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Saturday, October 24, 2009

NISSAN RECALLS YEAR 2008-2009 ROGUE VEHICLES.

Vehicle Make / Model:
   
Model Year(s):
     NISSAN / ROGUE
   
2008-2009

Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: OCT 14, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V411000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT PITMAN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 163659
Summary:
 NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 ROGUE VEHICLES. A SCREW IN THE STEERING GEAR HOUSING COVER MAY LOOSEN OVER TIME AND COULD FALL OUT. AS IT LOOSENS, THE STEERING RESPONSE OF THE VEHICLE MAY BE COMPROMISED BUT THE DRIVER WILL RETAIN STEERING CONTROL.
Consequence:
 THE SCREW MAY EVENTUALLY COME OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR COVER. IF LARGE STEERING INPUTS ARE MADE WITH THE COVER SCREW MISSING THE PINION SHAFT MAY COME OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR RESULTING IN A COMPLETE LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT WHETHER THE STEERING GEAR COVER SCREW IS LOOSE AND WILL BE RETIGHTENED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION. DEALERS WILL ALSO INSTALL A COVER PLATE TO PREVENT THE SCREW FROM POSSIBLY COMING OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Notes:
 OWNERS 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 .

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Noshers Choice Brand Just Fruit Recalled


Americas Favorite Noshers Inc. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Noshers Choice Brand Just Fruit


Contact:
Sam Salamon (718) 403-0020
America’s Favorite Nosher's Inc.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Bldg #120
Brooklyn N.Y. 11205
Tel (718) 403-0020 – Fax (718) 403-9024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 21, 2009 - Americas Favorite Noshers Inc. of Brooklyn, New York 11205 is recalling Nosher's Choice brand Just Fruit because it contained undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.
Nosher's Choice brand Just Fruit is sold in a 9 ounce clear plastic container and has a code date prior to 09/17/10 printed on the label and does not list sulfur dioxide in the ingredients. The recalled product was distributed throughout New York and New Jersey. The recalled product is a product of the United States.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis by food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in Nosher's Choice brand Just Fruit which were not declared 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 suflites.
No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased Nosher's Choice brand Just Fruit are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 403-0020.

Friday, September 11, 2009

CPSC Recalls For September


bulletBicycle Chains and Chain Connector Links Recalled by SRAM Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SRAM LLC, of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 10 Speed SRAM Bicycle Chains with PowerLock connector links. The recalled PowerLock connector links, used on bicycle chains, are brittle and can crack, allowing the chain to separate from the bicycle and posing a fall hazard to the rider.
bulletKohl’s Department Stores Agrees to Pay $425,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children’s Sweatshirts
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Kohl’s Department Stores Inc., of Menomonee Falls, Wis. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $425,000. The penalty settlement (pdf), which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Kohl’s Department Stores knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children’s hooded sweatshirts it sold had drawstrings at the neck.
bulletHill Sportswear Agrees To Pay $100,000 Civil Penalty For Failing To Report Drawstrings In Children’s Sweatshirts
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Hill Sportswear Inc., of Paramount, Calif. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $100,000. The penalty settlement, which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Hill Sportswear knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children’s hooded sweatshirts it manufactured and sold had drawstrings at the neck.
bulletFirms Agree to Pay $85,000 in Civil Penalties for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children’s Outerwear
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that two firms, Maran Inc., of North Bergen, N.J. and K.S. Trading Corp., of Moonachie, N.J., have agreed to pay a total of $85,000 in civil penalties. The penalty settlements, which have been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolve CPSC staff allegations that the firms knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children’s hooded sweatshirts or jackets they sold had drawstrings at the neck.
bulletBandsaws Recalled by Grizzly Industrial Due to Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Grizzly Industrial, of Bellingham, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 500 Bandsaws. Some of the recalled bandsaws do not have a grounding wire installed, which poses an electric shock hazard to consumers.
bulletO’Neill Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by La Jolla Sport Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jolla Sport USA Inc., of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 Children’s Hooded Fleece Sweatshirts. The recalled sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
bulletChildren’s Animal Masks and Pendants Recalled by Team Work Trading Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Team Work Trading, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,400 Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants. The recalled children’s animal masks and pendants contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletCPSC Joins President Obama’s Back-to-School Campaign
As a new school year gets underway, President Obama launched a major back-to-school campaign today aimed at keeping kids in the classroom. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) new Chairman Inez Tenenbaum carried the President’s message to South Carolina where she met with students and faculty at Rosewood Elementary School in Columbia.
bulletOfficeMax Recalls Office Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OfficeMax Inc., of Naperville, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 216,000 Office Max Task Chairs. The back and the base post of the chair can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bulletWal-Mart Announces Recall Expansion of Durabrand DVD Players Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 4.2 million Durabrand DVD Players (1.5 million were previously recalled). The DVD player’s circuit board can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.



FDA Reacall Anouncements For September

Thursday, September 10, 2009

MITSUBISHI IS RECALLS 2008-2009 LANCER EVOLUTION

SEP 08, 2009 MITSUBISHI IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 LANCER EVOLUTION, RALLIART, AND SPORTBACK RALLIART VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH TURBOCHARGED ENGINES.
Safecar.gov

Saturday, September 5, 2009

PIRELLI RECALLS CERTAIN PIRELLI PZERO CORSA TIRES

Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:     Production Dates:
    PIRELLI / PZERO CORSA / 285/35 ZR19 (99Y) K1 LEFT     JUN 01, 2007 - JUL 31, 2009
    PIRELLI / PZERO CORSA / 285/35 ZR19 (99Y) K1 RIGH     JUN 01, 2007 - JUL 31, 2009
Manufacturer: PIRELLI TIRE LLC Mfr's Report Date: SEP 01, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09T012000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES:TREAD/BELT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1680
Summary:
 PIRELLI IS RECALLING CERTAIN PIRELLI PZERO CORSA TIRES, SIZE 285/35 ZR19 (99Y) K1, IP 1778200 (LEFT) AND IP 1778300 (RIGHT) MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JUNE 2007 AND JULY 2009. PARTIAL TREAD SEPARATION / BELT EDGE SEPARATION CAN OCCUR AT CONSTANT MAXIMUM HIGH SPEEDS (AT AND OVER 270 KMH OR 168 MPH FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME).
Consequence:
 TREAD OR BELT EDGE SEPARATION COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 PIRELLI TIRE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE AFFECTED TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. THIS RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PIRELLI TIRE AT 1-800-747-3554, SELECT OPTION #2.
Notes:
 OWNERS 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 .

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Yummy Foods Company of San Francisco Recalls Wife Cake


Contacts:
Shun Fung International Inc.
DBA Yummy Foods Co.
2089 Ingalls Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
Tel: 415-822-1768


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 14, 2009 - Yummy Foods Company of San Francisco, California, is recalling its 17 oz./480g Wife Cake because the product contains undeclared egg and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product was distributed to individuals in California, Ranch 99 Supermarkets in Kent and Edmonds, Washington and Asian retail markets in California.

The product is sold in a pink box under the Yummy Foods Company brand name. There are 6 cakes to a box, 24 boxes to a case. This recall applies to all product having UPC 0 19151 00168 2.

No illnesses have been reported.

Customers or consumers who have this product are asked to please return the product to the Supermarket where it was purchased. Customers and consumers can reach Yummy Foods Company @ 415-822-1768 for product return instructions or questions. We can be reached between 8am-5pm Monday through Saturday, PDT.

Culinary Circle™ Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese products Recalled


Contact:

Susie Bell
Susan.Bell@supervalu.com
952.828.4356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 14, 2009 - Minneapolis – SUPERVALU INC.® (NYSE:SVU) is voluntarily recalling frozen Culinary Circle™ Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese products because they may have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The products are found in the frozen foods section in a 38 oz. package and were sold at SUPERVALU-owned stores including Acme®, Albertsons®, biggs®, Cub Foods®, Farm Fresh®, Hornbacher’s®, Jewel-Osco®, Lucky®, Shaw’s/Star Market™, Shop ‘n Save®, and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy® in all of the states where they operate.The possibility for contamination was identified through routine sampling of the product at the manufacturing facility. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the identified product. However, because the safety of customers is a top priority and out of an abundance of caution, SUPERVALU has voluntarily recalled the product. This product recall includes all: Product Name and Description: Culinary Circle Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, a frozen product, 38 oz. package UPC#: 41130 38704 Customers who have purchased the affected product can bring it back to their SUPERVALU-owned store for a full refund or exchange. Customers with questions can contact SUPERVALU Inc. at 877.932.7948. Customers who have health-related concerns should contact their physician.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Barr Laboratories, Inc. recalls Dextroamphetamine/Amphetamine 20mg Tablets

Contact:
Denise Bradley
215-591-8974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 13, 2009 - Barr Laboratories, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of Dextroamphetamine Saccharate, Amphetamine Aspartate, Dextroamphetamine Sulfate and Amphetamine Sulfate (Mixed Salts of a Single Entity Amphetamine Product) 20mg Tablets, 100 count bottles, lot number 311756. The product identified is being recalled because the affected lot may contain some tablets exceeding weight requirements which may lead to super-potent tablets.

Potentially clinically significant adverse reactions to a supratherapeutic dose could include cardiovascular, neurologic, psychiatric and gastrointestinal reactions such as: palpitations, tachycardia, hypertension, headache, tremor, tic, dyskinesia, dizziness, blurred vision, sweating, insomnia, agitation, euphoria, mania, anxiety, restlessness, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, and decreased appetite.

This product can be uniquely identified as an oval peach colored tablet, debossed with b/973 on one side and 2/0 on the other side. Barr distributed the affected lot between 06/11/09 and 06/16/09. Only lot 311756 is affected by this recall.

Customers who have this lot in their possession are instructed to cease using the product and return it to their pharmacy/distributor. Wholesalers and retailers should cease distribution and examine their inventory immediately.

Consumers with questions may contact 888-742-5578 from 8:00am - 8:00pm EDT Monday-Friday.

Barr Laboratories has not received any adverse events for this product lot.

The FDA has been apprised of this action.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product should also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088; by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178; by mail at MedWatch, HF-410, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Adams Extract and Spice, LLC. Recalls Products Containing Ground Red Pepper.

Adams Extract & Spice, LLC Announces Recall Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Jennifer Hawkes
1-888-672-1850 x208

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 07, 2009 -- Adams Extract and Spice, LLC. is announcing a voluntary recall of products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products contain a specific lot of ground red pepper supplied by Van de Vries Spice Corporation, 9 Elkins Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816 This lot of ground red pepper initially tested negative for salmonella. Subsequently, Adams Extract and Spice, LLC. has been informed that another sample drawn from the same lot has been confirmed positive for 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. 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 following lots of specific products were distributed in Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico through retail stores, mail order, internet sales and direct delivery.

The items listed below are in clear plastic (PET) bottles with yellow caps:

Adams Cayenne Pepper 2.61 oz Best by date 060311-060711, 062711-070111, 071811-072211, 080111-080511

Adams Brisket Rub 13.47 oz Best by date 062111-062511, 062711-070711

Adams Brisket Rub 8.5lbs Best by date 062811-070211

Adams Multi-Season Seasoned Salt 14.46 oz. Best by date 070511-070911

Adams Multi-Seasoning 30 oz. Best by date 071111-071511

REX Cayenne Pepper Ground 6.98 oz. Best by Date 072111-072511, 071111-071511

REX Cayenne Pepper 16 oz. Best by Date 071111-071511

The item listed below is in french square glass bottles with silver-tone caps:

Adams Reserve Cajun Seasoning 4.93oz. Best by date 061011-061711, 071311-071711

The items listed below are in translucent polypropylene jars with translucent caps:

Carniceria Texas Red All Purpose Seasoning Adams 14.25oz. Best by date 061711-062111

Carniceria B-B-Q Seasoning Adams 15.07oz. Best by date 061611-062011

The item listed below is in red trimmed "cello" packages:

REX Crab Boil Ready Mix 64 oz.

The item listed below is in green trimmed "cello" packages:

REX Fish Fry 10 oz.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact:

Jennifer Hawkes at 1-888-672-1850 x208 8a-4:30p CST Monday-Friday or jhawkes@adamsffi.com.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Motor Vehicle Safety Defects and Recalls Booklet


The purpose of this Motor Vehicle Safety Defects and Recalls Booklet is to answer the most commonly asked questions about how and why recall campaigns are initiated, and to inform consumers of their rights and responsibilities when a vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment is recalled. In these pages, you’ll discover how to report a safety-related problem to NHTSA, as well as how participation by citizens like you helps to keep motor vehicles as safe as possible. See the following section for comprehensive answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) NHTSA receives on recalls.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC's, Top Ten list of recalled children’s products


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced its Top Ten list of recalled children’s products as part of the agency’s “Resale Round-up” campaign. CPSC’s goal is to protect consumers by getting dangerous recalled products out of resale stores and off the Internet. Re-selling recalled products is a violation of federal law.

Before re-selling products, CPSC encourages re-sellers to check its Web site, www.cpsc.gov, to determine if the product has been recalled.

“Those who re-sell recalled children’s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children.”

A CPSC study conducted in 1999 found that nearly 70 percent of resale stores sold at least one recalled or otherwise hazardous product.

CPSC is partnering with the National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops (NARTS), the Salvation Army, state agencies, and others to alert re-sellers about recalled products, product hazards including cribs that do not meet current safety standards, drawstrings in children’s clothing, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

“NARTS fully supports CPSC’s outreach efforts to resale stores,” said Adele Meyer, NARTS’ Executive Director. “Our members are resale professionals committed to product safety who believe good value and selling safe products go hand in hand.”

The agency’s education campaign, which will include safety seminars for resale store owners and employees, is part of CPSC’s commitment to protecting consumers, especially children.

CPSC’s Internet surveillance team is monitoring online retailers and auction sites for sales of recalled and hazardous products. Re-sellers are reminded that they must comply with the federal law which will be enforced for in-store and online sales.

CPSC has released a new “Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Re-sellers” to help resellers comply with the law. It can be found at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/thrift/thrguid.pdf or can be ordered by calling CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

CPSC’s Top Ten list of recalled children’s products includes:

DateRecalled ProductHazard
March 10, 1993Playskool Travel-Lite Play YardsIf the side rails of the portable crib fold during use, an infant can become entrapped and suffocate. Three deaths have been reported.
June 25, 1997Evenflo Happy Camper Play Yards The product can collapse, trapping the child in the "V" formed by the folded top rails. The rotating plastic hinges can crack or break, presenting a sharp edge or possibly allowing the child to escape. Evenflo and CPSC are aware of three deaths involving the play yards.
December 19, 1994 & February 28, 2001Baby Trend Home and Roam and Baby Express Portable Cribs and Play YardsThese cribs/play yards can collapse and entrap an infant. In January 2001, a 9-month-old baby in Longview, Wash., died of asphyxiation when her neck was caught in the V-shape created by the collapsed sides of her crib/play yard. There have been three other deaths and three reports of babies found not breathing (who were revived) associated with these products.
March 31, 2006 & April 19, 2007Magnetix Magnetic Building SetsTiny magnets inside the plastic building pieces and rods can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. This product is unsuitable for young children. CPSC is aware of one death and at least 27 serious injuries.
July 19, 2007Easy Bake OvensYoung children can insert their hands into the oven's front opening, and get their hands or fingers caught, posing entrapment and burn hazards.
August 14, 2007 & November 21, 2006Polly Pocket Dolls with MagnetsSmall magnets inside the dolls and accessories can come loose. The magnets can be found by young children and swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. CPSC is aware of 3 serious injuries.
July 2, 2009, September 17, 2008 & September 21, 2007Simplicity Drop Side CribsThe drop side can detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped which can lead to suffocation. CPSC is aware of 10 deaths associated with Simplicity drop side cribs.
September 11, 2008, August 27, 2008 & August 28, 2008Simplicity Bassinets (also includes bassinets with Graco or Winnie the Pooh motif)The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by velcro. The fabric is folded down when the bassinet is converted into a bed-side co-sleeping position. If the velcro is not properly re-secured when the flap is adjusted, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped between the metal bars and suffocate. CPSC is aware of at least three deaths involving Simplicity bassinets.
February 12, 2009Hill Sportswear hooded drawstring sweatshirtsCPSC received one report of a death involving a 3-year-old boy in Fresno, Calif. He was strangled when the drawstring on the hooded sweatshirt that he was wearing became stuck on a playground set.
April 2, 2009Evenflo Envision High ChairsRecline fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to detach or recline unexpectedly. Children can fall backwards or fall out of the high chair and suffer bumps and bruises to the head, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached hardware also poses a choking hazard to children.


Learn more at CPSC’s new Resellers and Resale/Thrift Stores Information Center

Dorel Juvenile Group USA, Recalls Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates


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: Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates

Units: About 31,500 (100,000 units were previously recalled in February 2009)

Importer: Dorel Juvenile Group USA, of Columbus, Ind.

Hazard: The hinges that hold the stair gate in place can break, posing a fall hazard to children if the gate is placed at the top of the stairs.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves the Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gate with model number 42111, which is printed on a sticker under the handle panel. The gates, which were manufactured before December 20, 2008, are white metal with a gray handle and a motion sensor nightlight that illuminates on approach. The manufacture date is located below the gate's handle as a date wheel imprinted in the plastic; an arrow indicates the month, and the year is stamped inside the circle. The manufacture date is also printed on a sticker inside the battery door.

Sold at: Mass merchandise and juvenile product stores nationwide, including Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart.com and other online retailers from January 2005 through July 2009 for about $60.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled gate and contact the company to obtain a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Consumers can call Dorel Juvenile Group toll-free at (866) 690-2540 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET; complete an online order form on the Dorel Juvenile Group Web site at www.djgusa.com/safety_notice/ to obtain their free repair kit; email the company at Smartlightgate@djgusa.com, or send a fax to (800) 207-8182. Consumers should not return the stair gates to retail stores.

Graco Children’s Products Inc., Recalls Jump ‘n Jive™ Doorway Jumpers


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: Jump ‘n Jive™ Doorway Jumpers

Units: About 2,400

Manufacturer: Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: The recalled doorway jumpers include detachable toys that are attached to the jumper straps with strips of hook and loop fabric. The strips of fabric are not permanently attached to the toys and can become detached during use, posing a choking hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The company has received one report of a child removing the fabric strip and placing it in his/her mouth. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled doorway jumper includes an interactive musical dance mat and two detachable toys. The model number, 1755544, appears on the carton UPC label and on the underside of the jumper tray. The doorway jumpers were sold from April 2009 through July 2009.

Sold at: Babies R Us and other children’s speciality retail stores nationwide and online from Amazon.com for about $55.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and remove and discard the detachable toys and the attaching fabric strips and call the manufacturer for a replacement set of toys. After the toys and fabric strips are removed, consumers can continue to use the jumper and interactive musical dance mat.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com

Circo Booster Seats Recalled By Target


Target Recalls Circo Booster Seats Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Target, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 43,000 Circo Booster Seats. The booster seat restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured.

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: Circo Booster Seats

Units: About 43,000

Importer: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The booster seat restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received eight reports of the booster seat buckles opening unexpectedly, including three reports of bruises.

Description: This recall involves Circo booster seats with manufacture date codes XJ0811, XJ0812, XJ0901, and XJ0902. The plastic booster seat is blue with green trim and has white straps. The manufacture date code is printed on the backside of the seat next to the consumer warning information. “Circo” can be found on a label located in the front of the seat.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from December 2008 through June 2009 for about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the booster seat and return the item to the nearest Target store to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.target.com


Ross StoresTo Pay $500,000 Civil Penalty For Failing To Follow CPSC Issued Drawstring Guidelines

In February 1996, CPSC issued drawstring guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts. In May 2006, CPSC’s Office of Compliance announced (pdf) that children’s upper outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as defective and as creating a substantial risk of injury to young children.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Ross Stores Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $500,000. The penalty settlement, which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Ross knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children’s hooded sweatshirts it sold had drawstrings at the neck.

Children’s upper outerwear with drawstrings, including sweatshirts, pose a strangulation hazard to children which can result in serious injury or death. CPSC and the sweatshirts’ importers announced recalls (07-777, 08-121, 08-146, 08-192) of the products.

In agreeing to the settlement, Ross Stores denies CPSC's allegations that it knowingly violated the law.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Garmin Recalls Garmin® BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision v2009

Out of an abundance of caution, Garmin has voluntarily chosen to globally recall its 2009 version of BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision data cards. In certain waters, there are inaccuracies and/or omissions in the way that this specific version of charting represents depth contours and depth areas, resulting in the depiction of water depth as deeper than the actual depth under certain display conditions

Garmin® BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision v2009

Garmin, Ltd. has announced a voluntary product safety recall of the 2009 version of its marine cartography data card, BlueChart® g2 and g2 Vision. Affected data cards were sold between April 8 and June 3, 2009.

Garmin has received reports of data cards giving inaccurate depth indications in waters along the coast of Sweden and Denmark. As a result, Garmin has chosen to recall all 2009 versions of the BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision cards sold in micro SD/SD card format. Customers are advised not to use these data cards for navigation.

Affected customers will be provided with a free replacement. BlueChart or BlueChart g2 Vision v2008.5; and when the 2009 version has been corrected Garmin will make it available free of charge to those customers. For more information on the recall go to www.garmin.com/bluechartrecall

Beef Packers, Inc., a Fresno, California, Recalls 825,769 pounds of ground beef due to salmonellosis Outbreak

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-041-2009 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Brian K. Mabry

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2009 - Beef Packers, Inc., a Fresno, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:
  • 60 pound cases of "GRD Beef Sirl Fine 90/10." Each case bears the identifying case code W69012 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/28/09, 06/29/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/05/09, 07/06/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Bf Fine Sir 90/10 10/60 H". Each case bears the identifying case code W69064 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/26/09, 07/03/09, 07/06/09, 07/07/09 and 07/14/09.
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Beef 90/10 Fine 60." Each case bears the identifying case code W69063 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
  • 80 pound cases of "Grnd Beef Fine 91/09 10#/80." Each case bears the identifying case code W69108 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/30/09, 07/06/09, 07/08/09 and 07/13/09 .
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Beef Fine 93/07 10/60." Each case bears the identifying case code W69363 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/28/09, 06/29/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Beef Fine 93/07 10#/60 H." Each case bears the identifying case code W69360 with Use/Freeze by date of 06/26/09, 07/03/09, 07/06/09, 07/10/09 and 07/14/09.
  • 40 pound cases of "GRD BEEF FINE 96/04-10#/40." Each case bears the identifying case code W69602 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
The ground beef products were produced on various dates ranging from June 5, 2009 through June 23, 2009 and bear the establishment number "EST. 31913" printed on the case code labels. The ground beef products were distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah. Because these products were repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names, consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products subject to recall.

As a result of an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Newport associated with ground beef products, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified FSIS of the situation. Epidemiological and traceback investigations conducted by FSIS and CDPHE determined that there is an association between the fresh ground beef products and illnesses reported in Colorado. The illnesses were also linked through the epidemiological investigation by their uncommon pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern found in PulseNet, a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FSIS would like to remind consumers of the importance of following food safety guidelines when handling and preparing raw meat. Ground beef should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160° Fahrenheit.

This particular strain of Salmonella Newport is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company's Consumer Line at (877) 872-3635. Media with questions should contact company Director of Communications Rebecca Hayne (316) 291-2126.

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.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Victoria Inn, Perfect Servings, and Herico Brand Food Products Recalled By United Food Group.


United Food Group, Inc. Recalling Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Barbara Boyer
(847) 622-1803

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 30, 2009 -- United Food Group, Inc announced a voluntary recall of products that contain instant nonfat dry milk manufactured by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative. This recall is a precautionary measure due to the voluntary recall of instant nonfat dry milk announced by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative on June 29, 2009.

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. 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.

Due to the products potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, the following are being recalled:

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Mushroom Soup

.66 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Baked Potato w/ Bacon Soup

.66 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Chicken Soup

.66 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Broccoli Soup

.55 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Chicken Soup

21g Single Serve Packet

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Broccoli

21g Single Serve Packet

Victorian Inn®

Baked Potato w/ Bacon Soup

21g Single Serve Packet

Perfect Servings

French Vanilla Cappuccino

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings

Cream of Mushroom

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings

Potato w/ Bacon

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings

Cream of Chicken

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings

Cream of Broccoli

1.5 lb. Bags

Victorian Inn®

Cappuccino Topping

1.1 lb. bags

Victorian Inn®

Cappuccino Frothing Milk

1.5 lb. Bags

Herico

Horchata, Can

1.25 lb. Can

Herico

Horchata, Bag

1.25 lb. Bags

Herico

Horchata, Bucket

25lb. Bucket

Perfect Servings

Double Dutch Hot Chocolate w/ Marshmallows

1.5 lb. Bags

No other products other than these listed above are involved in the recall and only if distributed between 6/4/2007 and 6/4/2009. These products were distributed nationwide.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-622-1803.

United Food Group, Inc. has not received any reports of illness in connection with the items listed above to date, and no other United Food Group, Inc. products are affected by this action. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Abbott Recalls POWERSAIL® Coronary Dilatation Catheters

Abbott Issues Voluntary Recall of POWERSAIL® Coronary Dilatation Catheters

Media:
Jonathon Hamilton
(408) 845-3491

Financial:
Tina Ventura
(847) 935-9390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ABBOTT PARK, Ill. - July 28, 2009 - Abbott has conducted a voluntary recall of three lots of POWERSAIL® Coronary Dilatation Catheters from United States distribution and one lot from international distribution as a result of four complaints (one from each lot) that the distal shaft of the catheter exhibited damage. While the issue could be detected and avoided during the preparation for use of the product, it may cause a leak of contrast material during use, which could lead to catheter functional failures and clinical consequences, including air embolism and myocardial infarction, which has the potential to lead to death.

Abbott Vascular's sales representatives contacted all customers affected by this action and instructed them to cease use of any units from the part numbers and lot numbers listed below. All outstanding units are in the company's possession or are in transit. Patients who have already been treated are not affected by this action.

Product Designation Product Number Lot
Number
Expiration Date
POWERSAIL® 3.25x18mm (U.S.)

1005524-18

7101051

09-2009

POWERSAIL® 4.0x8mm (CE)

1005726-08

7112051

10-2009

POWERSAIL® 2.75x18mm (U.S.)

1005522-18

8012151

12-2009

POWERSAIL® 3.25x8mm (U.S.)

1005524-08

8053061

04-2010

Three out of the four complaints of distal shaft damage resulted in no adverse patient effects. One complaint reported that the patient had evidence of a post-procedural myocardial infarction. Subsequently, the patient was reported to be doing well.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been apprised of this action, and it has classified this action as a Class I recall.

The POWERSAIL Coronary Dilatation Catheter is distributed for prescription use only to approved U.S. and international health care organizations. Affected devices can be identified by the part number and lot number combinations shown above.

Customers with questions or concerns should contact their Abbott Vascular Representative or call the company at 1-800-227-9902.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Frontera Produce Recalls One Lot of Cilantro Due To Salmonella Contamination

Frontera Produce Recalls One Lot of Cilantro Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Amy Gates
877-381-5701
fpltd.mail@fronteraproduce.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 28th, 2009 - Frontera Produce, of Edinburg, TX, is voluntarily recalling one lot of cilantro because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The company is working with the FDA to inform consumers of this recall, and no illnesses have been reported to date.

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. 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 lot in question, 118122, was distributed to two retail store chains in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Both chains were provided with case tag identification and have been advised of the recall. Frontera Produce is issuing this voluntary recall as an additional measure to advise consumers to destroy the cilantro described above, purchased between July 20, 2009 and July 27, 2009. The cilantro bunches in question have a white twist tie with pink lettering spelling the word 'Cilantro' and the UPC number 033383801049.

The recall involves only one lot of cilantro and does not involve any other products.

This product originated in Mexico and was procured by Frontera Produce, who subsequently routinely tested for contaminants as part of their internal food safety program.

"Frontera Produce continues to stay committed to the highest levels of food safety, and strives to work within the industry to bring food safety to the forefront. We continually look for ways to enhance our protocol and stay committed to providing outstanding products to our consumers," said Will Steele, President and CEO.

Consumers with questions may contact Frontera Produce at 1(877)-381-5701, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm central standard time, or email fpltd.mail@fronteraproduce.com.