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Johnson and Johnson Recalls Infant Motrin Due to Plastic Specks
About 200,000 bottles of Concentrated Motrin Infants' Drops are being voluntarily recalled due to a risk that they may contain tiny plastic particles.
Banana Boat Sun Care Products
Voluntary market withdrawal of the continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.
Recall of Select Packages of Frosted Mini-Wheats
Voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.
Sunland Recall of All Products Manufactured In Its Peanut Butter Plant
Sunland, Inc. announced a voluntary expansion of its ongoing recall of all products manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
GE Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the General Electric Company have announced a voluntary recall of 1.3 million Hotpoint®, GE® and GE Profile™, GE Eterna™ and GE Adora™ plastic tub dishwashers, manufactured between March 2006 through July 2006, and November 2006 through April 2008.
Recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
Unilever United States, Inc. today announced a limited recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets May Pose A Risk To Children
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product.
Fisher-Price Recalls 11 Million Children's Items
Toy maker Fisher-Price said that it was recalling more than 11 million children's items, including tricycles, highchairs and toy cars, because of safety problems.
Shrek Glasses Called Back On Cadmium Fears
McDonald’s announced that they will recall some 12 million Shrek-themed glasses after cadmium was found in the paint used in the glasses’ cartoon design.
Freshway Foods Voluntary Recall of Lettuce
Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, announced a voluntary recall of certain romaine lettuce products because of the possible connection between the recalled romaine lettuce and an outbreak of foodborne disease. The outbreak, which is still under investigation, involves cases in Michigan, Ohio, and New York of illnesses due to infection with E. coli O145, a harmful bacteria.
Voluntary Recall of Certain OTC Infants’ and Children’s Products
This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children. Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the potential for serious medical events is remote, the company advises consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use.
Graco Stroller Recall: 1.5 million
About 1.5 million Graco strollers have been recalled because they could pose a risk of fingertip amputations and lacerations to children.
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Voluntary Recall
McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Johnson & Johnson) is voluntarily recalling certain lots of OTC products. The company is initiating this recall following an investigation of consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that, in a small number of cases, was associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events. These include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.
'Slim Fast' Recalls All Shakes, Diet Drinks
Affected brands include Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph. View a complete list of products and lot numbers here.
Slim Fast is recalling every last one of its popular diet drinks over concern they may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause moderate food poisoning.
CPSC Announces Largest Crib Recall in History
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the largest crib recall in United States history involving cribs with dropdown sides, fearing they may be unsafe, even deadly.
Maclaren Recalls Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations
The CPSC, in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, has announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.
Maclaren USA Inc is recalling about one million strollers sold in the United States over the past decade after receiving a dozen reports of children's fingers being amputated when caught in the stroller's hinges.
Johnson & Johnson Recalls Children's Liquid Tylenol
Johnson & Johnson's McNeil unit is voluntarily recalling 57 lots of infants' and children's liquid Tylenol products because of possible bacterial contamination.
Nestle Recalls Toll House Cookie Dough Products
Food maker Nestle USA voluntarily recalled its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after a number of illnesses were reported by those who ate the dough raw.
Clarcon Skin Products Recalled Due to Bacterial Contamination Risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under several different brand names because of high levels of disease-causing bacteria found in the product during a recent inspection. The FDA is warning consumers to not use any Clarcon products.
FDA: Hang on to Your Pistachios
If you have a stash of pistachios in your house, pistachio ice cream in your freezer or trail mix in your backpack, don't eat any of it. Wait until an inquiry into possible salmonella contamination is further along, advises FDA Associate Commissioner David Acheson.
Peanut Product Recalls
The following recalls have been announced because the products could be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
Nestlé Recalls Three Types of Lean Cuisine
Nestlé Prepared Foods Company is recalling approximately 879,565 pounds of frozen chicken meals that may contain foreign materials.
Nestlé USA Recalls Nesquik Strawberry Powder
Nestlé USA is voluntarily recalling two production codes of Nestlé Nesquik Strawberry Powder that may contain small fragments of aluminum.
Cadbury Recalls Melamine-Laced Chocolate
British candy maker Cadbury said it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made chocolates found to contain melamine
FDA Health Information Advisory on Melamine Contamination
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers that seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products manufactured in China are being recalled by the King Car Food Industrial Co. Ltd. due to possible contamination with melamine.
FDA Warns Consumers Nationwide Not to Eat Certain Types of Raw Red Tomatoes
The Food and Drug Administration is expanding its warning to consumers nationwide that a salmonellosis outbreak has been linked to consumption of certain raw red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes, and products containing these raw, red tomatoes.
FDA Warns of Salmonella Risk with Cantaloupes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an import alert regarding entry of cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because, based on current information, fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada. The import alert advises FDA field offices that all cantaloupes shipped to the United States by this company are to be detained.
Aqua Dots Recalled for Possibly Containing Date Rape Drug
Millions of Chinese-made toys for children have been pulled from shelves in North America and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into a powerful date rape drug when ingested.
E. coli Fears Prompt Recall of Millions of Frozen Pizzas
General Mills has recalled about 5 million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the Totino's and Jeno's labels because of possible E. coli contamination.
Children's Cough Syrup and Cold Medicine Recall
Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled certain infant cough and cold products, citing "rare" instances of misuse leading to overdoses.
Baby Cribs Recalled After 3 Deaths
In a statement, J&J's McNeil-PPC unit said the misuse could lead to overdoses "particularly in infants under two years of age."
The products being recalled include infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold; Concentrated Infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold & Cough; Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant; Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough; Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant; Pediacare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough; and Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (PE) products.
About 1 million Simplicity and Graco cribs have been recalled after three children became entrapped and suffocated. The recall was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission more than two years after a California lawyer says he alerted the federal agency about a 9-month-old who died in a faulty crib.
Mattel Recalls 18 Million Toys
Mattel has issued recallsfor millions of Chinese-made toys, including Batman figurines, Barbies and Polly Pocket play sets that contain small magnets, as well as 253,000 "Sarge" cars inspired by the movie Cars that contain excessive amounts of lead paint.
FDA Warns of Potential Botulism Risk from Canned French Cut Green Beans
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain brands of French Cut Green Beans in 14.5 ounce cans manufactured by Lakeside Foods Inc, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin because the product may not have been processed adequately to eliminate the potential for botulism toxin. This warning is not related to another recent warning for botulism.
Mattel's Fisher-Price Recalling 1.5 Million Toys
The canned green beans may cause botulism if consumed. FDA is providing this warning to make consumers aware of the possible risk of serious illness from eating these products. As of August 1, 2007, FDA had not received reports of illnesses related to the product.
The affected Lakeside cut green beans are sold nationwide under the following labels: Albertson's, Happy Harvest, Best Choice, Food Club, Bogopa, Valu Time, Hill Country Fare, HEB, Laura Lynn, Kroger, No Name, North Pride, Shop N Save, Shoppers Valu, Schnucks, Cub Foods, Dierbergs, Flavorite, IGA, Best Choice and Thrifty Maid. The specific codes (top line of can code) involved are: EAA5247, EAA5257, EAA5267, EAA5277, EAB5247, EAB5257, ECA5207, ECA5217, ECA5227, ECA5297, ECB5207, ECB5217, ECB5227, ECB5307.
Mattel Inc.'s Fisher-Price unit is recalling about 1.5 million Chinese-made toys around the world, nearly a million of them in the United States, because their paint may contain too much lead.
Product Recalls: Chocolate Bars
The recalled toys, which include popular preschool characters like Elmo, Big Bird, and Dora, were made by a contract manufacturer in China using a non-approved paint pigment containing lead.
Whole Foods Market, of Austin, Texas, is recalling its 365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss dark chocolate bars because they may contain almonds, which can cause a severe or life-threatening reaction in people who are allergic to the nuts. No illnesses have been reported. The recalled chocolate bars have a wrapper code that begins with L71423, followed by a four-digit time stamp between the times of 11:33 and 12:15.
Sara Lee Recalls 27 Brands of Bread
Sara Lee Corp. is recalling 27 brands of whole wheat bread products because they could contain small metal pieces.
Hot Dog Chili Sauce in Botulism Recall
The recall involves EarthGrains, Publix, Sara Lee Delightful, Sara Lee Hearty & Delicious and several other brands that were stamped "best if purchased by" July 25, 2007, to Aug. 7, 2007, and included the code "222."
The products were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.
Federal health officials have warned consumers to throw away certain cans of hot dog chili sauce after the product was linked to botulism that has sent four people to the hospital.
Gerber Recalls Organic Baby Cereals
The warning applies to 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009, through May 22, 2009.
Gerber Products Co. has recalled all packages of its organic rice and organic oatmeal cereals because of potential clumping of the baby food, which can pose a choking hazard.
Diethylene Glycol in Toothpaste from China
All codes of the two products, sold in 8-ounce boxes, are being recalled. The organic rice cereal UPC code is 15000 12504 and the organic oatmeal cereal UPC code is 15000 12502.
The FDA has found a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), in certain toothpastes imported from China. The agency increased its scrutiny and testing of imported toothpaste and dental products after receiving reports in late May 2007 of contaminated Chinese dental products found in several countries.
Thomas the Train Toys Recalled Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of various Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys because surface paints on the recalled products contain lead.
Some Soft Drinks May Seriously Harm Your Health
A new health scare has erupted over soft drinks amid evidence they may cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max, has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.
Harry & David Recalls Boxes of Candy
The following recall has been announced: About 2,000 boxes of candy from Harry & David Operations Corp., of Medford, Oregon, because they may contain undeclared nuts, including peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts and cashews. People who have an allergy to these nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No injuries have been reported.
ConAgra Recalls Peanut Butter on Salmonella Chance
- ConAgra Foods Inc. said it is recalling two brands of peanut butter on a possible link to salmonella, a foodborne illness that can cause death if not treated with antibiotics.
Dole Cantaloupe Recall Information
ConAgra recalled Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter products beginning with product code 2111 after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced a report revealing the possibility of a link to salmonella.
Dole Fresh Fruit Company announced the recall of cantaloupes in the Eastern U.S. and Quebec due to potential health concerns. Some cantaloupes packed on January 25, 26 and 27, 2007 by an independent, third-party grower in Costa Rica have tested positive for Salmonella. Although no illnesses have been reported, Dole voluntarily has decided to recall all cantaloupes imported from Costa Rica and packed by that grower.
Cancer-Causing Chemical Lurking in Bath Products
- Some bath products and shampoos still contain traces of a cancer-causing petrochemical that federal health officials have expressed concerns about for more than 20 years, according to test results announced recently by environmental activists.
All 18 children's and adult products tested in a laboratory contained 1,4-Dioxane, and three had concentrations that exceeded the Food and Drug Administration's recommended limit, says the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a San Francisco-based coalition of eight national environmental and health advocacy groups.
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