Gerber Organic Baby Food

March 30th, 2016

Two kinds of Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Pouches are being voluntarily recalled by the company. A packaging defect could possibly make the food product vulnerable to spoilage during transport and handing of the food.

The only two types of pouches affected by this voluntary recall. The first type is Pears, Carrots and Peas. Pouches affected by the recall are as follows:

Best buy date of July 12, 2016 with a batch number of 51945335XX

Best buy date of July 13, 2016 with a batch number of 51955335XX

The other type of Gerber baby food affected by this recall is Carrots, Apples and Mangoes. Pouches included in the recall are as follows:

Best buy date of July 13, 2016 with a batch number of 51955335XX

Best buy date of July 14, 2016 with a batch number of 51965335XX,

The company has indicated that affected pouches may look “bloated” and the product may have a strange taste or odor.

If you find you have these products in your pantry, do not use them. Contact the company’s Parents Resource Center at 1-800-706-0556. The company will provide the consumer with replacement coupons.

Fiskars Bypass Lopper Shears Recall

March 30th, 2016

If you purchased Fiskars Bypass Lopper Shears at the Home Depot, check your product. The company has issued a recall of the product based to potential injury hazards to the consumer.

The products under recall were sold only at the Home Depot and at no other retail locations. They were sold in store and online from May 2011 to June 2014. The product included in the recall is the Fiskars Titanium Bypass Lopper Shears, model number 6954. Consumers can find the model number on the handle of the product. About 288.000 of this model lopper were sold by the company in the US and Canada.

The manufacturer had received 33 reports of injuries or incidents from the use of this product. Reported injuries include bruising, pinched fingers, and injuries to the head and face.

If you had purchased the Fiskars Bypass Lopper Shears, model 6954, from the Home Depot stop using the product immediately Contact the manufacturer to receive a free replacement product. You can contact the company at (855) 544-0151.

Trader Joe’s Product Recall

March 29th, 2016

Trader Joe’s has issued a voluntary recall on two of its products – Trader Joe’s Chocolate Orange Sticks and Trader Joe’s Chocolate Raspberry Sticks. The reason for the recall is for allergy reasons. The products have been found to contain more than “traces of milk” as stated on the label. The SKU number for the orange sticks is 084716 and the SKU number for the raspberry sticks is 084712. These products were shipped to Trader Joe’s locations across the country.

A recall was issued after company employees noticed the coating on the candy sticks did not look right, being lighter than normal. They believed that this color change indicated the candy was not coated in pure chocolate.

Milk allergies can be life threatening for some. Two allergic reactions had been reported as of this date.

If you had purchased either the Trader Joe’s Chocolate Orange Sticks or Trader Joe’s Chocolate Raspberry Sticks, you can return them to any store location for a full refund. You can also call the company at (626) 599-3817 if you have any questions about the recall.

Invokana Lawsuit

March 28th, 2016

Invokana is a prescription drug used to treat type-2 diabetes. It is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson corporation). A lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey alleging the plaintiff suffered a life threating reaction to the drug.

The plaintiff in this case stated in the court filing that she suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis after taking the drug Invokana. She also suffered severe kidney damage. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious condition where the body begins to burn fat to energy because cells had not received the glucose needed for energy. Ketones are chemicals that are created when the body burns fat for energy. When ketones begin to build up in the bloodstream, the blood becomes acidic. High levels of ketones can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, where the body is poisoned. Patients can become comatose, suffer kidney damage, and in extreme cases die.

The FDA has issued two major safety warnings about Invokana. The drug was approved by the FDA for use in 2013. The first warning was issued in May 2015 and stated that diabetic ketoacidosis can occur when using the drug. In September 2015 a warning was issued that there is an increased risk of bone fractures and decreased bone density from using the drug.

Other side effects that have been reported include kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and kidney impairment or failure.

Honest Company Laundry Detergent Class Action Lawsuit

March 27th, 2016

On March 17, 2016 a class action lawsuit was filed against the Honest Company (Honest in California) by Illinois resident Staci Seed. The lawsuit alleges the company is misleading consumers by advertising products as being SLS Free. SLS stands for sodium lauryl sulfate, a chemical that the company had pledged never to use.

The Wall Street Journal published a report this month that included the results of lab tests of Honest’s laundry detergent. The publication commissioned two independent tests and both indicated that the product included SLS. SLS is a chemical commonly used that creates lather, but can also irritate sensitive skin.

Ms. Seed lists in her court papers that she and her lawyers contacted their own independent testing agents to determine if in fact SLS was included in the ingredients in Honest laundry detergent.

In the lawsuit Ms. Seed also states that she specifically looked to purchase products that did not contain SLS and chose Honest because the labels say they did not include SLS as an ingredient, instead using sodium coco sulfate (SCS) as a less harsh alternative.

A representative of the Honest Company said that “The claims alleged in the lawsuit are without merit and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves against them.”

Starbucks – Underfilled Lattes

March 26th, 2016

Starbucks is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The lawsuit asserts that the company uniformly underfilled these types of drinks “pursuant to a standardized recipe.” The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the purchasers of Starbucks Caffe Lattes, Flavored Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Egg Nog Lattes, Skinny Lattes, Skinny Flavored Lattes, Vanilla Lattes, and Skinny Vanilla Lattes.

The lawsuit claims that the lattes are being underfilled because of a standardized recipe instituted by the company, thus causing the lattes to be underfilled by approximately 25%. This recipe/process was instituted in 2009 to save the company based on the cost of milk (one of the most expensive ingredients in the latte).

The lawsuit also claims that the cups used by Starbucks for serving lattes are too small to include the fluid ounces listed on the Starbucks menu. By using the standardized recipe (which calls for ¼ inch of space to be left at the top of the latte) there is no way the listed ounces can be included in the cup.

The company was reached for comment on the lawsuit. A representative of Starbucks stated that “We are aware of the plaintiffs’ claims, which we fully believe to be without merit. We are proud to serve our customers high-quality, handcrafted and customized beverages, and we inform customers of the likelihood of variations.”

Zofran Birth Defects

March 21st, 2016

Zofran (ondansetron) is an anti-nausea drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It is intended for patients experiencing nausea after chemotherapy or surgery. Many doctors had also prescribed Zofran as a help for women experiencing severe morning sickness during pregnancy. However, the drug was not approved for this type of use. (The term “off-label” prescribing is what is used to describe using a drug for something other than its original intent.)

The U.S. Department of Justice charged GlaxoSmithKline of marketing Zofran to physicians for the treatment of morning sickness even though it was not approved to do so. In 2012 the company pled guilty to “resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs” and paid $3 billion to resolve the case.

Studies have shown the association between the use of Zofran and birth defects. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the maker of Zofran claiming that the company knew of the adverse effects of Zofran on fetal development yet did not do anything to adequately warn the public or medical professionals of this possible outcome. As of 2015 the company had received more than 200 reports of birth defects suspected to be caused by the use of Zofran during pregnancy.

Blue Buffalo Pet Food

March 20th, 2016

The makers of Blue Buffalo Pet Food were the defendants in a class action lawsuit that claimed the company used poultry by-products in their food after stating they did not do so. The company has denied any wrongdoing but decided to settle the lawsuit to put an end to the litigation.

If you purchased Blue Buffalo pet food from May 7, 2008 to December 18, 2015 you are eligible to submit a claim to the company. The company has agreed to pay $32 million dollars to settle the lawsuit. Consumers can visit the website www.petfoodsettlement.com and submit a claim. If you have proof of purchase then you can receive $5.00 for every $50.00 in purchases, up to a maximum of $200.00. If you do not have proof of purchase your maximum amount is capped at $10.00. Claim forms must be completed by April 14, 2016.

The company acknowledges that a supplier had provided them with a mislabeled ingredient, where the chicken meal they received was in fact made of poultry by-product. Blue Buffalo indicated they are pursuing legal actions against this former supplier.

DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s frozen meal recall

March 17th, 2016

On March 10, 2016 Nestle USA voluntarily recalled some of their frozen meal products. The meals that are included in the recall are DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s meals. The recall was issued by the company as there is a potential for glass pieces to be found in the meals. All of the meals in question contain spinach, and this is what the company believes to be the source of the glass pieces.

The following products are included in the recall:

Item

Production Code

UPC

Best Before Date

DiGiorno Thin & Crispy
Spinach and Garlic Pizza

5363525921
5363525922
5364525921
———-
6019525921
6019525922

7192145143

July 2016
———-
Aug. 2016

DiGiorno Rising Crust
Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

6004525932
6005525931
6020855932
6021525931

7192100335

Aug. 2016

DiGiorno pizzeria Thin Crust
Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

6009525952

7192158570

Aug. 2016

DiGiorno pizzeria!
Tuscan-style Chicken Pizza

6017525952
6018525951

7192196236

Aug. 2016

Lean Cuisine Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

5339587814
5340587814
5340587815
6003587814

13800135209

Nov. 2016

Lean Cuisine Spinach, Artichoke & Chicken Panini

5348587814
———-
6011587814
13800553263

July 2016
———-
Aug. 2016

Lean Cuisine Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli

5348587812
5349587812

13800583581

Jan. 2017

Lean Cuisine Spinach Artichoke Ravioli

5362587812
5363587812

13800558060

Jan. 2017

Lean Cuisine Ricotta Cheese and Spinach Ravioli

6004595912
6005595912

1380093052

Feb. 2017

Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna
Party Size (96oz)

5351595916
5353595915
5353595916
———-
6004595916

13800190024

March 2017
———-
April 2017

Stouffer’s Whole Grain Vegetable Lasagna (10oz)

5353595913
———-
6011595513

13800103239

March 2017
———-
April 2017

Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna
Family Size (37oz)

5349595914

13800555106

Jan. 2017

Stouffer’s Chicken Lasagna Party Size (96oz)

5355595915

13800030528

Jan. 2018

Stouffer’s Spinach Soufflé (12oz)

5353595528
5353595538

13800105851

July 2017

If you have any of these products at home, please call the company at (800) 681-1676.

Purina Dog Food

March 17th, 2016

On March 9, 2016 Purina has issued a voluntary recall of some of their wet dog food products. The product was recalled because the company discovered through their own internal testing that some of the product does not contain the recommended level of added vitamins and minerals.

The products that are included in this voluntary recall are select 10 ounce containers of Beneful Prepared Meals, Beneful Chopped Blends and Pro Plan Savory Meals. Products impacted by this recall have both a “Best Before” date range from June 2017 to August 2017 and production code range starting with the first four digits of 5363 to 6054.

The products that are included in the recall are:

· Beneful Prepared Meals Wet Dog Food 10-oz. Tubs (all varieties)

· Beneful Chopped Blends Wet Dog Food 10-oz. Tubs (all varieities)

· Pro Plan Savory Meals Wet Dog Food 10-oz. Tubs (limited to the following varieties: Braised Chicken Entrée; Braised Pork Entrée; Braised Turkey Entrée; Grilled Salmon Entrée; Braised Beef & Rice Entrée)

You can also call the company at (800) 877-7919 if you want to check if the product you have is affected by the recall.

If you find you have one of these products the company recommends you throw it away and contact the company for a refund. You can reach them at (800) 877-7919.