Recall Roundup: Bike Helmets, Laptop Batteries, Cat Food and More
Here is this week's roundup:
- Bell Sports recalled 33,600 bicycle helmets sold at WalMart and online at Amazon.com in the United States and Canada because a plastic chin strap buckle can break, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission said. The company has one report of a buckle breaking during an accident, with the bicyclist suffering an injury requiring stitches below an eye. The CPSC lists the model numbers of the recalled helmets. Consumers can call the company at (866) 892-6059 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST or by e-mail.
- For a third time, Hewlett-Packard Co. expanded a recall of its laptop batteries for HP and Compaq notebook computers -- this time, 162,600 batteries are affected -- after continuing to receive reports of the batteries overheating and burning consumers.
- Primal Pet Foods recalled its Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula of cat food with a best by date code of 043112-17 because it could be contaminated with salmonella, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Salmonella affects pets much the same way it affects humans in that they could get diarrhea, vomit or have a fever. The FDA said so far, no pet or consumer has reported getting sick. Included in the recall is the four-pound bag of chicken and salmon nuggets with a UPC number of 8 95135 00025 0. It was sold in pet stores nationwide. Consumers should take the cat food back to the store or take in the store receipt for the food for a refund. Call the company at (866) 566-4652 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST with questions.
- Allison's Gourmet Kitchens Inc. recalled about 22,594 pounds of chicken and ham salad products because they contain potassium sorbate and/or sodium benzoate which aren't listed on the labels, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. So far, there's been no reports of anyone getting sick from eating the salads, the FSIS said. Included in the recall are three-pound plastic tubs of Allison's Gourmet Kitchens' Gourmet White Meat Chicken Salad and Fruits and Nut Chicken Salad as well as Baker's Kitchen Chicken Salad. Also in the recall are 12-ounce plastic cups of Hill Country Fare Deli Style Classic Ham Salad With Pineapple as well as Hill Country Fare Classic Chicken Salad With White Meat. The FSIS lists the case codes. The use-by dates on individual packages range from May 27, 2011, to June 29, 2011. The chicken salad products were distributed in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The ham salad products were distributed in Texas. Call the company's Research and Development Specialist Brenda Brookshire at (405) 735-2017, ext. 1006 or Victor Gramillo (405) 735-2017, ext. 1005.
- Horizon Hobby recalled 17,900 model helicopters sold in the United States and Canada after receiving 312 reports of the rotor blades detaching, including 34 cases of a blade hitting consumers with 12 suffering cuts, the CPSC said. The toy was sold in stores nationwide in March 2011 for $180 to $220 for the helicopter and $10 for the replacement part. Included in the recall are the Blade mCP X Bind-N Fly and Ready to Fly Remote Control Model Helicopters and replacement Blade mCP X Main Blade Grips with Bearings. The CPSC lists the model numbers. Consumers should contact the company for free replacement main rotor grips. Call Horizon Hobby at (877) 504-0233 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST, Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST and Sundays between 1 and 6 p.m. EST.
- Fresh and Ready Foods recalled about 770 pounds of Asian Chicken Noodle Salad sold on domestic United Airlines flights because it may contain egg not listed on the label, the USDA said. So far, no one has reported getting sick from eating the salad. Call the company's Director of Food Safety Lisa Lehman at (818) 837-7600.
- Transpecos Foods LP recalled five brands of onion rings because they may contain milk and eggs that weren't listed in the ingredients, the FDA said. So far, no one has gotten sick from eating the onion rings, which were distributed in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin. The products included in the recall and all sold before May 27, 2011, are: Southern Home Whole Onion Rings, Southern Home Diced Onion Rings, Shurfine Onion Rings, Food Club Onion Rings, Better Valu Breaded Onion Rings, Best Yet Gourmet Onion Rings. The FDA lists the UPC numbers and package sizes. Consumers can return the food to the store for a refund. Call the company at (432) 447-2828 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.
- The Azar Nut Co. issued an allergy alert for its Azar Mountain Trail Mix with an item number of 9613896, 2/5# because it could contain milk not listed on the label, the FDA said. So far no one has gotten sick from eating the mix. The FDA lists the date codes effected by the recall. Consumers can return the mix to the company for a refund or replacement. Call the company at (915) 877-4079 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST.
- Kahn Enterprises LLC recalled 35 Beeni Baby Hats because a baby can spit up during use, creating an asphyxiation hazard, the CPSC said. So far, no one has been hurt. The baby hats are made of cotton and spandex and have two straps which hold a removable plastic pacifier holder. The model number 125867 is on a tag sewn into the back inner rim of the cap. The hats were sold on the company's website from January 2009 through May 2011 for about $25. Consumers should stop using the hats and contact the company for a refund. Call (612) 310-4053 or e-mail the company.
- Woodstock Percussion Inc. recalled 10,100 Gripper Shaker musical instruments sold in the United States and Canada because the handle can detach, exposing a rough edge and small steel pellets, the CPSC said. The company has received one report of the handles coming off two shakers. No one was hurt. The shakers were sold in stores nationwide and also online and through mail-order catalogs between August 2010 and March 2011 for about $5 each. Consumers should contact the company for a refund. Call the company at (866) 543-2848 or e-mail.
- Janome America Inc. recalled 600 of its high-end Elna eXcellence 740 sewing machines because the wires can short, creating a fire risk, the CPSC said. The company has one report of a sewing machine catching fire. No one was hurt. The machines were sold in sewing machine stores nationwide from September 2010 through April 2011 for about $3,000. Consumers should unplug the machine and return it to the store for a repair. Call the company at (800) 631-0183.
- Irish Hills Meat Co. recalled about 900 pounds of ground beef shipped to restaurants in southern Michigan because it may be contaminated with e.coli, the USDA said. So far, no one has reported getting sick from eating the beef. Consumers can call the company at (517) 456-4400.