntarily recall contaminated pet food. “As long as it’s voluntary, there will always be ...

MagnaMan Toy Recall
WRCB-TV - Chattanooga,TN,USA
The Consumer Product Safety Commission along Mega Brands announced the voluntary recall of MagnaMan Magnetic Toy Figures. The hazard is small magnets inside ...

Beef recall has impact on school budget
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By John I. Carney The recent and widely-publicized beef recall has had an impact on the local school system budget, although it's hoped that eventually, ...

The Pet Food Recall: One Year Later, Has Anything Changed?
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
I didn't guess when I began covering this story with Gina Spadafori at Pet Connection that it would turn into the largest consumer recall in history, ...

Heads up: GM recall; Parmalat trial; China investment
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Another pet-food recall could happen
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The FDA still does not have mandatory-recall authority. "In this age of potential bio-terror and random cross-species crossover horrors like the avian flu, ...

Stop & Shop Supermarket Company Alerts Customers to Voluntary ...
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...recall covers the "ICYBAY" brand cooked, ready to eat, frozen langostinos with an expiration date of June 2009. The recalled item has the UPC number ...

Support, explanation given for USDA's actions in beef recall
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By Clint Peck The beef industry continues to condemn the actions by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. of Chino, Calif., that have led to the largest recall ...

Fires Cause Recall of GM Sedans
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Battat Recalls Magnabild Magnetic Toys Sets, Play Wonder Toy ...
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Food For Life Baking Co., Inc. Recalls Spelt Bread

Food For Life Baking Company of Corona, California is voluntarily recalling 2,241 cases of Spelt Bread (UPC# 07347200168) because they contain spelt grain which is known to be a hybrid of wheat. People who have allergies to wheat or those with Celiac Disease may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume spelt products.

The recalled products were sold nationwide through health food distributors and natural food retailers.

Food For Life Spelt Bread is sold frozen in a 24 oz. (680g) light blue package and bears either of the two following descriptions
Food For LIfe, Wheat Alternative Spelt Bread
Food For Life, Fruit Juice Sweetened Spelt Bread

Affected lot numbers are: H1847, H2042, H2136, H2435, H2872, H2974, H3224, H3460, I0485.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated as a precautionary measure following an FDA investigation concluding that the product contained undeclared wheat.

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

Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return them unopened to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions may contact us toll free at: (800) 797-5090.

Williams Foods, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Light 'N Krispy Fish Batter Mixes

Williams Foods Inc, of Lenexa KS., is voluntarily recalling 22 ounce canisters of Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Light 'n Krispy Original and Light 'n Krispy Hot & Spicy Fish Batter Mixes and 8 ounce pouches of Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Light 'n Krispy Original Fish Batter Mix because the products contain undeclared milk (as part of a minor component of added natural flavors). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product was distributed through Bass Pro Shops retail stores in the United States.
The product is sold in Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's labeled 22 ounce canisters and 8 ounce flexible pouches. This recall applies to the following lot numbers: 31207A11, 35107A11, 06308A11 (22 ounce canisters) and 3530716 (8 ounce pouches). Only the "Light 'n Krispy" version of the Bass Pro Shop's Uncle Buck's Fish Batter Mixes are affected by this recall.
There have been no reported allergic reactions attributed to this product. The problem was discovered by Williams Foods during a routine label review.

Williams Foods confirmed in its investigation that the products were produced with an ingredient that contains milk that is not declared on the label.

Concerned consumers who have packages of 22 ounce canisters of Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Light 'n Krispy Original and Light 'n Krispy Hot & Spicy Fish Batter Mixes and 8 ounce pouches of Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Light 'N Krispy Original Fish Batter Mix should return them to the stores where they were purchased for a full refund. Any consumers with questions about this recall should also contact Williams Foods Corporate Quality Department at 1-800-255-6736.

Progress Lighting Recalls Ceiling-Mounted Outdoor Light Fixtures; Lights Can Fall Off Mounting and Injure Consumers

Name of Product: Progress Lighting Outdoor Ceiling Light Fixtures
Units: About 1,000
Importer: Progress Lighting, of Greenville, S.C.

Manufacturer: Pegtom, of Hong Ding, China

Hazard: A weld that affixes a mounting bracket to the ceiling pan can fail, which can cause the fixture to fall and injure nearby persons.
Incidents/Injuries: Progress Lighting has received six reports of fixtures falling. No property damage or injuries have been reported.
Description: Only Progress Lighting ceiling-mounted outdoor light fixtures with model numbers P5526-20 and P5526-44 are included in the recall. The light fixtures have three flame-shaped lights inside a beveled glass and solid frame. The fixtures require (3) 60-watt light bulbs. "Made in/Hecho En/Fabrique Aux China" and the model numbers are written on the packaging of the product.
Sold at: Electrical and lighting distributors nationwide from January2007 through November 2007 for about $200.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Progress Lighting to schedule a free repair of the lighting fixture.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Progress Lighting toll-free at (866) 418-5543 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday throughFriday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.progresslighting.com.

Salton Inc. Recalls Electric Toasters Due to Fire Hazard

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Electric Toasters
Units: About 12,000
Distributor: Salton Inc., of Lake Forest, Ill.
Hazard: The toaster can turn on without bread in the slots and ignite items placed on top of it, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None.
Description: This recall involves the chrome two-slice electric toasters sold under the following brands: Farberware (model # FCT200 or FCT100), Hoffritz (model # HZT2 and HZT2M), and Russell Hobbs (model #RH2MT). The brand name and model number are printed on a plate located on the underside of the toaster.
Sold by: Online and retail liquidators nationwide from January 2000 through December 2007 for between $40 and $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the toaster immediately, unplug it, and cut off the power cord where it enters the body of the toaster. Consumers who return the power cord in the prepaid envelope that will be provided will receive a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Contact Salton at (800) 233-9054 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.esalton.com

Note: About 13,000 toasters of similar model were recalled by QVC in December 2007.

Acme Issues Voluntary Recall for Acme Labeled Cinnamon Rolls with Icing

Acme Markets is issuing a voluntary recall on all codes of Acme label 4-pack cinnamon rolls with icing due to the undeclared milk ingredient. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The recall affects all Acme locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

"Acme is committed to the safety of its costumers and routinely inspects product labels for accuracy and compliance," said Taryn Duckett, manager of communications and public affairs. "The product is being removed from the shelf and customers who have purchased the product may bring it back to an Acme store location for a full refund or exchange."

Customers who have health-related concerns should contact their physician.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

US lawmakers push to bolster product watchdog after recalls
AFP - Over half the recalls last year involved children's products, said Nancy Cowles, head of the Kids in Danger (KID) child safety advocacy group. ...

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Munire Furniture Recalls Cribs Due to Fall Hazard

Name of Product: Majestic Curved Top and Flat Top Cribs, Essex Cribs, Brighton/Sussex Cribs and Captiva Cribs
Units: About 24,000
Importer: Munire Furniture Inc., of Piscataway, N.J.
Hazard: The cribs fail to meet the federal safety standards for cribs. The four support brackets on the mattress support spring are too long. The brackets prevent the spring from lowering to the full 26 inch minimum height in its lowest position, allowing children inside to crawl over the railing, posing a fall hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The cribs are wooden. The recalled cribs include: Majestic Curved Top cribs with model number 9500; Majestic Flat Top cribs with model number 9000; Essex cribs with model number 7100; Brighton/Sussex cribs with model number 9100 and Captiva cribs with model number 5100.
Only cribs with manufacture dates between November 1, 2005 and November 1, 2007 are included in the recall. The crib model number is printed on the white label on the bottom inside of the right side rail. The crib manufacture date is printed on either the white label near the model number or on the white label located on the bottom of the head board. Cribs with a green sticker on the mattress frame are not included in the recall.
Sold at: Specialty juvenile product stores nationwide from November 2005 through November 2007 for between $400 and $600.
Manufactured in: Indonesia
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled cribs and contact Munire Furniture to receive replacement spring brackets.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Munire Furniture Inc. at (866) 586-9639 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET or visit the firm's Web site at www.munirefurniture.com

Walker's Food Products Company Recalls Four Bean Salad Because Of Possible Health Risk

Walker's Food Products Company of North Kansas City, Missouri, is recalling its 16oz., 5-lb. and 10-lb. containers of Four Bean Salad because of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of muscles, abdominal distension, and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The recalled Four Bean Salad was distributed to distributors in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa for ultimate distribution to retail stores and restaurants. The product in the 16 oz. containers was packaged under the Kay's Gourmet brand name. The product in the 5-lb. and 10-lb. containers was packaged under the Walker's Food Products Co. brand name. The containers are round clear plastic packages, which have an expiration date stamped on the bottom surface. The expiration dates subject to recall are 12/23/07 thru 04/5/08.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Walker's Food Products became aware of the problem after being notified by another company they had received beans that had been recalled due to being potentially contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The manufacturer of the beans and FDA are continuing to investigate the source of this problem.

Consumers who have purchased 16 oz., 5-lb. and 10-lb. containers of the Four Bean Salad are urged to return them to the place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-725-2372.

Actavis Recalls Remaining Fentanyl Patches in the US as Precaution

Actavis Inc., the United States manufacturing and marketing division of the international generic pharmaceutical company Actavis Group hf, today announced that its subsidiary Actavis South Atlantic LLC is proceeding with the voluntarily recall from wholesalers and pharmacies of all lots of Fentanyl transdermal system CII patches sold in the United States.

This recall is an expansion of the Company's initial recall of fourteen lots of Fentanyl transdermal patches announced on February 17, 2008. That recall was due to the identification of a possible fold-over defect present in the product that potentially could cause leakage of the fentanyl gel. The remaining lots of Fentanyl transdermal system patches are being recalled as a precautionary measure because Actavis lacks assurance that all patches are free from defects.

All of the recalled patches were manufactured by Corium International Inc., a contract manufacturer for Actavis, and sold nationwide in the United States.

Fentanyl patches sold by Actavis in Europe are not affected by this recall.

As per the approved product labelling for Fentanyl transdermal system, fentanyl is a potent Schedule II opioid medication. Fentanyl patches that are leaking 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 that may be damaged or compromised in any way by flushing them down the toilet, using caution not to handle them directly. Damaged and/or compromised patches that have leaked gel will not provide effective pain relief.

Please note: Actavis South Atlantic LLC was formerly known as Abrika Pharmaceuticals Inc. The pouches containing the patches may be labelled with an Abrika Pharmaceuticals label, but the outer carton bears the Actavis logo with the following product names:

Actavis Fentanyl Transdermal System, 25 mcg/hr. NDC 67767-120-18.Actavis Fentanyl Transdermal System, 50 mcg/hr. NDC 67767-121-18.Actavis Fentanyl Transdermal System, 75 mcg/hr. NDC 67767-122-18.Actavis Fentanyl Transdermal System, 100 mcg/hr. NDC 67767-123-18.

The lots covered by this recall have expiration dates between May 2009 and December 2009. Anyone who has fentanyl patches labelled with an Abrika or Actavis label should check them for these expiration dates.

Anyone with Actavis Fentanyl transdermal system patches with the lot numbers listed on the schedule, should call 1 877 422 7452.

Patients using fentanyl patches who have medical questions should contact their health-care providers.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Fentanyl transdermal system is indicated for the management of persistent, moderate to severe chronic pain that requires continuous, around the clock opioid administration for an extended period of time and cannot be managed by other means such as non-steroidal analgesics, opioid combination products, or immediate release opioids.

Schedule
Lot
Exp. Date
NDC
Strength

27540
Aug 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27584
Aug 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27666
Sep 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27759
Oct 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27611
Oct 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27762
Oct 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27761
Oct 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27832
Nov 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27747
Nov 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27758
Nov 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27903
Dec 09
67767-120-18
25mcg/hr

27573
Sep 09
67767-121-18
50mcg/hr

27576
Sep 09
67767-121-18
50mcg/hr

27667
Oct 09
67767-121-18
50mcg/hr

27668
Oct 09
67767-121-18
50mcg/hr

27581
Oct 09
67767-121-18
50mcg/hr

27763
Oct 09
67767-121-18
50mcg/hr

27751
Nov 09
67767-121-18
50mcg/hr

27586
Aug 09
67767-122-18
75mcg/hr

27572
Sep 09
67767-122-18
75mcg/hr

27582
Oct 09
67767-122-18
75mcg/hr

27583
Oct 09
67767-122-18
75mcg/hr

27745
Oct 09
67767-122-18
75mcg/hr

27746
Oct 09
67767-122-18
75mcg/hr

27539
Aug 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27574
Sep 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27575
Sep 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27577
Sep 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27578
Oct 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27579
Oct 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27580
Oct 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27610
Oct 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27612
Oct 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

27743
Oct 09
67767-123-18
100mcg/hr

Gorton's Seafood Recalls 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets Due to Possible Adulteration

GLOUCESTER, Mass., February 29, 2008 -- Gorton's Seafood, based in Gloucester, Mass., is voluntarily recalling one frozen seafood product with a specific date code because the product may have been adulterated with pills. While there has been only one isolated case of adulteration and no reports of illness from the product, the company is taking this action as a precautionary measure.

The following product is subject to recall:
Gorton's 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets
11.4 oz -- UPC #4440015770
Date code: 7289G1
Best if used by date: April 2009

The product included in this recall was produced on October 16, 2007 and distributed to retail outlets in Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The product is being removed from retail outlets, and consumers are urged to look in their freezers for products bearing this particular code.
Gorton's is conducting an investigation into the source of the problem and working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Food & Drug Administration. There have been no reported illnesses from consumers.

Consumers who have the product may return it to Gorton's for a refund by calling 800-896-9479.

Consumers may report any complaints to FDA's local district complaint coordinators located on the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html.
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Meat recall alerts retailers, not consumers
Chicago Tribune - United States
By Stephen J. Hedges Washington Bureau March 9, 2008 WASHINGTON — The largest meat recall in the nation's history was bound to reverberate through the ...

Germany recalls blood thinner
International Herald Tribune - France
RotexMedica, based in Trittau in northern Germany, said Friday that it would not comment on the recall because its executives were busy consulting with ...

Drug recall puts overseas inspections in spotlight
Globe and Mail - Canada
Amajor US recall of a blood-thinning drug linked to a Chinese factory last week is prompting new questions over the ability of government and industry to ...

German health regulator confirms recall of blood thinner
MarketWatch - USA
Rotexmedica, which produces a less sophisticated and less often used version of Heparin,Friday said it didn't want to comment on the recall over the phone. ...

Germany orders recall of blood-thinner heparin
Reuters - USA
FRANKFURT, March 7 (Reuters) - Germany has ordered a countrywide recall of blood-thinner heparin, made by Rotexmedica, on fears of contamination, ...

Congress Wants More Info on Beef Recall
The Associated Press - But he said he couldn't reveal which ones, and most of the meat had already been eaten because the recall stretched back two years. ...

Ford recalls Louisville-made trucks
Bizjournals.com - Charlotte,NC,USA
Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall on about 100000 Super Duty Trucks across the United States. The recall includes the company's F-250, F-350, ...

LDR Industries Recalls Gas Connectors Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards

Name of Product: LDR 1200 Series Gas Connectors
Units: About 50,000
Importer: LDR Industries Inc., of Chicago, Ill.
Manufacturer: Sai lin Ke, of Beijing, China
Hazard: The gas connectors can leak propane or natural gas, posing a fire and explosion hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled LDR series 1200 gas connectors have 3/8 inch fine thread nuts attached. The connectors are used primarily with gas space heaters. The brass nuts are gold colored while the stainless steel tube is silver colored. The following connectors are included in this recall. The UPC code and "LDR 1200 Series Gas Connector" are printed on the product's packaging.

Recalled Gas Connectors Length UPC Code
12 inches 019442405489
16 inches 019442019464
22 inches 019442018917
30 inches 019442405496
34 inches 019442018900
46 inches 019442018894
60 inches 019442400224
72 inches 019442405731

Sold at: Hardware stores in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida from August 2007 through September 2007 for between $7 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the appliance with therecalled gas connectors. Only a qualified professional, such as aplumber, heating contractor or gas company technician, should check theconnectors and replace them. Contact LDR Industries or the place ofpurchase for instructions on returning the connectors for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LDR at (800)545-5230 ext. 2345 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday,or visit the firm's Web site at www.ldrind.com
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CPSC To Announce New Strategies at the Ports

Each year, hundreds of millions of toys, fireworks, cigarette lighters, clothes and other consumer products are imported into the United States. In an effort to address the increase of imports, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing new import strategies and a greater presence at the ports.

At a news conference today at the Port of Long Beach, CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord was joined by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Assistant Commissioner Daniel Baldwin and California Director of Consumer Affairs Carrie Lopez to formally announce the creation of the new Import Surveillance Division at the CPSC. This team, in coordination with the CBP, is tasked with inspecting, detecting and stopping hazardous products from entering into the United States.

"With new strategies and growing resources, I am confident that we can prevent the entry of unsafe products into our country, remove those that do find a way in and punish those who willfully disregard the safety of our consumers," said Acting Chairman Nord.

The Port of Long Beach in California is the first port that will have a permanent CPSC presence and additional staff will be assigned to other busy ports as the division is expanded. Carol Cave, formerly director of Field Operations, is the head of the new office.

In announcing the creation of the new division Acting Chairman Nord also announced that CBP is strengthening its cooperative relationship with CPSC; for those ports of entry where there are permanent CPSC staff assigned, the agency this year will have the ability to identify, stop, examine and either hold or release shipments coming into the United States.

The agency, she said, will test more samples and conduct more port-of-entry surveillance blitzes with assistance from CBP. CBP has already been assisting the agency in doing some product testing at its labs, and CPSC will continue to use this resource to leverage the agency's ability to identify product hazards and violations of the agency's standards.

Working with Customs, CPSC is utilizing the CBP's import tracking system known as ACE. ACE will expose CPSC to many potential problems sooner, and give the agency more time and information to respond before the dangerous product reaches U.S. shores.
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Infantino Recalls Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

Name of Product: Infantino Lamb Grabby Rattles(tm)
Units: About 2,000
Manufacturer: Infantino LLC, of San Diego, Calif.
Hazard: The tail-piece on the rattles can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: Infantino has received eight reports of the tail piece on the rattle detaching. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled Infantino Lamb Grabby Rattles(tm) are shaped like a lamb with an Infantino elliptical-shaped logo stamped on the front right foot of the lamb. Only rattles with date code 0907 printed on the back of the left ear of the lamb are included in the recall. The production batch code is printed in a dial format with the year in the middle of a circle and an arrow pointing to the number on the circle that indicates the month. Rattles that do not have a date code are not included in the recall.
Sold at: Wal-Mart, Babies "R" Us and other specialty stores nationwide from September 2007 through February 2008 for between $3 and $4.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from young children and contact Infantino for a replacement rattle or a product of equal value.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Infantino toll-free at (888) 808-3111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT or visit the firm's Web site at service.infantino.com
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Girls' Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Rebelette International Due to Strangulation Hazard

Name of Product: Girls' Hooded Sweatshirts
Units: About 4,800
Distributor: Rebelette International Trading Corp., of South El Monte, Calif.
Hazard: The sweatshirt jackets 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: The recalled hooded sweatshirts have a drawstring at the neck. They zip up the front, and are either blue with pink stripes on the sleeves with "Red Hot Chili Steppers" printed on the front, or brown with blue stripes on the sleeves with "Powder Puffs Touch League" on the front. The sweatshirts were sold in children's sizes small, medium, large, and sizes 4, 5, 6, and 6X. "REBELETTE of Los Angeles" is printed on the collar label.
Sold at: Marshalls Stores and specialty children's clothing retailers nationwide from July 2007 through September 2007 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the hood to eliminate the hazard, or return the sweatshirt to either the place of purchase or to Rebelette International for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rebelette International collect at (626) 448-9988 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Note: CPSC was notified about these garments by the Wisconsin Department of Consumer Protection.
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Algae Bloom Prompts DSHS to Close 3 Bays to Shellfish Harvesting, Issue Recall

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has closed Aransas, Corpus Christi and Copano bays to shellfish harvesting and has issued a recall of oysters, clams and mussels because of an algae bloom.

DSHS officials say high concentrations of the Dinophysis organism have been found in several locations in the area. The toxin produced by this algae bloom, okadaic acid, can accumulate in shellfish tissue and cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning, or DSP, in people who consume oysters, clams or mussels. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

Shellfish harvested from these bays on March 1 or later are included in the recall. Consumers who purchased shellfish March 1 or later are advised not to eat them. People should either call the store where the shellfish were purchased to determine the date and location of harvest or dispose of them. The toxin does not affect other seafood.

DSHS officials say that preliminary test results indicate that levels of okadaic acid in oyster samples taken from the bays exceed federal guidelines. Final test results will be available next week. DSHS will monitor and determine when it is safe to reopen the shellfish areas.

DSP symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and cramping. Symptoms, which usually last two to three days, can begin from 30 minutes to 12 hours after eating shellfish containing the toxin. DSP usually is not life threatening and does not generally cause long-term effects. DSHS is not aware of any illnesses associated with this algae bloom.

Dinophysis occurs naturally in ocean waters and estuaries and is not related to pollution. Typically it is not found in high numbers along the Texas Gulf Coast. High concentrations can turn the water an orange or brown color. DSHS officials say they know of no health issues associated with people being in water containing the algae.
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Friday, March 7, 2008

Limited Number of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix Products Recalled for Possible Health Risk

The Quaker Oats Co. announced the products in the recall are a small quantity of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix: Original, Original Complete and Buttermilk Complete, which may have potential salmonella contamination. No other Aunt Jemima, frozen Aunt Jemima or Quaker products are affected.

The products, sold in 2 pound and 5 pound boxes with Best Before dates of FEB 08 09 H through FEB 16 09 H stamped on the top, contain the following UPC codes:
30000 43272: Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete, 5 lb.
30000 05040: Aunt Jemima Original, 2 lb.
30000 05070: Aunt Jemima Original Complete, 2 lb.
30000 05300: Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete, 2 lb.

Salmonella is a food borne illness that 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, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue to date. There is very low risk of illness when preparation directions on box are followed and product is not consumed raw or undercooked. Salmonella bacteria is killed at a temperature of 160° F.

If consumers have this product with the indicated UPC codes and Best Before dates, they should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-407-2247 or by logging onto www.auntjemima.com.

Quaker is in the process of recovering the product involved. Quaker knows specifically to which customer warehouses the product was shipped. Approximately 98% of the product is within Quaker's control. The 2% of product which is outside of Quaker's control was shipped to a limited number of retail and mass merchandiser stores (no direct distribution to West Coast). Of that small quantity, the vast majority likely has not been placed on store shelves. Product was shipped to 17 states including Texas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, Kansas and Utah.
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New BCN Trading Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Asian Boy Sweet Ginger

New BCN Trading Inc. of South Plainfield, NJ is recalling 7 oz. plastic tubs of Asian Boy Brand Dried Ginger because the product contains undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product.

The Asian Boy Brand Dried Ginger, a product of Vietnam, was distributed to retail stores in NJ, NY, FL, MD, VA, CT, MA, OH and PA in an uncoded 7 oz. plastic tub.

The recall was initiated after sampling by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the 7 oz. plastic tubs of Dried Ginger which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions is some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulties. Analysis of the Asian Boy Brand Dried Ginger revealed that it contained 27.3 mg of sulfites per serving.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased 7 oz. plastic tubs of Asian Boy Brand Dried Ginger are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 908-757-2500.
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CPSC Initiates Outreach To Vietnam To Ensure Import Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced an agreement with the Vietnamese government aimed at improving the safety of consumer products exported to the U.S. from Vietnam.

The announcement coincides with a visit to Hanoi by CPS Cofficials, who are meeting with their government counterparts in Vietnam and conducting product safety training for Vietnamese exporters of consumer products.

The agreement between CPSC and the Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) of the Ministry of Science and Technology calls for information and technical exchanges to implement consumer safety programs.

"Vietnam has become an increasingly important trading partner with the United States," said Acting Chairman Nord. "Working with industry and directly with government agencies in other countries, such as Vietnam, is one of the most effective ways to ensure the safety of products made abroad and intended for U.S. store shelves."

"Vietnam understands the importance of protecting the safety of consumers" said Dr. Ngo Quy Viet, Director General of STAMEQ. "Therefore, Vietnam welcomes collaboration with foreign partners, especially with those that have such an effective safety system as the United States, to improve consumer and importer confidence."

The number of imports from Vietnam to the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years. According to U.S. International Trade Commission data, nearly $8.6 billion worth of products under CPSC jurisdiction came from Vietnam in 2007, a 31 percent increase from 2006. CPSC also has signed agreements with Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the European Commission, Egypt, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and Taiwan to improve the safety of consumer products.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensurethe safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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