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Monday, March 31, 2008

Stonyfield Farm Recalls 6-Ounce Fat Free Blueberry Yogurts

Stonyfield Farm Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of 6-Ounce Fat Free Blueberry Yogurts

Contact:
Alice Markowitz
(800) 776-2697

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Londonderry, NH -- March 28, 2008 -- Organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm has announced a voluntary product recall of its non-fat blueberry yogurt products.

The recall comes in response to the possibility of glass fragments in the product. Although the company believes the problem is not widespread, it is taking this precautionary measure to ensure the safety of its consumers.

Affected products would be 6-ounce Fat Free Blueberry yogurts carrying one of following product codes printed along the cup bottom that start with the following dates:

Apr 14 08

Apr 15 08

April 25 08

Apr 26 08

There are no reports of injury. People who bite into or swallow a fragment could possibly be injured, prompting this precautionary recall.

Stonyfield Farm is also advising its distribution network to remove the 6-ounce fat free blueberry yogurt from the shelves immediately. The product is sold at natural food stores and major grocery retailers nationwide.

Consumers are instructed to return opened and unopened containers to their retailers. Those returning product will be reimbursed for the full value of their purchase.

“Our first priority has always been and always will be the welfare of our consumers,” says Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm President and CE-Yo. “We are taking this voluntary step to ensure that we identify any product that does not meet our standards of quality and food safety.”

Consumers with questions should contact Stonyfield Farm Consumer Relations at 1-800-PRO-COWS, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Sunday, March 30, 2008

KDDI Corp Recalls 214000 Kyocera Phones

TOKYO (Thomson Financial) - Japan's second largest cellular operator KDDI Corp said it would recall some 214,000 mobile phones that may overheat and blow up, after several people were injured.

KDDI, known for its 'au' brand, will replace battery packs of its W42K model, marketed only in Japan, a company spokesman said.

The firm received 13 complaints from users of the cell phone made by Kyocera Corp about the trouble. Three of them suffered slight burns, the spokesman said.

The problem lies in the battery packs, which may short-circuit, generate smoke and blow up if their surface is damaged, he said.

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USDA Might Omit Retailer Information In Meat Recalls (Why?)

A proposal is being considered by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to omit retailer information when tainted meat is recalled. The exception to this would be in the case of serious health risks. The USDA has been under a great deal of pressure from the food industry to adopt such a policy.

Last month, the USDA announced that the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company was recalling 143 million pounds—65 million kilos—of meat, following a videotape of plant workers forcing unfit cattle into slaughter. Most of the meat was likely consumed; at least 37 million pounds were used for school lunches and federal nutrition programs, according to the USDA. Now, people are wondering if anyone fell ill from the recall and if E. coli was involved. Had the proposal been in place last month, the public not have known if their stores sold meat from the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company.

Chris Connelly, Agriculture Department spokesman, confirmed that the USDA is looking into whether or not to make disclosing store names be required for “Class I” recalls. This class of recall poses greatest health hazard, whereas “Class II” pose minimal risk to human health. Today, the government discloses only that a recall occurs and does not indicate those retailers that might have received recalled meat or vegetables.

Consumer groups and Democratic lawmakers argue that the public should be provided with the retailers’ names in every meat recall. The rule, in its original context was meant to have been applicable to all meat recalls. “It’s unacceptable to us because of the way the rule was originally fashioned and we have an immediate example of the Hallmark case being exempted,” said Tony Corbo of Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer said there are “differences with the different classes of recalls. But, you know, a Class I recall, to have a retailer notification, I think, is important.”

Read more at Newsinferno.com

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Stonyfield Farm recalls several batches of organic blueberry yogurt

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) - Stonyfield Farm is recalling several batches of its blueberry yogurt after consumers complained of finding plastic or glass fragments in the 6 oz. cups.

The company said there have been no reports of injury and the do not believe the problem is widespread.

The recall applies only to Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt in 6 oz. cups carrying product codes printed on the cup bottoms that start with the following dates: Apr 13 08, Apr 14 08, April 15 08, April 25 08 and April 26 08.

The yogurt is sold at natural food stores and grocery stores nationwide. The company has ordered its distribution network to remove the affected products from shelves.

Customers who bought the yogurt can return opened or unopened containers to stores for full refunds.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Ferrero Canada Recalls TIC TAC Breath Mints

Canwest News Service, Saturday, March 29, OTTAWA -- Ferrero Canada, the producer of Tic Tac candy, has initiated a recall of certain varieties of its popular breath mint product.

Ferraro said the recalled products, which have been distributed across Canada, may contain small pieces of plastic packaging material in the Tic Tac container.

The company is advising consumers not to consume certain Tic Tac flavours, including the Tic Tac Fresh Mint and Orange flavours sold as individual 18 gram containers or 4 packs, as well as Tic Tac Spearmint flavoured candy sold in the single 18 gram containers.

According to Ferrero, the recall applies to these specific products sold only in Canada, and can be identified by best before dates up to and including August 31, 2009. The company said other Tic Tac varieties are unaffected by the recall.

The recall was initiated voluntarily by Ferraro, who stated they are working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on the recall.

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China Bans Imports Of Italian Mozzarella Cheese.

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- China ordered a ban on imports of Italian mozzarella cheese after Italy recalled the buffalo milk used to make the cheese on concerns it may be tainted with dioxin.

``All entry and exit ports should not handle quarantine applications for the Italian-made mozzarella,'' the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on its Web site.

Italy announced on March 28 a recall of cheese from 25 buffalo herds after tests revealed levels of dioxin, a carcinogenic and disease-causing byproduct of herbicides, which exceeded the legal European Union limit.

The Chinese administration asked importers to stop sales of the cheese and recall products that had been sold, the statement said. All kinds of cheese products from Italy must go through laboratory tests before they are allowed to enter the country, the administration said.

France halted mozzarella sales on Friday, and later lifted the ban after Italian authorities satisfied the European Union by recalling the products, according to a statement by Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier.

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Dole Fresh Fruit Company RecallS All Honduran C Agropecuaria Montelibano of San Lorenzo Valle, Hondurasantaloupes

Voluntary Recall on Honduran Cantaloupes Due to Potential Health Concerns

Contact:
William Goldfield
818-874-4647

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Westlake Village, Calif., March 28, 2008 -- Dole Fresh Fruit Company, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company, Inc., has voluntarily recalled all Honduran Cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower, Agropecuaria Montelibano of San Lorenzo Valle, Honduras.

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

Persons infected with Salmonella may experience a variety of symptoms and illnesses. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in more severe illnesses and potentially can be fatal.

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

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

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Spokane Produce Recalls Cut Cantaloupe Products

Spokane Produce Recalls Cut Cantaloupe Products Because of Possible Product Risk

Contact:
Contact: Dan Petek
509.710.8301

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Spokane, WA -- March 28, 2008 --- Spokane Produce, Inc. of Spokane, Washington is recalling Garden Patch, Yokes, and Rosauers Classic labels of various products of fresh cut and cut fruits containing cantaloupe, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocaritis and arthritis.

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

Cantaloupe Chunks and Pieces
Sizes: 5oz, 8oz., 11oz, 12oz.,16oz., 21oz, 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz. & 5 lb.

Melon Medley
Sizes: 6oz., 8oz., 11oz., 12 oz., 16oz., 23.oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz.

Mixed Melon Cantaloupe-Honeydew
Sizes: 4oz., 5oz., 8oz., 11oz., 16oz., 22oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz.

Fruit Medley
Sizes: 5oz., 8oz., 11oz., 12oz., 16oz., 23oz., 24oz., 32oz., 48oz., 64oz.

Fruit Medley with Strawberries
Sizes: 16oz., 24oz.

Mixed Melon and Fruit
Sizes: 6oz., 11oz., 16oz., 24oz.

Fruit Trays
Sizes: 40oz., 48oz., 75oz.

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

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

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

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

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

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Koch Foods, a Fairfield, Ohio, Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Mislabeling

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-011-2008 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Laura Reiser

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2008 - Koch Foods, a Fairfield, Ohio, establishment, is recalling approximately 1,420 pounds of frozen chicken breast products because they were packaged with the incorrect label. The frozen, pre-browned, raw products were labeled as "precooked" and therefore do not provide proper preparation instructions. These raw products may appear fully cooked.

The following product is subject to recall:
  • 10-pound cases of "Koch Foods Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat" containing two 5-pound bags. Each case bears the establishment number "P-20795" inside the USDA mark of inspection, a production code of "24837-2", a date code of "B03982" and as well as a product code of "86861" printed on the label.

The frozen chicken products were produced on Feb. 8, 2008, and were shipped to distribution centers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, intended for use by food service institutions.
The problem was discovered by the company. FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Media with questions about the recall should contact company Chief Financial Officer Mark Kaminsky at (847) 384-5940. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Vice President of Sales John Marler at (601) 732-3056.

FSIS is reminding consumers that all poultry products should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit as determined by a food thermometer. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know that food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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Saturday, March 29, 2008

COUNTRY COACH RECALLS ALLURE AND INTRIGUE MOTOR HOMES

Make / Models :

Model/Build Years:
COUNTRY COACH / ALLURE

2006-2007
COUNTRY COACH / INTRIGUE

2006
Manufacturer : COUNTRY COACH INC Mfr's Report Date : JUN 04, 2007
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07V239000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:DIESEL
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 86
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN MOTOR HOMES BUILT WITH CUMMINS ISL CM850 DIESEL ENGINES, THE CONNECTING ROD CONTAINS A MACHINING DEFECT IN THE WRIST PIN BUSHING OF THE ROD THAT COULD CAUSE A SEIZURE OF THE PISTON PIN.
Consequence:
 IF ALLOWED TO PROGRESS, THIS CAN LEAD TO ENGINE FAILURE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF THE ROD RUPTURING THE LOCK CAVITY, OIL AND DEBRIS ON THE ROADWAY AND VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 COUNTRY COACH IS WORKING WITH CUMMINS TO RECALIBRATE THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE AND ENHANCE THE ENGINE PROTECTION SYSTEM ENABLING IT TO PROVIDE EARLY DETECTION OF THE FAILURE MODE AND AVOID MORE SERIOUS ENGINE DAMAGE AND RESULTANT SAFETY HAZARD. CUMMINS WILL ALSO INSTALL A NEW VALVE COVER WITH A CRANKCASE PRESSURE SENSOR FREE OF CHARGE (PLEASE SEE 07E033). OWNERS MAY CONTACT CUMMINS AT 800-343-7357 OR COUNTRY COACH AT 1-541-998-3720.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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BIG DOG MOTORCYCLES RECALLS REAR PASSENGER FOOT REST ASSEMBLIES FOR RIDGEBACK MOTORCYCLES

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
BIG DOG / 163-000040-01
9999
BIG DOG / RIDGEBACK
2008
Manufacturer : BIG DOG MOTORCYCLES, LLC Mfr's Report Date : MAR 07, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08E022000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 38
Summary:
 BIG DOG IS RECALLING 38 REAR PASSENGER FOOT REST ASSEMBLIES, P/NO. 163-000040-01, SOLD AS AN ACCESSORY FOR MY 2008 RIDGEBACK MOTORCYCLES THAT WERE BUILT BETWEEN JULY 16, 2007, AND FEBRUARY 28, 2008. THE SUBJECT PASSENGER PEG ASSEMBLIES MAY RESONATE AND CAUSE DISPROPORTIONATE AND/OR INAPPROPRIATE LOADING ON THE MOUNTING BOLTS. OVER TIME, THIS COULD CAUSE THE BOLTS THAT RETAIN THE PASSENGER EG ASSEMBLY TO BREAK AND ALLOW THE PASSENGER PEG ASSEMBLY TO DETACH FROM THE MOTORCYCLE.
Consequence:
 THIS CONDITION COULD OCCUR WITHOUT WARNING AND COULD RESULT IN INJURY AND/OR A CRASH.
Remedy:
 BIG DOG WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE WHISKER BARS WITH A REVISED DESIGN. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 15, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BIG DOG AT 316-219-6504.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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NEWELL COACH CORP RECALLS MOTOR HOMES

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
NEWELL / MOTOR HOME
2006-2007
Manufacturer : NEWELL COACH CORP. Mfr's Report Date : MAR 12, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V136000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SUSPENSION:REAR:SPRINGS:AIR SUSPENSION SYSTEM:SPRINGS/BAGS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 65
Summary:
 NEWELL IS RECALLING 65 MY 2006-2007 MOTOR HOMES EQUIPPED WITH A VALID MANUFACTURING LEVELING SYSTEM. THE AUTOMATIC HEIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM MAY INADVERTENTLY GO INTO A MODE THAT ALLOWS AIR TO PASS FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER SIDE IN THE REAR SUSPENSION AIR BAGS.
Consequence:
 DURING TRAVEL, THE COACH MAY LEAN TO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE FIRMWARE IN THE ELECTRONIC KEYPAD CONTROL MODULE LOCATED IN THE DASH OF THE COACH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NEWELL AT 1-888-963-9355.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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DAIMLER TRUCKS RECALLS SCHOOL BUS CHASSIS, CONVENTIONAL BUSES, AND STERLING ACTERRA, FREIGHTLINER FLN, AND M2 HEAVY TRUCKS.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
FCCC / B2
2001-2008
FCCC / FB65
2001-2008
FCCC / FS65
2001-2008
FREIGHTLINER / BUSINESS CLASS M2
2001-2008
FREIGHTLINER / FLN
2001-2008
STERLING / ACTERRA
2001-2008
Manufacturer : DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date : MAR 19, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V137000 NHTSA Action Number: RQ07003
Component: POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 28764
Summary:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS IS RECALLING 28,764 MY 2001 THROUGH 2008 FCCC B2 AND FS65 SCHOOL BUS CHASSIS, FCCC FB65 CONVENTIONAL BUSES, AND STERLING ACTERRA, FREIGHTLINER FLN, AND BUSINESS CLASS M2 HEAVY TRUCKS, BUILT FROM JANUARY 26, 2000, THROUGH MARCH 24, 2008, MANUFACTURED WITH ARVINMERITOR OR AXLE ALLIANCE COMPANY 6,000 THROUGH 8,000 POUND FRONT AXLES UTILIZING A FOUR PIECE SPINDLE-NUT SET. THESE AXLE ASSEMBLIES MAY HAVE BEEN PRODUCED WITH A THIN SPINDLE NUT WHICH MAY LEAD TO INCORRECT END PLAY, CONE SPIN, EXCESSIVE HEAT, DEGRADATION OF LUBRICATION, WEAR OF THE SPINDLE NUT AND BEARING JOURNAL, OIL CONTAMINATION WITH METAL SHAVINGS, AND PREMATURE BEARING FAILURE.
Consequence:
 CONTINUED OPERATION MAY LEAD TO WHEEL SEPARATION AND POSSIBLY A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MAY 23, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DAIMLER TRUCKS AT 1-800-547-0712.
Notes:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS RECALL NO. FL-527. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Bounty Fresh, LLC. Recalls Cantaloupe

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

Contact:
Bounty Fresh, LLC
305-592-6969

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Miami, FL -- March 27, 2008 -- Bounty Fresh, LLC, has recalled cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer because the U.S Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has determined, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from this company has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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

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

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

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Chiquita Brands International, Inc. Recalls Whole Cantaloupes

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

Contact:
Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
(800) 242-5472

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Cincinnati, OH -- March 27, 2008 -- Chiquita Brands International, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower, Agropecuaria Montelibano in Honduras. The product was distributed to customers nationwide and is being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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

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

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

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


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

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Kidz World Inc (High Energy USA) Recalls Boys’ Hooded Sweatshirts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2008
Release #08-234

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (212) 563-4949 collect
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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’ Hooded Sweatshirts

Units: About 5,000

Distributor: Kidz World Inc., d/b/a High Energy USA, of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring through hood which poses a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled boys’ sweatshirts are hooded and have a zipper up the front. They were sold in boys’ sizes small and medium. The style number, and “High Energy” or “Energy Clothing Company,” are printed on the sewn-in neck tag. The following styles are included in this recall.

Style NumberColor
T78311Tan and brown plaid
S78511
S78514
S78515
S78516
White/black, blue/gray, red/navy and other assorted colors
S72509
S74509
Navy blue and other assorted colors

Sold at: A.J. Wright, Bealls Outlet, A&E Stores, and Happy Days Stores nationwide from October 2007 through November 2007 for about $15.

Manufactured in: Pakistan, Egypt, and Korea

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or contact High Energy for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact High Energy collect at (212) 563-4949 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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Rock ‘N Ride Plush Rocker Toys Recalled By Tek Nek Toys.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2008
Release #08-233

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 686-2728
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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: Rock ‘N Ride Plush Rocker Toys

Units: About 122,000

Manufacturer: Tek Nek Toys Int’l L.P., of Southlake, Texas

Hazard: The base of the rocker can become unstable and allow the rocker to tip forward or backward, posing a fall hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: Tek Nek Toys has received 35 reports of the rockers tipping over, including ten reports of injuries such as bumps, bruises and lacerations.

Description: This recall involves Rock ‘N Ride plush rocker toys sold in eight models: brown pony, pink pony, pink unicorn, deluxe pony, deluxe bull, lil’ penguin, lil’ propeller plane and Clifford big red rocker. The toys have molded plastic rocker bases and were sold for children at least 18 months old and up to 65 lbs. A button on the toy’s ear, hat or dash activates songs and phrases when pressed. Rockers included in this recall have a date code from July 26, 2007 through December 29, 2007. The date codes are printed on a sticker inside the battery compartment.

Sold at: Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Target, Atwoods, and Pamida stores nationwide and Internet retailers from September 2007 through March 2008 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the rocker toys away from young children and contact Tek Nek Toys for a free replacement base.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Tek Nek Toys toll-free at (888) 686-2728 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.teknektoys.com


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Avon Products Recalls Plush Warming Polar Bears

March 27, 2008
Alert #08-554

Avon Products Recalls Plush Warming Polar Bears Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Cozy Warming Polar Bears

Units: About 113,000

Distributor: Avon Products Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Manufacturers: Haiyan Boai Gifts Factory, and Yangzhou Honesty Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd., of China

Hazard: The warming pouch inside the bear can overheat and ignite when heated in a microwave oven, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Avon has received 41 reports of the warming polar bear overheating, including six reports of minor burns.

Description: The recalled white plush warming bear has a red hat and brown nose. It is about 17 inches long and comes with a buckwheat-filled pouch that is heated in a microwave oven and is inserted into an opening in the bear’s belly. “Avon Products” is printed on a white tag sewn onto the bear.

Sold exclusively by: Avon independent sales representatives and at www.avon.com from July 2007 through February 2008 for about $13 when sold alone, or as part of a gift set that sold for about $100.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled warming bear and return the buckwheat-filled pouch for a full refund. Avon is directly contacting consumers who purchased the warming bear.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Avon toll-free at (877) 217-0916 between 6 a.m. and midnight ET Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday between 12 p.m. and midnight ET, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.avon.com

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KALYN/SIEBERT RECALLS KALYN OILFIELD LOWBOY TRAILER AND SIEBERT TRAILER

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
KALYN / LBO-4-60T
2007
KALYN / LBO-5-60/70T
2007
SIEBERT / 40T3AJ
2008
Manufacturer : KALYN/SIEBERT Mfr's Report Date : FEB 19, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V142000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TRAILER HITCHES:FIFTH WHEEL ASSEMBLY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 8
Summary:
 KALYN/SIEBERT IS RECALLING 8 MY 2007 KALYN LBO-5-60/70T, LBO-4-60T OILFIELD LOWBOY TRAILER AND MY 2008 SIEBERT 40T3AJ TRAILER EQUIPPED WITH SAF-HOLLAND SIMPLEX FIFTH WHEELS. THE LATCH LEVER PIVOT BOLT ASSEMBLY MAY HAVE BEEN OVER-TIGHTENED WHICH COULD DISTORT THE PIVOT BOLT SPACER SLEEVE. CORROSION OR CONTAMINATES IN THE PIVOT MAY CAUSE IT TO BIND AND PREVENT THE FIFTH WHEEL JAW FROM LATCHING SECURELY AROUND THE TRAILER KING PIN.
Consequence:
 THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE FIFTH WHEEL MAY FAIL TO LATCH WITHOUT THE DRIVER'S KNOWLEDGE. WHEN THIS OCCURS, THE DRIVER COULD DRIVE AWAY AND THE TRAILER COULD BECOME DISENGAGED INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 KALYN/SIEBERT IS WORKING WITH SAF-HOLLAND. SAF-HOLLAND WILL SEND A REPAIR KIT TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SAF-HOLLAND AT 1-888-396-6501 EXT. 4343 OR KALYN/SIEBERT AT 1-254-865-7235.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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KEYSTONE RV COMPANY RECALLS SPRINGDALE TRAVEL TRAILERS.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
KEYSTONE / SPRINGDALE
2008
Manufacturer : KEYSTONE RV COMPANY Mfr's Report Date : MAR 20, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V140000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE:LPG LINES AND FITTINGS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 120
Summary:
 KEYSTONE RV IS RECALLING 120 MY 2008 SPRINGDALE TRAVEL TRAILERS. THE LIQUID PROPANE (LP) REGULATOR SUPPLY HOSE TO THE MANIFOLD MAY NOT BE PROPERLY TIGHTENED AT THE REGULATOR.
Consequence:
 A PROPANE LEAK, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE AND/OR EXPLOSION CAUSING PROPERTY DAMAGE AND/OR PERSONAL INJURY.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL VERIFY THAT THE PROPANE HOSE CONNECTION IS TIGHTENED PROPERLY AND DOES NOT LEAK. NO VEHICLES HAVE BEEN SOLD. ALL VEHICLES WILL BE REPAIRED AT THE DEALERS.
Notes:
 KEYSTONE RV RECALL NO. 08-105. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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MILLENNIUM TRANSIT RECALLS R80THN TRANSIT BUSES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
MILLENNIUM TRANSIT / R80THN
2006
Manufacturer : MILLENNIUM TRANSIT SERVICES, LLC Mfr's Report Date : MAR 25, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V138000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION)
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 23
Summary:
 MILLENNIUM TRANSIT IS RECALLING 23 MY 2006 R80THN TRANSIT BUSES. THE STEERING MITER BOX BRACKET IS MOUNTED ON A STRUCTURAL BEAM BELOW THE DRIVER AND HOLDS THE MITER GEAR WHICH CONNECTS THE STEERING COLUMN TO THE STEERING SHAFT AND STEERING GEAR.
Consequence:
 SHOULD THERE BE A FAILURE OF THE WELDS HOLDING THIS BRACKET TOGETHER, THE RESULT WOULD BE A LOSS OF STEERING OR CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL SHIP REPLACEMENT PART BRACKETS ALONG WITH INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MARCH 31, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MILLENNIUM TRANSIT AT 1-575-347-7534.
Notes:
 MILENNIUM TRANSIT RECALL NO. 08-001. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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SUBARU RECALLS IMPREZA WAGONS.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
SUBARU / IMPREZA
2002-2003
Manufacturer : SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date : MAR 19, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V135000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:TAILGATE:LATCH
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 36791
Summary:
 SUBARU IS RECALLING 36,791 MY 2002-2003 IMPREZA WAGONS. THE STUD BOLT(S) OF REAR GATE STAY MAY HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED WITH INSUFFICIENT TIGHTENING TORQUE AND A GAP MAY HAVE RESULTED BETWEEN THE REAR GATE PANEL AND STUD BOLT BASE. AFTER REPEATED REAR GATE OPERATIONS (OPENING AND CLOSING), THE REAR GATE INNER PANEL AT THE WELDING NUT MAY BREAK, WHICH WILL LEAD TO DETACHMENT OF THE REAR GATE STAY, AND THE REAR GATE DROPPING DOWN.
Consequence:
 IN CASE SOMEONE IS UNDERNEATH OR NEAR THE REAR GATE, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT A DROPPING REAR GATE PANEL MAY HIT THEM INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY GAP AT THE STUD BOLT OF THE REAR GATE STAY INSTALLATION. IF A GAP IS FOUND, THE STUD BOLT WILL BE REMOVED TO CHECK FOR DAMAGE TO THE WELDING NUT. IF THE WELD NUT IS CRACKED, THE REAR GATE STAY WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 2, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Notes:
 SUBARU RECALL NO. WVD-14. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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DAIMLER BUSES OF NORTH CAROLINA (DBNC) RECALLS SPRINTER 2500 AND SPRINTER 3500 BUSES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
SPRINTER / 2500
2005-2006
SPRINTER / 3500
2003 2005-2007
Manufacturer : DAIMLER BUSES NORTH CAROLINA Mfr's Report Date : MAR 14, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V134000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 334
Summary:
 DAIMLER BUSES OF NORTH CAROLINA (DBNC) IS RECALLING 334 MY 2005-2006 SPRINTER 2500 AND MY 2003, 2005-2007 SPRINTER 3500 BUSES EQUIPPED WITH RICON PLATFORM STYLE WHEELCHAIR LIFTS. THESE BUSES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 404, "PLATFORM LIFT INSTALLATION IN MOTOR VEHICLES." THE THRESHOLD WARNING SYSTEM MAY NOT DETECT THE PRESENCE OF A WHEELCHAIR OR MOBILITY AID USER IN A CERTAIN SPOT WITHIN THE DEFINED THRESHOLD AREA.
Consequence:
 THE USER OF THE LIFT COULD BE INJURED SHOULD THE LIFT MOVE UNINTENTIONALLY.
Remedy:
 DBNC IS WORKING WITH RICON TO CORRECT THE WHEELCHAIR LIFTS FREE OF CHARGE (PLEASE SEE 07E095). OWNERS MAY CONTACT RICON AT 1-818-267-3000 OR DBNC AT 1-905-403-7807.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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