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Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Recall Outdoor Benches

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Recall Outdoor Benches...

May 29, 2008    
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores is recalling about 4,500 Best Value park benches. The benches can become unstable and break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

This recall involves Best Value park benches with a green metal frame and wooden slats. The benches measure 50-inches long by 22-inches wide by 30-inches high.

The benches, made in China, were sold at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2008 for about $30.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled park benches and return the product to the nearest Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store for a full refund.

For more information, contact Jo-Ann Stores toll-free at (888) 739-4120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email the firm at guest.services@jo-ann.com.Consumers can also visit the firm's Web site at www.joann.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Miele Recalls Gas Dryers

Miele Recalls Gas Dryers...

May 29, 2008    
Miele is recalling about 3,100 residential super-large gas dryers.

If the dryer is improperly installed, the dryer's internal gas fitting can loosen, posing a risk of gas leaking into the house. Any gas leak that is not detected can cause asphyxiation, a fire or an explosion. Also, one or both of the caps on the internal exhaust duct can become dislodged, which can cause lint to build up and be carried through the gas burner. This poses a risk of fire.

Miele has received 11 reports worldwide in which consumers reported smelling gas after installation of their dryers. The firm has also received a report of a fire causing property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves Miele gas dryers, model T 9820. The dryers are residential super-large capacity units that are white-colored. The serial number can be located on the rim of the door opening, and is written as 'Nr:xx/' followed by an 8-digit number in the range from 66461685 to 89921848.

The dryers, made in the Czech Republic, were sold by Miele distributors nationwide between March 2007 and December 2007 for about $1,300.

Consumers should stop using the recalled dryer immediately and turn off the gas supply to the unit. The firm has sent direct notices to consumers. Consumers who have not had their dryer inspected should contact a Miele authorized service provider for a free inspection and repair, if necessary. Dryers serviced since January 23, 2008 have been inspected/repaired.

For additional information, contact Miele at (800) 420-1813 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.miele.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Kids Station Toys Recalls Little Tikes Toy Cell Phones

Kids Station Toys Recalls Little Tikes Toy Cell Phones...

May 28, 2008
Kids Station Toys is recalling 1 million Little Tikes 'Chit 'N Chat' Toy Cell Phones.

The hinge cover on the toy cell phone can detach from the phone, posing a choking hazard to young children.

CPSC and the firm have received three reports of the toy breaking, including one report of a child beginning to choke on a small part.

The Little Tikes brand Chit 'N Chat Toy Cell Phone resembles a flip-phone style cell phone and has a 10-key numeric button pad and three buttons with pictures of animals. All of the buttons make a sound when pressed. The toy phones are multi-colored and have a sticker on the back with model number KSL4010 (sold separately) or KSL8032, KSL8033, or KSL8051 (sold with other items). 'Designed and Licensed by Kids Station Toys International Ltd.' is printed on the back of the toy phones. Toy phones with a screw visible on the hinge cover are not subject to the recall.

The toys were sold at department, juvenile product, and drug stores nationwide from June 2006 through March 2008 for about $8 (individually) or about $20 (set). They were made in China.

Consumers should take these toy phones away from young children immediately and contact the firm for instructions on obtaining a free replacement.

For additional information, contact Kids Station toll-free at (888) 620-0930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.kidsstationtoys.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Adio 'Champ Custom' Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled

'Champ Custom' Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled...

May 28, 2008
Adio Footwear is recalling about 300 'Champ Custom' hooded fleece sweatshirts. The garments have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.

The boy's 'Champ Custom' hooded zip fleece sweatshirt (style # 40305.HZB) is white with blue pin-stripes on the front and red panels on the sides. ADIO is spelled out across the front. The sweatshirt was sold in boys' sizes: small, medium, large and x-large.

The shirts were sold at Tilly's and Bob's stores nationwide from October 2007 through December 2007 for about $40. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, and return the item to the place of purchase or to Adio Footwear for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Adio Footwear at (800) 995-6069 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.adiofootwear.com

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Disney Store Recalls 'Tinker Bell' Wands

The Disney Store is recalling about 8,000 Tinker Bell Wands. The paint on the pearl beads in the flowers of the wands contains excessive levels of lead....

May 22, 2008
The Disney Store is recalling about 8,000 Tinker Bell Wands. The paint on the pearl beads in the flowers of the wands contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

The recalled Tinker Bell wands are green and light up and sound when a button in the handle is pressed. The top of the wand has white plastic flowers, a green bow, and a pin with Tinker Bell's face on it.

They were sold at Disney stores nationwide from April 2007 through October 2007 for about $13. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and return it to a Disney Store for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Disney Store toll-free at (866) 902-2798 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.Disneystore.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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FDA Shuts Seafood Processor, Demands Recall

Failure to follow consent decree drives action

FDA Shuts Seafood Processor, Demands Recall...


The Food and Drug Administration has directed Hope Food Supply Inc. to shut down and immediately recall all products manufactured from its Texas facility since 2007.

The Pasadena, Texas, food processing company, under a different name, had manufactured dried smoked catfish steaks and other smoked seafood products and was subject to a consent decree of permanent injunction requiring it to develop and implement an adequate Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for its fish and fishery products. Hope Food had not developed this plan, the FDA said.

"We simply will not allow a company to put the public's health at risk by not implementing adequate procedures and plans to produce safe food," said Margaret Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

The FDA's HACCP regulations require that all seafood processors develop and implement adequate plans that identify all food safety hazards that are likely to occur for each kind of seafood product that they process, and set forth preventative measures to control those hazards.

The HACCP violations documented by the FDA pose a public health hazard because, without adequate controls, Hope Food's seafood products could harbor pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes. Food products with these kinds of pathogens can cause serious illnesses in people who eat them.

The company's products have been distributed nationwide. The FDA is advising consumers who bought smoked seafood products to check with the place of purchase to determine if the products came from Hope Foods. If so, consumers should throw the products out.

Consumers who have been eating Hope Seafood Supply's dried smoked catfish or other smoked seafood products and have experienced adverse reactions should consult their health care professional.

Consumers and health care professionals can also report adverse events to the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in their geographic area. Contact numbers may be found online.

For more information, consumers can call the FDA's toll-free Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.



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Firex Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Alarms Recalled

Firex Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Alarms Recalled...

May 15, 2008
Maple Chase Co. is recalling about 280,000 carbon monoxide and smoke alarms because they can malfunction.

The recall affects FireX-branded 10000 Series Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms and 12000 Series CO/Smoke Combo Alarms

The recalled alarms can sound a double chirp fault alarm in the presence of CO, prior to going into full alarm. Upon hearing a double chirp, the Owners Manual instructions recommend a consumer to take the alarm out of service, which could expose consumers to hazardous levels of CO, causing injury or death.

The recall includes FireX branded 10000 and 12000 series alarms with item numbers: 10000, 12000, 12000C, 12000-6, 12200, 12220, 12400, 12400C manufactured between June 1, 2007 and February 1, 2008. The date code appears on the back of the unit with a four digit year, three digit month followed by the day (ex: 2007JUN1 for June 1, 2007). Units with a manufacture date code prior to June 1, 2007 are not included in this recall.

The units, made in Mexico, were sold at commercial electrical distributors and electrical contractors and builders for installation into new home construction. A limited number of units were sold at Menards nationwide from June 2007 through February 2008 for about $20 (10000 series) and $30 (12000 series).

Consumers should contact Maple Chase immediately to receive a free comparable replacement alarm and make arrangements to return their recalled alarms. Consumers should not take the alarms out of service until they receive the replacement alarm.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Maple Chase toll-free at (888) 879-3906 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or go to the firms Web site at www.firexsafety.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Fingerhut Recalls Master Craft Pressure Washers

Fingerhut Recalls Master Craft Pressure Washers...

May 8, 2008
Fingerhut is recalling about 1,900 Master Craft Pressure Washers. The motor can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Fingerhut has received four reports of smoke coming from the unit, including one report of fire. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Master Craft pressure washers with model number ABW-3100G. The model number is located on a label under the handle. The pressure washer has a yellow housing and the name, Master Craft printed on the side.

The pressure washers were shold exclusively through Fingerhut catalogs and Fingerhut.com from July 2007 through March 2008 for about $100. They were made in China.

Consumers should stop using the pressure washers immediately, unplug them and return the pressure washer to Fingerhut for a refund or replacement product. A pre-paid shipping label will be provided to consumers. Fingerhut is directly contacting purchasers of the pressure washers.

For additional information, contact Fingerhut Direct Marketing at (866) 931-5417 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firms Web site at www.fingerhut.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Munchkin Baby Bottle, Food Warmers Recalled

Munchkin Baby Bottle, Food Warmers Recalled...

May 8, 2008
Munchkin Inc. is recalling about 5,000 Deluxe Bottle and Food Warmers. The warmers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Munchkin has received nine reports of units overheating, several of which ignited, causing damage to countertops. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the Munchkin Deluxe Bottle and Food Warmer with Pacifier Cleaning Basket 2-in-1 Design, model #13301 and lot number TP-1487. The product is used to warm food and bottles of various sizes. The set includes a main basket, a lift-out basket, an adapter ring, and a measuring cup. Munchkin is located on the front of the warmer and TP-1487 is located on the bottom. Only warmers bearing lot number TP-1487 are included in this recall.

The warmers were sold at various retailers nationwide and from the companys catalog from June 2007 through April 2008 for about $20. They were made in China.

Consumers should stop using bottle and food warmers with lot number TP-1487 immediately and contact Munchkin to receive a free replacement.

For additional information, contact customer service toll-free at (866) 619-8673 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firms Web site at www.munchkin.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Twister Hammerhead Dune Buggies Recalled

TJ Power Sports is recalling about 400 Twister Hammerhead Dune Buggies. The seat belt adjustment for the shoulder buckle can break during impact or stress....

May 6, 2008
TJ Power Sports is recalling about 400 Twister Hammerhead Dune Buggies. The seat belt adjustment for the shoulder buckle can break during impact or stress, posing an ejection and injury hazard to driver and passenger.

TJ Power Sports has received one report of a seat belt breaking that resulted in nerve damage to the rider's right arm.

This recall involves the 'Twister Hammerhead' with model number UM150IIR and model year 2004. The dune buggies were available in red, blue, or green. 'Twister Hammerhead', the model number, and the model year can be found imprinted on the bar behind the driver and passenger seats.

The buggies were sold through Twister dealers nationwide and online retailers from July 2004 through December 2004 for about $3,000. They were made in China.

Consumers should stop using these dune buggies immediately and contact TJ Power Sports for instructions on how to receive a replacement seat belt.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact TJ Power Sports toll-free at (877) 867-7678 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site www.tjpowersports.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Gourmet Bouquet Recalls Fresh and Frozen Meat Products

Second recall in recent months for the New York company

Gourmet Bouquet Recalls Fresh and Frozen Meat Products...


A New York food producer is recalling about 286,000 pounds of fresh and frozen beef, pork and poultry products that may be contaminated with listeria, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

Gourmet Boutique, of Jamaica, Queens, bills itself as Americas leading manufacturer of high-quality, ready-to-eat prepared foods.

The nationwide recall includes a variety of sizes, from nine-ounce packages of Gourmet Boutique Wrapanini Meatball Parmigiana to seven-pound containers of Gourmet Boutique Fruit and Nut Honey Chicken Salad Kit, USDA said. The meats being recalled are chicken, turkey, beef and pork.

The meals may be contaminated with bacteria that may cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal illness whose symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

The fresh meat and poultry salad products were produced from April 19 to 24, while the frozen foodstuffs were produced from October 2007 to April 23, the agency said.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a Class I recall, which affects products sent to supermarkets and food stores nationwide. A Class I alert, which carries the highest priority, is issued when there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death, the USDA's statement said.

No illnesses had been reported.

Listeria can cause listeriosis, a rare disease that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. The disease can also cause miscarriages.

In March, the company recalled nearly 7,000 pounds of products sent to stores in 10 states because of possible listeria contamination.



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Lowe's Children's Storage Bins

Lowe's Children's Storage Bins...

May 1, 2008    
Lowe's is recalling about 84,000 children's storage bins. Surface paint on the storage bins could contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

The recalled storage bins are wooden with scalloped edges and were sold in pastel green or pink. Item number 226782 (pastel green storage bin) or 226781 (pink storage bin) is located on the bottom of the storage bin. No other storage bins or colors are included in this recall.

The bins were sold at Lowe's retail outlets nationwide from March 2007 through February 2008 for about $6. They were made in Taiwan.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled storage bins away from children and return them to any Lowe's store for a full refund.

For additional information, contact L G Sourcing toll-free at (866) 493-6563 anytime, or visit www.lowes.com

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Mercedes Benz ML350 Hot Seat Draws Feds' Attention

Mercedes Benz ML350 Hot Seat Draws Feds' Attention...


Safety investigators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have opened a preliminary evaluation of consumer complaints about a seat warmer in the 2007 Mercedes Benz ML350 that gets so hot the seat fabric burns.

Two consumers have told NHTSA that the electric seat warmer burned through the fabric of the of the seat cover and produced a burn hole of approximately 2 to 3 inches in diameter along the outside of the driver's seat.

The incidents resulting in a smoldering of the seat pad and upholstery, according to the reports.

On consumer reported a minor burn as a result of the hot seat warmer.

The Office of Defects Investigation at NHTSA has opened a preliminary investigation of seat warmers in the ML350. It could eventually lead to a recall.

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