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Recall Roundup

It’s hard for busy people, especially working parents, to keep track of everything that may present a health problem or safety issue … particularly when the list of dangers changes daily. Here’s a quick round-up of food and product recalls from the last week.

Food Recalls:

  • A romaine lettuce recall for listeria initially listed only 90 cartons destined for retail in a few states, but True Leaf Farms now says lettuce recall involves nearly 2,500 cartons sold to restaurants, cafeterias, and other institutions in 19 states and Canada. Read the full article here.
  • The listeria-tainted cantaloupe that has sickened dozens and resulted in at least 18 deaths is still for sale in prepackaged fruit salad. See where it’s still being sold.
  • Manning Beef, a California-based company, is recalling 80,000 pounds of beef products over possible E. coli contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So far no illnesses have been reported, but you can see the list of associated products here.
  • Kraft Foods recalled three types of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Microwaveable Cups, stating that small, thin wires may be inside the cups.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has a great online food safety research resource – learn more here.

Product Recalls:

Drop-Side cribs that have been involved in multiple incidents in which the side rails have malfunctioned or detached have been recalled. The cribs were sold exclusively at JCPenney, and put infants at risk of being trapped in the crib or suffocated. See the Consumer Product Safety Commission report here.

One version of the recalled crib, left. See all versions here.

  • IKEA  has recalled a children’s folding tent due to laceration and puncture dangers presented by the steel wire frame. At least 1 injury has been reported to date.
  • More pourable gel fuel has been recalled due to the hazard of burns or flash fires. It seems that pourable gel fuel is just inherently dangerous, as many brands have been recalled in the last several months.
  • Volkswagen has recalled 168,000 vehicles for fuel leaks that can present a fire hazard. So far, there have been no official reports of vehicle fires; the recall affects 2009–12 Jetta and Jetta SportWagon, the 2010–12 Golf and the 2010-12 Audi A3 with TDI engines. See the full article here.

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