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Peanut Butter Recall Expands, Includes Whole Foods, Target

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

A recall of peanut and other nut butters that was announced last week because of salmonella contamination fears has been expanded to retailers including Whole Foods and Target after 30 illnesses in 19 states have been reported.  The initial recall by the New Mexico-based company Sunland, Inc. had mainly affected nut butters sold at Trader Joe’s stores.

CBS News has more on the expanded recall:

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection, which is known as salmonellosis. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.

The bacteria is microscopic and passes from feces of people or animals to other people, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 400 deaths annually in the United States.

In addition to Trader Joe’s, the recall includes nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Fresh & Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and several other stores. Some of the stores used Sunland ingredients in items they prepared and packaged themselves. Brand names recalled include Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Late July, Heinen’s, Joseph’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout’s, Sunland and Dogsbutter, among others.

A full list of products can be found on the Food and Drug Administration web site.

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Trader Joe’s, Other Peanut Butters Under Recall

Monday, September 24th, 2012

A multi-state outbreak of salmonella is the cause of a recall of peanut butter and other peanut and almond products sold at Trader Joe’s and other retailers.  NBC News has more:

Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., has voluntarily recalled 76 different products, including three brands of Trader Joe’s peanut butter, according to a press release issued Monday. Those products were manufactured on the same line as the Trader Joe’s products.

U.S. health officials on Saturday warned consumers not to eat Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter after the product was linked to 29 infections in 18 states linked to the rare salmonella Bredeney.

The other two Trader Joe’s brands that have been recalled include Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted and Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted.

In addition, Sunland is recalling peanut and almond products sold under popular brands including Archer’s, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Serious Food, Silly Prices, Sprout’s and Sprouts Farmers Market, among others. The recall applied to products with best-by dates between May 1, 2013 and Sept. 24, 2013.

Consumers should discard the products, and Trader Joe’s has said it will issue full refunds for any products purchased at their stores.

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Peg Perego Recalls 223,000 Older Strollers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The stroller company, under advisement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced a voluntary recall of 223,000 strollers because of a danger that children may become entrapped or strangle in the strollers.  The recall does not affect new strollers, but two older models that have caused at least one infant death.  From the CPSC release:

A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.

Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.

The recall involves two different older versions of the Peg Perego strollers, Venezia and Pliko-P3, manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, in a variety of colors. They were manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller’s tray and the seat bottom. The voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.

Only strollers that have a child tray with one cup holder are part of this recall. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall.

The following Venezia and Pliko-P3 stroller model numbers that begin with the following numbers are included in this recall. The model number is printed on a white label on the back of the Pliko P-3′s stroller seat and on the Venezia stroller’s footboard.

Pliko-P3 Stroller Model Numbers: IPFR28US34xxxxxxxx, IPFT28NA63, IPFT28NA64, IPP328MU10, IPP328MU09, IPP328US09, IPP328US10, IPP329US10, IPPA28US32, IPPA28US33, IPPA28US34, IPPD28NA34, IPPF28NA32, IPPF28NA57, IPPF28NA65, IPPF28NA66, IPPF28NA67, IPPF28NA68, IPPO28US32, IPPO28US34, IPPO28US62, IPPO28US69, IPPO28US70, IPPO28US71
Venezia Stroller Model Numbers: IPVA13MU09, IPVA13MU10, IPVA13US09, IPVA13US10, IPVA13US32, IPVA13US34, IPVC13NA32, IPVC13NA34
“Peg Perego” and “Venezia” or “Pliko-P3″ are printed on the side of the strollers.

The strollers were sold at various retailers nationwide, including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby from January 2004 through September 2010 for between $270 and $330 for the Pliko P-3 stroller and between $350 and $450 for the Venezia stroller. They were manufactured in Italy.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact the firm for a free repair kit. Do not return the stroller to the retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

For additional information, call Peg Perego at (888) 734-6020 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.PegPeregoUSA.com

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Strollers Recalled Due to Finger Amputation Hazard

Monday, June 18th, 2012

A popular brand of baby strollers made by Kolcraft has been recalled after three children have reportedly had their fingers amputated and two adults have smashed their fingers in the stroller’s locking mechanism.  CNN.com reports:

Approximately 36,000 defective strollers were sold in the United States and Canada between January 2006 and June 2012, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and adults have had their fingers caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism on the stroller, according to the commission.

The recall involves the Kolcraft Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers. Strollers included in the recall have model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. On the ZL002 model, the number and date of manufacture is printed on a sticker above the left wheel. On the ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018 models, the model number and date of manufacture is printed on a label sewn into the edge of back of the stroller seat pad.

Manufactured in China, and sold nationwide at children’s specialty stores and online at various retailers, the strollers cost between $150 and $160, according to a statement released by the safety commission.

Repair kits are being made available to owners of the specific models identified. Consumers are urged not to use the stroller and contact Kolcraft for more information on the recall.

Parents can visit this Kolcraft website for more information.

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Inflatable Pool Slides Recalled for Serious Hazard

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Banzai Inflatable Pool Slides, made by Manley Toys, Ltd., have been recalled for major safety hazards, which have led to the deaths of at least one person, and the paralyzing injury of at least one other.  From Parents.com’s Toy and Product Recall Finder:

THE DANGER: During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries inadequate warnings and instructions. The CPSC is aware that a 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had been placed over the concrete edge of a pool. The victim hit her head at the bottom of the slide because it had partially deflated. The CPSC and the retailers are aware of two other injuries which have occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo. who became a quadriplegic and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her neck.

DESCRIPTION: The recall involves about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat, and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange, and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide. The recalled slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.

SOLD AT: Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250.

WHAT TO DO: Immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide and just return that portion. For additional information from Walmart, call (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at www.toysrus.com.

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