Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dehumidifiers Recalled by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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

Name of Product: Portable Dehumidifiers

Units: About 98,000

Manufacturer: LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China

Hazard: The power connector for the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: LG has received 11 reports of property damage incidents involving arcing, heat, smoke, including four fires that spread to the building structure and involved significant smoke/water damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the brand names in the chart below. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control and a front-loading water bucket. "Goldstar" or "Comfort-Aire" is printed on the front. The model and serial numbers are printed on the interior of the dehumidifiers and can be viewed after the water bucket is removed.

Brand / Model No. / Serial Number Range / Sold at
Goldstar / GHD30Y7 / 611TAxx00001~08400, 611TAxx08401~40600, 612TAxx00001~20400, 612TAxx21001~30600 / Home Depot
Goldstar / DH305Y7 / 612TAxx00001~00600, 701TAxx00001~16800, 702TAxx00001~03000 / Wal-Mart
Comfort-Aire / BHD-301-C / 611TAxx00001~01697, 612TAxx00001~04200, 701TAxx00001~00578, 710TAxx00001~00599 / Heat Controller Inc.

Sold at: The Home Depot, Walmart and Heat Controller Inc. nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifier, contact LG to determine if it is included in the recall and return it to an authorized LG service center for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LG toll-free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday for the location of an authorized LG service center for the repair, or visit the firm's Web site at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com

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Publix Issues Allergy Alert on Pecans in Publix Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie, because it was mislabeled and may contain undeclared pecans. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product. Product was prepared at Publix stores for retail sale between November and December 2009. The recalled product has a UPC number of: 002-95118-20399-7 and is packaged in a 30 ounce plastic container. The name of the product describes the product as “Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie.” The ingredient statement on the label does not declare pecan, which is an ingredient in the pie. The mislabeled pies were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

“As part of our commitment to food safety and in cooperation with the FDA, we are issuing this voluntarily recall,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Since customers may still have these pies in their homes, we wanted to take every precaution to make them aware of the pecan as an ingredient. To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com.”

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dorel Juvenile Group Recalls Play Yards With Bassinets Due to Suffocation Hazard

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

Name of Product: Safety 1st Disney Care Center(TM) Play Yard and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yard

Units: About 213,000
Importer: Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind.

Hazard: The one piece metal bars supporting the floorboard of the bassinet attachment can come out of the fabric sleeves and create an uneven sleeping surface, posing a risk of suffocation or positional asphyxiation.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The play yards are portable and were sold with a bassinet attachment and a built-in changing station. Models included in this recall are 05025, 05026, 05037, 05088 and 05350. The model number is printed on a sticker on one of the support legs underneath the play yard. "Safety 1st" or "Eddie Bauer" are printed near the bottom of the fabric sides of the play yards.

Sold at: Babies "R" Us, Kmart, Sears, Target and Walmart from January 2007 through October 2009 for between $100 and $130.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the bassinet attachment to the play yard and contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a free repair kit including replacement bassinet fabric, bassinet bars and installation instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dorel Juvenile Group toll-free at (866) 762-2166 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Friday, or visit the firm's Web site www.djgusa.com.

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Wooden Toys Recalled by Kendamaspot Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban

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

Name of Product: Wooden Skill Ball Toys
Units: About 300
Distributor: Kendamaspot LLC, of Redmond, Wash.

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

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Oozora and Shin-Fuji Kendama Japanese wooden skill toys. The toys have a ball connected by a string to a handle with three cups and spike on top. A Japanese Kendama Association sticker is affixed to the toy. The red and green balls on the Oozora and only the red balls on the Shin Fuji are included in the recall.

Sold at: Kendamaspot's Web site and cultural festivals in Washington State from July 2008 through April 2009 for about $20.

Manufactured in: Japan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Kendamaspot to receive a free replacement ball.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kendamaspot toll-free at (866) 903-7795 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://kendamaspot.com/.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Mcneil Consumer Healthcare Announces A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of All Lots Of Tylenol® Arthritis Pain 100 Count With Ez-Open Cap

In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is expanding its voluntary recall to include all available product lots of TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles, with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP (Full list of lot numbers provided below). In November 2009, 5 lots of this product were recalled due to consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The recall is being expanded, as a precaution, to include all TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP.

The uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole. The source of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole is believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials. The health effects of this compound have not been well studied, and to date all of the observed events reported to McNeil were temporary and non-serious.

Consumers who purchased TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil for instructions on a refund or replacement. For these instructions or information regarding how to return or dispose of the product, consumers should call 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) or log on to the internet at www.tylenol.com. Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their healthcare provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program 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.

The affected TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count product lot numbers can be found on the side of the bottle label. See the full list of affected product lot numbers below:

Recalled Product- Full List (LINK: http://www.tylenol.com/page2.jhtml?id=tylenol/news/subp_tar_recall.inc

Lot #

0045-0838-21 8382100 07CMC011, 07DMC022, 07DMC024, 07FMC032, 07FMC033, 07GMC038, 07GMC039, 07HMC045, 07HMC051, 07HMC053, 07JMC064, 07JMC069, 07JMC070, 07JMC071, 07XMC055, 07XMC058, 07XMC062, 08AMC002, 08AMC005, 08CMC026, 08DMC029, 08EMC037, 08EMC039, 08FMC044, 08FMC045, 08GMC050, 08GMC053, 08GMC063, 08GMC065, 08JMC103, 08JMC109, 08JMC110, 08JMC111, 08KMC124, 08KMC127, 08KMC131, 08KMC132, 08XMC093, 08XMC094, 08XMC095, 09AMC010, 09CMC041, 09EMC075, 09EMC079, 09EMC076, 09GMC096, 09GMC097, 09GMC099, 09JMC118, 09JMC126, 09KMC133, 09KMC134, 09XMC114, 09XMC116

TYLENOL® ARTHRITIS PAIN CAPLET 100 COUNT BOTTLES

(with red EZ-OPEN CAP)

Only the TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100’s with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP are affected by this action. All other TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain products remain commercially available. McNeil Consumer Healthcare will reintroduce the TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count product by January, 2010 after moving production to a new facility.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. markets a broad range of well-known and trusted over-the-counter (OTC) products around the globe. McNeil Consumer Healthcare is most widely recognized for the complete line of TYLENOL® acetaminophen products, the leading pain reliever brand in the adult and pediatric categories.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co.® Announces Voluntary Recall of Hazelnut

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. is voluntarily recalling select products containing shelled hazelnuts (filberts).

Mountain Man is initiating this recall in conjunction with the recall from Kunze Fams due to the fact that raw hazelnuts could have been exposed to salmonella and become contaminated. During routine inspection of the hazelnut shelling facility one salmonella test came back positive. In the interest of the safety of our customers, Mountain Man is requesting that customers return any of the lot codes below to their place of purchase for replacement or refund.

Mountain Man has not received any complaints of consumer illness associated with these products. This is strictly a precautionary recall to insure the safety of our customers.

All of the below is product that would have been manufactured and packaged since November 1, 2009 and December 17, 2009. Product purchased before or after these dates should not be affected by this recall.


Product Name Lot Codes Affected
Filberts 289091A, 299091A
Natural Mixed Nuts 32009, 33809

Fancy Mixed Nuts – 8 & 16 oz bags
30909, 31309, 31709, 32009
32309, 32909, 33509, 33709
34209, 34309, 34809, 34909
35009

Choice Mixed Nuts – 16 oz bags 31309, 32709, 33609, 34909

Dry Roast Mixed Nuts – 16 oz bags 30909

Sweet Simplicity™ Trail Mix 32909

Mountain Jubilee® Trail Mix – 8 & 16 oz bags 31309, 32409, 33709, 34909

Cinnamon Almond Appleanche™ Trail Mix 31009

Fancy Mixed Nut Gift Packs – 1.75 lb All product except 35009

Fancy Mixed Nut Gift Packs – 1 lb All product except 35009

Product with these lot codes could also be present as a component in some of our gift baskets, including the 12 Tastes Basket, Bounty Basket and Half-Pound Sampler Basket. Because all of the products in a gift basket are individually packaged, only the above named products would be subject to this recall. Customers who receive these baskets can bring any of the above products to a distributor or store to receive a replacement product.

The above affected product has only been distributed through Mountain Man Distributors, Retail Stores and directly through our website.

Also note that any product sold in the State of Oregon is not affected by this recall.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to their place of purchase for replacement product or a refund. Questions may be directed to the company at 1-800-225-0045, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM MST.

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Scuba Regulators Recalled by Cressi Due to Risk of Drowning

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

Name of Product: Cressi Ellipse Black MC5 Regulator

Units: About 200

Distributor: Cressi-sub USA, of Westwood, N.J.

Hazard: Partial obstruction of the High Pressure (HP) port can produce an inaccurate reading on the pressure gauge, resulting in a slow descent of the needle in the pressure gauge. The inaccurate reading on the gauge poses a drowning hazard to divers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of inaccurate pressure readings while the scuba regulators were in use. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves regulators used to control the flow of air while scuba diving, making it possible for divers to breathe under water. The recalled regulators have model name Ellipse Black MC5. "Cressi MC5" and "Cressi Black" are printed on the regulator.

Sold at: Authorized dive shops nationwide and on the Internet from March 2009 through August 2009 for between $280 and $309.

Manufactured in: Italy

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the regulators and return them to a Cressi authorized dive shop for a free repair. Consumers can also return the product to Cressi at One Charles Street, Westwood, N.J. 07675.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cressi at (800) 338-9143 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.cressi.com

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Utility Knife Recalled by Dollar Tree Due to Laceration Hazard

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

Name of Product: Tool Bench Utility Knife
Units: About 204,000
Retailer: Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.
Importer: Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Hazard: The utility knife's blade can slide past the blade support during use, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Dollar Tree has received one report of a cut/laceration with the utility knife.

Description: The utility knife is black or gray and measures about 6 inches long and about 1 1/4 inches wide. The package includes an extra blade. "Tool Bench Utility Knife" is printed on the front of the product's packaging. "975942," date code "93" and "UPC 639277759429" are printed on the back of the packaging.

Sold at: Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Greenbacks and Deal$ stores nationwide from April 2009 through October 2009 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled utility knife and return it to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Customer 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.

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5.11 Tactical® Knives Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

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

Name of Product: Promotional Knife

Units: About 19,000

Importer: 5.11 Tactical®, of Modesto, Calif.

Manufacturer: Spanlink International Corp.

Hazard: The knife can fail to lock into its open position, posing a cutting hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: One minor cut was reported by a store employee.

Description: The recalled folding knives, Style No. 51041019, have a black handle with a pocket clip and are approximately five inches in length when closed and seven and three-quarters inches in length when the blade is open.

Sold at: The knives were given away as a free promotional item commencing in September 2009 and ending in December 2009.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the knives immediately and either return the knives to their local 5.11 Tactical retailer or contact 5.11 Tactical directly to arrange for the return and exchange of the knives for a substitute promotional item at no cost to them.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact 5.11 Tactical Customer Service at (866) 451-1726 or visit the firm's Web site at www.511tactical.com.

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Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves for Large Water Heaters Recalled by Watts Regulator Due to Rupture and Burn Hazards

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

Name of Product: One-inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves

Units: About 900

Manufacturer: Watts Regulator Co., of North Andover, Mass.

Hazard: The relief valve can fail to reduce pressure and avert failure or rupture of the water heater tank and associated valves, posing rupture and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the one-inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief valves, which are typically used in large water heaters for commercial buildings or possibly for large homes. The valves bear item codes 0259844 (75 psi/210°F); 0259924 (100 psi/210°F); 0259708 (150 psi/210°F); 0259925 (125 psi/210°F); and 0259930 (150 psi/210°F). The affected date codes are 0641R through 0930R. The date code is printed after the model number "M15" on a green metal tag fastened to the pressure relief valve.

Sold by: Authorized distributors nationwide from October 2006 through July 2009 for between $250 and $280. The valves were typically sold as replacement parts for large water heaters used in commercial locations or possibly large homes.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Watts Regulator to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Watts Regulator toll-free at (888) 272-4649 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.watts.com.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Diving Equipment Recalled by Dive Rite Due to Drowning Hazard

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

Name of product: Dive Rite Wings
Units: About 16,000
Manufacturer: Lamartek Inc., dba Dive Rite, of Lake City, Fla.

Hazard: The over pressure valve springs in the diving equipment could rust and fail allowing the buoyancy compensator devices to leak, posing a drowning hazard to divers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The Dive Rite Wings affected in this recall include the following models: Travel, Venture, Rec, Trek, Classic, Nomad and Super Wings. The wings were sold in red, blue or black. Springs were used on wings that have an opaque white or blue tinted bladder and welded in flanges. Wings with a black bladder are not affected. Only the Dive Rite wings that have a serial number range from 42000 through 72000 are affected by this recall. The serial numbers can be found on a white tag attached along a seam of the wing.

Sold at: Diving equipment retailers and distributors nationwide from June 2006 through October 2008 for about $359.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using recalled diving equipment and return it to an authorized distributor or dealer for a free replacement of the overpressure valve spring.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact your local dealer or Dive Rite at (800) 495-1046 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at
www.diverite.com.

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IKEA Recalls LEOPARD Highchairs Due to Fall and Choking Hazards

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

Name of Product: LEOPARD Highchairs
Units: About 600
Distributor: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa.

Hazard: The snap locks used to secure the seat to the frame can break and allow the seat and child to drop through the frame, posing a fall hazard to young children. Detached snap locks can pose a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: IKEA has received 11 reports worldwide of failing snap locks, including one report of a child falling through the frame and suffering bruised legs. In addition, the firm has one report of a child mouthing a detached snap lock. No incidents have been reported in the United States.

Description: This recall involves all colors of the LEOPARD highchairs sold as a seat and a frame individually. The seat and tray has an adhesive label affixed to the underside with the words LEOPARD and "Made in Italy," an eight-digit article number and a five-digit supplier number (19589).

Sold exclusively at: IKEA stores nationwide from October 2009 through November 2009 for about $60. The frame sold for $40 and the seat for $20.

Manufactured in: Italy

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the highchairs and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund.

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

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Teva Animal Health, Inc. expands a voluntary nationwide recall of Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection, USP CIII 100mg/mL in 10mL vials

Teva Animal Health, Inc. is expanding a nationwide voluntary recall of Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection, USP CIII 100mg/mL in 10mL vials for all lot numbers within their expiration dates to the Veterinary Level. This product had previously been recalled to the distributor level and is being expanded as a result of an increased trend in serious adverse events associated with this product.

Veterinarians who have this product in their possession are instructed to cease using the product immediately and return it to their distributor.

Ketamine Hydrochloride is a rapid acting, non-narcotic, non-barbiturate agent for anesthetic use in cats and for restraint in subhuman primates. This recall is being conducted as a result of an increased trend in serious adverse events associated with this product, including lack of effect, prolonged effect, and death and involves all lot numbers within expiration.

Teva Animal Health, Inc is voluntarily recalling the aforementioned product. The FDA has been apprised of this action.

Consumers with questions may contact 800-759-3664 from 8:00am – 5:00pm CST Monday-Friday.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Liquicaps Recalled by Procter & Gamble Due To Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirement

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: Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu 24-Count Bonus Pack Liquicaps

Units: About 700,000 packages

Manufacturer: The Procter & Gamble Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio

Hazard: The cold and flu medicine contains acetaminophen and is not in child-resistant packaging and lacks the statement, "This Package for Households Without Young Children," as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. This medicine could cause serious health problems or death to a child if several of the capsules are swallowed.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu 24-Count Bonus Pack Liquicaps. The medicine comes in orange packaging with the green Vicks symbol and has the following UPC#: 3 23900 01087 1. No other Vick's product is included in this recall.

Sold at: Drug stores, grocery stores and other retailers nationwide between September 2008 and December 2009 for about $5.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should keep this product out of the reach of children. Consumers who purchased the product with the expectation that it would be in child-resistant packaging can contact Procter & Gamble for a full refund or a replacement coupon. Adult consumers can continue to use the product as directed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Procter & Gamble at (800) 251-3374 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log on to their Web site at www.vicks.com.

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Fall Hazard Prompts NHTSA, CPSC and Dorel Juvenile Group to Announce Recall of Infant Car Seat/Carriers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Dorel Infant Car Seat/Carriers

Units: About 447,000

Manufacturer: Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind.

Hazard: When used as an infant carrier, the child restraint handle to the seat can loosen and come off, posing a fall hazard to infants.

Incidents/Injuries: Dorel has received 77 reports of the child restraint handle fully or partially coming off the car seat/carrier resulting in at least three injuries to infants including bumps, bruises and a head injury.

Description: This recall involves Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Disney branded infant car seat/carriers with the following model numbers and that were manufactured from January 6, 2008 through April 6, 2009. The model number and manufacture date are located on a label on the side of the car seat/carrier. They were sold with Travel Systems. The stroller portion of the travel system is not affected by this recall.

Child Restraint Model# / Product Description
Safety 1st
22-057 DBY / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-085 DWA / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-057 CLN / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-057 HRT / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-322 HRR / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-322 PTK / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-057 LPH / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-085 LYN / Safety 1st Sojourn Travel System
22-322 KDL / Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322 LXI / Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322OLY / Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322PRS / Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-322 MAI / Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-325 COB / Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-095 RBK / Safety 1st Eurostar Travel System
22-380 LGA / Safety 1st Lite Wave Travel System
22-380 MSA / Safety 1st Lite Wave Travel System
22-627 WAV / Safety 1st Vector Travel System
22-325 PAC / Safety 1st Vector Travel System
Cosco
22-300 FZN / Cosco Sprint Travel System
22-300 OSF / Cosco Sprint Travel System
22-300 CSF / Cosco Sprint Travel System
22-300 JJV / Cosco Sprint Travel System
22-300 THD / Cosco Sprint Travel System
22-300 TWD / Cosco Sprint Travel System
Disney
22-627 AWF / Disney Propack Travel System
22-355 LBF / Disney Propack Travel System
22-305 NAB / Disney Propack Travel System
22-305 PPH / Disney Propack Travel System
22-355 PWK / Disney Propack Travel System
Eddie Bauer
22-627 CGT / Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627 FRK / Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627 SNW / Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627 WPR / Eddie Bauer Adventurer Travel System
22-627KGS / Eddie Bauer Endeavor Travel System
22-655BYTE / Eddie Bauer Endeavor Travel System

Sold at: Department and juvenile product stores nationwide from January 2008 through December 2009 for between $120 and $220.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should not use the handle of the car seat/carrier until the repair kit has been installed. The product can continue to be used as a car seat when properly installed in the vehicle. Contact Dorel Juvenile Group to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dorel Juvenile Group at (866) 762-3316 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.djgusa.com/safety_notice.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Willamette Shelling Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

Willamette Shelling of Newberg, OR is recalling 114,350 lbs of Shelled Hazelnuts, because it 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.

After product sampling, Salmonella was found on one production lot. To ensure consumer safety, Willamette Shelling has decided to recall all shelled hazelnuts processed at its facility from October 12th 2009 through November 25th 2009.

Hazelnuts subject to the recall were shelled at Willamette Shelling's facility on behalf of hazelnut processors. Shelled Hazelnuts processed by Willamette Shelling were returned to Oregon processors and a Canadian processor, and were further distributed by those firms. Unshelled hazelnuts are not affected by this recall.

All products subject to recall were packed in 25 lbs. and 50 lbs. corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 296091A, 299091A, 300091A, VH3696BO, and 310091A. Those corrugated boxes bore the following brand names: Kunze Farms, Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts, Canadian Hazelnuts, and Firestone Farms.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Hazelnut processors who used Willamette Shelling's facility in 2009 are urged to return the product to Willamette Shelling. Consumers with questions may contact Ben Mitchell at (503) 538-9256, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST.

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CO2 Bicycle Tire Inflators Sold at Walmart Recalled by Todson Inc. 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: CO2 bicycle tire inflators

Units: About 24,000

Importer: Todson Inc., of North Attleboro, Mass.

Hazard: The pressurized cartridge containing carbon dioxide (CO2) can forcefully separate from the pump head, posing a risk of injury to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Zefal CO2 bicycle tire inflators with a small pressurized carbon dioxide cartridge. The metal cartridge is threaded into the inflator head, which allows for the controlled release of carbon dioxide into the bicycle inner tube. The recalled inflators have "Zefal EZ+ CO2 inflator" printed on the front of the package. Model number 5602 and UPC number 798661556020 is printed on the back.

Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide from August 2009 through November 2009 for about $15.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the inflators and return them to Walmart for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Todson Inc. at (800) 213- 4561 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.todson.com

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Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawings Recalled by Jason Evans Associates Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold at Burlington Coat Factory

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: Boys Fleece & Flannel Zip Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings

Units: About 18,300

Distributor: Jason Evans Associates, LLC, of Hewlett, N.Y.

Manufacturer: DMF Sales, of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The hooded zip sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose 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 sweatshirts and jackets.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: Boys Fleece, Printed Fleece and Flannel Zip Hooded Sweatshirts with labels in the neck seam with the brand name Bay Trading and RN# 30842, in sizes 4 - 18.

Sold at: Burlington Coat Factory from September 2006 through October 2009 for about $12 to $20.

Manufactured in: Pakistan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to either the place of purchase or to Jason Evans for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information contact: Jason Evans toll free at (888) 683-0063 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or visit the firm's Web site at www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com

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Child's Asphyxiation Death Prompts Recall of Toy Dart Gun Play Set by OKK Trading

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: "Action Team" Toy Dart Gun Set

Units: About 22,000

Importer: OKK Trading Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif.

Manufacturer: Kong Hoi Industrial Co., of Hong Kong, China

Hazard: If a child places the soft, pliable plastic dart in his/her mouth, he/she is likely to choke/aspirate the dart into her/her throat impairing the child's ability to breathe. If the dart is not immediately removed, brain damage or death can occur.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and OKK Trading have received one report of the November 2007 death of an 8-year-old boy in Port Arthur, Texas. The child reportedly was chewing on the toy dart when he inadvertently swallowed it and it became lodged in his throat blocking his ability to breathe.

Description: The "ACTION TEAM" play set has a toy gun with three soft rubber darts, a S.W.A.T. watch, a baton, walkie-talkie, a whistle, and a badge with a clip and an identification card. The soft, pliable orange plastic darts have a nearly 2 ½ inch long shaft and an approximately ¾ inch diameter suction cup. The toy gun is black with an orange nose and trigger and red spring release mechanism. "Made in China" is printed on one side of the barrel.

Sold at: Discount department stores nationwide from December 2006 through March 2008 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled dart gun sets away from children and contact OKK Trading to return the toy for a $3 bounty. OKK Trading will provide a free postage paid envelope for consumers to return the toy.

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

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Christmas Tree Toppers Recalled by Precious Moments 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: Precious Moments Angel Tree Toppers

Units: About 4,300

Distributor: Precious Moments Inc. of Carthage, Mo.

Hazard: Undersized wiring can cause the tree topper's switch assembly to overheat and melt posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Precious Moments has received two reported incident involving the tree topper overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled tree toppers are 10 inch tall vinyl angels with LED lighted wings. The angels are white, gold and yellow and they are holding either a star or a set of bells.

Sold at: Menards, Shopko and Blain's Farm and Fleet nationwide from August 2009 through December 2009 for about $18.

Manufactured in: China

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

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Precious Moments at (877) 778-7275 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT, or visit the firm's Web site at www.preciousmoments.com

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Home Depot Recalls Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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

Name of Product: Hampton Bay Dehumidifiers
Units: About 2,000
Importer: The Home Depot, of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: An internal component can fail causing the dehumidifier to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Home Depot has received 18 reports of the dehumidifiers catching fire. One consumer reported a burn injury to his forearm.

Description: The dehumidifiers are beige, have four wheels, and measure 21 inches high, 13 and 1/2 inches wide and 17 and 1/2 inches long. "Hampton Bay" is printed on the front panel. Model HB-50 is being recalled. The model number is printed on the back interior panel.

Sold at: The Home Depot from November 2000 through May 2007 for between $120 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Home Depot to receive a gift card for the full amount of the purchase price.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact The Home Depot at (800) 553-3199 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.homedepot.com.

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Faribault Foods Voluntarily Recalls Three Lots of Health Valley Organic No Salt Added Split Pea Soup Due to the Presence of an Undeclared Allergen

Faribault Foods announced that it is recalling Health Valley Organic No Salt Added Split Pea Soup (15 oz.) with the lot codes 22JUL2011, 18AUG2011, and 11SEP2011 because of the presence of an undeclared dairy allergen. This soup contains butter and potatoes, which are not listed on the ingredient statements of the affected lots. No other lot codes of this product or any other Health Valley product is affected in any way.

Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein or potatoes run the potential risk of a health problem or illness if they consume these lots of product.

No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date.

The recalled product was distributed to food stores nationwide. The affected product and lot codes are as follows:
Health Valley Organic No Salt Added Split Pea Soup UPC CODE# 35742-22104
Lot codes: 22JUL2011 18AUG2011 11SEP2011

The lot code can be found on the bottom of each individual soup can.

Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged to return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall please call 1-800-423-4846 (9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time).

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CPSC Announces Voluntary Recalls to Repair Millions of Roman Shades and Roll Up Blinds by Multiple Firms

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing that multiple firms are recalling millions of units of Window coverings, including Roman shades and roll-up blinds. These window coverings present a serious risk of strangulation to young children.

CPSC has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations in Roman shades since 2006 and three deaths in roll-up blinds since 2001. Strangulations in Roman shades occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the back side of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Strangulations in roll-up blinds occur when the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

The recalled Roman shades and roll up blinds were sold by a variety of manufacturers and retailers, including major discount department stores, home improvement stores and window covering manufacturers and retailers. Remedies vary among firms from repair kits to refunds.

"Parents need to make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of their window coverings", said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Avoid these deadly dangers by getting the repair kit or installing cordless window coverings in all homes where small children live or visit."

To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:

Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to windows with corded window coverings because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.

Make loose cords inaccessible.

If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.

List of Voluntary Recalls to Repair Roman Shades and Roll Up Blinds

Company / Number of Units / Sold At

Window Covering Safety Council / All Roman shades (25 million) and Roll-up blinds (27 million) / Retailers nationwide
Walmart / 500,000 Roman shades, 600,000 Roll-up blinds / Walmart stores and other retailers
JCPenney / More than 2.2 million Roman Shades, 340 Roll-up blinds / JCPenney
Lotus and Windoware / 250,000 Roll-up Blinds / Ace Hardware and Big Lots
All Strong Industry / 290,000 Roman shades / Walmart stores and other retailers
Pottery Barn Stores / 350,000 Roman shades, 45,000 Roller shades / Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, and PBTeens
International Merchandise / 355,000 Roll-up Blinds / Big Lots
West Elm / 42,000 Roman shades / West Elm's catalog and website
The Land of Nod / 2,000 Roman shades / Land of Nod Stores
Louis Hornick / 6,300 Roman shades / Ross stores
Draper / 1,800 Roman shades / Specialty window covering dealers nationwide

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Timberland Recalls Children's Boots Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

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

Name of Product: Classic Scuffproof Boots

Units: About 21,000

Importer: The Timberland Company, of Stratham, N.H.

Hazard: The logo stamped onto the children's boot's insoles contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves children's Timberland 6" Classic Scuffproof boots. The boots are wheat-colored leather and were sold in toddler size 4 through junior size 7. Model and manufacturer/date code numbers included in this recall are listed below. The model and manufacturer date code numbers are printed below the size on a white tag inside the boots.

Model Numbers: 34772, 34872, 34972
Manufacturer/Date Codes: 6456, 6556, 6656, 6756, 6856

Sold at: Shoe stores and specialty retailers nationwide from June 2009 through October 2009 for between $50 and $70.

Manufactured in: Thailand

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled boots away from children and contact Timberland to receive free replacement insoles for the boots.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Timberland at (800) 445-5545 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.timberland.com

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds by Lotus & Windoware: Sold Exclusively at Ace Hardware and Big Lots

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: ¼" Oval Roll-up Blinds

Units: About 250,000

Importer: Lotus & Windoware Inc., of Memphis, Tenn.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: This recall involves all roll-up blinds without release clips (see picture below). The roll-up blinds have plastic, ¼" oval-shaped slats, and measure either 48" or 72" long. The blinds were sold with two warning hang tags indicating ways to avoid strangulation.

Sold at: Ace Hardware and Big Lots stores nationwide from January 1999 through April 2009 for between $6 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately check the backside of the roll-up blinds to determine if they have release clips. If the roll-up blind does not have release clips, stop using the blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org

Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by All Strong Industry

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: Roman Shades

Units: About 290,000

Distributor: All Strong Industry (USA) Inc., of Ontario, Calif.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.

Incidents/Injuries: In February 2007, a 16-month-old boy in Painesville, Ohio died after becoming entangled in the exposed cord on the backside of a Roman shade and strangled. The child was found face down under a corner of the shade pulled into his crib.

Description: This recall involves Roman shades distributed by All Strong Industry that are made of a white-on-white striped fabric and measure about 64 inches long and the width ranges between 23 and 39 inches. The head rail has a strangulation warning and a label stating "CF" (Ching Feng Fashion Home Fashions Co., Ltd.), "52% Cotton/48% Polyester", and made in either Taiwan, Thailand or China. "RN 103984" is printed on another sewn-in tag near the bottom back side of the fabric.

Sold at: Walmart stores nationwide and other retailers from January 2003 through May 2005 for between $10 and $20.

Manufactured in: Taiwan, Thailand, and China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org

Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds and Roman Shades by Walmart

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: Roll-up Blinds and Roman Shades

Units: About 1.1 million (600,000 roll-up blinds and 500,000 Roman shades)

Importer: Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard:

Roll-Up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported involving Roman shades directly sold by Walmart. However, CPSC is aware of the death of a child from one of these Roman shades sold by another retailer. No incidents or injuries have been reported in roll-up shades.

Description: This recall involves all styles and sizes of fabric, bamboo and jute roll-up blinds and Roman shades.

Sold at: Walmart stores nationwide and at www.walmart.com or www.samsclub.com from January 1999 through September 2009 for between $6 and $30.

Manufactured in: China and Thailand

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and the roll-up blinds and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Walmart 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

Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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Near Strangulations of Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds by JCPenney

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: Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds

Units: More than 2.2 million Roman shades and about 340 roll-up blinds

Importer: J. C. Penney Purchasing Corp. of Plano, Texas

Hazard:

Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.

Roll-Up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of two incidents, in January 2009 and in August 2009, in which the same 2-year-old girl from Montgomery, Illinois was looking out the window when she became entangled in the cord found on the backside of Roman shades. In both incidents, the child's mother removed the loop that left a red mark from ear to ear. The child did not suffer permanent injuries. No incidents or injuries have been reported in roll-up shades.

Description: This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by JCPenney.

Sold at: JCPenney Stores, JCPenney Custom Decorating, Catalog and www.jcp.com since at least 1999 to October 2009 for between $10 and $500.

Manufactured in: China, United States and other countries

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org

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

Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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Window Covering Safety Council Recalls to Repair All Roman and Roll-Up Blinds Due to Risk of Strangulation

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are announcing today a voluntary recall to repair all Roman shades and roll-up blinds to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children. This recall involves millions of Roman and roll-up blinds. About five million Roman shades and about three million roll-up blinds are sold each year.

CPSC has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations, since 2006, in Roman shades and three deaths, since 2001, in roll-up blinds. Strangulations in Roman shades can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Strangulations in roll-up blinds can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

"Over the past 15 years, CPSC has been investigating window covering hazards and working with the WCSC to ensure the safety of window coverings. We commend the WCSC for providing consumers with repair kits that make window coverings safer and look forward to future steps to eliminate these hazards," said Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC Chairman.

Over the years, CPSC has been investigating deaths associated with different types of window coverings and has worked with the WCSC to address the hazards posed by them. In 1994 and in 2000, CPSC and WCSC announced recalls to repair horizontal blinds to prevent strangulation hazards posed by pull cord and inner cord loops. As a result of CPSC investigations, the industry has modified its products and provides free repair kits for existing horizontal blinds and other window coverings. In October 2009, CPSC issued a new safety alert to warn parents about the dangers associated with window coverings.

Consumers that have Roman or roll-up shades in their homes should contact the WCSC immediately at www.windowcoverings.org or by calling (800) 506-4636 anytime to receive a free repair kit.

To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the WCSC urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:

* Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC and the WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

* Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.

* Make loose cords inaccessible.

* If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Atlas Operations, Inc. Issues a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of Sexual Enhancement Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

Atlas Operations, Inc. announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of the company's dietary supplements for sexual enhancement sold under Lot Numbers 494, 520C, 520B, 520A, 520, 521, 705, 706, 779 & 807.

These products are currently being sold as a dietary supplement throughout the U.S. Atlas Operations, Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall after being informed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that a lab analyses found that the products tested from certain batches of the following products Rock Hard T12-705-09, R52-705-09, 72 hrs B54-708-09, Stamin It R2-705-08, Finally On Demand R26-706-09, R27-706-09, Sexual Surge H49-705-09, Staminil T25,705-09, Virect T29-705-09 contain Sulfoaildenafil, an analogue of Sildenafil, an FDA-approved drug used as treatment for male Erectile Dysfunction (ED) making these products an unapproved drug. The active drug ingredient is not listed on the product label.

The undeclared ingredient may pose a threat to the consumer because the interaction of the analogue with some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take other prescription drugs. Erectile Dysfunction is a common problem in men with these conditions, and consumers may seek these types of products to enhance sexual performance.



Dietary Supplements Sold Under Lot Numbers


Lot Number ###-494-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Aspire One

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Lot Number ###-520C-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Sex Enhancer

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Lot Number ###-520B-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Staminil

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Sexual Surge

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Love Fuel

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Lot Number ###-520A-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Staminil

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Sexual Surge

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Love Fuel

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Lot Number ###-520-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Vaxitrol

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Lot Number ###-521-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Love Fuel 2

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Lot Number ###-705-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Erexa

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Zenerect

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Arousin

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
72 Hours

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Bulk- Unlabeled

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Enhancement

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Red Hot Sex

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Sexual Surge

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Libiplus

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Erexxx

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Tacktol

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Amour for him

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Erousa

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Rockhard

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Staminil

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Ezerex

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Topviril

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Vierect

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
APL

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Clyamax

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Lot Number ###-706-##
Brand Name

Packaging

Expiration Date
Love Fuel

Capsules, all counts

All Dates
Rainbow Rocket

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**Lot numbers may or may not contain dashes. The first three and last two digits and letters are insignificant.
***If you have a product with a different name but the same lot number please contact Atlas Operations, Inc. for recall instructions.

Our laboratories have identified that one of the raw ingredients was tainted with Sulfoaildenafil. Atlas Operations takes this recall very seriously and recommits to the diligent work required in ensuring its products remain free of any potentially unapproved chemicals. We take the utmost pride in our products' quality control without compromising our customer's health.

We urge consumers who have purchased these products to discontinue their use and return to their place of purchase. You may also return products directly to Atlas Operations. Customers can call Atlas Operations at 1-800-466-4444 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST for instructions on the return and refund process.

It is the position of Atlas Operations, Inc. that we did not in any way knowingly or intentionally violate the law with regard to the distribution of these products.

Adverse reaction or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax. Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm. Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to address on the pre-addressed form. Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178.

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Simple Foods, Inc. - Undeclared allergen (milk)

Simple Foods, Inc. ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED DAIRY (traces of milk) IN Carob Peanut Butter Cups, Carob Almond Butter Cups, Carob Mint Crème Cups, Pre-packaged Carob Brown Rice Crunch, Pre-packaged Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-packaged Crispy Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-Packaged Carob Coated Rice Cakes, Pre-packaged Carob Mint Coated Rice Cakes, and Pre-packaged Carob Almond Butter Coated Rice Cakes.

Simple Foods, Inc. of Tonawanda, NY is recalling Pre-packaged varieties of Carob Cups, Carob Squares and Carob Rice Cakes, because they may contain undeclared traces of milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Carob Peanut Butter Cups, Carob Almond Butter Cups, Carob Mint Crème Cups, Pre-packaged Carob Brown Rice Crunch, Pre-packaged Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-packaged Crispy Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-Packaged Carob Coated Rice Cakes, Pre-packaged Carob Coated Mint Rice Cakes, and Pre-packaged Carob Almond Butter Coated Rice Cakes were distributed to local retail health food stores and food co-ops in the following states: California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.

Each recalled product can be identified through the UPC Code as well as the individual package weight:

1 ounce Carob Peanut Butter Cups 36664 00200,

1 ounce Carob Almond Butter Cups 36664 0201

1 ounce Carob Mint Crème Cup 36664 0202

1.6 ounce Carob Brown Rice Crunch 36664 00300

1.6 ounce Carob Peanut Butter Squares 36664 00301

1.6 ounce Crispy Carob Peanut Butter Squares 3664 00303

6.5 ounce Carob Coated Rice Cakes 36664 00400

6.5 ounce Carob Mint Coated Rice Cakes 3664 00401

6.5 ounce Carob Almond Butter Coated Rice Cakes 3664 00402.

There has been ONE allergic reaction reported that is waiting to be confirmed as of today's date.

"The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing dairy (traces of milk) was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of dairy (traces of milk). Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by the supplier of carob confectionery coating using machinery that is also used to process materials that may contain milk."

Consumers with a milk allergy who have purchased Carob Peanut Butter Cups, Carob Almond Butter Cups, Carob Mint Crème Cups, Pre-packaged Carob Brown Rice Crunch, Pre-packaged Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-packaged Crispy Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-Packaged Carob Coated Rice Cakes, Pre-packaged Carob Mint Coated Rice Cakes, and Pre-packaged Carob Almond Butter Coated Rice Cakes may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Simple Foods, Inc. at (716) 743 – 8850.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hain Celestial Recalls Healthy Valley 'No Salt Added' Split Pea Soup

/PRNewswire/ -- Following a nationwide recall by Hain Celestial, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company removed from sale Health Valley "No Salt Added" Split Pea Soup. The product may contain a milk ingredient, which poses a risk as an undeclared allergen.

The affected product is:

Health Valley "No Salt Added" Split Pea Soup, 15 oz can, UPC code of 3574222104 and code dates of 22JUL2011, 18AUG2011 and 11SEP2011.

To date, Stop & Shop has not received any reports of illness related to the consumption of this product. This product poses no threat to individuals who do not suffer from a milk allergy. Customers who have purchased the product should return any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to any Stop & Shop Supermarket for a full refund.

Customers looking for additional information are encouraged to contact Hain Celestial directly at 1-800-423-4846. Customers can call the Stop & Shop Consumer Line at 800-767-7772 Monday through Friday from 9a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Children's Pajama Sets Recalled by Little Miss Matched Due to Violation of Federal Flammability 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: Little Miss Matched Girls Pajama Sets

Units: About 7,000 in the United States and about 288 in Canada

Importer: Little Miss Matched Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The sleepwear fails to meet the federal children's sleepwear flammability standard posing a risk of burn injury to children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves long sleeve toddler and girls pajama sets. The sets were sold in sizes XXS (2t-3t), XS (3t-4t), S (5-6), M (7-8) and L (10-12), and in three varieties:

Black - Multicolored stripes/polka dots
White - Multicolored stripes/polka dots
Pink - Blue stripes and oversized polka dots

Sold exclusively at: Various retailers nationwide from March 2008 through July 2009 for between $30 (U.S.) and in Canada from March 2008 through November 2009 for about $30 (CAN).

Manufactured in: Honduras

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pajamas and contact the firm to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Little Miss Matched toll-free at (877) 649-4386 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.littlemissmatched.com

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MTD Recalls Log Splitters Due to Amputation Hazard

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

Name of Product: Log Splitters

Units: About 26,000 in the United States and 2,100 in Canada

Manufacturer: MTD Products Inc, of Cleveland, Ohio

Hazard: The control handle of the log splitter could fail to automatically return to the neutral position as it should and could fail to stop the splitting wedge from moving forward, posing a risk of amputation to consumers' hands and fingers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The following log splitter brand names and model numbers are included in this recall. They were sold in red, black and yellow in 21, 25, 27 and 33 ton models. The model number is located on the frame near the engine. Log splitters manufactured from November 2008 through October 2009 are included in this recall. Only models with certain serial numbers are included in this recall.

Brand Name - Model Number - Sold In:
MTD Gold - 24BF510B004 - Hardware Stores
MTD Gold - 24BF510E204 - Hardware Stores
MTD Gold - 24BF570L004 - Hardware Stores
MTD Gold - 24BF570F204 - Hardware Stores
Troy-Bilt - 24BF572B766 - Hardware Stores
Troy-Bilt - 24AD597D766 - Hardware Stores
Troy-Bilt - 24BF572B711 - Lowe's
Troy-Bilt - 24AD597D711 - Lowe's
Yard Machines - 24BF552B729 - Home Depot
Yard Machines - 24BF550B029 - Home Depot & Walmart
Cub Cadet - 24BF572B756 - Home Depot
Cub Cadet - 24BF572B710 - Independent Dealers
Cub Cadet - 24AD598A010 - Independent Dealers
Troy-Bilt - 24BF572B766 - Independent Dealers
Troy-Bilt - 24AD597D766 - Independent Dealers
MTD - 24BF550M006 - Walmart & Menards
Craftsman - 247.77640 - Sears
Craftsman - 247.77641 - Sears

Additional recalled log splitter models were sold in Canada. See the Canadian press release with Canadian model information.

Sold at: Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, Sears, Walmart, hardware stores and by independent dealers from November 2008 through October 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact MTD Products Inc. to determine if their log splitter is included in the recall, to receive inspection instructions and to receive a free repair if needed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact MTD toll free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, or visit the firm's Web site at www.mtdproducts.com

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Toy Trucks Recalled by Variety Wholesalers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

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

Name of Product: Super Rigs Play Sets

Units: About 700

Importer: Variety Wholesalers Inc., of Henderson, N.C.

Hazard: The toy truck's surface coating contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves "Super Rig Transport" toy truck with trailer and vehicles. The truck and trailer are multi-colored, holding two vehicles and two action figures. "Super Rigs Play Set" is labeled on the outside of the packaging. The box back has a bar code square with Item No. 67007, Made in China and Bar Code 6-98567-67007-3. The bottom of the trailer has an engraved code 45TNGO9.

Sold at: Discount stores in the Southeast from September 2009 through November 2009 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

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

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Variety Wholesalers at (800) 678-7776 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.vwstores.com

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JCPenney Recalls Cooks(r) Outdoor BBQ Grills 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: Cooks Outdoor(r) BBQ Grills

Units: About 5,600

Importer: JCPenney Purchasing Corp., of Plano, Texas

Hazard: The drip pan on the grill does not allow for adequate drainage, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 11 reports of fires resulting from inadequate drainage. No injuries reported.

Description: This recall involves Cooks(r) brand outdoor BBQ grills. The grill has a digital thermometer on the hood, stainless steel top and a global LP regulator. Lot number 780-2176 is printed on the underside of the grill's stand.

Sold exclusively at: JCPenney stores nationwide and online at www.jcp.com from February 2009 through September 2009 for between $190 and $600.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills. To ensure the grills are not useable, consumers should remove the gas regulator and hose assembly. All consumers (whether they purchased the item online or at a JCPenney retail stores) should return the regulator and hose to the Catalog/Customer Service Desk at any JCPenney store for a full refund. Consumers should contact JCPenney for instructions on how to disconnect the gas regulator and hose.

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

OSRAM SYLVANIA Recalls Portable Nightlights Due to Electric Shock 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: LED Rocketship PalPODzzz(tm) Portable Nightlights

Units: About 26,000

Importer: OSRAM SYLVANIA Products Inc., of Danvers, Mass.

Hazard: The bottom plastic cover on the recharging base of the portable nightlight can break, exposing internal electrical components. This poses an electric shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of the bottom of the recharging base breaking and consumers touching internal electrical components that resulted in minor electric shocks.

Description: This recall involves LED Rocketship PalPODzzz(tm) portable nightlights with model number 72174. The product can also be used as an emergency light or a flashlight. The nightlight is shaped as a rocket ship and sits in a plastic recharging base that plugs into the wall. The model number and date codes "0808" or "0908" are printed on the label attached to the bottom cover of the recharging base.

Sold at: The Home Depot, Stop & Shop, and other retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Smarthome.com, and Sylvaniaonlinestore.com from October 2008 through November 2009 for between $15 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable nightlights and contact OSRAM SYLVANIA for a free replacement portable nightlight and a $5 coupon credit for OSRAM SYLVANIA products.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact OSRAM SYLVANIA at (877)-423-3772 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET or visit the firm's Web site at www.sylvania.com

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pet Carousel Conducts Nationwide Recall of Beef Hoof Products and Pig Ears Because of Salmonella Risk

Pet Carousel has initiated a recall of all Pig Ears and all varieties of Beef Hoof pet treats because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The problem was discovered after FDA testing found positive results for Salmonella in pig ears and beef hoof products.

These products were recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only experience a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the affected products or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The following products have been recalled: The affected pig ear products were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez and Pet Carousel
Item No.:


* 18100-P Bulk
* 18016-P 10-pk red mesh bag
* 18120-P 20-pk red mesh bag.


The affected beef hooves were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel
Item No.:


* 1506-K 5 lb. bulk
* 1507-K 10 lb. bulk
* 1520-K 20 lb. bulk
* 12125-T 10-pk vinyl bag
* 12110-T 10-pk, vinyl bag
* 12111-T 10-pk, vinyl bag
* 12122-T 10 lb., bulk
* 1503-K 3-pk, vinyl bag
* 1510-K 10-pk ,vinyl bag
* 1405-S 5 lb., bulk
* 1408-S 10-pk, vinyl bag
* 1410-S 10 lb., bulk
* 1420-S 20 lb., bulk
* 90058-H Cheese/& Bacon Stuffed Hoof, bulk
* 90056-H Peanut Butter Stuffed Hoof, bulk
* 17005-R Rope toy with Hooves.


The products were distributed nationwide in both bulk and retail packaging for sale in pet food and retail chain stores throughout the country. All sizes and all lots of these pork ears purchased on or after 08/16/2009 and all beef hoof products in all varieties purchased on or after 09/16/2009 made by Pet Carousel are included in this alert.

Pet Carousel has completed notifying its consignees and requested the consignees return affected products and remove them from retail sales. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for public safety, Pet Carousel is issuing this press release to inform consumers of potential risks and to ensure that all affected product has either been returned or otherwise removed from use.

Consumers who have purchased the products described above should cease use and return the product to their place of purchase. Additionally, consumers with questions may contact Pet Carousel at 800-231-3572 from 8:00am to 4:00pm PST.

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Children's Plush Books Recalled by Simon & Schuster 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: Monday the Bullfrog Plush Books

Units: About 142,000

Manufacturer: Simon & Schuster Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The plastic eye on the frog can detach, which may pose a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Simon & Schuster has received reports of three plastic eyes that detached after use and one unit that was packaged with a detached eye. No injuries have been reported.

Description: Monday the Bullfrog is a plush puppet bullfrog with a board book attached to the frog's mouth. It was sold in clear plastic packaging, and the book is marked with ISBN numbers 10: 1416912312 and 13: 9781416912316 printed inside the mouth of the bullfrog.

Sold at: Bookstores and retailers nationwide and online from January 2006 through November 2009 for about $18.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately place the product out of a child's reach and contact Simon & Schuster for a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Simon & Schuster at (800) 732-9531 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's Web site at http://kids.simonandschuster.com

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Goodman Company Reannounces Recall of Air Conditioner/Heat Pump Units 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.

Name of Product: Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (PTACs) Units

Units: About 30,000; previously recalled in August 2008

Manufacturer: Goodman Company, LP, of Houston, Texas

Hazard: The power cords on the PTACs can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Goodman has received eleven reports of smoke or fire associated with the PTAC's power cords. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes 5.0 kW Amana-brand, Comfort-Aire-brand and Century-brand Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner units with model numbers PTxxx3x50xx (Amana) and EKTxxx-150x (Comfort-Aire and Century) and serial numbers 0702112056 through 0804237539. The model and serial numbers are located on the control board plate found under the PTAC unit's front cover.

Sold at: Goodman and heating and cooling equipment dealers nationwide from February 2007 through June 2008 for between $700 and $1,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should contact Goodman to receive a free replacement power cord. Commercial and institutional owners will be contacted directly and will install the power cord.

Consumer Contact: For additional information regarding Amana-brand units, contact Goodman at (800) 366-0339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday; for Comfort-Aire and Century-brand units call (877) 442-4482 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; or visit www.regcen.com/ptaccord for all products.

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Evenflo Recalls Cake Toys on Children's Activity Centers Due to Choking Hazard

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

Name of Product: Evenflo ExerSaucer(r) 1-2-3 Tea for Me(tm) Activity Learning Centers

Units: About 66,000 in the United States and 13,660 in Canada

Manufacturer: Evenflo Co. Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio

Hazard: The candle flame attached to the top of the cake toy can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Evenflo has received 11 reports of the toy flames detaching. Five of the incidents occurred in the United States and six in Canada. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Evenflo ExerSaucer(r) 1-2-3 Tea for Me(tm) activity learning centers. The tea party themed toys have a two-tier cake that is light blue, dark pink and yellow. Models included in the recall are 6161834 and 6161920. The model numbers are printed on the packaging and on a label located on the underside of the base of the product. The recommended age for use of this product is 4 months to walking.

Sold at: Toys "R" Us and juvenile product stores nationwide from December 2007 through March 2009 for about $70.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the cake toy from the product and contact Evenflo to receive a free replacement toy. The ExerSaucer(r) may continue to be used without the cake toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at safety.evenflo.com

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Infant Suffocation Deaths Prompt Recall of Amby Baby Motion Beds/Hammocks

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

Name of Product: Amby Baby Motion Beds

Units: About 24,000

Manufacturer: Amby Baby USA, of Minneapolis, Minn.


Hazard: The side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock can cause the infant to roll and become entrapped or wedged against the hammock's fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a suffocation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Amby Baby is aware of two infant suffocation deaths in the Amby Baby hammock. In June 2009, a 4-month-old girl in Lawrenceville, Ga. died in a baby hammock and in August 2009, a 5-month-old boy from Gresham, Ore.

Description: The Amby Baby Motion Bed consists of a steel frame and a fabric hammock which are connected by a large spring and metal crossbar. There is only one model of the hammock available which can be identified by a label sewn onto the hammock stating: "Amby - Babies Love It, Naturally."

Sold online at: Ambybaby.com and other Internet retailers from January 2003 through October 2009 for about $250.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the Amby Baby motion beds/hammocks and contact Amby Baby USA for a free repair kit. Parents and caregivers are urged to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Amby Baby USA toll-free at (866) 544-9721 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.ambybaby.com.

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Bayer Consumer Care Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Combination Package of Alka-Seltzer Plus(R) Day & Night Cold Formula Liquid Gels

/PRNewswire/ -- In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bayer's Consumer Care division has begun a voluntary recall of a single product lot of the combination package of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Day & Night Cold Formula Liquid Gels. Bayer initiated the recall after identifying that the labeling on the foil blister card of certain packages within the lot (less than 4 percent) were printed with the label reversed. All individual liquid filled capsules are imprinted correctly.

The affected Alka-Seltzer Plus product lot number can be found on both the interior blister package (in black text adjacent to the expiration date) as well as on the exterior carton containing the blister packaging (embossed on the side panel under the Bayer logo).

-- Product Name: Alka-Seltzer Plus Day & Night Liquid Gels
-- Package size: 20 liquid filled capsules per carton (12 day
formulation capsules and 8 night formulation capsules)
-- UPC#: 016500537779
-- Lot #: 296939L
-- Expiration: 5/11
This product was sold only in the U.S. at retail outlets nationwide.


This recall does not impact any Alka-Seltzer Plus Day & Night Cold Formula Effervescent products, individually packaged Alka-Seltzer Plus Day Non-Drowsy Cold Formula products, individually packaged Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold Formula products, or any other lot of Alka-Seltzer Plus Day & Night Cold Formula Liquid Gels.

The company initiated an investigation following consumer reports and found that in a limited number of combination packages of Alka-Seltzer Plus Day and Night Cold Formula Liquid Gels from a single lot, the information on the underside of the blister package was reversed. Therefore, the label for the green Night product appears under some of the blue Day product and vice versa. As such, there is a risk that consumers may not be aware of the warnings of an antihistamine in the product that could cause drowsiness.

Consumers who purchased combination packages of Alka-Seltzer Plus Day and Night Cold Formula Liquid Gels from the lot included in this recall (details below) should stop using the product and contact Bayer with any questions or for instructions on a refund or replacement. Consumers should contact our Consumer Relations Call Center at 1(800) 986-3307 (available Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30PM eastern standard time.) Any consumer with a medical concern or questions should contact their healthcare provider.

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