Friday, June 27, 2008

Children's Jackets and Hoodies with Drawstrings Recalled by Coolibar Inc. Due to Strangulation Hazard

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

Name of Product: Children's Sun Block Jackets and Hoodies

Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the hood, posing 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 drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled jackets and hoodies have a drawstring through the hood. They were sold in children's sizes 2 through 12. The jackets were sold in the following colors: tan, stone, bayou blue, crisp blue, white, berry, and citrus. The hoodies were sold in teal, kiwi, mandarin, aloe green, paprika, hibiscus, smokey blue, white, sherbet, cobalt, and stone.

Sold at: Coolibar's catalog and www.coolibar.com from March 2005 through April 2008 (hoodies) and from February 2008 through April 2008 (jackets) for between $25 and $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the jacket or hoodie to eliminate the hazard, or contact the firm for instructions on returning the garment to the firm for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Coolibar Inc. toll-free at (866) 266-5422 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, visit the firm's Web site at www.coolibar.com, or email the firm at recall@coolibar.com

Hewlett-Packard Co. Recalls Fax Machines Due to Fire Hazard

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

Name of Product: HP Fax 1010 and 1010xi Machines

Units: About 367,000 units (an additional 84,000 units sold outside of the U.S.)

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.

Hazard: An internal electrical component failure can cause overheating of the product posing a risk of burn or fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Hewlett-Packard has received three reports of overheating including two in the U.S. resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the HP Fax 1010 and HP Fax 1010xi models manufactured from November 2002 through September 2004. The HP logo and the model name and number are printed on the front of the fax machine.

Sold at: Electronic, computer and camera stores nationwide, as well as Web retailers from November 2002 through December 2004 for between $130 and $150.

Manufactured in: China Remedy: Consumers should immediately disconnect the recalled fax machine from the electrical power source and contact HP to receive a rebate.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact HP toll-free at (888) 654-9296 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit HP's Web site at www.hp.com/go/fax1010recall

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bay Valley Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Mislabeled Kroger Chicken Noodle Soup

Bay Valley Foods is recalling five cases (24 cans per case) of mislabeled Kroger Chicken Noodle Soup because it may contain undeclared milk. The cans actually contain Cream of Celery soup. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk are at risk if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this alert.

The recalled soup may have been distributed by Kroger to Dillon stores in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

The recalled product, Kroger Chicken Noodle Soup, comes in 10.5 ounce cans and is marked with lot code 52104098, and a "best before" date code of 40910 (April 9, 2010) that can be found on the bottom of the can. Consumers are urged to return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Bay Valley Foods Consumer Response Department at 1-800-983-0823.

Matterhorn Group Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of "Astro Pops" and "Missile Pops" 3.5 oz Cherry Pineapple Frozen Novelty Pops

Matterhorn Group Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of "Astro Pops" and "Missile Pops" 3.5 oz Cherry Pineapple Frozen Novelty Pops in Arizona, Nevada and California due to Safety Hazard

Matterhorn Group Inc is recalling certain date coded product of their Rainbow Glacier "Astro Pops" water ice frozen novelty pops, Cherry Pineapple Swirl 3.5 oz size 12 count bag pack, with tag closure "Best by JUN 03-09", "Best by JUN 04-09" and "Best by JUN 05-09" sold through the Wal-Mart stores located in California and Arizona, Sunnyside Farms "Missile Pops" Cherry Pineapple in 3.5 oz. size 12 count bag packages, with tag closure of "Best By JUN 02-09", "Best by JUN 03-09", and "Best by JUN 04-09" sold through the California stores of grocery retailers Save Mart and Raley’s, and Vitafreze Frozen Astronot Pops 3.5 oz size 12 count bag packages, with tag closure of "Best By JUN 02-09" sold in California. The products are being recalled because they may contain pieces of hard plastic. Only the noted product date codes listed are affected.

The small pieces of non-toxic hard plastic were from a part of the processing equipment which broke during the manufacturing process. The majority of the possibly affected product was retrieved from the distribution system before any release to retail stores. However, there were a small number of cases which were shipped to above mentioned locations.

There have been no reports of injury. People who bite into or swallow a fragment could possibly be injured, prompting this precautionary recall. Young children are particularly at risk of a choking hazard. Although the company believes the problem is very isolated, we are taking this measure to ensure the safety of our consumers.

Consumers in AZ and CA who have purchased the above indicated products should return them to their retailer where purchased for a full refund. For questions and inquiries, consumers may contact us at 1-888-264-0898.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Recall of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water

This announces a product recall for the one-gallon Nestlé Pure Life Purified Drinking Water sold ONLY in Shop-Rite stores in the five Northeast states of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. This affects ONLY the one-gallon size.

Fewer than 150 one-gallon bottles of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water are implicated, produced in a short timeframe on May 5, 2008 between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. The product date code is printed on the shoulder of one-gallon bottles. The code is:

First line…………050508126WF024
Second line……... Starts with the numbers "08"
For example: 0801BB05/2010

The product in question may contain a diluted form of a common food grade cleaning compound that results in a bitter or sour taste. This could pose a potential health concern if ingested in large quantities over an extended period of time and should not be consumed or used in preparing infant formulas or other foods or beverages. No illnesses have been reported.

To further assure consumers, Shop-Rite, as of Monday, June 23rd, has removed any remaining affected product from their stores and warehouses.

Consumers who possess this product or have questions should contact the company at a toll free number 866-599-8980 available 24 hours a day. This same toll-free number is also printed on the front of all product labels for the one-gallon size.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jardine Cribs Sold by Babies"R"Us Recalled Due to Entrapment and Strangulation Hazard

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

Name of Product: Jardine Cribs

Units: About 320,000

Manufacturer: Jardine Enterprises, of Taipei, Taiwan

Hazard: The wooden crib slats and spindles can break, creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 42 incidents of crib slats and spindles breaking. Four children became entrapped in the space created by a broken slat or spindle. Two of the children had abrasions and bruising.

Description: Jardine wooden cribs in various styles and finishes, as listed below, are included in this recall.

Model # | Description | First Sold
BC-23 | Drop Side Blue Spindle Crib | 8/2004
BC-36B | Drop Side Light Blue Spindle Crib | 8/2005
BC-36G | Drop Side Sage Spindle Crib | 7/2005
BC-36P | Drop Side Pink Spindle Crib | 7/2005
BC-007 | Hilton Drop Side Cherry Single Crib | 1/2002
BC-010 | Windsor Drop Side Cherry Flat Panel Crib | 1/2002
BC-010C | Windsor Drop Side Cherry Flat Panel Crib | 11/2003
BC-010HP | Windsor Drop Side Oak/Honey Pine Crib | 11/2003
BC-010W | Hilton Drop Side White Full Panel Crib | 7/2002
BC-017 | Windsor Drop Side Dark Pine Single Crib | 1/2002
BC-107C | Hilton Drop Side Cherry Single Crib | 3/2005
BC-107CR | Windsor Cherry Single Sleigh Crib | 4/2007
BC-110C | Berkley Drop Side Cherry Flat Panel Single Crib | 3/2005
BC-110HP | Windsor Drop Side Honey Pine/Honey Single Cri | 3/2005
BC-110W | Berkley Drop Side White Flat Panel Single Crib | 3/2005
DA617BC | Wicker 3-in-1 White Crib | 1/2002
DA620BC | Haven 3-in-1 Oak/Dark Pine Crib | 5/2002
DA770BC | 4-in-1 White Convertible Crib | 1/2004
DV730N | Natural Lifetime Crib | 9/2003
DV730W | White Lifetime Crib | 8/2003
DV830-N | Natural Lifetime Crib | 11/2004
DV830-W | White Lifetime Crib | 11/2004
0113B00 | Drop Side Natural Spindle Crib | 7/2006
0113K00 | Drop Side Mahogany Spindle Crib | 6/2006
0303B00 | Berkley Natural Lifetime Crib | 9/2005
0303C00 | Berkley White Lifetime Crib | 8/2005
0303G00 | Berkley Cherry Lifetime Crib | 5/2005
0309K00 | Positano Mahogany Lifetime Crib | 4/2006

The model number is printed on the inside of the bottom rail of the headboard or footboard.

Sold at: KidsWorld, Geoffrey Stores, Toys "R" Us, and Babies "R" Us stores nationwide, and at babiesrus.com, from January 2002 through May 2008 for between $150 and $300, with one model, 0309K00 Mahogany Positano Lifetime Crib, which sold for $450.

Manufactured in: China and Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Jardine to receive a full credit toward the purchase of a new crib.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Jardine at (800) 646-4106 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.jardinecribrecall.com

Nordstrom Recalls Girls' Sandals Due to Choking Hazard

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

Name of Product: Nordstrom's Cadence-Lea and Trio-Lea Girl's Sandals

Units: About 1,500

Retailer: Nordstrom Inc. of Seattle, Wash.

Manufacturer: Meyeworld, of Hicksville, N.Y.

Hazard: The flower embellishments on the sandals can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled girl's sandals are leather with attached leather flowers and were sold under the "Cadence-Lea" and "Trio-Lea" names. "Cadence-Lea" sandals are white, light green or silver. "Trio-Lea" sandals are white or silver. They were sold in girls' sizes 5 through 12. Nordstrom is printed on the sandals.

Sold exclusively at: Nordstrom stores nationwide from March 2008 through May 2008 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled sandals away from children immediately and return the sandals to any Nordstrom store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nordstrom at (800) 804-0806 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.nordstrom.com

Dollar Tree Recalls Glue Guns Due to Fire Hazard

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

Name of Product: Crafters Square Hot Melt Mini Glue Guns

Units: About 470,000

Retailer: Dollar Tree, Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Importer: Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Hazard: The recalled glue guns can short circuit, causing the gun to smoke. This poses a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Dollar Tree is aware of four incidents in which these glue guns short circuited. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the "Crafters Square Hot Melt Mini Glue Gun" with product number "939701". The gun dispenses hot glue and is intended for craft projects. The glue gun is black with an orange trigger and measures approximately 4 1/2 inches from the back of the gun to the tip. It has a 44-inch electrical cord attached. "Crafters Square" and "939701" are located on the guns' packaging. "DS-010 Glue Gun" is written in raised letters on the handle of the gun.

Sold at: Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1, and Deal$ stores nationwide from December 2007 through March 2008 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glue guns and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.dollartree.com

A. O. Smith Recalls Water Pump Motors Due to Fire Hazard

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

Name of Product: Water Pump Motors

Units: About 6,750

Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., of Tipp City, Ohio

Hazard: The water pumps with the recalled motors are labeled as containing a one-horsepower motor, but actually contain a 3/4-horsepower motor. Under certain conditions, the smaller motor could overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves motors included with lawn sprinkler pumps and jet pumps manufactured by F. E. Myers Co. The recall also includes replacement pump motors that were sold separately.

Model Number | Product Description
QP10 | Lawn Sprinkler Pump
QP10B | Lawn Sprinkler Pump with Brass Impeller
HJ100S | Shallow Well Jet Pump
HJ100S-1 | Shallow Well Jet Pump with Brass Impeller
HJ100D | Deep Well Jet Pump
HJ100D-LR | Deep Well Jet Pump Less Regulator
HJ100D-1 | Deep Well Jet Pump with Brass Impeller
20935A000K | Individually Sold Replacement Motor

Only pumps manufactured between August 2007 and May 2008 are included in the recall. The pump's model number, manufacturing date code and the name "Myers" can be located on the pump's nameplate and packaging. The pump's motor has "A. O. Smith" and model number "C48D52B86" on the motor's nameplate. The replacement motor's packaging has "Myers" and model number "20935A000K" printed on it. Products with an "OK" sticker on the product or packaging are not included in the recall.

Sold at: Plumbing wholesalers and distributors nationwide to independent contractors and plumbers between August 2007 and May 2008. The water pumps sold for between $500 and $750 depending on the model, and the replacement motor sold for between $300 and $400.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled units immediately and contact A. O. Smith to arrange for a free replacement of any pumps with affected motors or any affected replacement motors.

Consumer Contact: For further information, contact A. O. Smith at (800) 280-8626 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.regcen.com/pumprecall

Monday, June 23, 2008

Fresca Italia, Inc., Expands Recall of Burrata Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk

Fresca Italia of Brisbane, CA is recalling Burrata, a type of cheese, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal, or diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This product was distributed in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California in retail stores and restaurants.

This product weighs approximately 8.8oz and is packaged in a white and green plastic wrapper with the manufacturer’s name, "Caseificio Voglie di Latte" and the product name "Burrata." ALL LOT CODES AND EXPIRATION DATES from this manufacturer are subject to recall. Previously, the only batch subject to the recall will be labeled with the expiration date of 24/5/2008. The following quantities were distributed:

  • 606 lbs with the Lot Code 24/5/2008
  • 661 lbs with the Lot Code 31/5/2008
  • 490 lbs with the Lot Code 07/06/2008

The recall is the result of survey sampling by the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture which revealed that the product in question contained the bacteria. Fresca Italia has immediately halted further distribution. This recall is an expansion of the previous recall initiated on May 30, 2008. Positive results for Listeria were found in other lots of the product by the Food and Drug Administration.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wal-Mart Recalls Additional Charm Key Chains Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

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

Name of Product: "Hip Charm" Key Chains

Units: About 39,000 (firm previously recalled 12,000 key chains in April 2008)

Distributor: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Importer: FGX International Inc., of Smithfield, R.I.

Hazard: The charms on the key chain can contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been no injuries reported with the additional key chains included in this recall. The Illinois Attorney General informed Wal-Mart and CPSC in April that the previously recalled key chain was found in the home of a 9-month-old child who was discovered to have high blood levels of lead. The child was observed mouthing this key chain.

Description: The recalled key chains have several charms including a button, clover, leaf, and heart. The charms hang from a silver-colored chain. The words "Hip charm" and the following UPC numbers are printed on the products packaging: 03156811032, 03156811029, 03156811019, 03156811016, 03156811018, 03156811028, and 03156811030.

Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from April 2005 through June 2008 for between $ .50 and $6.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should not allow children to handle the key chain and return it to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For further information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.walmartstores.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tucker Rocky Recalls Off-Road Motorcycle Clamp Kits; Bolts Can Break Causing Handlebars to Separate During a Crash and Cause Serious Injury

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: Pro Taper Clamp Kits Used With Off-Road Motorcycles

Units: About 12,000

Distributor: Tucker Rocky Distributing, of Fort Worth, Texas

Hazard: Some of the bolts included in the clamp kits (or sold separately) if installed incorrectly can break under extreme force such as a crash. This can cause the handlebars to separate posing a risk of serious injury to the rider.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been seven reports of bolts breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The Pro Taper Clamp Kits are aftermarket accessories for off-road motorcycles. The recall involves the following kits and part numbers:

Upper Triple Clamp Kit: 02-2824, 02-2825, 02-2826, 02-2827, 02-2828, 02-2829, 02-2843, 02-2844, 02-2845, 02-2846, 02-2849, 02-2851

Complete Triple Clamp Kit 02-2830: 02-2831, 02-2832, 02-2833, 02-2834, 02-2839, 02-2840, 02-2847, 02-2848, 02-2850, 02-2852, 02-2853, 02-2854, 02-2855

Handlebar Clamp Kit (Universal Solid Mount Kit and Universal Rubber Mount Kit): 02-2821, 02-2822

Replacement Bolt Kit: 02-2855, 02-2886

Sold at: Motorcycle dealerships nationwide from October 2007 through March 2008 and ranged in price from $5 for the Replacement Bolt Kit to $440 for the Complete Triple Clamp Kit.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding off-road motorcycles equipped with the recalled kits and contact the firm for free replacement bolts.

Consumer Contact: For further information, call Tucker Rocky Distributing toll-free at (866) 217-7750 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.protaper.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tipu's Tiger Chai, Inc Recalls Tipus Tiger Chai Concentrate Because of a Possible Health Risk

Tipu's Tiger Chai Inc, of Missoula, Montana is voluntarily recalling its Tipu's Tiger Chai Concentrate because it has the potential to be contaminated 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 other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems after consuming this product should seek immediate medical attention.

Tipu's Tiger Chai Concentrate was distributed, primarily to stores and coffee kiosks in western Montana and one café in Prescott, Arizona using the concentrate for mixed beverages sold on-site. Limited distribution of the bottled product was made directly to consumers in Western Montana.

The product is distributed in plastic half gallon (1.89L) units labeled as "Tipu's Tiger Chai, Chai Concentrate". The lid or neck of bottle states "refrigerate after opening" followed by dates of 09/23/09 through and including 05/22/10.

Please note that NO illnesses have been reported to date.

Through a records audit, the pH level of the product manufactured during this period were found to be higher than required by FDA standards.

Any consumers who may have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-(888)-506-2424.

Friday, June 13, 2008

ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Specific Lots of 30 mg. and 60 mg. Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets

ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Specific Lots of 30 mg. and 60 mg. Morphine Sulfate Extended Release Tablets Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets

ETHEX Corporation announced today that it has voluntarily recalled specific additional lots of morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets, and specific lots of morphine sulfate 30 mg extended release tablets, as a precaution, due to the possible presence of oversized tablets. Oversized tablets may contain as much as two times the labeled level of active morphine sulfate. The recalled lots were distributed by ETHEX Corporation under an “ETHEX” label between June 2006 and May 2008. The lot numbers involved in the recall are:

Morphine Sulfate ER 30mg Tablet/NDC # 58177-320-04: Lots 75090, 77846, 77847, 80048, 83320, 89661, 89665, 90252 through 90258, and 93284

Morphine Sulfate ER 60mg Tablet/NDC # 58177-330-04: Lots 91762 (previously reported), 75091, 75092, 77848 through 77851, 82517, 82518, 83333, 83817, 83862, 84111, 84112, 84315, 84900, 85326, 85335, 85807, 86270 through 86276, 87723, 87939, 88007, 89083, 89668, 89669, 89821, 90260 through 90272, and 91763 through 91765.

No report of unexpected side effects or injury has been received. However, opioids such as morphine, have life-threatening consequences if overdosed. Those consequences can include respiratory depression (difficulty or lack of breathing), and low blood pressure, apnea, and hypotension.

The voluntary recall follows a report that a tablet with as much as double the appropriate thickness was identified in a previously recalled lot. No oversized tablets have been identified in any additional distributed lot of these products and, based on our investigation, there are likely to be few, if any, oversized tablets in the recalled lots. The decision to recall the additional lots listed above has been taken as a responsible precaution because of the possibility that there may be oversized tablets in those lots.

The 60 mg product is a white oval tablet with “60” on one side, and “E” on the reverse. The 30 mg product is a pink oval tablet with “30” on one side, and “E” on the reverse.

Any customer inquiries related to this action should be addressed to ETHEX Customer Service at 1-800-321-1705, or fax to ETHEX Customer Service at 314-646-3751 or sent via email to: customer-service@ethex.com with representatives available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm CDT.

ETHEX Corporation has initiated recall notifications to wholesalers and retailers who have received any inventory of the recalled lots of this product with instructions for returning the recalled product and, if they have not already done so, they are urged to contact the number above regarding procedures for returning the recalled product. If consumers have any questions about the recall, they should call the number above, their physician, their pharmacist or other health care provider.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems may 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.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Children's Merry-Go-Rounds Sold Exclusively at Toys R Us Recalled by Pacific Cycle Due to Fall Hazard

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

Name of Product: Playsafe Spinning Quad Merry-Go-Rounds

Units: About 15,000

Manufacturer: Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: The inner bearing on the merry-go-round can fail, causing the seat assembly to suddenly drop to the ground. This poses a fall hazard to children riding the merry-go-round.

Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received one report of an injury involving the merry-go- round, which resulted in a fall and abrasions to a child.

Description: The Playsafe Spinning Quad Merry-Go-Round has four yellow plastic seats and black and silver metal bars.

Sold exclusively by: Toys R Us nationwide between January 2008 through March 2008 for between $80 and $100.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the merry-go-round away from children and return it to Toys R Us for a full refund, or contact Pacific Cycle to receive a free retrofit kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle toll free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.pacific-cycle.com

Children's Overalls Recalled by Sara Lynn Togs Due to Choking Hazard

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

Name of Product: Infant and Toddler Shortalls

Units: About 1,800

Manufacturer: Sara Lynn Togs, of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: The buttons on the shoulder straps can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Infant and Toddler Gingham and Flannel Shortalls, which are overalls with short pant legs. They have a collegiate appliqué or embroidery on the front. Sizes included in the recall are 6/9 month, 12 month, 18 month, 2T, 3T, & 4T.

Sold at: College bookstores, fan stores, children's boutiques, and gift shops nationwide from March 2007 through February 2008. The Gingham Shortall sold for about $35 and the Flannel Shortall sold for about $24.

Manufactured in: Peru and China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately return the recalled shortalls to Sara Lynn Togs for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sara Lynn Togs at (800) 426-9377 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.saralynntogs.com

Robert Bosch Tool Corp. Recalls Hammer Drills Due to Risk of Injury

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: Bosch Hammer Drills

Units: About 9,700

Manufacturer: Robert Bosch Tool Corp., of Mount Prospect, Ill.

Hazard: The drill can continue to operate after the trigger has been released, posing a risk of injury to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled hammer drill is blue with "BOSCH" printed on the side. The model number 1191VSR can be located on the product nameplate mounted on the side of the motor. The product's packaging will be marked as 1191VSRK (the "K" indicates that the hammer drill was packaged with a case in a kit). Only drills with a serial number that begins with "7" are included in the recall.

Sold at: Menards and other hardware retailers and industrial distributors nationwide from July 2007 through April 2008 for about $100.

Manufactured in: Malaysia

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled hammer drill immediately and contact the firm for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Robert Bosch Tool Corp. toll-free at (877) 472-0007 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.boschtools.com

Update: Lake Country® and LAND O LAKES® Lamb Feed Voluntary Recall

The Land O’Lakes Purina Feed plant in Fremont, Neb., has initiated a limited voluntary recall of four lamb feed products, packaged in 50-pound bags, due to the potential for higher than acceptable levels of copper.

The products and lot numbers involved in the recall were produced at the Fremont, Neb., feed plant only, and are described as:

Formula No

Item No.

Description

LC59

1311317

Lake Country® Honor Show Lamb Grower DX Pellet

LD51

1311319

Lake Country® Honor Show Lamb Starter DX Pellet

LF52

1311326

Lake Country® Honor Show Lamb Grower B30 Pellet

L399

1851800

LAND O LAKES® Lamb Grower-Finisher B30

Lot numbers range from Jan. 1, 2008, to May 30, 2008, and are listed on the bag as 8JAN01FRE1 to 8MAY30FRE1 inclusive.

On bagged products, the lot numbers are printed on both the tag and sewing strip of each bag. Lot numbers are formatted as follows: Example 8MAY30FRE1 – 8=Year / MAY= Month / 30=Day of Month / FRE1=Plant Code.

The first two products included in this recall (Honor Lamb Show Grower DX Pellet and Honor Lamb Show Grower Starter DX Pellet) were previously announced in a June 6, 2008, news release and retailer contacts – and were distributed only in the following areas: Nebraska, north central Kansas, northwest Colorado, southern Minnesota, and western and south central Iowa.

The latter two products (Honor Show Lamb Grower B30 Pellet and Lamb Grower-Finisher B30) were distributed only in eastern Nebraska, northeast Kansas and western Iowa.

The recall was initiated after receiving a customer complaint regarding lamb mortalities. The presence of copper above acceptable levels can cause serious health issues, and at high levels, mortality in sheep.

Retailers have been contacted to quarantine these products and notify customers who purchased the product. The affected product should not continue to be stored or used. Customers who purchased these products will receive replacement product.

For more information on the product recall, contact Customer Service at 1-877-585-2365.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Children's Place Recalls Camouflage Pajama Sets Due to Excessive Lead

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 Pajama Sets

Units: About 28,000

Manufacturer: The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., of Secaucus, N.J.

Hazard: The screen print on the shirt contains excess levels of lead.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves long- and short-sleeved pajama sets. The sets have a blue shirt with a red screen print that reads "Athletics 90" and coordinating camouflage pants. The pajama sets were sold in boys' sizes XXS (2/3) to XL (14).

Sold exclusively at: The Children's Place stores nationwide and www.childrensplace.com from December 2006 to January 2008 for between $15 and $17.

Manufactured in: Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the pajama sets from children and return them to any The Children's Place store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact The Children's Place at (877) 752-2387 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.childrensplace.com. Consumers can also email the firm at customerservice@childrensplace.com

Crate and Barrel Recalls Shag Rugs Due to Fire Hazard

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

Name of Product: "Remy" Shag Rugs

Units: About 5,100

Importer: Crate and Barrel, of Northbrook, Ill.

Hazard: The large rugs fail to meet federal standards for flammability and could ignite, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The small rugs fail to meet federal labeling requirements. Small rugs are not required to meet the federal flammability standard; however, they are required to be permanently labeled with the following statement: "FLAMMABLE (FAILS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE STANDARD FF 2-70): SHOULD NOT BE USED NEAR SOURCES OF IGNITION."

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the "Remy" shag rugs with SKU numbers listed below. The rugs are made of cotton jersey. The large rugs measure 5' by 8' and 2.5' by 7'. The small rugs measure 5' round, 2' by 3', 4' by 6'. "Remy" and the SKU number can be found on the back of the product label.

Large Rugs

SKU Color Size
0303-550 Red 5x8
0304-301 Red 2.5x7
0245-860 White 5x8
0301-868 White 2.5x7

Small Rugs

SKU Color Size
0303-224 Red 4x6
0302-295 Red 2x3
0245-852 White 4x6
0245-801 White 2x3
481750 White 5' round

Sold at: Crate and Barrel retail stores nationwide, its online retailer, and through its catalogue from January 2007 through April 2008 for between $50 and $300.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled rugs. Consumers with large rugs should contact Crate and Barrel to arrange pick up of their rugs and obtain a full refund. Consumers with small rugs should contact Crate and Barrel to obtain a new label including warning information or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Crate and Barrel at (800) 451-8217 between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT seven days a week, or visit the firm's Web site at www.crateandbarrel.com

Progress Lighting Recalls Ceiling-Mounted Indoor Light Fixtures; Lights Can Fall Posing an Impact Hazard

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

Name of Product: Indoor Ceiling Light Fixtures

Units: About 7,500

Importer: Progress Lighting, of Greenville, S.C.

Hazard: A cable that supports the light fixture from the ceiling can fail, causing the fixture to fall and injure nearby consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Progress Lighting has received five reports of fixtures falling, including a report of an incident where two consumers suffered bruises.

Description: The recall involves the International Series indoor (foyer) light fixtures. The light fixture has metal hardware and frosted white glass. The fixtures use either incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. "Made in/Hecho en/Fabrique aux China" and the model number are written on the packaging and inside the fixture's canopy, which is attached to the ceiling. Model numbers involved are:

P2854-09EBWB P3443-09 P4263-09
P2855-09EBWB P3444-09 P4264-09
P2856-09EBWB P3445-09 P4265-09
P2859-09EBWB P3789-09 P4265-09EXP
P2860-09EBWB P3790-09
P2861-09EBWB P3791-09

The fixtures were also sold under the Thomasville Lighting brand name.

Sold by: Electrical/lighting distributors and The Home Depot stores nationwide from January 2005 through March 2008 for between $290 and $1,150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers who have either Progress Lighting's or Thomasville Lighting's recalled ceiling lights should carefully remove any of the glass, and contact Progress Lighting to schedule a free inspection and replacement.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Progress Lighting toll-free at (877) 369-4548 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.progresslighting.com

Backyard Leisure Recalls Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard

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

Name of Product: Adventure Play Sets and Create N Adventure Wooden Play Sets

Units: About 11,000

Distributor: Backyard Leisure LLC, of Pittsburg, Kan.

Hazard: Hangers holding the chains for the gliders can break, causing a child to fall and suffer injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: Backyard Leisure has received 114 reports of glider hangers breaking, including three reports of minor injuries to children. Injuries included abrasions and a child being hit in the head by a chain that detached from a hanger.

Description: The swing sets are made of wood and feature various types of gliders, slides and swings. The recalled models include:

Adventure Play Sets: Model

Pathfinder Swing Set: 65008
Conqueror Swing Set: 65208

Create N Adventure Wooden Play Sets: Model

Cedar Ridge Wooden Swing Set: 30008
Windsor Wooden Swing Set: 30108

"Adventure Play Set" or "Create N Adventure," and "Pittsburg, KS 66762" is printed on a plaque in the middle of the swing sets' upper beam. The name and model number is printed on the manufacturer's instructions that come with the play set.

Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide and Wal-Mart.com under the Adventure Playsets brand, and Toys "R" Us stores nationwide under the Create N Adventure brand from January 2008 through May 2008 for between $400 and $1,500.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the gliders from the swing sets and contact Backyard Leisure to receive free replacement glider hangers and repair instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Backyard Leisure at (866) 546-7902 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, visit the firm's Web site at www.adventureplaysets.com, or email the firm at custservice@adventureplayets.com

ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls a Single Lot of Morphine Sulfate 60 mg Extended Release Tablets Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets

ETHEX Corporation announced today that it has voluntarily recalled a single lot of morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets (Lot No. 91762) due to a report of a tablet with twice the appropriate thickness. Oversized tablets may contain as much as two times the labeled level of active morphine sulfate. The lot was distributed by ETHEX Corporation under an "ETHEX" label between April 16th and April 27th of 2008. No other dosage strength, nor any other lot of the 60 mg strength is affected by this recall.

The voluntary single-lot recall is due to a report that a tablet with as much as double the appropriate thickness was identified and the possibility therefore that there may be other similar oversized tablets that may have been commercially released in the affected lot. Such tablets may contain as much as twice the labeled level of active morphine ingredient. The product is a white oval tablet with "60" on one side, and "E" on the reverse.

No report of unexpected side effects or injury has been received. However, opioids such as morphine have life-threatening consequences if overdosed. Those consequences can include respiratory depression (difficulty or lack of breathing), and low blood pressure. Many patients for whom this product is prescribed are likely to be highly debilitated with reduced strength or energy as a result of illness. As such, they may be less likely to be able to determine that a tablet is overweight or oversized than an unimpaired individual.

Any customer inquiries related to this action should be addressed to ETHEX Customer Service at 1-800-321-1705, or fax to ETHEX Customer Service at 314-646-3751 or sent via email to: customer-service@ethex.com with representatives available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm CST.

ETHEX Corporation previously initiated the recall notification to wholesalers and retailers who have received any inventory of the recalled lot of this product with instructions for returning the recalled product and, if they have not already done so, they are urged to contact the number above regarding procedures for returning the recalled product. If consumers have any questions about the recall, they should call the number above, their physician, their pharmacist or other health care provider.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems may 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.

Leiner Health Products Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Allergens in Liquimax® Multivitamin

Leiner Health Products Inc. ("Leiner" or "the Company") today announced that it is recalling its 32 ounce plastic bottles of Liquimax Complete Nutrition Multivitamin Formula, labeled with UPC Code 7497052290, 7497023607, or 7497023696 because the product may contain undeclared fish (not shellfish), tree nuts (almonds, pecans and/or walnuts), and wheat. People who have allergies to fish, tree nuts and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled Liquimax Multivitamin was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The Company has been made aware of the presence of these allergens after receiving consumer reports of an allergic reaction. The Company is aggressively investigating the situation, and currently believes a certain number of bottles of the product contain the listed allergens. Further, the Company has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA") and the agency is aware of the Company's actions.

Consumers allergic to the above listed allergens are advised not to consume the product and are asked to call 1-800-533-8482 for a full refund. This number can be contacted 24 hours a day with representatives available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm (EDT).

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

  • Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report/hcp.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

Lake Country® Lamb Feed Voluntary Recall

The Land O'Lakes Purina Feed plant in Fremont, Neb., has initiated a limited voluntary recall of two lamb feed products due to higher than acceptable levels of copper.

The products and lot numbers involved in the recall were produced at the Fremont, Neb., feed plant only, and are described as:

Formula No.

Item No.

Description

LC59

1311317

Lake Country® Honor Show Lamb Grower DX Pellet

LD51

1311319

Lake Country® Honor Show Lamb Starter DX Pellet

Lot numbers range from Jan. 1, 2008, to May 30, 2008, and are listed on the bag as 8JAN01FRE1 to 8MAY30FRE1 inclusive.

Lot numbers are printed on both the tag and sewing strip of each bag. Lot numbers are formatted as follows: Example 8MAY30FRE1 – 8=Year / MAY= Month / 30=Day of Month / FRE1=Plant Code.

The products included in this recall were distributed only in the following areas: Nebraska, north central Kansas, northwest Colorado, southern Minnesota, and western and south central Iowa.

The recall was initiated after receiving a customer complaint regarding the products. In addition, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed stopped producing the lamb feeds at the Fremont, Neb. plant and immediately began product testing.

To date, the presence of copper above acceptable levels has been found, which can cause serious health issues, and at high levels, mortality in sheep.

Retailers have been contacted to quarantine these products and notify customers who purchased the product. The affected product should not continue to be stored or used. Customers who purchased these products will receive replacement product.

For more information on the product recall, contact Customer Service at 1-877- 585-2365.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

FDA Takes Action against Seafood Processing Company, Executives

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today filed a complaint for permanent injunction against seafood processor Captain's Select Seafood, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., and two of its top officers for violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

The FDA’s enforcement action follows the company’s extensive history of violating the FD&C Act and the agency’s Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations. FDA’s HAACP regulations require that all seafood processors develop and implement adequate plans that identify all food safety hazards that are likely to occur for each kind of seafood product, and contain preventative measures that the processor can implement to control those hazards.

“We simply can’t allow a company to put the public’s health at risk by not having adequate procedures and plans to produce safe food,” said Margaret O’K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “Our warning letters should not be taken lightly. We will take action against companies and against their executives who violate the law and endanger public health.”

Captain’s Select Seafood makes a variety of fish and fishery products. The HACCP violations documented by the FDA pose a public health hazard because, without adequate controls, products made by Captain’s Select Seafood could harbor pathogenic bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes. Food products with these kinds of pathogens can cause serious illnesses in people who eat them.

The complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. This enforcement action follows a February 2006 warning letter and other violations dating back to April 2004.

There are no reported illnesses associated with consuming Captain’s Select Seafood products. Consumers can call the FDA’s toll-free Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-SAFEFOOD, should they have any food safety questions, and they can report any problems to the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in their geographic area. Contact numbers may be found on-line at www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

Friday, June 6, 2008

Kraft Foods Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Tree Nuts In Post LiveActive Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal

Kraft Foods is recalling 12,553 cases of Post LiveActive Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal with the “Best When Used By” date of 17DEC2008 because a small number of boxes may contain tree nuts (almonds, pecans and/or walnuts), and no nut ingredients are declared on the label. The Post LiveActive Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal has a UPC code of 00430000238900 and comes in a 13-oz retail carton. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The company has voluntarily issued a nationwide recall to alert any tree nut-allergic consumers who may have the product at home. The Mixed Berry Crunch Cereals were sold in stores nationwide.

The company’s review confirmed the presence of nuts in samples sent for testing after it received one consumer report of an allergic reaction. The company is aggressively investigating the situation, and currently believes it received from the supplier a single tote of granola clusters for the Mixed Berry product with a small amount of nut-containing granola clusters inadvertently added.

The company has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the agency is aware of the company’s actions.

Tree nut allergic consumers are advised not to consume the product and are asked to call 1-866-771-1511 for a full refund.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Children's Animal Tracking Explorer Kit Recalled by MindWare; Contains Chemical That Irritates Skin and Eyes

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: Animal Tracking Explorer Kit

Units: About 2,200

Importer: MindWare, of Roseville, Minn.

Hazard: The powder in the kit marked "plaster of paris" is actually calcium hydroxide, which poses a risk of skin and eye irritation to children using the product.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled "Animal Tracking Explorer Kit" includes a bag of white powder marked "plaster of paris" which is actually calcium hydroxide. It also includes nature study tools and equipment (field lens, specimen jars and bags, labels, puff bottle, plastic gloves, spatula, cardboard strips, paper clips, mixing pot, tweezers, spoon, notebook) and Explorer Guide.

Sold at: The firm's Web site, www.MindWareOnline.com, and by MindWare's catalog from September 2007 through December 2007 for about $25

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled explorer kit away from children and contact MindWare to receive either a free replacement product or for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact MindWare at (800) 588-1072 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT, or email the firm at custserv@mindware.com

Polycom, Inc. Recalls Wireless Conference Phone Batteries Due to Fire Hazard

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

Name of Product: SoundStation2W Wireless Conference Phones with Lithium Ion Batteries

Units: About 5,800 units

Phone Distributor: Polycom, Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif.

Battery Pack Distributor: Gold Peak Industries Ltd., of Hong Kong

Hazard: The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire or burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Polycom has received one report of a battery pack overheating resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled battery packs were supplied by Gold Peak Industries Ltd. and sold with Polycom's SoundStation2W wireless conference phones from December 1, 2007 until May 2, 2008, and separately as replacement battery packs during the same time period. The SoundStation2W part numbers and SKU numbers are printed on the underside of the telephone and include the following models:

Part Number | SKU Number
2201-67800-022 | 2200-07800-001
2201-67880-022 | 2200-07880-001

SoundStation2W recalled battery pack part numbers, SKU numbers and date codes are as follows:

Part Number | SKU Number | Date Code
1520-07803-003 | 2200-07803-002 | GP1207, GP0108, GP0208, GP0308 (December 2007 through March 2008)
1520-07804-003 | 2200-07804-002 | GP1207, GP0108, GP0208, GP0308 (December 2007 through March 2008)

The battery packs have a black or white plastic coating and a white label with the following title: "RECHARGEABLE Li-ion BATTERY." The recalled battery pack part numbers can be found on the bottom right hand corner of the white label on the battery pack. The date code can be found to the left of the part number printed on the white label of the battery.

Sold by: Authorized dealers nationwide through catalogs, online, telesales, office supply stores, the Polycom Web store, and Fry's Electronics retail locations from December 2007 through May 2, 2008 for between $700 and $900. Replacement battery packs were sold for between $50 and $90 through the same outlets.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the battery pack from their SoundStation2W wireless conference phone. Once the battery pack is removed, consumers can still use their conference phone by keeping the charger plugged into the unit. Consumers should not attempt to use battery packs other than those supplied by Polycom in the unit. Consumers should contact Polycom for a free replacement battery pack.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Polycom, Inc. at (800) 963-7627 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.polycom.com/2WBattery

Simmons Kids Recalls Crib Mattresses Due to Entrapment Hazard

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

Name of Product: Simmons Kids Crib Mattresses

Units: About 20,000

Manufacturer: Simmons Kids, a division of The Simmons Manufacturing Co., LLC of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: Some of the crib mattresses can measure smaller than the 27 1/4 inch minimum width requirement for cribs, creating a gap between the mattress and crib side rails, posing an entrapment hazard to infants.

Incidents/Injuries: Simmons Kids and CPSC have received one report of a 6-month old baby becoming wedged between the mattress and crib's frame. The baby was removed from the crib by the parent without injury.

Description: The recalled mattresses involve open coil crib mattresses manufactured between July 1, 2006 and March 23, 2008 with a color label attached to the top or side of the mattress that has the following model names:

Pottery Barn Kids by Simmons Kids Lullaby

Simmons Kids Slumber Time Evening Star Luxury Firm

Simmons Kids Baby Mattress Series 400

Simmons Kids Baby Mattress 234 Coil Count

The crib mattresses also have a law tag that is sewn into the edge of the mattress. The law tag has the date of manufacture and in most cases will contain one of the following model numbers: H59044.15.0014, M59082.15.0002, M59027.15.0002 or M59065.15.0006. Pocketed Coils(r) and Simmons Kids or Simmons Juvenile Products crib mattresses manufactured before July 1, 2006 or after March 23, 2008 are not included in the recall.

Sold at: Pottery Barn Kids and nursery furniture retailers from July 2006 through May 2008 for between $100 and $150.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should measure the width of their mattress using a reliable measuring device, such as a yard stick or tape measure, by removing all outer coverings, placing mattress on floor and measuring the width near the middle, from the outside edge of the tape binding to the opposite side of the mattress. Consumers should immediately stop using the mattress if it measures less than 27 1/4 inches and contact Simmons Kids to receive a free replacement mattress.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Simmons Kids at (800) 810-8611 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Thursday, and between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET, on Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.simmonskids.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

FDA Warns Consumers in New Mexico and Texas Not to Eat Certain Types of Raw Red Tomatoes

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers in New Mexico and Texas that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella.

The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, red Roma, or round red tomatoes are the cause. At this time, consumers in New Mexico and Texas should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections particularly in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, the organism can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses. Consumers in New Mexico and Texas who have recently eaten raw tomatoes or foods containing raw tomatoes and are experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider. All Salmonella infections should be reported to state or local health authorities.

From April 23 though June 1, 2008, there have been 57 reported cases of salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Saintpaul in New Mexico and Texas, including 17 hospitalizations. Approximately 30 reports of illness in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Utah are currently being investigated to determine whether they are also linked to tomatoes. There are no reported deaths.

FDA recognizes that the source of the contaminated tomatoes may be limited to a single grower or packer or tomatoes from a specific geographic area. FDA also recognizes that there are many tomato crops across the country and in foreign countries that are just becoming ready for harvest or will become ready in the coming months. In order to ensure that consumers can continue to enjoy tomatoes that are safe to eat, FDA is working diligently with the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indian Health Service, and various food industry trade associations to quickly determine the source and type of the contaminated tomatoes. As more information becomes available, FDA will update this warning.

Last year FDA began a multi-year Tomato Safety Initiative to reduce the incidence of tomato-related foodborne illness. The Initiative is a collaborative effort between FDA and the state health and agriculture departments in Virginia and Florida, in cooperation with several universities and members of the produce industry.

A key element of the Food Protection Plan -- a scientific and a risk-based approach to strengthen and protect the nation's food supply—is prevention. FDA encourages producers to critically reexamine their operations and apply the scientific principles and regulations established decades ago to provide a safe product for the consumer.

Information on safe handling of produce can be found at www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/prodsafe.html.

Tomato consumer page can be found at http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Log Swings Recalled by Far East Brokers and Consultants Due to Fall Hazard

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

Name of Product: Log Swings

Units: About 750

Importer/Distributor: Far East Brokers and Consultants Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla.

Hazard: A missing nail connecting the back of the log chair to the seat can cause the back to separate from the seat while in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received six reports of the chair separating, including three reports of minor injuries.

Description: The recall involves a wooden log swing that seats two people. The log swing hangs from a log frame. The swing measures 71 inches high by 62 inches wide.

Sold at: Grand Union Family Markets, Ingle's Markets, VG's Food Center, Plumb's Valu-Rite Foods, and Central Shoprite stores nationwide from February 2008 through May 2008 for about $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled log swing, disassemble it, and return it to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Far East Brokers and Consultants toll-free at (877) 695-8354 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit firm's Web site at www.fareastbrokers.com

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Abbott Announces Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Two Lots of Calcilo XD Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with Iron Powder

Abbott Announces Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Two Lots of Calcilo XD Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with Iron Powder in 14.1-Ounce (400g) Cans

Abbott today announced a voluntary worldwide recall of two lots of Calcilo XD® Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with Iron powder in 14.1-ounce cans (400g). Only 14.1-ounce (400g) cans are involved in this action. Calcilo XD® is a low-calcium and vitamin D-free infant formula that is specifically designed for the nutrition support of infants and children with hypercalcemia (high calcium in blood). It is only available by special order.

Abbott is voluntarily recalling two lots of product because small amounts of air may have entered the can, resulting in product oxidation. A common sign of oxidation is an off aroma. The problem is isolated to these two lots of Calcilo XD Powder in 14.1-ounce (400g) cans.

Consumption of highly oxidized foods can cause gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If parents have questions or concerns they should contact a health care professional.

The recall is limited to Calcilo XD in 14.1-ounce (400g) cans, with stock code number 00378 and with lot numbers 39973RB or 47239RB6 printed on the bottom of the cans. No other Calcilo XD powdered infant formulas are affected.

The two lots were distributed in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Korea and Bahrain, between 06/06/06 and 04/17/08. Consumers who purchased Calcilo XD® Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with Iron powder from either of the two lots mentioned above should contact Abbott Nutrition at 1-800-638-6493.

Abbott is working with its distribution partners and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to execute this recall.

Fresca Italia, Inc., Recalls Burrata Because of Possible Health Risk

Fresca Italia of Brisbane, CA is recalling Burrata because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal, or diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This product was distributed in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California in retail stores and restaurants.

This product weighs approximately 8.8oz and is packaged in a white and green plastic wrapper with the manufacturer’s name, “Caseificio Voglie di Latte” and the product name “Burrata” The only batch subject to the recall will be labeled with the expiration date of 24/5/2008.

The recall is the result of survey sampling by the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture which revealed that the product in question contained the bacteria. Fresca Italia has immediately halted further distribution.

If you have any Caseificio Voglie di Latte Burrata with an expiration of 24/5/2008 please return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 415-468-9800.

Recalls in other news...

A food recall and a choking hazard
WWMT - Kalamazoo,MI,USA
...can come off that's small enough to choke on. One thing to note here, toy phones with a screw visible on the hinge cover are not included in the recall...

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Recall Outdoor Benches
Consumer Affairs - USA
This recall involves Best Value park benches with a green metal frame and wooden slats. The benches measure 50-inches long by 22-inches wide by 30-inches ...

Product recall: Infant formula
The Associated Press - The following recall has been announced: _About 13000 cans of Calcilo XD Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with Iron, manufactured by Abbott ...

International Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. Issues a Voluntary Recall of ...
Food Consumer - Lisle,IL,USA
By news release International Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. Issues a Voluntary Recall of all Viril-Ity-Power (VIP) Tabs, a Product Marketed as a Dietary Supplement ...

Product Recall: Walgreen's remote controlled helicopter
By Sandy Maple
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 152000 "Sky Champion" Wireless Indoor Helicopters due to a fire hazard. The rechargeable battery can ignite, causing the whole thing to become a flaming ...

Orval Kent Foods recalls macaroni salad
Chicago Tribune - United States
AP WHEELING, Ill. - Orval Kent Foods has announced a voluntary recall of 23000 pounds of Amish macaroni salad after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found ...

Choking Risk Spurs Toy Cell Phone Recall
WebMD - USA
Miami-based Kids Station Toys International Ltd. issued the voluntary recall of Little Tikes Chit 'N Chat toy cell phones, according to the Consumer Product ...

Prigat announces shelf recall of 1.5 liter grape flavored drinks
Jerusalem Post - Israel
COM STAFF The drink manufacturer Prigat, a subsidiary of the Cola Cola group, announced Wednesday morning a shelf recall of 1.5 liter bottles of grape ...

Supply chain summary: Recall legislation lacks consensus for best ...
Manufacturing Business Technology - Oak Brook,IL,USA
For example, while 79 percent of respondents indicated that recall legislation is needed, 75 percent believe industry standards would be more effective in ...