Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on January 30, 2013 12:01:00 am

Recalls-blog-artDOG CHEWS The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue. Recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz Chicken Chews and Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Two-thirds of the products tested did not contain antibiotic residues, but the company is acting out of an abundance of caution in withdrawing these products from the market.
These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Based on the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) results, there is no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.
Contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team at 800-275-1414 for a refund.

BICYCLES AND FRAME SETS About 12,200 Specialized bicycles and frame sets sold at authorized Specialized dealers nationwide from July 2011 through January 2013 for between $990 to $11,000. The model name "Tarmac SL4,” “Crux” or "Secteur” is also located on the frame. The steerer tube in the front fork can break, posing a fall hazard. Two incidents were reported, one involving a fall with facial injuries and lacerations requiring stitches.

Take it to an authorized dealer for free inspection and, if needed, a free repair. Call Specialized Bicycle Components at 877-808-8154 or go to for more information and click on Support and then Safety Notices for more information.

FITNESS RESISTANCE BANDS About 75,600 Implus Footcare Perfect resistance bands
 sold at Walmart and online at for about $13 to $17. The bands can detach from the mesh cloth loops posing an injury hazard to the user and those in the vicinity. Twelve incidents were reported, 11 to the firm and one to CPSC, including  injuries to the back, hand and eye. None of the injuries was serious and one required medical attention.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Implus Footcare for a refund or replacement product. Call 800-446-7587, send an e-mail to, or go to for more information

PUSH BACK CHAIRS About 2,158 Hayward reclining chairs sold exclusively at Value City Furniture stores and American Signature Furniture stores from June 2012 to August 2012 for about $150. The chair can tip over backwards when used in its fully reclined position, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact American Signature to receive free replacement legs. Call 800-743-4577 or go to or, then click on Safety Recalls, for more information.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENT D&S Herbals, LLC, d/b/a Freedom Trading is conducting a voluntary consumer recall of a product sold as a dietary supplement under the brand name of Super Power. This product was sold between August 2012 and January 2013 nationwide. Finished product of Super Power was tested and found to contain trace amounts of an FDA-approved drug, sildenafil. Sildenafil is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in an FDA-approved drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction making this product an unapproved new drug.
Stop using it and call your doctor if you’ve had any problems that may be related to taking this product. Return it to the place of purchase. Call 866-780-6474 for more information.
This undeclared active ingredient poses a threat to consumers because sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Additionally sildenafil may cause side effects such as, headaches and flushing. The lot being recalled is L08108, wit the expiration date of 06/2015.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to 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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