Consumer Ally's Recall Roundup: QVC Candle Holders, Lipitor and More
Here is this week's roundup of recalls:
- QVC is recalling 14,000 metallic spinning candle holders after receiving 19 reports of the holders catching fire, with three consumers hurt and burned, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC said the candle holder is QVC item H189749 -- a spinning candle holder with 12 soy tea lights. The candle holders come in red, green, silver and gold. A base holds the tea light and a shade. When the candle is lit, the shade spins, projecting light designs on nearby walls and surfaces. The candle holders were sold exclusively through QVC's televised shopping programs and on its website during November 2010 for $25. Consumers should not use the candle holder and shopping channel is notifying its customers how to get a refund. Any consumer that has the candleholder and doesn't get a notice from QVC by Jan. 10 should contact the company at (800) 367-9444 between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. Eastern.
- BabyLegs of Seattle recalled about 4,500 baby leg warmers and socks because a heart patch on them can come off and babies could choke on them, said the CPSC. The brand's parent company, BabyUnited LLC, got one report of an infant choking on the patch -- her mother was able to stop the baby's choking and the infant was unhurt. The leg warmers and socks were sold online and at stores from August 2010 to November 2010 for about $11 a pair. Consumers can either take the patch off or contact BabyLegs for a refund at (888) 791-6098 between noon and 8 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday.
- Kindermusik International Inc. recalled Zoom Buggy Car and Dream Pillow Star educational toys because the wheels on the cars and the beads on the stars can come off and children may choke on them, the CPSC said. Consumers should throw the toys away and contact Kindermusik for a replacement. About 7,000 cars and 300 stars were sold in the United States online and through Kindermusik Educators between July 2010 and October 2010. Another 1,300 cars and 100 stars were sold in Canada. Kindermusik got 15 reports of the wheels popping off. No one has been hurt so far. The CPSC lists the toy ID numbers.
- Pfizer recalled one lot -- about 19,000 bottles -- of its anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor 40 mg tablets after a report of a foul odor on the bottles -- suspected to be from wood pallets used to store the bottles, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This recall is related to one this fall that recalled seven lots for the same reason. The FDA lists the lots affected by the recall.
- Kroger Co. recalled some lots of three brands of dog and cat food in 19 states because it could contain aflatoxin, a chemical produced by mold on corn which can be harmful to pets.
- Abbott Diabetes Care recalled specific lots of glucose test strips sold under six name brands in the United States and Puerto Rico because the strips may give falsely low blood glucose results, the FDA said. As many as 359 million strips may be affected by this recall. Glucose strips are used by diabetes patients to monitor their sugar levels. The strips were sold under the brand names of Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, Medisense Optium, Optium, OptiumEZ and ReliOn Ultima. The FDA lists instructions to figure out if you have recalled test strips.
- Stihl Inc. recalled its MS 361C chain saws because the throttle trigger can stick, creating an injury risk for the saw user or a bystander. About 5,000 of the saws were sold at dealers nationwide between February 2004 and August 2009 for about $640. Consumers should not use the saws and take them to a Stihl dealer for a free repair, the CPSC said.
- BB Buggies Inc. recalled certain off-road vehicles because they can accelerate without warning and the company has gotten 27 reports of the buggies speeding up without warning, causing in some cases broken arms and legs, The CPSC said. This expands a previous recall and affects all Bad Boy Classic Buggies made from early 2003 through May 2010, sold through dealers nationwide through June 2010 for about $10,000 each. Consumers should stop using the buggies and call their BB Buggies dealer for a free repair.
- Oriental Trading Co. Inc. recalled certain ceramic piggy banks and lion banks because the yellow paint on the banks contain excessive levels of lead. About 220,000 banks were sold through catalogs and online -- both Oriental Trading Co. and Fun Express catalogs and websites -- from February 2003 through September 2010 for between $7 and $20 a dozen. Only the yellow banks with black plastic stoppers are affected. Consumers should take the banks away from children and contact the company for a refund or credit, the CPSC said.
- Michaels Arts & Crafts stores recalled silver tree candle holders after reports of the Christmas decorations catching fire, said the CPSC.
- FDA warned consumers not to eat gourmet raw milk cheese made by Sally Jackson Cheese of Washington state because it might be the source of an e. coli outbreak that has sickened eight in two states. Just five days later, Whole Foods Market recalled some of its store brand cheese sold in three states and Washington, D.C. because it came from Sally Jackson Cheese.
- RockHard Laboratories recalled dietary supplements under the brand names RockHard Weekend and Pandora because they contain a drug not listed in the label ingredients which could interact with prescription drugs, according to the FDA. The supplements include the erectile dysfunction drug Sildenafil. The FDA lists the lots affected by the recall.
- Bright Water Seafood recalled its 7-ounce packages of Buffalo Krab Dip and Southwest Krab Dip because they could be contaminated with listeria, which could cause a potentially serious infection in young children and those with weakened immune systems. The dips were sold in retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, north Georgia and Virginia. No illnesses have been reported so far, said the FDA, which lists the lots affected by the recall.
- JFC International Inc. of New York is recalling its frozen capelin because the fish was not properly eviscerated before processing and could contain clostridium botulinum. The fish was sold nationwide. No illnesses have been reported so far and the FDA lists the product codes affected by the recall.