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2 Million Strollers Recalled

October 20, 2010

Consumer warning: Graco Children’s Products is recalling approximately 2 million strollers that have been blamed for four deaths.

From CNN:

The CPSC said the recall applies to Quattro and MetroLite strollers, which caused four infant deaths from strangulation. Deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005.

In addition to the infant deaths, these products have also been blamed for six injuries — including five infants who became entrapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one infant who had difficulty breathing.

The recall applies to Graco Quattro Tour strollers manufactured prior to November 2006, and MetroLite strollers made before July 2007.

Tylenol Plant Slammed

May 5, 2010

An FDA report released yesterday slammed conditions at the factory that produced the children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and othersthat were recalled this past weekend.

We definitely went through all the medications we had in the house. Luckily, none of the recalled product was found in our cabinets!

From CNN:

The 17-page FDA inspection report conducted in late April detailed quality and security lapses at the Fort Washington, PA-based facility, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ, Fortune 500) McNeil PPC drug manufacturing division. The agency said it is considering a wide range of actions including possible criminal penalties.

Johnson & Johnson said it has temporarily suspended production at the plant. It is the company’s only plant that manufactures all of its liquid pediatric drugs.

“We have no higher concern than providing parents with the highest quality products for their children,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “The quality issues that the FDA has observed, many of which we had recently identified in our own quality reviews and communicated to the FDA, are unacceptable to us.”

Maclaren Strollers Recalled For Amputation Hazard

November 9, 2009

Nearly one million Maclaren strollers were recalled today after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism. The strollers were sold at Target and Babies R Us.

I checked with my wife and we have never owned a stroller made by Maclaren but I hope others will read this and be aware of the recall. What a terrible thing to happen to a child!

From the Associated Press:

The recall includes all nine models of single and double umbrella Maclaren strollers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall after an investigation.

The amputation risk occurs when a child’s finger is placed in the hinge mechanism of a stroller while it is being unfolded. When the opened stroller locks into place, it can cut off the tip of the child’s finger.

The recall includes the following stroller models: Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. They have been sold at Babies “R” Us, Target and other stores around the country since 1999. Prices for the strollers ranged from $100 to $360.

From USA Today:

The  recall affects all of the models sold between 1999 and November 2009.

“The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller,” the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

It says the British firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.

Click here to read the CPSC report and click here to read a statement from the company.

From the New York Times:

The CPSC said consumers should immediately stop using the strollers, which were made in China, unless otherwise instructed. The recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers sold in the United States starting in 1999.

Maclaren said it has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, which led to 12 reported fingertip amputations in the United States.

The incidents occurred while the strollers were being opened or closed, not while the children were seated in the strollers, a spokeswoman said.

Maclaren is offering consumers a free repair kit. The recall only relates to the British company’s U.S. business.

Models affected by the recall include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveler.

PepsiCo Recalls Pistachios

April 1, 2009

PepsiCo has recalled $200,000 worth of pistachios in the U.S. and Canada due to potential salmonella contamination.

From Bloomberg:

There have been no reports of illness associated with the recalled in-shell pistachios distributed by Frito-Lay, PepsiCo said today in a statement. The nuts are generally found at check-out counters, spokeswoman Aurora Gonzalez said today in an interview.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Supermarkets pulled pistachios and some pistachio-laden foods from their shelves Tuesday, moves resulting from this week’s Food and Drug Administration warning to consumers not to eat the nuts because they could be tainted with salmonella.

The FDA is scrambling to prevent a repeat of a recent salmonella outbreak from peanuts that has sickened more than 690 people in 46 states. And in Sacramento on Tuesday, a lawmaker introduced legislation to tighten safety standards for foods processed in California.

Earlier this week, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., a San Joaquin Valley nut packer, recalled 2 million pounds of pistachios because of potential salmonella contamination. The company’s nuts tested positive during routine checks at a plant operated by Kraft Foods Inc. and other food manufacturers, according to the FDA.

Like Peanut Corp. of America, the company blamed for the widespread outbreak from peanuts, Setton is a bulk provider of nuts to food manufacturers and wholesalers. That means that the contaminated pistachios could have ended up in a variety of processed foods, including ice cream, cookies, candies and trail mix.

Kroger Adds Mayonnaise Products to Recall

April 1, 2009

Kroger has announced that it is adding “sell-by” dates to its shelled pistachio recall and also recalling a store-brand light mayonnaise product.

From the Associated Press:

The Kroger supermarket chain says it’s recalling some store brand mayonnaise sold in three states because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. says the recall involves 32-ounce plastic jars of Kroger Lite Mayo sold in Kroger stores in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana. The suspect jars have a “Sell by” date of “SEP-25-09.”

Kroger says no illnesses have been reported.


The recall of Private Selection shelled pistachios, first announced March 27, also will include these sell-by dates: Jan. 14, 2010; Feb. 10, 2010; Feb. 11, 2010; and March 23, 2010, with the UPC code 11110 73615. The initial recall included sell-by dates of Dec. 13, 2009, and Dec. 14, 2009, with the same UPC code.

The grocer (NYSE: KR) said in a news release that supplier Setton Farms has expanded its recall of products that might possibly be contaminated with salmonella. No confirmed illnesses have been reported.

The recall covers the 31 states where Kroger and its subsidiaries have locations, including Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Fisher-Price High Chairs Recalled

March 25, 2009

Here is the list from the Associated Press:

High chairs
About 24,000 3-in-1 high chairs, manufactured in Mexico and imported by Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., because the seat can fall backward from the frame if the release is unlatched while a child is inside. The seat back can also detach if not snapped fully into place. The company has received one report of a detached seat back that resulted in a fractured skull. The high chairs were sold at Target stores around the country between December 2008 and March 2009. Details: by phone at 800-432-5437; by Web at or


About 2,900 Baby Necessities pacifiers, manufactured in China and imported by OKK Trading of Los Angeles, Calif., because they failed federal safety tests. The nipples can separate from the base and pose a choking hazard. No incidents have been reported. The recalled pacifiers were sold at dollar and discount stores around the country between August 2007 and January 2009. Details: by phone at 877-655-8697; by Web at or

Heart medication
Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling one lot of Propafenone HCL 225 milligram tablets sold in 100 count bottles in the United States. Some of the tablets may contain higher levels of the active ingredient than specified. Some patients who are particularly sensitive to small variations in dose might experience serious side effects, including irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure. No illnesses or incidents have been reported, according to the company.

Propafenone is a prescribed drug used to treat cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeats. The recalled product was shipped to customers between Oct. 15 and Nov. 26 last year. It has the lot number 112680A and the expiration date July 31, 2010. For more information, consumers can call 888-352-9616.

Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC is recalling Asadero and Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheeses due to possible listeria contamination. Eating food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease. No illnesses have been reported, according to the company.

The products were distributed to retailers and delis in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The recalled cheeses were sold in 10-pound balls and 16- and 12-ounce plastic packages under the name “Aguas Calientes” and in 6-pound blocks shrink-wrapped in clear plastic under the name “El Jaliciense.” For more information, consumers can call 517-368-5990.

Maytag Recalls 1.6 Million Refrigerators

March 10, 2009

Maytag and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of about 1.6 million refrigerators because of a fire hazard.

From Dow Jones Newswires:

Maytag, which was bought by Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) in 2007, said the recall affected Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa and Crosley brand side-by-side and top-freezer refrigerators. Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom aren’t included in the recall.

The company said an electrical failure in the units’ relay, the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and a fire hazard. It said it has received 41 reports of relay ignitions, including 16 reports of property damage, including smoke damage.

Maytag said the refrigerators, which were made in the U.S., were sold between January 2001 and January 2004.

The company said consumers should contact it to determine if their refrigerators are affected and to schedule a free in-home repair.

Maytag and Korean manufacturer Samsung Electronics Co. (005930.SE) had to recall about 270,000 front-loading washing machines in 2007, also because of a fire hazard.

From the Associated Press:

The problem has led to 16 incidents ranging from smoke damage to major kitchen damage, Maytag said.

The Newton, Iowa-based company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall involves some Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Maytag, Performa by Maytag and Crosley side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators. They were sold from January 2001 through January 2004 at department and appliance stores and by homebuilders.

The refrigerators, which sold for $350 to $1,600, came in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. Those with bottom freezers are not included in the recall.

The recall notice said an electrical failure in the relay component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.

Maytag, a unit of Whirlpool Corp., said 41 refrigerator ignition incidents have been reported, with 16 resulting in various degrees of damage.

Consumers were advised to contact Maytag to find out if their refrigerator is included in the recall and to set up a free in-home repair. Its toll-free number is 866-533-9817.

The company said refrigerators should not be returned to the stores that sold them.

Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool purchased Maytag in March 2006 in a $1.8 billion deal.

Toyota Issues Recall

January 28, 2009

Toyota announced this morning that it would recall more than 1.35 million Vitz and two other models globally to fix a defect in the seatbelt, a component in the exhaust system or both.


Subject to the recall in Japan are 525,898 Vitz, Belta and Ractis cars built from January 2005 to April 2008, Toyota said in a filing with the transport ministry.

Toyota also said it will recall a combined 830,000 units of the Vitz subcompact and Belta — called Yaris in many markets, including the United States — exported to Europe, North America and other countries.

One case of fire was reported in Japan due to the faulty seatbelt design, which could cause a noise-absorber device to melt when the seatbelt tensioner is activated in a collision, Toyota said.

No accident was reported in Japan from the defective exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) pipe, which could crack in the worst-case scenario and cause exhaust gases that fail to clear emissions standards to leak.

Toyota declined to disclose the estimated cost of the recalls.

Strollers, High Chairs and Toys Recalled

December 18, 2008

Nearly 100,000 high chairs have been recalled after reports of dozens of injuries to children when the seat backs fell off. Also recalled, although no incidents have been reported: strollers and toy dinosaurs. This may not come as a shock to anyone, but all of the recalled items are made in China.

From the Associated Press:

About 95,000 Majestic High Chairs made by Evenflo Co. Inc, of Miamisburg, Ohio, have been voluntarily recalled because the company says they pose a hazard for children when parts come loose and the seat backs fall off. There have been dozens of reported injuries such as broken bones and head bruises.

The company received more than 1,000 reports of parts falling out. The high chairs, made in China, were sold nationwide at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores, including Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, Burlington Coat Factory and Shopko, and online at from January 2006 through May 2007.

For more information, consumers can call Evenflo at 800-233-5921 or visit

Some 1,600 Phil & Teds Dash Buggy strollers, made in China and imported by Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga., have been recalled because the frame handle could fail to latch properly and break, posing a fall hazard to small children.

No injuries or incidents have been reported. The recalled stroller has a metal frame with three wheels, a cloth seat and a canopy. The product was sold at independent juvenile specialty stores and online from July through September this year.

For details, call 800-593-5522, or visit or

About 480 Dinosaur Epoch toy dinosaurs, manufactured in China and imported by Xtreme Toy Zone of Los Angeles, have  been recalled because surface paints can contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children.

No incidents have been reported. The dinosaurs were sold on Xtreme Toy Zone’s Web site between May and October 2008.

For details, call 213-237-9983, or visit or

Nestle Recalls Nearly 900,000 Pounds of Lean Cuisine

November 18, 2008

Reports of small chunks of blue plastic in Lean Cuisine brand frozen chicken dinners have led Nestle to recall just under 900,000 pounds worth of meals.

From ABC News:

The frozen dinners were distributed nationwide, and at least one person has reported an injury, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. No other details of the reported injury have been released by the USDA.

However, Roz O’Hearn, spokeswoman for the Nestle Prepared Foods, told in an e-mail that “there have been no reports of any injuries requiring medical attention.”

So far, the blue plastic has been found in three specific Lean Cuisine dinners — Cafe Classics Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta, Spa Cuisine Chicken Mediterranean and Dinnertime Selects Chicken Tuscan.

The USDA considered the blue plastic a potential health threat and has ranked the recall as Class I — a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

“It could cause injury — a piece of plastic could cut your mouth, it could scratch your throat,” said Amanda Eamich, spokesperson for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Eamich said the USDA knew the recalled dinners were distributed nationwide, but it would take time to track precisely which regions, states and cities received the contaminated shipments.

O’Hearn said Nestle traced the blue plastic to a single lot of raw ingredients shipped to a Lean Cuisine facility.

“We are requesting that you return recalled items directly to your supermarket for a full refund,” said O’Hearn.

According to the USDA, the contaminated dinners were produced between Aug. 18 and Oct. 27 of this year. To determine whether a dinner in your freezer is contaminated, O’Hearn said consumers can call 800-227-6188 to check the production codes on the side of Lean Cuisine packages.


Nestlé Prepared Foods Company in Springville, Utah is recalling approximately 879,565 pounds of frozen chicken meals that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said. The objects were identified as small pieces of hard plastic, which were discovered after the company received consumer complaints and a report of one injury.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 9.5-ounce packages of “Lean Cuisine Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta” brand frozen meals. Printed on each side of each package is a production code of “8280595912,” as well as a use-by date of “Best Before MAY 2010.”
  • 10.5-ounce packages of “Lean Cuisine Chicken Mediterranean” brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of “8231595912” or “8241595912,” as well as a use-by date of “Best before SEP 2010”; a production code of “8263595912,” “8269595911” or “8274595912,” as well as a use-by date of “Best before OCT 2010”; or, a production code of “8291595912” or “8301595912,” as well as a use-by date of “Best before NOV 2010.”
  • 12.5-ounce packages of “Lean Cuisine Chicken Tuscan” brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of “8234595911” and a use-by date of “Best before SEP 2009”; a production code of “8253595911” or “8269595912” as well as a use-by date of “Best before OCT 2009”; or, a production code of “8292595911” or “8296595911” as well as a use-by date of “Best before NOV 2009.


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