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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wegmans Sorbet recalls four sorbet flavors: Lemon, Raspberry, Green Apple, and Pink Grapefruit

Manufacturer for Wegmans Brand Sorbet Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk on a Limited Number of Wegmans Brand Sorbets

Contact:
Diane Austin
Diane.austin@perrysicecream.com
716.542.5492 x294
Marissa Wilson
Marissa.wilson@perrysicecream.com
716.542.5492 x274

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 31, 2008 -- The manufacturer of Wegmans Sorbet is recalling a limited number of 16 oz. Wegmans brand Sorbets because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of a serious or possible life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected products listed below.

The products were distributed throughout Wegmans Food Markets located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland.

The sorbets are packaged in 16 oz. paperboard containers and sold in the supermarkets’ ice cream section. All four sorbet flavors: Lemon, Raspberry, Green Apple, and Pink Grapefruit, are affected by this recall. The affected products contain the following "BEST USED BY" date codes on the bottom of the container:


"BEST USED BY" codes

Green Apple

OCT 2008; MAR 15,09

Lemon

FEB 11,09

Pink Grapefruit

FEB 11,09

Raspberry

SEP 2008; NOV 2,08; FEB 11,09

A review of records discovered that product containing milk was packaged in cartons that were not labeled for the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the cross contamination was caused by a breakdown in the company's production process, which has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased Wegmans Sorbet with the affected code dates and flavors may return it to Wegmans for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the manufacturer at 1-800-873-7797 between the hours of 9:00am -5:00pm Monday thru Friday EST.

Consumer Warning on Serrano Peppers from Mexico Extended By FDA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement
July 30, 2008

Media Inquiries:
Karen Riley, 301-827-6244
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA


FDA Extends Consumer Warning on Serrano Peppers from Mexico

Laboratory testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that both a sample of serrano pepper and a sample of irrigation water collected by agency investigators on a farm in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico (business address is in Nuevo Leon, Mexico) contain Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint as the strain of bacteria that is causing the current outbreak in the United States.

As a result, until further notice, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid raw serrano peppers from Mexico, in addition to raw jalapeño peppers from Mexico, and any foods that contain them.

The test results announced today are part of the FDA's continuing intensive investigation into the outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul. The investigation has involved tracing back, through complex distribution channels, the origins of products associated with clusters of illness in the United States, as well as inspections and evaluation of farms and facilities in this country and in Mexico, and the collection and testing of environmental and product samples. One of these tracebacks led to a packing facility in Mexico, and to a particular farm, where the agency obtained the samples.

Previously, FDA inspectors collected a positive sample of jalapeño pepper from a produce-distribution center owned by Agricola Zaragosa in McAllen, Texas. The FDA continues to work on pinpointing where and how in the supply chain this first positive jalapeño pepper sample became contaminated. It originated from a different farm in Mexico than the positive samples of serrano pepper and irrigation water.

The FDA is still analyzing many of the samples taken at various farms in Mexico. If laboratory results warrant, the FDA will provide consumers with additional cautions or warnings necessary to protect their health.

On July 17, the FDA announced it had determined that fresh tomatoes now available in the domestic market are not associated with the current outbreak. As a result, the agency removed its June 7 warning against eating certain types of red raw tomatoes.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Daiso Children’s Stuffed Toys, New England Ropes,, And Earthentree Wooden Toys Recalled


bulletWooden Toys Recalled by Earthentree Due To Choking and Strangulation Hazards

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Earthentree of Kirkland, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 375 Wooden Toys. The recalled toys contain small parts or can break into small parts, posing a choking hazard. The recalled rattles violate the federal rattle standard. Some of the toys also have a string longer than 12 inches, which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
bulletNew England Ropes Recalls Climbing Lines Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), New England Ropes, of Fall River, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 530 Maxim Apogee and Maxim Pinnacle Dynamic Climbing Lines/Ropes. The climbing lines can break, posing a serious fall hazard for climbers.
bulletChildren’s Stuffed Toys Recalled By Daiso Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Daiso LLC, of Burlingame, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 40 Stuffed Toy Dogs. The stuffed toys contain small parts, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Rize 2 The Occasion Capsules and Rose 4 Her Capsules Recalled By Jack Distribution, LLC.

Jack Distribution, LLC. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of all Lots of Rize 2 The Occasion Capsules and Rose 4 Her Capsules, Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements, Containing an Undeclared Ingredient

Contact:
Devine Distribution: 954-418-9510
G & N Works: 813 549-4177
Rize2.com: 813 549-4177
Rize2.info: 954 418-9510

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Pompano Beach, FL – July 28, 2008 – Jack Distribution, LLC, 1501 Green Road Unit C Pompano Beach, Florida 33064 and its wholesale distributors G & N works, Inc., and Devine Distribution, Inc., announced today that they are conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all lot numbers of the company's supplement products sold under the brand names Rize 2 The Occasion and Rose 4 Her. New lots of Rize 2 and Rose 4 her (not subject to this recall) will contain lot numbers beginning in "BL".

Jack Distribution, LLC, is conducting this recall after being informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that lab analysis by FDA of Rize 2 and Rose 4 Her samples of random lots found the product contains potentially harmful, undeclared ingredients. FDA asserts that its chemical analysis revealed that Rize 2 The Occasion and Rose 4 Her contain thiomethisosildenafil, an analog of sildenafil, the active ingredient of a FDA-approved drug used for Erectile Dysfunction (ED). FDA maintains that this ingredient is close in structure to sildenafil and is expected to possess a similar pharmacological and adverse event profile. This undeclared chemical poses a potential threat to consumers because it may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these conditions, and consumers may seek these types of products to enhance sexual performance.

Customers who have this product in their possession should stop using it immediately and contact their physician if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking this product.

Any adverse events that may be related to the use of this product should be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 or by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178 or by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787.

The company advises that any unused portions can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund of purchase price. Jack Distribution will manufacture new lots of these products which are not subject to the recall. Those lot numbers will begin with "BL" and will begin to be sold shortly.

Rize 2 and Rose 4 Her are sold in adult stores, vitamin & nutrition shops, convenience stores, and via the internet nationwide. The Rize 2 product is sold as a (single blister pack, three count bottles, twelve count bottles, and thirty count bottles. Rose 4 Her is only available in single blister packs and three count bottles.

The Company is taking this voluntary action because it is committed and is always concerned with the health of persons who have consumed this product. The Company is reviewing the procedures and policies of all firms involved with the manufacture of the product to ensure that there will be no future issues with regard to Rize 2 and Rose 4 Her pills composition. The Company is working closely with the FDA in the recall process and is committed to the quality and integrity of its products. It sincerely regrets any inconvenience to consumers and its other customers.

FDA Advises "Do Not Eat American Lobster (Maine Lobster) Tomalley "

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2008

Media Inquiries:
Stephanie Kwisnek, 301-827-0955
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA


FDA Advises Against Consumption of American Lobster (Maine Lobster) Tomalley
Regulators find dangerous levels of toxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today warned consumers to avoid eating tomalley in American Lobster (Maine Lobster), regardless of where the lobster was harvested, because of potential contamination with dangerous levels of the toxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).

American lobster, also known as Maine lobster, are harvested from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from Northeastern Canada to South Carolina, inclusive.

The FDA advisory applies only to tomalley, the soft, green substance found in the body cavity of the lobster that functions as the liver and pancreas. Cooking does not eliminate the PSP toxins. However, studies have shown that, even when high levels of PSP toxins are present in lobster tomalley, lobster meat itself is typically unaffected.

Symptoms of PSP include tingling and/or numbness of the mouth, face or neck; muscle weakness; headache; and nausea. In extreme cases, when large amounts of the toxin are consumed, these symptoms can lead to respiratory failure and death. Symptoms usually occur within two hours of exposure to the toxin. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

PSP toxins normally occur from time to time in clams and other shellfish and are carefully monitored by state regulatory authorities. The FDA learned of this problem after routine sampling conducted by regulatory authorities in Maine and New Hampshire found dangerous levels of the toxins in lobster tomalley. Some shellfish beds have been closed in recent months due to elevated levels of PSP toxins.

Lobster tomalley normally does not contain dangerous levels of PSP toxins. The current high levels of PSP toxins likely are associated with an ongoing red tide episode in northern New England and eastern Canada. Authorities in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as in Canada, have issued advisories cautioning against eating tomalley.

Vita Food Products Issues Alert Regarding Vita Nova Salmon

Vita Food Products Issues Alert Regarding Vita Nova Salmon
Code Date of 11/16/08 198, Purchased on July 22 or After

Contact:
Paul Chapman
Telephone: 1-630-253-1906; e-mail: pchapman@vitafoodproducts.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Chicago, Illinois -- July 25, 2008 -- Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that twelve individual packages of Vita Nova Salmon, were sold at Kroger stores in Houston, Texas on or after July 22 of this year may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In addition, 192 individual packages of this same product have either possibly been sold or are being offered for sale at various grocery stores in the Avenol, New Jersey metropolitan area. To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported by customers , although the Company is closely monitoring the situation.

The product that is the subject of this public announcement and recall are packages (deep dark blue in color) of smoked salmon that bear the Vita logo in the upper left corner on the part of the packaging that is immediately visible to the consumer. Each package contains 4-10 bacon-style slices (total 3 oz.) of smoked salmon; the slices are contained in a vacuum pack within a box that is 4" wide by 7.5 " in length by 1/2 " in thickness. IMPORTANT: The Code Date of 11/16/08 198 is on the left end flap of each package. This announcement and recall only applies to packages that bear that CODE DATE.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

If any consumer purchased a product with that CODE DATE from a retail store on or after July 22, 2008 he or she should not consume any of the Vita Nova Salmon product. Then, the Company asks that it be sealed in plastic bag or placed in some similar container and returned to the retailer from which it was purchased. The Company is asking that any person who has purchased the product with this CODE DATE call this telephone number 1-800-989-8482 . If you are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms such as those described above, go to an emergency room immediately or contact your physician for immediate advice.

U.S. Grown Jalapeño and Serrano Peppers Not Connected to Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement
July 25, 2008

Media Inquiries:
Michael Herndon, 301- 827-9182
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA


U.S. Grown Jalapeño and Serrano Peppers Not Connected to Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers that jalapeño and Serrano peppers grown in the United States are not connected with the current Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak.

However, the FDA continues to advise consumers to avoid raw jalapeño peppers--and the food that contains them--if they have been grown, harvested or packed in Mexico.

In addition to domestically grown raw jalapeño peppers, commercially canned, pickled and cooked jalapeño peppers from any and all geographic locations also are not connected with the current Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak.

The FDA is working with state regulatory agencies and food industry groups that represent restaurants, grocery stores and wholesalers to ensure everyone clearly understands this new, more narrow, advisory. The FDA will continue to refine its consumer guidance as the agency’s investigation continues.

The more narrow advisory the FDA is issuing today is based on evidence gathered during a multi-week, intensive investigation conducted in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health authorities in several U.S. states to find the source of the contamination that led to the outbreak. The collective review of the current traceback investigation and harvesting dates, matched with the dates that people became ill, have combined to indicate that the contaminated jalapeño pepper originated in Mexico.

Additional traceback and traceforward information obtained this week has led to the determination that the Agricola Zarigoza produce-distribution center in McAllen, Texas--from where FDA took the positive jalapeño pepper sample--was not the original source of the contamination.

The FDA is continuing to advise that people in high-risk populations, such as elderly persons, infants and people with impaired immune systems, avoid eating raw Serrano peppers from Mexico or food made from raw Serrano peppers from Mexico until further notice.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reebok Studio Exercise Cycles, Helicopter Toys, Santorini Chairs, Infant Rattles, And Magnets Recalled

Pacific Science Supplies Recalls Magnets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pacific Science Supplies Inc., of Bensenville, Ill, is voluntarily recalling about 40,000 U-shaped Magnets, Bar Magnets, Magnet Sets and Magnet Needle Sets. The paint on the magnets can contain excess levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletHorseshoe Magnets Recalled by Dowling Magnets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dowling Magnets, of Sonoma, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 91,500 Classic Horseshoe Magnets. The plastic coating on the magnets contains excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.
bulletKids II Recalls Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kids II Inc., of Alpharetta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 19,000 Bright Starts Ring Rattles. The tip of the rattle’s antenna, which is attached to a bee figure, can detach and pose a choking hazard to small children.
bulletCost Plus Recalls Santorini Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 8,600 Santorini Chairs. The seat weld can fail and allow the chair to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bulletRemote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Recalled by Innovage Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Innovage LLC, of Foothill Ranch, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 685,000 "Sky Scrambler" and "The Sharper Image" Wireless Indoor Helicopters. The rechargeable lithium ion battery inside the helicopters can overheat, catch fire, and ignite nearby combustibles, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
bulletReebok International Ltd. Recalls Exercise Cycles Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fitness Associates Incorporated (F.A.I.), under license from Reebok International Ltd., of Canton, Mass. (Note: F.A.I. is no longer in business), is voluntarily recalling about 20,000 Reebok Studio Exercise Cycles. The alloy cranks on the exercise cycles can break during use, posing a laceration and abrasion hazard to users.

Sau-Sea Foods Eecalls Tubs Of SMOKED SALMON Spread

Sau-Sea Foods, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Smoked Salmon Spread in 7.5 Ounce Plastic Tub With Snap Lid

Contact:
Sau-Sea Foods, Inc.
631-726-0269

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 18, 2008 -- Sau-Sea foods, Inc, of Water Mill NY is recalling all tubs of SMOKED SALMON Spread with the sell by dates as follows: 072308, 082708, 092408, 1 12508, 03 1309. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

SMOKED SALMON SPREAD was distributed throughout the Northeast through retail stores.

The SMOKED SALMON SPREAD comes in 3 7.5 ounce, semi rigged plastic tub with a snap
on lid and was sold under the name Sau-Sea.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the Smoked Salmon Spread containing egg was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an oversight in the company's development process.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return it to the location of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-631-726-0269.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The Food and Drug Administration has been notified of the voluntary recall.

Beef Packers, Inc., a Fresno, Calif. Recalls 1,560 pounds of beef cheek products.

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-024-2008 HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Laura Reiser

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2008 – Beef Packers, Inc., a Fresno, Calif., firm, is recalling approximately 1,560 pounds of beef cheek products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:
  • 30-pound boxes of “CARGILL MEAT SOLUTIONS CORPORATION, BEEF CHEEK MEAT – SM BX.”
These boxes of beef cheek meat products bear the establishment number “EST. 354” and a “PACKED ON” date of “07/02/08,” ink-jet printed on the label, however, the product was intended for further processing or for packaging as raw beef cheek meat and will likely not bear the establishment number “EST. 354” on products available for direct consumer purchase.

The problem was discovered by company microbiological testing.

These beef cheek products were shipped to distributors in Fresno, Modesto, Santa Rosa and Vernon, Calif.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Consumer Line at 1-800-545-1679. Media with questions should contact company Director of Communications Mark Klein at (952) 742-6211.

KEYSTONE RV COMPANY RECALLS FIFTH WHEEL AND TRAVEL TRAILERS

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
KEYSTONE / CABANA
2004
KEYSTONE / CAMBRIDGE
2006
KEYSTONE / CHALLENGER
2006-2007
KEYSTONE / COUGAR
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / COUGAR-HIGH COUNTRY
2004-2005
KEYSTONE / EVEREST
2006-2007
KEYSTONE / FUZION
2007
KEYSTONE / HOBBI
2006-2007
KEYSTONE / LAREDO
2006-2007
KEYSTONE / MONTANA
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / MONTANA-BIG SKY
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / MONTANA-MOUNTAINEER
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / NRG
2006-2007
KEYSTONE / OUTBACK
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / OUTBACK-SYDNEY
2005-2007
KEYSTONE / PASSPORT
2007
KEYSTONE / SPRINGDALE
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / SPRINGDALE LIMITED
2007
KEYSTONE / SPRINGDALE-CLEARWATER
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / SPRINGDALE-SUMMERLAND
2007
KEYSTONE / SPRINTER
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / TAIL-GATOR
2004-2007
KEYSTONE / VR1
2006-2007
Manufacturer : KEYSTONE RV COMPANY Mfr's Report Date : JUL 11, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V325000 NHTSA Action Number: EQ08010
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 161250
Summary:
 KEYSTONE IS RECALLING 161,250 MY 2004-2007 FIFTH WHEEL AND TRAVEL TRAILERS EQUIPPED WITH A TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATOR MANUFACTURED BY THE DOMETIC CORPORATION. THE REFRIGERATOR MAY HAVE A DEFECT IN THE BOILER TUBE. PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION COULD BE RELEASED INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.
Consequence:
 IF THIS SOLUTION IS EXPOSED TO AN IGNITION SOURCE UNDER CERTAIN SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES, IT CAN RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy:
 KEYSTONE IS WORKING WITH DOMETIC TO REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS (PLEASE SEE 08E032). DOMETIC WILL REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS BY INSTALLING A SECONDARY BURN HOUSING, A THERMAL FUSE, AND A MELT FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. DOMETIC HAS RETAINED STERICYCLE INC. TO MANAGE THIS CAMPAIGN. STERICYCLE WILL ASSIST THE OWNER IN LOCATING DEALERSHIPS OR SERVICE CENTERS AND WILL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH SCHEDULING OF APPOINTMENTS. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC/STERICYCLE AT 1-888-446-5157 OR KEYSTONE AT 1-866-425-4369.
Notes:
 KEYSTONE RECALL NO. 08-111. 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.

HME INCORPORATED RECALLS FIRE TRUCKS

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
HME / 1871
2008
Manufacturer : HME INCORPORATED Mfr's Report Date : JUL 03, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V323000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 5
Summary:
 HME IS RECALLING 5 MY 2008 MODEL 1871 FIRE TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH ARVINMERITOR WHEEL STUDS. THESE REAR WHEEL STUDS MAY BE BRITTLE AND BREAK.
Consequence:
 IF ONE OF THE WHEEL STUDS BROKE AND LEFT IN THIS CONDITION, THE REMAINING WHEEL STUDS MAY ALSO FRACTURE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 HME WORKED WITH ARVINMERITOR TO HAVE THE WHEEL STUDS REPLACED. ALL VEHICLES HAVE BEEN INSPECTED AND CORRECTED IF NECESSARY.
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.

AUTOCAR, LLC RECALLS ACX CHASSIS SUPPLIED TO GROVE U.S. FOR CONVERSION INTO CRANES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
AUTOCAR / ACX
2008
Manufacturer : AUTOCAR, LLC Mfr's Report Date : JUL 07, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V322000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SEAT BELTS:FRONT
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 37
Summary:
 AUTOCAR IS RECALLING 37 MY 2008 ACX CHASSIS SUPPLIED TO GROVE U.S. FOR CONVERSION INTO CRANES. THE SEAT BELT TETHER BETWEEN THE SEAT BELT FLOOR ANCHOR POINT AND THE SUSPENSION SEAT BELT ANCHOR POINT WAS NOT INSTALLED.
Consequence:
 IN THE EVENT OF A SEVERE IMPACT, FAILURE TO INSTALL THE TETHER STRAP MAY CAUSE THE SEAT AND SEAT BELT TO DEFORM AND SEPARATE FROM THE MOUNTING LOCATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A FATAL INJURY.
Remedy:
 AUTOCAR IS WORKING WITH GROVE TO HAVE THESE CHASSIS INSPECTED AND TO REPLACE THE SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AUTOCAR AT 1-765-489-6001.
Notes:
 AUTOCAR RECALL NO. 0803G. 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.

DAIMLER TRUCKS RECALLS THOMAS BUILT FS-65 SCHOOL BUSES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
THOMAS BUILT / FS65
2006
Manufacturer : DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date : JUL 09, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V321000 NHTSA Action Number: EQ08005
Component: EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 4
Summary:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS IS RECALLING 4 MY 2006 THOMAS BUILT FS-65 SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JUNE 1 AND JUNE 8, 2006, EQUIPPED WITH MAXON WHEELCHAIR LIFTS. BENDING OCCURS ON THE LOCKING BRACKET ATTACHMENTS AND IN THE RAMP EXTRUSION WHICH FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE LOADING REQUIREMENT OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 403, "PLATFORM LIFT SYSTEMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES."
Consequence:
 INJURY COULD OCCUR TO THE LIFT USER.
Remedy:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND PROVIDE A FREE REMEDY WHICH WILL BE PERFORMED BY THOMAS BUILT DEALERSHIPS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 5, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THOMAS BUILT AT 1-336-889-4871.
Notes:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS' RECALL NO. FL-533. 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.

FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES RECALLS MOTOR HOMES

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
FLEETWOOD / AMERICAN EAGLE
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / AMERICAN HERITAGE
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / AMERICAN TRADITION
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / BOUNDER
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / DISCOVERY
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / EXCURSION
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / EXPEDITION
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / FIESTA
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / FLAIR
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / JAMBOREE
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / MALLARD
2003-2006
FLEETWOOD / PACE ARROW
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / PIONEER
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / PRIDE
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / PROVIDENCE
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / PROWLER
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / REVOLUTION
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / SOUTHWIND
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / STORM
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / TERRA
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / TERRY
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / TIOGA
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / TRIUMPH
2003-2007
FLEETWOOD / WILDERNESS
2003-2007
Manufacturer : FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES, INC. Mfr's Report Date : JUL 10, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V320000 NHTSA Action Number: EQ08010
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 70101
Summary:
 FLEETWOOD IS RECALLING 70,101 MY 2003-2007 SOUTHWIND, PACE ARROW, BOUNDER, FLAIR, STORM, FIESTA, TERRA GAS CLASS A MOTOR HOMES; BOUNDER, DISCOVERY, PROVIDENCE, EXCURSION, EXPEDITION, REVOLUTION, AMERICAN EAGLE, AMERICAN HERITAGE, AMERICAN TRADITION DIESEL CLASS A MOTOR HOMES; JAMBOREE TIOGA CLASS C MOTOR HOMES; AND PROWLER, WILDERNESS, TERRY, MALLARD, PIONEER, PRIDE AND TRIUMPH CONVENTIONAL AND FIFTH WHEEL TRAVEL TRAILERS EQUIPPED WITH A TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATORS MANUFACTURED BY THE DOMETIC CORPORATION. THE REFRIGERATOR MAY HAVE A DEFECT IN THE BOILER TUBE. PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION COULD BE RELEASED INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.
Consequence:
 IF THIS SOLUTION IS EXPOSED TO AN IGNITION SOURCE UNDER CERTAIN SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES, IT CAN RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy:
 FLEETWOOD IS WORKING WITH DOMETIC TO REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS (PLEASE SEE 08E032). DOMETIC WILL REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS BY INSTALLING A SECONDARY BURN HOUSING, A THERMAL FUSE, AND A MELT FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. DOMETIC HAS RETAINED STERICYCLE INC. TO MANAGE THIS CAMPAIGN. STERICYCLE WILL ASSIST THE OWNER IN LOCATING DEALERSHIPS OR SERVICE CENTERS AND WILL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH SCHEDULING OF APPOINTMENTS. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC/STERICYCLE AT 1-888-446-5157 OR FLEETWOOD AT 1-800-322-8216.
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.

MERCEDES-BENZ USA RECALLS A RANGE OF VEHICLES

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
MERCEDES BENZ / C
2007-2008
MERCEDES BENZ / C CLASS
2005-2006
MERCEDES BENZ / CL
2008
MERCEDES BENZ / CL CLASS
2004
MERCEDES BENZ / CLK
2007-2008
MERCEDES BENZ / CLK CLASS
2003-2004 2006
MERCEDES BENZ / CLS
2008
MERCEDES BENZ / E
2007-2008
MERCEDES BENZ / E CLASS
2003-2006
MERCEDES BENZ / G CLASS
2003
MERCEDES BENZ / M CLASS
2008
MERCEDES BENZ / M-CLASS
2006-2007
MERCEDES BENZ / R
2008
MERCEDES BENZ / R CLASS
2006
MERCEDES BENZ / R-CLASS
2007
MERCEDES BENZ / S
2007-2008
MERCEDES BENZ / S CLASS
2004
MERCEDES BENZ / SL CLASS
2006 2009
MERCEDES BENZ / SLK
2005-2009
Manufacturer : MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC. Mfr's Report Date : JUL 03, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V303000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 404
Summary:
 MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING MY 2006-2008 M-CLASS, R-CLASS, MY 2005-2009 SLK-CLASS, MY 2005-2008 C-CLASS, MY 2003-2004 AND 2006-2008 CLK-CLASS, MY 2003-2008 E-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2008 CL-CLASS, MY 2008 CLS-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2007-2008 S-CLASS, MY 2003 G-CLASS, AND MY 2003-2004, 2006 AND 2009 SL-CLASS VEHICLES. A SOFTWARE CALIBRATION NUMBER (SCN) CODING RECEIVED ON THE AFFECTED VEHICLES DURING A RECENT WORKSHOP VISIT WAS INCORRECT. DEPENDING ON THE MODEL YEAR AND MODEL AFFECTED, THE RESULTS OF AN INCORRECT SCN CODING CAN AFFECT A NUMBER OF VEHICLE SAFETY AND EMISSION FUNCTIONS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF FUNCTIONS: (1) THE FUEL GAUGE READINGS MAY BE INCORRECT; (2) A STUCK FUEL-LEVEL SENSOR MAY NOT BE DISPLAYED IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER; (3) THE OBD SYSTEM MAY CAUSE THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE INCORRECTLY; AND, (4) THE SPEEDOMETER MAY BE OUT OF TOLERANCE.
Consequence:
 IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE ELECTRICAL FUEL PUMP MAY NOT RECEIVE A CRASH SIGNAL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE FUEL PUMP TO DISCONNECT AND PREVENT FUTURE FUEL DELIVERY AS DESIGNED.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL RECODE THE SCN FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.
Notes:
 MERCEDES-BENZ RECALL NO. 2008 070001. 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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dirt Devil Vacuum, Walther Air Cylinders, Amsterdam Bicycles, My Binky’s Personalized Pacifiers, Recalled


bulletDirt Devil Vacuum Accessory Tools Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TTI Floor Care North America, of Glenwillow, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 987,000 Dirt Devil Vacuum Power Brush Attachment Tools. Plastic pieces inside the vacuum tool can break apart and be ejected, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
bulletChampion’s Choice Recalls Walther Air Cylinders for Air Pistols Due to Burst Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Champion’s Choice, of La Vergne, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 70 Walther Air Cylinders for Air Pistols. The cylinders can burst when in use and/or while being filled, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers.
bulletElectra Bicycle Company Recalls Amsterdam Bicycles; Chain Can Derail and Pose Injury Risk to Riders
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Electra Bicycle Company, LLC of Vista, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 9,500 Amsterdam Bicycles. The interior alignment tabs of the bicycle’s chainguard can be pushed against the chain causing it to derail, which poses a risk of injury to riders.
bulletIt’s MY Binky Recalls Personalized Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), It's My Binky, of Henderson, Nev., is voluntarily recalling about 115,000 It’s My Binky’s Personalized Pacifiers. The pacifier button, ring handle and shield with nipple can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.
bulletIndoor Lighting Fixtures Recalled by Lithonia Lighting Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lithonia Lighting, of Conyers, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 1,200 Indoor Lighting Fixtures. A thermal protector could be missing from the lighting fixtures, posing a risk of overheating and fire.
bulletSleep Innovations Recalls Pillows Sold Exclusively at Costco; Metal Fragments Pose Abrasion Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sleep Innovations Inc., of West Long Branch, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 120,000 Cuddly Comfort Pillows. The pillows can contain small metal fragments in the fiber-fill as a result of a mechanical breakdown in the manufacturing process. The metal fragments can cause abrasions and cuts to consumers.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jalapeno Peppers Recalled By Agricola Zaragoza, Inc.

Earlier Salmonella warning by FDA is a Recall now.

Agricola Zaragoza, Inc. Recalls Jalapeno Peppers Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Raymundo Cavazos
956-631-6405
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 21, 2008 -- Agricola Zaragoza, Inc. of McAllen, TX is recalling Jalapeno Peppers distributed since June 30th, 2008 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The Jalapeno Peppers were distributed to customers in GA and TX.
The Jalapeno Peppers being recalled were shipped in 35lb. plastic crates and in 50lb. bags with no brand name or label.
The recall is a result of sampling by FDA, which revealed that these Jalapeno Peppers were contaminated with the same strain of Salmonella Saintpaul responsible for the current Salmonella outbreak. It is unknown at this time which, if any, of the more than 1,200 illnesses reported to date are related to this particular product or to the grower who supplied this product.  Distribution of these products has been suspended while FDA, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers and retailers who purchased Jalapeno Peppers should contact their supplier to determine if their products are involved in the recall. Commercial manufacturers that have used these recalled Jalapeno Peppers as an ingredient in other products (i.e. salsas, etc.) are encouraged to contact their local FDA office to determine if these products should be recalled.  Additionally, restaurants, retail food stores, and similar retail institutions that have used these Jalapeno Peppers as a garnish or as an ingredient to prepare entrees, salsas or other products are asked to dispose of these products making sure that all such peppers are not inadvertently made available for purchase, salvage or donation and therefore preventing any possibility for human or animal consumption..  Consumers with questions may contact the company at (956)-631-6405.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Grande Produce, LTD.CO Recalls Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers, and Avocados

Grande Produce, LTD.CO Recalls Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers, and Avocados Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Raul Cano
956- 843-8575

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 19, 2008 -- Grande Produce, LTD. CO of Hidalgo, Texas (hereinafter referred to as Grande Produce) is recalling Jalapeño Peppers and Serrano Peppers distributed between May 17th and July 17th, 2008; and Avocados, all sizes, with lot #HUE08160090889 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers and Avocados were distributed to the following states: TX, DE, NC, GA, OK, IA, MN, IL, FL, IN, MD, NY, MS, AR, KS, and KY.

The avocados being recalled were shipped in boxes labeled "Frutas Finas de Tancitaro HASS Avocados, Produce of Mexico," all sizes, with lot number HUE08160090889. The Jalapeno Peppers and Serrano peppers being recalled were shipped in 35lb. plastic crates with no brand name or label.

No illnesses associated with this recall have been reported to date.

The recall is a result of sampling by the Texas Department of State Health Services and The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which revealed that these products contained the bacteria. Distribution of these products has been suspended while FDA, the Texas Department of State Health Services, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who purchased Avocados, Jalapeno Peppers and Serrano Peppers should contact their supplier to determine if their products are involved in the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (956) 843-8575.

NOTE: "According to the Texas and North Carolina Departments of Health, the strain of Salmonella found in this company's jalapeño and serrano peppers and in its avocado is not Salmonella Saintpaul, and is not believed to be related to the current Salmonella outbreak.

The recall is a result of sampling not by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but by the Texas Department of State Health Services (Texas Health) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (North Carolina Health ) which revealed that these products contained the bacteria.

The company has voluntarily initiated a recall of its already distributed products and has stopped future distribution while the FDA, Texas Health, North Carolina Health and the company continue to investigate to determine the source of the problem."

Mut Gung Sweetened Ginger Recalled By Domega International Co., Ltd.

Contact:
Domega International Co., Ltd.
646-938-7345

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 16, 2008 -- DOMEGA INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD., 98 Bay 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214 is recalling Korica Brand “Mut Gung” Sweetened Ginger because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled Korica Brand “Mut Gung Sweetened Ginger is sold in uncoded 7 oz plastic tubs and is a product of Vietnam. The product was sold nationwide.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and Subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in Korica Brand “Mut Gung” Sweetened Ginger in packages which did not declare sulfites on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.

No illnesses involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased Korica Brand “Mut Gung Sweetened Ginger should return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 646-938-7345.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Recall Policies At U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA.

The recall of a defective or possibly harmful consumer product often is highly publicized in newspapers and on news broadcasts. This is especially true when a recall involves foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and other products regulated by FDA. Despite this publicity, FDA's role in recall activities is often misunderstood not only by consumers, but also by the news media, and occasionally even by the regulated industry. The following headlines, which appeared in two major daily newspapers, are good examples of that misunderstanding: "FDA Orders Peanut Butter Recall," and "FDA Orders 6,500 Cases of Red-Dyed Mints Recalled."

The headlines are wrong in indicating that the Agency can "order" these recalls. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, (the law) does not generally authorize FDA to "order" a manufacturer to recall a food, cosmetic or supplement. The agency may request a product recall if the firm is not willing to remove dangerous products from the market without FDA's written request. Only when a medical device, human tissue products, and infant formula pose a risk to human health; that the law specifically authorizes FDA to prescribe a recall and to rule on the scope and extent of the same*.

The manufacturers or distributors of the product carry out most recalls of products regulated by FDA voluntarily. In some instances, a company discovers that one of its products is defective and recalls it entirely on its own. In others, FDA informs a company of findings that one of its products is defective and suggests or requests a recall. Usually, the company will comply.

If the firm does not recall the product, then FDA can seek legal action under the FD&C Act. These include seizure of available product, and/or injunction of the firm, including a court request for recall of the product.

This cooperation between FDA and its regulated industries has proven over the years to be the quickest and most reliable method to remove potentially dangerous products from the market. This method has been successful because it is in the interest of FDA, as well as industry, to get unsafe and defective products out of consumer hands as soon as possible.

FDA guidelines for companies to follow when recalling defective products under the Agency's jurisdiction are published in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 7. These guidelines make clear that FDA expects these firms to take full responsibility for product recalls, including follow-up checks to assure that recalls are successful. Under the guidelines, companies are expected to notify FDA when recalls are started, to make progress reports to FDA on recalls, and to undertake recalls when asked to do so by the Agency.

The guidelines also call on manufacturers and distributors to develop contingency plans for product recalls that can be put into effect if, and when needed. FDA's role under the guidelines is to monitor company recalls and assess the adequacy of a firm's action. After a recall is completed, FDA makes sure that the product is destroyed or suitably reconditioned and investigates why the product was defective.

Generally, FDA accepts reports and other necessary recall information submitted by e-mail. In many cases, this has become routine for some firms and FDA district offices. However, FDA maintains the prerogative for investigational visits and other in-person communications where the agency considers it appropriate.

The guidelines categorize all recalls into one of three classes according to the level of hazard involved.

  • Class I recalls are for dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death. Examples of products that could fall into this category are a food found to contain botulinal toxin, food with undeclared allergens, a label mix-up on a life saving drug, or a defective artificial heart valve.

  • Class II recalls are for products that might cause a temporary health problem, or pose only a slight threat of a serious nature. One example is a drug that is under-strength but that is not used to treat life-threatening situations.

  • Class III recalls are for products that are unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction, but that violate FDA labeling or manufacturing regulations. Examples might be a container defect (plastic material delaminating or a lid that does not seal); off-taste, color, or leaks in a bottled drink, and lack of English labeling in a retail food.

FDA develops a strategy for each individual recall that sets forth how extensively it will check on a company's performance in recalling the product in question. For a Class I recall, for example, FDA would check to make sure that each defective product has been recalled or reconditioned. In contrast, for a Class III recall, the Agency may decide that it only needs to spot check to make sure the product is off the market.

Even though the firm recalling the product may issue a press release, FDA seeks publicity about a recall only when it believes the public needs to be alerted about a serious hazard. For example, if a canned food product, purchased by a consumer at a retail store, were found by FDA to contain botulinal toxin, an effort would be made to retrieve all the cans in circulation, including those in the hands of consumers. As part of this effort, the Agency also could issue a public warning via the news media to alert as many consumers as possible to the potential hazard.

FDA also issues general information about new recalls it is monitoring through FDA Enforcement Reports, a weekly publication available in FDA's Internet page at: http://www.fda.gov/

For additional information on recalls, contact the FDA District Office nearest you.

*Sec. 412, and Sec. 518, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act; Sec. 351 Public Health Service Act.

New Federal Law Mandates Child Resistant Portable Gasoline Containers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2008
Release #08-334
CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contacts: (301) 504-7908

New Federal Law Mandates Child Resistant Portable Gasoline Containers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Children and gasoline don’t mix. With the passage of the Children’s Gasoline Burn Prevention Act, an additional layer of fire safety and burn protection has been added for families across the country.

President George W. Bush signed the Act into law which requires portable gasoline containers manufactured for sale in the U.S. on or after January 17, 2009 to conform to child resistance safety requirements.

Gasoline containers will join containers with other flammable liquids, such as turpentine, charcoal lighter fluid, and torch fuel that are required to have child resistant closures. CPSC has jurisdiction over child resistant product packaging.

“Families who purchase gasoline cans with child resistant gas caps and who keep all flammable liquids out of the sight and reach of children are improving the safety of their homes,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord.

CPSC recommends these safety tips for consumers.

  • Buy a gasoline container that is child resistant.
  • Place a gasoline container in a well ventilated, cool area.
  • Never store gasoline or other fuel inside the house, in the basement, or near a fuel-burning appliance, open flames, pilot lights, stoves, heaters, electric mowers, or any other sources of ignition.
  • Never smoke near gasoline.
  • Never carry gasoline in the trunk of the car. Escaping vapors can easily ignite.
  • Keep gasoline, kerosene and other fuels out of the reach of children. Never permit children to play with matches or fuel.
CPSC also requires child resistant packaging for many products that are dangerous for children to swallow including over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, household cleaning products including drain openers, personal care products such as baby oil and mouthwash containing ethanol, and adult strength vitamins and supplements with iron. For aspirin and oral prescription medicine, special packaging has saved the lives of about 900 children since the early 1970s.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

GM IS RECALLING CHEVROLET EXPRESS AND GMC SAVANA G-CUTAWAY FLEET VAN

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
CHEVROLET / EXPRESS
2008
GMC / SAVANA
2008
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's Report Date : JUL 08, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V313000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 2481
Summary:
 GM IS RECALLING 2,481 MY 2008 CHEVROLET EXPRESS AND GMC SAVANA G-CUTAWAY FLEET VAN EQUIPPED WITH A 6.0L (RPO LY6) V8 ENGINE, 4L80E (RPO MT1) TRANSMISSION, 4.10 (RPO GT5) AXLE AND 75 MPH GOVERNOR (RPO 9D7). THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH THE TRANSMISSION MAY BE DAMAGED DUE TO FIRST GEAR ENGAGEMENT AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS AND THEN DOES NOT TRANSMIT POWER WITH D4 OR R SELECTED. THIS MAY BE PRECEDED BY ENGINE SHUTDOWN IF THE VEHICLE EXCEEDS 81 MILES PER HOUR IN CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
Consequence:
 THE VEHICLE MAY BE STRANDED ON OR NEAR A HIGHWAY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULE AND ENGINE CONTROL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON JULY 30, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.
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.