Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on January 25, 2012 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-newEXPANDABLE LUNCH BOXES About 248,000 expandable insulated lunch boxes with freezer gel packs imported by California Innovations Inc., of Toronto, Canada and sold at Costco Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol, and Cost U Less stores between May 2007 and September 2008 for about $10. Gel that contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs, posing a poisoning hazard if ingested by children or adults. The firm has received two separate reports of a dog chewing and ingesting gel from the gel pack. One dog reportedly died from ingestion of the gel. The other was reported to have received treatment and has recovered.
IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and dispose of it according to federal, state and/or local regulations. Contact your local waste disposal authority for instructions. You may also return the lunch box set to Costco for a full refund or may receive a $5 cash refund for the gel pack only by contacting California Innovations. Call 800-722-2545, send an e-mail to ci-recall@ca-innovations.com, or go to www.californiainnovations.com for more information.

SIMILARLY, FOOD CARRIERS About 55,000 Travelin' Chef expandable thermal food carriers imported by California Innovations Inc., of Toronto, Canada and sold at Walmart between August 2008 to December 2011 for about $22. Gel that contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs, posing a poisoning hazard if ingested by children or adults.
IF YOU OWN ONE Dispose of it according to federal, state and/or local regulations. Contact your local waste disposal authority for instructions. You may also return the gel pack to Walmart for a refund of $6 or contact California Innovations customer service at 800-722-2545 for the same refund. Go to www.californiainnovations.com for more information.

DESK CHAIRS About 11,000 Amia desk chairs sold at authorized Steelcase dealers and retail outlets including Healthy Back Store, CSN, Home Office Solutions, Office & Company, and Sam Flax stores nationwide and online at www.store.steelcase.com from March 2011 through June 2011 for between $350 and $700. The pivot pins installed in the control mechanism under the chair seat can fall out, posing a fall hazard to the user.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Steelcase to receive adhesive covers to apply over the pivot pins on their chairs. These pin adhesive covers can be applied without the use of a tool in less than five minutes. The firm is contacting all known purchasers. Call 800-391-7194 or send an e-mail to retrofits@steelcase.com for more information.

FEMININE CARE PRODUCTS USA Far Ocean Group Inc.  is voluntarily recalling the Company's two products sold as cosmetic under the names Vagifresh Ball  and Vagifresh Gel. These two products were also sold under the mixed package named Female One, which contained Vagifresh Ball, Vagifresh Gel and Vagifresh Liquid (this recall does not involve Vagifresh Liquid). The company has been informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration that lab analysis by FDA of Vagifresh Gel sample found the product contains benzocaine, the active ingredient for many anesthetic drug products. In addition, FDA analysis of Vagifresh Ball sample found the product contains bacteria including Staphylococcus lentus, S. sciuri, Bacillus Lantus, Alloiococcus otitis, Aerococcus viridans, Aeromonas salmonicid, Gemella spp, Leuconostoc spp.
The effect of the absorption of the amount of Benzocaine contained in Vagifresh Gel is unknown, but there is the possibility of an adverse reaction or unknown drug-drug interaction. The effect of the bacterial contamination in VagiFresh Ball is unknown and difficult to assess.  No illnesses have been reported to the Company to date in connection with these products. 
IF YOU OWN THIS PRODUCT These products were sold via herbal stores, beauty shops, drug stores, internet and mail order. U.S.A. Far Ocean is taking necessary steps to contact wholesalers, retailers and customers for the return of these products. Consumers in possession of these products should stop using it immediately and contact their physician if they experienced any problem that may be related to using any of these products.
Consumers in possession of products should also return any unused products to their immediate supplier for a direct refund. Customers with questions can call USA Far Ocean Group, Inc. at 626-560-2435 Monday through Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (PST) for further instructions or information with respect to the return and refund process.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to Recalls.gov. There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.

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Robin Melen

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