Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
The Gerber Products Company has announced a voluntary recall on a batch of Good Start Gentle powdered infant formula, citing reports of a strange odor from some parents who purchased the formula. The company stresses that no reported illnesses have resulted, and there is no health risk to those who have the formula.
The recalled formula is a 23.2 ounce plastic package from batch GXP1684 with an expiration date of March 5, 2013. Customers who have the formula should avoiding using the product and contact Gerber at 1-800-487-7763 for a free replacement.
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Friday, February 17th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson announced a recall today of all Infants’ Tylenol because of problems with the dosing system on the bottle.
The company launched the recall because some parents or caregivers had complained that when they inserted the dosing syringe into the top of the bottle, this pushed the protective cover, known as a flow restrictor, into the bottle.
This voluntary recall is a “precautionary” step; Johnson & Johnson said there are no reports of anyone being harmed as a result of the bottle problem, the Huffington Post reports.
As long as the flow restrictor remains intact, parents can continue to use the medication, Johnson & Johnson said. But they advise parents not to use the medicine if the flow restrictor is pushed into the bottle. In that case, customers can request a refund by contacting the company at www.tylenol.com, or calling 1-800-222-6036.
The recall applies only to Infants’ Tylenol, and not to Children’s Tylenol.
Image: Infants’ Tylenol via International Business Times.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
The drug company Pfizer has issued a recall for a million birth control pills sold in the U.S. because the pills may not contain enough contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. MSNBC.com reports:
“As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy,” according to a Pfizer statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
Pfizer found that some packets of the drugs had too many active tablets, while others had too few.
The drugmaker said the issue involved 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets.
A company spokeswoman said the problem was caused by both mechanical and visual inspection failures on the packaging line, The Associated Press reported.
She said the problem has been corrected.
Image: Birth control pills, via Shutterstock.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Several types of cheese made by the World Cheese Company under the kosher brand Haolam have been voluntarily recalled after a Wisconsin packaging facility that handles the cheese tested positive for listeria, a bacteria that is particularly dangerous to pregnant women.
The listeria-positive cheese was not, World Cheese Company emphasizes, the kosher cheese itself, but rather a separate brand that is only sold in Wisconsin. No Haolam cheese has tested positive for listeria.
Customers can return the recalled cheese products to the store for a full refund, including:
– All 8-ounce and 16-ounce bags of Haolam shredded cheese (Pizza, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Fancy, Muenster, R/F Muenster, R/F Cheddar), with an expiration of June 5, 2012, through Sept 4, 2012.
– All 32-ounce bags of Haolam shredded Mozzarella and Gourmet Blend with an expiration date of February 6, 2012, through May 7, 2012.
– All 5-pound bags of Haolam shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar and Muenster with a pack date of September 8, 2011, through Dec 7, 2011.
Miller’s Cheese Corp, another kosher cheese maker whose product was processed at the Wisconsin plant, announced a similar voluntary recall of shredded cheese products:
– All 8-ounce and 16-ounce bags of Miller’s shredded cheese (Pizza, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Fancy, Muenster), with an expiration of June 5, 2012, through Sept 4, 2012.
– All 32-ounce bags of Miller’s shredded Mozzarella with an expiration date of February 6, 2012, through May 7, 2012.
- All 5-pound bags of Miller’s shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar, Muenster and Monterey Jack with a pack date of September 8, 2011, through Dec 7, 2011.
This summer, a major listeria outbreak linked to tainted cantaloupe claimed 30 lives and sickened nearly 150 people across America.
Image: Shredded cheese, via Shutterstock.
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears sold in Build-A-Bear stores in the United States and Canada pose a potential choking hazard to children and have been recalled, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced. The recall affects more than 300,000 bears, whose eyes can loosen and fall out, choking children if they are swallowed.
No incidents of choking or injury have been reported. Parents should immediately take the recalled teddy bear from children and return it to any Build-A-Bear store to receive a coupon for any available stuffed animal from Build-A-Bear.
(Image via: http://www.cpsc.gov/)