Recalled items

Kellogg's Cereal recall, "over flavor and odor issues." Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Fruit Loops & Honey Smacks. Nothing like being safe - barely - on a couple of those. (Not to mention neither kid got sick this morning!)

Kellogg’s Apple Jacks
UPC 3800039136 1: 17-ounce package with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 10 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039132 3: 8.7-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between JUN 03 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s Corn Pops
UPC 3800039109 5: 12.5-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039111 8: 17.2-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039116 3: 9.2-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 05 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s Froot Loops
UPC 3800039118 7: 12.2-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039120 0: 17-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039125 5: 8.7-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011.

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks
UPC 3800039103 3: 15.3-ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011.
Fresh Express Salads Recalled
Expired Bags Of Salad Might Have Been Contaminated With E. coli

POSTED: 12:28 pm PDT July 15, 2010
UPDATED: 1:21 pm PDT July 15, 2010

MONTEREY, Calif. -- Fresh Express has issued a voluntary recall of certain romaine lettuce salad products that might have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The products have expired use-by dates of July 8-12 and an "S" in the product code. No other Fresh Express salads are included in the recall.

No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, according to a news release by the Monterey County Department of Health.

Consumers are urged to check refrigerators for expired Fresh Express romaine salad with use-by dates of July 8-12 and an "S" in the product code If found, do not consume and immediately discard it. Consumers with questions may call the Fresh Express consumer response center at (800) 242-5472, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. – 8 p.m., Pacific Time.

See a list of the recalled products here.
Bentley's `Flying B' Hood Ornament Poses Crash Risk, U.S. Says in Recall
By John Hughes
Sep 21, 2010 2:47 PM ET

Bentley hood ornaments may injure pedestrians in a crash by failing to retract, leading the luxury carmaker to recall 596 vehicles in the U.S.

The metal emblem known as the “flying B” may not fold down in a collision as intended because a mechanism may become corroded, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which posted the recall on its website.

The recall covers 2007 to 2009 Arnage, Azure and Brooklands models, the safety agency said. Dealers for the Volkswagen AG brand will replace the retractable “B” mechanism free of charge, the agency said.

Hood ornaments, common on vehicles through much of the 20th century, have been dropped amid safety concerns and lack of consumer demand, Scott Oldham, editor-in-chief of, an auto research firm in Santa Monica, California, said in an interview today. Luxury cars such as the Bentley still feature the emblems.

“Simply over time they fell out of fashion,” Oldham said. “If the people wanted them they’d be on every single car you’d see.”

The Bentley’s emblem normally drops down into the hood in a collision, said Valentine O’Connor, a company spokeswoman, in an interview. Dealers alerted the carmaker to the corrosion, she said.

“We do take it seriously,” O’Connor said of the defect. “This is a precautionary measure.”

No Accidents, Injuries

There have been no accidents or injuries with the Bentley “B,” O’Connor said. A supplier has taken steps to prevent corrosion, adding grease to the mechanism and preventing water from collecting inside it, she said.

All three recalled models have a retail price for the 2010 model year of more than $200,000, according to the website

Safety regulations led manufacturers to make the decorations retractable so they wouldn’t impale or jab pedestrians in a collision, Oldham said.

His 1955 Chevrolet has an ornament “the size of my head” and it is bolted down, Oldham said. “Over time they realized that wasn’t such a good idea.”
Abbott Labs Recalls Powder Baby Formula
Millions Of Canisters May Be Contaminated With Insects

UPDATED: 9:59 pm CDT September 22, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.

The voluntary action affects up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.

The recall does not affect any liquid formulas or other Abbott-brand products.

A company spokeswoman said Abbott uncovered the insects last week in one section of a manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan.

"We immediately shut down that one area and began an investigation," said Abbott's Melissa Brotz. "We're in the process of resolving it now." Abbott manufactures Similac at several U.S. sites.

Brotz said the company has been consulting with the Food and Drug Administration, which determined there was no "immediate health risk" from the contamination.

Consumers can enter the lot number on their containers online to determine if they are subject to the recall. The products should be returned to Abbott for a full refund.

"Delivering anything less than the highest quality infant formula is unacceptable to us," said Brotz. "We will do whatever is necessary to maintain the trust of parents in the coming weeks."

The affected products were sold in plastic containers and various can sizes, including 8-ounce (227-gram), 12.4-ounce (352-gram) and 12.9-ounce (366-gram).

Similac is the best-selling infant formula in the U.S. Abbott's nutritional products - which include adult brands like Ensure - had sales of $5.3 billion last year.

Abbott expects to lose $100 million in connection with the recall. However, the North Chicago, Illinois, company confirmed its third-quarter earnings guidance between $1.03 and $1.05 per share.

Shares of Abbott Laboratories fell 16 cents to $51.99.
BMW Recall
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - BMW says it will recall nearly 200,000 vehicles to fix leaks that could develop in the power braking system.

BMW of North America says the recall involves BMW 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series vehicles powered by V8 and V12 engines covering the 2002 through 2010 model years and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from the 2003-2010 model years.

The German automaker says a leak could develop in the power braking system, leading to a vacuum loss and the reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle. BMW says there have been no reports of accidents or injuries.


Fisher-Price launches big recall
BySamantha Maziarz Christmann
Published:September 30, 2010, 10:59 AM

Fisher-Price has issued a recall for more than 10 million tricycles, high chairs and other products that pose safety hazards to children.

The massive recall, which Fisher-Price said today will shave a penny off its earnings per share in the third quarter, is the largest for toys since Congress passed a law two years ago beefing up the product-safety regulator's powers.

The recall includes:

  • Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles, which are associated with 10 child injuries.
  • Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs, which are associated with 14 complaints.
  • Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground toys, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade toys, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall toys, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium toys, 1-2-3 Tetherball toys and Bat & Score Goal toys. Each contains an inflatable ball, the air valve on which can come loose, posing a choking hazard.
  • Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway toys. The wheels on each can come loose, posing a choking hazard.

"We want to reassure parents that our products are overwhelmingly safe," Fisher-Price spokeswoman Juliette Reashor said in a statement. "If we see an issue with a product at any point, even after many have been sold and used safely, we take appropriate action."

For model numbers and sale dates of the affected items, visit
Wellness is recalling their canned cat food that has best by dates between 14Apr13 and 30Sep13. This is for 3, 6 and 12 oz sizes. In addition their are also recalling all sizes of the Chicken and Herring formula with additions best by dates of 10Nov13 and 17Nov13. The food is being recalled due to low levels of Thiamine which is also known as Vitamin B1.

Wellness canned Cat Food Recall
Personally I subscribe to the Nick Stokes view on it (can't stand the stuff but my nephew loves it!) but Skippy peanut butter has recalled some of their 'reduced fat' peanut butter due to possible salmonella.

Skippy Reduced Fan Peanut Butter Recall

Unilever Announces Recall of
Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread Due to Possible Health Risk
Limited Recall of 6 Best-If-Used-By Dates

The product was distributed to retail outlets in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The affected product, which is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:
• UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.)
• Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1
(Stamped on the lid of the jar.)

To date, no illnesses related to this issue have been reported.

Wandering Spiders Lead Mazda To Recall 65,000 Cars
Spider Could Weave Web In Vent Connected To Fuel Tank System

KEN THOMAS, Associated Press
Posted: 10:52 am EST March 3, 2011Updated: 11:25 pm EST March 3, 2011

After discovering spider webs in the vents, the Japanese automaker Mazda is recalling more than 50,000 Mazda6 cars from the 2009-2010 model years in the United States and an additional 15,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The company said Thursday a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel tank system and clog up the tank's ventilation. Pressure on the fuel tank could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of a fire.

Mazda said it was unaware of any fires, injuries or crashes in the vehicles. Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes said dealers had identified 20 cases in which spider webs were found in the vents. The webs were linked to yellow sac spiders, Barnes said, but it was unclear why they were crawling into the Mazda6 rather than other vehicles.

Adding to the mystery, Barnes said the arachnoid attraction to the sporty cars - which the company has marketed with its "zoom-zoom" tagline - had no specific connection to a particular region of North America.

"Perhaps yellow sac spiders like to go zoom-zoom?" Barnes quipped.

The recall involves vehicles with 2.5 liter engines built from April 2008 to February 2010. Owners will be notified by mid-March and told to take their vehicles to dealers for inspection and repairs. Dealers will inspect and clean up the vent line and install a spring to prevent a spider from entering the vent line.

Customers can call Mazda at (800) 222-5500.


Recall: Hazelnut E. Coli Scare From LA Based Company
March 5, 2011 7:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Certain packaged and bulk containers of in-shell hazelnuts and mixed nuts made by DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles have been recalled because they could contain E. coli bacteria.

Seven cases of E. coli infection, possibly linked to the nuts, have been reported in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The nuts were sold by retailers nationwide and in Canada in November and December.

No E. coli has been detected in the products but the suspicion it may exist
prompted the recall.

Symptoms of E. coli infection may include abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Most victims recover within a week; however, some may develop complications requiring hospitalization.

Young children and the elderly are at most risk of a potentially life-threatening complication that can include kidney failure.

The hazelnuts affected by the recall were sold under the brand names Sunripe, George Packing, Firestone Farms, and Northwest Hazelnut, in a variety of packages as small as one pound.

Fifty-pound bags of hazelnuts, and mixed nuts with hazelnuts, may have been repacked or sold from bulk containers to consumers.
Yet another Tylenol recall.

The trouble continues for Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Tylenol. Yet another lot of its adult pain relievers have been recalled voluntarily because of complaints about a strange, musty odor.

Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Health division has now announced it is recalling one lot (roughly 34,000 150-count bottles) of Tylenol 8 Hour Extended Release Caplets

"McNeil is taking this action as part of our ongoing surveillance and monitoring efforts that identified a small number of complaints of a musty or moldy odor," McNeil said in a statement.

The company said it believes the odor is caused by trace amounts of chemicals called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA) and 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA).

Dole Recalls Some Bag Salads Because Listeria Isn't Part Of The "Italian Blend"
June 23, 2011 1:15 PM

The folks at Dole have announced a recall of certain batches of its Italian Blend bag salads — including those it makes under the Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend name for the Kroger grocery store chain — over concern of possible Listeria contamination.

All the recalled salads have a Use-by Date of June 19, which means many people have either already eaten or discarded the product. Regardless, the Dole Italian Blend has a UPC code of 7143000819 and the Product Codes affected by the recall are 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B.

The Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend has a UPC code of 1111091045 and the affected Product Codes are A157201A and A157201B.

Both the Product Code and Use-by Date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode.

These recalled salads — about 20,000 in total — were distributed in 12 U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).

The recall came about after a positive result for Listeria came up during random testing by the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. However, Dole is labeling this recall as precautionary, noting that it knows of no illnesses.
Company recalls more than 8,000 packages of smoked salmon
From Greg Morrison, CNN
August 27, 2011 2:48 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- Vita Food Products says it is recalling more than 8,000 packages of its smoked salmon because the product may be contaminated.

The recall affects the Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon.

The Chicago-based company says 8,088 packages could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause fatal infections to people with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly.

"To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported by customers, although the company is closely monitoring the situation," the company said in a statement Friday.

The company says the salmon was sold throughout the country.

Grocery stores that received the salmon include Publix in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.

The salmon was also sold to Safeway stores in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and California.

Genuardi's stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Winn Dixie stores in Florida also got the salmon.
Sony LCD TV Recall
Updated: 10/12 9:59 pm

SAN ANTONIO - Sony is recalling 1.6 million Bravia flat-panel televisions because of a defect that poses a fire hazard. The worldwide recall involves LCD televisions sold since 2007. Sony says a faulty component may cause them to melt or catch fire. Eleven incidents of overheating have been reported in Japan since 2008.

The models subject to the recall are the Bravia KDL-40X5000, KDL-40X5050, KDL-40W5000, KDL-40V5000 and KDL-40V3000.

The defective part — an inverter transformer used for LCD backlights — is also used in models sold overseas. But Sony says it has not received reports of similar problems.

The company will release local recall information for customers in each affected market.


Torn corneas, vision problems follow 'stealth recall' of contact lenses

By JoNel Aleccia

Amid growing reports of eye problems ranging from blurry vision to torn corneas, federal health officials are threatening to issue a public warning about recalled contact lenses manufactured by CooperVision Inc. and sold widely at stores such as Costco, Wal-Mart and LensCrafters.

The Fairport, N.Y., firm has yet to heed a request from the federal Food and Drug Administration to broaden notification of problems with certain lots of its Avaira Toric contact lenses, which were recalled quietly in August because of unidentified “residue.” On Tuesday, CooperVision officials said the recall affected about 600,000 contact lenses, or 10 percent of those sold or issued as samples in the United States.

“Absent prompt and adequate communication by CooperVision, the FDA may independently share its concerns about Avaira Toric contact lenses,” FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said in an e-mail.

But for at least a dozen consumers who indicated to they have suffered impaired vision, excruciating pain or landed in emergency rooms after wearing the contacts launched in April and recalled in August, such notice is long overdue.

“It is very frustrating that they’re not more vocal about it and that the FDA hasn’t warned more people,” said Mellisa Cotton, 40, of Atlanta, who said she suffered two corneal abrasions this summer after wearing Avaira Toric contact lenses.

“Next to labor, a corneal abrasion is one of the most painful things you can have," said the mother of two.

Dan O’Neil, 0, of Hampton, Va., said his 15-year-old daughter, Erin, had to be rushed to the local ER on Aug. 21 after using Avaira Toric contact lenses from a newly opened box from Wal-Mart.

"I noticed what first looked like a torn piece of contact on her eye," he said. "Upon closer examination, I realized that what I was seeing was Erin's cornea torn and rolled back."

Doctors confirmed a severe tear and the girl was treated with pain medication and antibiotics. Only after she was injured did O'Neil and his wife learn of the recall.

"The ophthalmologist didn't even seem to be aware of it," he said, adding later. “Any time your kid’s vision is affected, you’re going to worry.”

CooperVision Inc. officials issued a voluntary U.S. recall on Aug. 19 of what the company called “a limited number of lots” in the U.S. market. On Aug. 25, the company notified the FDA of the recall, officials said.

CooperVision officials said they initiated the recall after investigating a “small number of unexpected wearer reports of hazy vision and discomfort.”

A notice posted on the company’s website includes a fill-in box where customers can check to see if their lots are affected. However, it does not include a list of retailers or a complete list of affected lots.

Major retailers said they notified their customers quickly about the Avaira Toric recall. About 2,600 Costco customers who bought the lenses were notified on or soon after Aug. 19, said Craig Wilson, vice president for food safety and quality assurance. Wal-Mart notified its optical departments on Aug. 24, said spokeswoman Dianna Gee. A LensCrafters spokeswoman who didn’t want to give her name said the company notified customers immediately through its retail stores.

Those moves, however, followed wider international notification of the defective lenses, including recalls issued in Hong Kong, Australia and in Spain, where the public notice included a list of more than 200 affected lots of lenses. The Hong Kong notice indicates that Avaira Toric lenses were also recalled in Canada, Germany, and Italy.

But the company has yet to issue wider notification in the U.S. that the FDA has the authority to seek, but not demand. “We are requesting that the firm issue a broader statement to ensure that users are aware of the recall,” Liscinsky, the FDA spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail.

CooperVision officials, did not respond to questions about why they had not complied with the FDA request. In a statement, a firm spokeswoman said that the company “has fully cooperated with the FDA and continues to closely monitor the situation and seek advice from FDA during this process." The company's stock, traded as COO, fell on Tuesday.
Critics say that CooperVision has downplayed the recall of hundreds of lots of contact lenses in the United States, exposing vulnerable consumers to ongoing injury.

Phyllis Entis, author of the blog eFoodAlert, which tracks public safety recalls, has been following the Avaira Toric situation since August, documenting what she said “can only be described as a stealth recall.”

The blog includes reports from several consumers who have reported injuries and other problems with Avaira Toric contact lenses from August through October.

They include Deirdre Shapiro, 43, of Villanova, Pa., who said she suffered hazy vision and a scratched cornea that "felt like someone was in there with a sharp instrument stabbing my eye."

She wore the contacts for months, until September, when her doctor finally notified her of the recall.

"Literally, my whole summer, I thought I was going crazy," she said. "I wish I'd known. I would never have put this thing near my eye."
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Kotex tampons recalled over bacterial contamination
Nov. 14, 2011 05:29 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall warning for Kotex tampons, according to an announcement by Kimberly-Clark.

The recall warning is targeting certain lots of tampons that could be contaminated with a bacterium that could cause vaginal infections and other health risks.

According to Kimberly-Clark, this recall is limited to two product SKUs (carton codes), 15063 (18 count) and 15068 (36 count). The tampons were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with a bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii, which may cause health risks, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), pelvic inflammatory disease or infections that can be life-threatening.

Women with serious existing illnesses, cancer or immune-compromised conditions, such as HIV, are at increased risk. There is limited evidence of transfer between individuals with this bacterium.

The impacted product includes both 18-count and 36-count packages of the Kotex Natural Balance* Security® Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency that were shipped to retail customers between October 29, 2011 and November 2, 2011 in specific Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas; specific Fry's stores in Arizona; and specific Smith's stores in Utah and Arizona.
Smucker's Recalls Natural Peanut Butter
Jars Sold In The Last Week Or So Could Contain Possible Salmonella Contamination

POSTED: 10:50 am CST November 17, 2011
UPDATED: 3:45 pm CST November 17, 2011

The J.M. Smucker Company announced Thursday that it is voluntarily recalling certain 16-ounce jars of peanut butter over concerns about salmonella contamination. "No illnesses related to this issue have been reported and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety," according to a company press release. They say go on to say that the "recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria."

Smucker's is specifically recalling 16-ounce jars of "Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky," sold between November 8 and 17. None of the company's other products are being recalled at this time.

The peanut butter was distributed in District of Columbia and the following 24 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin.

The company says the affected products also contain the following information:

UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar's label below the bar code)

Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004

Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012

If you have a peanut butter included in this recall, the company recommends discarding the jar immediately, and calling Smucker's at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon.

In 2009, a Salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut factory caused close to 700 illnesses and nine deaths. The source of the contamination was traced back to poor sanitary conditions at a single processing plant in Georgia. All told, more than 3,900 products were recalled.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps in infected patients; often starting within one to three days after eating contaminated products. Most patients with Salmonella will recover fully, but elderly patients, small children and people with compromised immune systems may require extensive hospitalization and treatment.