Toy Trucks Recalled

April 5th, 2011

Infantino LLC has issued a recall of its Troy the Activity Truck toy after 28 people reported plastic beads breaking off. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were two reports of young children gagging on the pieces. Health Canada received reports of 15 children putting the beads in their mouths and three of the toys breaking, but no injuries.

Around 40,500 of the trucks are involved in the recall. They were sold in both the U.S. and Canada at such stores as Meijer, TJ Maxx and Marshalls between September 2009 and February 2011 for around $15 each. The model numbers are 153-210, 206-110, and 506-110C. The model number can be found on the underside of the truck. The trucks, which have faces, are blue, red, and yellow with a star, circle, and heart beads on the runners of the truck bed. Intantino is printed on the front of the toy.

If you have this truck, take it away from your child and call Infantino at (888) 808-3111 Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET for a replacement.

Consumers should take the recalled toy away from children and contact Infantino for a replacement. Call the company at (888) 808-3111 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Skippy Recalls Peanut Butter

March 8th, 2011

Unilever United States Inc. has recalled some jars of its reduced-fat Skippy peanut butter for fear of salmonella contamination.

So far, no one has reported an illness due to eating the peanut butter. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting and salmonella can be fatal in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Included in the recall are Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread. The jars are all 16.0-ounces and contain the UPC code of 048001006812 or 048001006782 on the side of the label below the bar code. The recalled jars also have a “best if used by” date of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 on the lid of the jar.

The potentially tainted jars were sold in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

If you have one of these jars, throw it away and call Unilever at (800) 453-3432 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ET for a replacement coupon.

Skechers Sued for Shape-Up Shoe Injury

February 21st, 2011

Holly Ward, a 38-year-old Ohio woman, has filed a class action lawsuit against Skechers, claiming that their popular brand of toning shoes called Shape-Ups caused stress fractures in both her hips.

Ward, a waitress, said that because of the hip fractures, she now has to endure physical therapy and has had pins inserted into both hips. She believes the cause is extended use of the Sketcher’s Shape-Ups while waitressing. She developed pain in her hips after wearing the shoes for approximately five months.

Ward’s lawyer, Ronald Johnson, pointed out in a statement, “We do not know of any testing or safety studies that Skechers did to determine safety. If they’re going to invent a whole new way for a human being to walk, the very first thing they should do is studies to make sure that’s not going to harm their customers.”

Salt Lake City chiropractor Mark Dudley, in addition to many other orthopedic doctors contacted by ABC News, has been quoted as saying that while a stress fracture in both hips is possible, it would be highly unlikely. Dudley said, “When people wear these shoes, their biomechanics do change, and they’re told to step differently with those shoes.” He suggested that women wanting to wear the shoes should ease into wearing them gradually. Dudley also said other health factors such as slips, falls, or body alignment issues could have been factors in Ward’s his fractures. Dudley did have positive things to say about the shoes, “I think these shoes are good, I think exercising is fantastic.” He added, “Any excuse to help motivate people and get out and start moving is good, as long as your body can handle and adapt to it.”

While Johnson says he has heard from other women with similar problems, Skechers issued a statement saying, “Since this lawsuit is brand new, Skechers has not had an opportunity to thoroughly review the plaintiff’s allegations, claims, or medical records. Millions of people wear Shape-ups without experiencing what the plaintiff alleges.”

Recall issued for Alcohol Pads, Swabs, and Swabsticks

February 15th, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks manufactured by the Triad Group. The FDA has cautioned both consumers and health care professionals to stop using these products immediately because of possible concerns about Bacillus cereus.

If these products are contaminated with Bacillus cereus, use of them could cause life threatening infections. This is especially true of patients who have recently had surgery or have weakened immune systems.

Recalled products were sold in the U.S., Canada, and Europe in boxes of 100 individual packets under the names of Triad Groups as well as Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Utilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS or Conzellin. This includes products marked both “STERILE” and those that are non-sterile.

If you have these products, immediately stop using them. Call the Triad Group Customer Service number at (262) 538-2900 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for instructions on how to return the product. The FDA is also asking health care professionals to report any adverse affects of patients who have used the products.

Class Action Lawsuit over Taco Bell’s Beef

January 26th, 2011

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Taco Bell in the federal court in California on behalf of Amanda Obney. The lawsuit claims that Taco Bell’s beef is anything but. Obney is suing the company for false advertising for calling the filling they use in their products “beef.”

Taco Bell calls the product “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef.” But, it actually contains only 35 percent beef, for a total of 15 percent protein overall claims the lawyer who filed the suit, W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III of the Montgomery, Ala. Law firm Beasley Allen. The lawsuit claims the rest of Taco Bell’s ground “beef” is made with such items as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate.

Miles states, “Taco Bell’s definition of ‘seasoned beef’ does not conform to consumers’ reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines beef as “flesh of cattle.”

While Taco Bell uses real chicken and carne asada steak in other products, the lawsuit claims the beef is “not beef.” The lawsuit also contends that within the industry, Taco Bell officials refer to the beef as “taco meat filling.” The lawsuit is not asking for any monetary damages, simply that the company stop advertising the filling as beef.

Taco Bell has said the lawsuit is “absolutely wrong” and plans its own legal action. A statement was released which said, “We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.”

Birth Control Pill Lawsuits

January 18th, 2011

Birth control pills have been used by the public since 1960, but that doesn’t always mean they are safe. There are currently several lawsuits against manufacturers of birth control pills.

Yaz

There are several lawsuits filed again the manufacturers of Yaz, also known as Yasmin and Ocella. This drug has also been used to treat acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for use in 2001, but some users have reported serious side effects which include heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, kidney damage, gallbladder disease and removal, and even death. The FDA has yet to release an official warning about Yaz or issue a recall, but several lawsuits have been filed.

Ortho Evra

Ortho Evra is a birth control patch which releases ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin into the blood stream, thus preventing ovulation. The FDA approved Ortho Evra in 2002, but some users have reported serious side effects which include blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and venous thromboembolism (VTE), which can lead to pulmonary embolism. A study conducted on the behalf of Johnson and Johnson resulted in a warning being added to labels that women between the ages of 15 and 44 were at a higher risk of VTE if they used Ortho Evra. However, the FDA still thinks Ortho Evra is safe and effective. Still, numerous lawsuits have been filed by those who feel they were harmed by the patch.

If you have taken either Yaz or used an Ortho Evra patch and suffered from serious side effects, you should contact an attorney to protect your legal rights.

Possible Scam from 570-309-3055

December 17th, 2010

Recently received a phone call from 570-309-3055 that appears to be trying to scam people. The female caller was asking for someone who was responsible for the electric bill (or at least that what I thought she was asking). Right from the beginning the types of questions being asked were trying to get you to say “Yes”. I was asked if “I was responsible for the electric” and then another question “Are you a business”?

I did a little research and found that some others are also reporting a potential phone scam from the number.

Now, the number shown on the caller id was 570-309-3055 but it could have been manipulated. If you receive a call from this number, you probably should just plain hang up on the caller. Since I am paranoid about receiving telemarketing type calls, as a precaution I never use the word “YES” until I can figure out who the caller really is.

Whole Foods Recalls Ground Nutmeg

December 5th, 2010

If you purchased nutmeg from Whole Foods Market just in time for Christmas, you should check the jar. Whole Foods Market has recalled packages of its ground nutmeg sold in the U.S. and Canada due to fears of salmonella contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Frontier Natural Products Co-op packaged the ground nutmeg both for Whole Foods and under their own brand name of Frontier Bulk.

The jars recalled are the 1.92 ounce Whole Foods 365 Nutmeg Ground with the UPC code 0-99482-41931-8 and the lot code of 0321 (located on the bottom of the bottle) and the 16-ounce packages of Frontier Bulk Nutmeg Ground with the UPC code 0-89836-00165-8 and the lot code of 0306.

So far, there have been no reports of illness due to consuming the recalled nutmeg. Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and can be life-threatening to children and those with weakened immune systems.

If you have purchased either of these products, you should not consume them. If you have the Whole Foods brand, contact the local store where it was purchased. If you have the Frontier Bulk brand, call the company for a replacement or refund at (800) 669-3275, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.

Chuck E. Cheese’s Recalls Light-Up Rings and Star Glasses

September 15th, 2010

Chuck E. Cheese’s has issued a recall of 1.1 million light-up rings given away as part of a promotion due to the small batteries inside. There were reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of one child swallowing a small battery and another child shoving a battery up his nose although no injuries were reported. The rings were given to many parent-teachers associations. The company is also recalling 120,000 pairs of Star Glasses, which also contain small batteries. The glasses were given away during birthday parties.

The rings were made in China, came in many different colors, and are 1 1/8 inches wide with a black elastic band. They were given out between April 2009 and June 2010.

The glasses are 5 1/2 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches tall and say “Chuck E. Cheese’s” on the side. They were given out between April 2010 and August 2010.

If you have either of these items, you should take them away from your child immediately. The rings may be returned to Chuck E. Cheese’s for a refund of $1, four game tokens, or a soccer promotional cup with four tokens. The glasses may be returned to Chuck E. Cheese’s for a refund of $4.99 or a “Flashing Hands” prize. Contact Chuck E. Cheese’s at (888) 778-7193 or visit its web site for more information.

DePuy Orthopedics Recalls Replacement Hip Devices

August 30th, 2010

DePuy Orthopedics has issued a voluntary recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASK Hip Resurfacing Systems due to these items requiring replacement more than expected only five years after hip surgery. Some patients also reported pain and symptoms that led to a second surgery. This recall affects about 93,000 devices that have been implanted around the world.

These issues were brought to light in part by an unpublished study for the National Joint Registry of England and Wales. The study found the revision rate after five years was 12 percent for the ASK Hip Resurfacing System and 13 percent for the XL Acetabular System. Replacements were highest among females and patients with replacement hip head sizes less than 50 mm.

Patients who have either of these devices should look for persistent pain, swelling, and problems walking. Patients and physicians should also watch for signs of the replacement hip loosening, bone fracturing around the replacement, or dislocation of the implant. Patients are advised to see their physician once a year after the replacement and physicians are advised to take blood tests to measure the level of metal particles in the patient’s blood to see if they require additional surgery.

If you’ve had a hip replacement, but not sure what was used, contact your physician for more information. If you have an ASR XL Acetabular System and/or the ASK Hip Resurfacing Systems, you should contact DePuy to submit a claim form for reimbursement of medical expenses.