Archive for May, 2010

Vaughn Foods Recalls Lettuce

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Just a week after Freshway Foods recalled bagged romaine lettuce due to a possible E. coli 0145 outbreak, Vaughn Foods has recalled its romaine lettuce. The recalled bags are dated use by May 9 and May 10. The bags were sold to restaurants and food-service facilities.

The Freshway Foods lettuce recalled last week was sold in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a Yuma, Arizona farm where it believes the lettuce was harvested.

So far, 10 people from Michigan, seven from Ohio, and two from New York have become sick from the lettuce. Three of the 19 sickened have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can be life threatening. It is believed that as many as 10 others have also become sick after eating the lettuce, but that has not been confirmed yet.

The FDA is asking that consumers not eat take-out salads sold in salad bars and delis at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh Stores.

E. coli 0145 causes diarrhea (which can be bloody) and abdominal cramps. If you have eaten lettuce and are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider.

Graco Recalls Cribs

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Nine models of Graco drop side cribs, made by LaJobi, have been voluntarily recalled due to hardware on the drop side breaking and detaching it from the crib. Infants can become wedged or trapped in the drop side which can cause suffocation, strangulation, or the baby to fall. There have been 99 reports of hardware problems, but the two children entrapped were freed by caregivers. One child that fell from the crib received a mild concussion.

A total of 217,000 of the cribs, which have cherry, espresso, natural, and white finishes, have been recalled. The Graco cribs involved in the recall are:

Ashleigh Drop Side model numbers 3280142, 3280154, and 3280181
Hampton Drop Side model number 3080136
Jason Convertible Drop Side model numbers 3290235, 3290254, and 3290281
Kendal Drop Side model numbers 3570170 and 3570181
Lauren Drop Side model numbers 3250235, 3250242, 3250247, 3250254, 3250281, 3250282, 3150281, and 3150282
Rachel Convertible Drop Side model numbers 3300236 and 3300281
Sarah Drop Side model numbers 3000135, 3000136, 3000142, 3000147, 3000154, and 3000181
Shannon Drop Side model numbers 3010136, 3010154, and 3010181
Tifton Drop Side model numbers 3090136 and 3270136

The cribs were sold at retailers and children product stores throughout the U.S. from February 2007 until March 2010 for between $140 and $200.

If you have one of these cribs, stop using it immediately and contact LaJobi at (888) 842-2215 or on their website for a hardware retrofit kit.

Toyota Issues A Recall for Sequoia SUV

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Toyota Motor Sales has issued a recall of approximately 50,000 Sequoia SUVs due to a problem with the Vehicle Stability Control system, which controls the brakes and accelerator. This problem with the Vehicle Stability Control system can cause the SUV to hesitate or slow down at low speeds.

The Sequoias involved in the recall were made in early 2003. Once the problem was identified, Toyota began fixing the SUVs as soon as they came off the assembly line later that year. The company also issued a “technical service bulletin” to all dealers that year and since then, about half of those affected with this problem have been fixed.

There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this defect. Owners who are affected by the recall should be receiving letters from Toyota in late May. Any owners who have already paid for the fix may be reimbursed by Toyota.