Consumer Ally's Recall Roundup: Pajamas, Thermostats, Chocolate, Cheese and More
Here is this week's roundup of recalls:
- The Vermont Teddy Bear Co. Inc. recalled about 800 Hoodie Footie infant and toddler footed pajamas sold through its Pajamagram business because the baby clothes have metal snaps that can come off and possibly choke young children. The CPSC said no injuries or incidents have been reported so far. The clothing was sold online and through catalogs from November 2010 to December 2010 for about $30. The CPSC lists the products codes affected by the recall. Consumers can contact the company at (800) 262-1162 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m Eastern, Monday through Friday, for replacement pajamas and a $25 gift card.
- White-Rodgers of St. Louis recalled about 200,000 programmable home thermostats because of a possible fire hazard, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Chocolatier Barry Callebaut USA LLC recalled some bags of chocolate chips it makes for Kroger's store brand because the chocolate may contain milk that isn't listed on the package labeling. the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
- Almost 200,000 dehumidifiers sold under the GE and Professional Series brands were recalled from stores nationwide because they could possibly short out and catch fire, the CPSC said.
- Surtex Foods Co. of Los Angeles recalled some of its Oaxaca String Cheese La Original because it could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes and staphylococcus aureus, said the FDA. Both listeria and staphylococcus can cause nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhea in normally healthy people. Listeria can cause a sometimes fatal infection in the very young or those with weakened immune systems. The recalled cheese, sold in a 17.63/500 gram package, has the UPC code of 8 90512 00104 2, Lot No. 1360912 with an expiration date 01/09/2011. The cheese was sold in California and consumers who bought the cheese should return it for a full refund. Call the company at (323) 357-5900 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- One Great Burger recalled 113 tons of possibly spoiled ground beef that was sent to prisons in California and Oregon after it was repackaged, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
- Lettieri's Foods Inc,. recalled about 101,629 pounds of Breakfast Stackers Sausage, Egg & Cheese products because they contain monosodium glutamate -- commonly called MSG -- that was not listed on the product labels, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency lists the products affected by the recall. The USDA has no reports of consumers getting sick from eating the food. The breakfast food was sold in California, Florida, Minnesota, Washington, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Consumers can call the company at (877) 841-1431.
- Discovery Toys LLC recalled its Toddler Talk Toy Mobile Phones after three reports of the antenna breaking off, including one case in which a mom pulled the broken piece out of her son's mouth, CPSC said.
- AngioScore Inc. recalled its AngioSculpt PTA Balloon Catheters because they may come apart and could injure a patient, although the FDA said there have been no reports of injuries so far. The agency lists the lot numbers and product lines affected by the recall.
- La Placita Botanas Mexicanas Inc. of California recalled Wheat Snacks with Chile, Potato Chips with Chile and Corn Churritos with Chile because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the FDA said. So far no illnesses have been reported, but salmonella can cause fever, nausea and diarrhea and even potentially fatal infections in young children or the frail. The FDA lists the product codes affected by the recall. Consumers should return the snacks to the store for a full refund. Call the company at (626) 452-0883, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Foria International Inc. recalled about 20,800 Men's Fleece Sherpa Shirts sold in Norm Thompson stores, online and in its catalogs from September 2003 though November 2009 because the shirts don't meet federal flammability standards, the CSPC said. The company received two reports of the shirts quickly catching fire. The recalled pullover Sherpa shirts have a four-snap placket and long sleeves with rib-knit cuffs in olive and burgundy and have a woven "Norm Thompson" label. Consumers can contact the company at (888) 999-6568 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday for a refund.
- Hot Kids has recalled about 18,000 children's hooded sweatshirts and jackets because they have a drawstring through the hood or waist that can possibly strangle children The CPSC lists the style numbers and sizes affected by the recall. The clothing was sold at wholesalers nationwide and at the Hot Kids store in Los Angeles from June 2002 through January 2010 for between $6 and $15. Consumers can either remove the drawstrings or return the clothing for a refund. Call Hot Kids at (888) 946-8546 between noon and 8 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Ariens Co. recalled about 1,040 SnoThro 30LE Deluxe Snow Throwers that were sold through Home Depot and through Ariens dealerships from October 2009 to January 2010 for about $1,500 because consumers trying to clear the collector or discharge chute could risk a hand injury, the CPSC said. So far, no injuries have been reported. Consumers should contact Ariens for a free repair. Call the company at (888) 927-4367 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Kid O Products LLC recalled its Prisma and Duowooden baby rattles because multicolored beads can come off the rattles, potentially choking young children. So far, no incidents have been reported, the CPSC said. The rattles were sold at children's stores nationwide from November 2010 through December 2010 for about $12 each. Consumers should take the rattles away from children and return them for a refund. Call the company at (212) 366-5858 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Calisson Inc. recalled its Cool-it Soother by Vulli teething rings because if the ring is punctured, bacteria and mold can grow in its untreated liquid and make babies sick. So far, no reports of children getting sick from the teethers have been logged, the CPSC said. About 7,000 of the teethers were sold at children's stores nationwide and on amazon.com from January 2008 through November 2010 for about $10 each. Call the company at (888) 318-9803 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern for a replacement.
- The 2010-2011 model year of Marker and Kastle Twin Cam 12.0 ski bindings have been recalled because steel springs in the heel pieces can break, creating a fall hazard. So far, there have been no reports of incidents, the CPSC said. The agency lists the model numbers. About 5,400 pairs have been sold a ski and sports stores nationwide from January 2010 through December 2010 for the Kastle bindings and from July 2010 though December 2010 for the Marker bindings. Consumers should stop using the binding and return them to an authorized dealer for a free replacement heel binding. Consumers also need to bring their ski boots for the fix. Call the importer Marker Volki at (800) 453-3862 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday; contact Kastle at (970) 390-4498 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Prairie Mountain Inc. recalled about 6,200 Youth Rip Stophooded wind and rain jackets because the lightweight jackets have a drawstring through the hood that could strangle children. So far, no injuries have been reported, the CPSC said. The jackets were sold in gift shops nationwide from February 2010 through July 2010 for about $20 each. Consumers can either take out the drawstring or call Prairie Mountain for a refund at (800) 370-4941 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
- Alpha Industries recalled about 900 children's hooded sweatshirts because they have drawstrings through the hood that could strangle children, the CPSC said. The cotton, zippered sweatshirts are olive green and have an eagle and words "Hero by Choice" and "Alpha" on them. They were sold at department and children's stores nationwide from August 2009 through February 2010 for between $28 and $42. Consumers can either remove the string or return the sweatshirt for a refund. Call Alpha at (866) 631-0719 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.