May 2012 recalls food, vehicle, children's gear and consumer product recalls. Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. A multi-brand dog food recall expanded to 39 states, and parents were warned about a possibly dangerous common item lurking in their children's clothing. Keep reading to see what other products reportedly posed hazards to consumers in May.
May 2012 consumer product recalls, May 24, 2012 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Consumer products Salsa Cycles recalled more than 1,000 of its Salsa Minimalist bike racks due to problems with the mounting straps.
Name of Product: Kitchen Selectives® 6-Speed Blender
Units: About 4,069
Importer: Select Brands Inc., of Lenexa, Kan.
Manufacturer: Select Brands, of Lenexa, Kan.
Hazard: While in operation, the plastic pitcher can separate from the blade assembly, leaving the blade assembly in the base and exposing the rotating blades. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Select Brands has received no reports of incidents or injuries involving Kitchen Selectives® 6-speed blenders.
Sold at: Midwest retail stores Pamida and Sutherlands from June 2009 to April 2012 for about $20.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the blenders and return them to the retailer where purchased to receive a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Select Brands Customer Service at (866) 663-4500 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Select Brands website at www.selectbrands.com.
Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12187.html
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals—contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.
The earlier Diamond Pet Foods recalls involved various formulas manufactured after Dec. 9, 2011 at its production facility in Gaston, SC. This recall involves pet food produced in Meta, MO. The company says no illnesses have been reported in connection with this latest recall, which presumably means no human or animal illnesses.
However, as of May 11, 15 people in nine states and one person in Canada have been reported sickened with an outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis from contact with contaminated dog food or infected animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of May 16, the Food and Drug Administration had confirmed two dog illnesses related to the outbreak.
Last week the Calgary Herald in Alberta reported that two cats in a Montreal shelter died, and another was ill, after being fed Diamond Pet Foods products.
The outbreak investigation confirmed a link between some of the illnesses and samples of dry dog food, sold under various brand names, manufactured at Diamond Pet Foods' Gaston, SC production plant.
The company's latest recall is of 6 lb. and 18 lb. and sample bags of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula with a DSL0801 production code and best-before dates of 26-Aug-2012, 27-Sept- 2012 and 18-Oct- 2012.
For more information on this recall call toll-free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Diamond says that if your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian.
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