Archive for June, 2010

Kellogg’s Cereal Voluntary Recall – Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks

Friday, June 25th, 2010

If you have Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops or Honey Smacks in your pantry you’re going to want to read this.

Today The Kellogg Co. issued a voluntary recall of these cereals that were sold in the United States.  This voluntary recall was issued because of a substance in the package liners that produces a strange smell and taste.  Consumers said some of these smells and tastes could be described as stale, metal or soap like.  The company said the potential for health complications is low but wanted to remove the products because some consumers might be overly sensitive to these odors and there is the possibility that the product could cause symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea.

The products being recalled are the breakfast cereals Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks.  The products under the recall have the letters “KN” following the “better if used before date” on the box.

Here is a list of the recalled cereals and the specific information:

Kellogg’s Apple Jacks

UPC 3800039136 1: 17 ounce package with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 10 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039132 3: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between JUN 03 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s Corn Pops

UPC 3800039109 5: 12.5 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039111 8: 17.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039116 3: 9.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 05 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s Froot Loops

UPC 3800039118 7: 12.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039120 0: 17 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039125 5: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

UPC 3800039103 3: 15.3 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

If you have one of these cereals in your home you can contact the Kellogg company at *888) 801-4163 to get a replacement for your purchase.

Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare recall more Benadryl and Tylenol lots

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Five more lots of McNeil Consumer Healthcare products have been voluntarily recalled by the company.  This recall is an extension of the January, 2010 recall of several McNeil Consumer Healthcare products because of a musty or moldy smell associated with the product.  The company inadvertently omitted these lots from the original recall.

Four lots of Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets, 100 count, are affected by this recall.  The lots affected are: AJA008, ADA194, ABA022, ABA264.  The products have an NDC number of 50580-226-10 and UPC code of 312547170338.  One lot of Extra Strength Tylenol Rapid Release Tablets, 50 count, is also affected.  The lot number is: ASA202, with an NDC number of 50580-488-50 and UPC code of 300450488503.

If you own the recalled products you can contact the company on information for getting a replacement product or a refund of the purchase price.  You can contact the company by phone at 888-222-6036 Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, and 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time on Saturday and Sunday) or visit their product reall site by clicking here.

GE Front Load Washer Recall

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

GE and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of GE Front Load Washers.  If you own one of the recalled products you should stop using it and contact the manufacturer for more information.

The reason for the recall is due to fire and shock hazards.  There is a problem where a wire can break in the machine and make contact with part of the metal wash tub.  This can cause smoke, fire and shock hazards.  GE reported that they are aware of seven incidents with the recalled product in which flames escaped the washer and caused minor damage, but no injuries.

Here is a list of the GE Front Load Washing Machines that are involved in the recall:

Model Number Begins With:  WBVH5

Serial Number Begins With: AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM, FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM, LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS, SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR, VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS
You can find the model and serial numbers on your washing machine, located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame.  These GE Front Load Washers were sold in various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 to May 2010.

If you have a recalled washing machine you should unplug it from the wall and contact the company for a free repair.  You can contact GE at 800-345-4124 between 8 am and 5 pm ET Monday to Friday, or visit their website.  Click here for a link to the site.

Kroger ice cream recall

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Kroger issued a recall on some of its packages of Deluxe Chocolate Paradise Ice Cream because it might contain tree nuts, a fact that was not disclosed on the label.  The recall affects this product and its 48 ounce size, with a sell by date of Jan. 24, 2011.  The sell by date is located under the UPC code on the package (the UPC code should read 11110 50712 on the recalled packages).

This recall affects ice cream sold by Kroger in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also affects the product sold in its affiliated stores Jay C, Food 4 Less, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Indiana and Illinois.

If you purchased the recalled Kroger Ice Cream you can get a refund of the purchase price at any Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store.  Here is a phone number where you can contact the company with questions about the recall: 800-632-6900.

The reason for this recall by Kroger is because the ice cream could contain tree nuts.  If you or your family members are not allergic to tree nuts there is no safety issue in eating the recalled ice cream.  If you are allergic to tree nuts the fact that they exist in this product and it wasn’t disclosed can be a significant health risk.  One of the most common food allergies around is an allergy to tree nuts.  The physical reaction a person can have to exposure to tree nuts is significant, even if the person is only exposed to trace amounts of the product. 

For more information about the Kroger Ice Cream recall you can also visit their website.  Click here for a link to their page on recalls.

Maytag Recalls 1.7 Million Dishwashers

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

It’s a repairman’s worst nightmare – 1.7 million Maytag dishwashers have been recalled. The dishwashers, sold between February 2006 and April 2010, have an electric failure in the heating element which can result in a fire.

So far, Maytag has received 12 reports of the heating element in their dishwashers causing fires and/or damage to the dishwashers. One consumer reported extensive damage to the kitchen due to the dishwasher fire. There have been no reports of any injuries due to the electrical failure.

The models involved in the recall are Maytag, Amana, Jen-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag, and Crosley. The dishwashers came in black, bisque, white, silver, and stainless steel fronts. Dishwashers that begin or end with the following serial numbers are involved in the recall. Serial numbers may be located on the left side of the door opening.

Serial numbers starting with: NW39, NW40, NW41, NW42, NW43, NW44, NW45, NW46, NW47, NW48, NW49, NW50, NW51, NW52, NY01, NY02, NY03, NY04, NY05, NY06, NY07, NY08, NY09, NY10, NY11, NY12, NY13, NY14, NY15, NY16, NY17, NY18, NY19

Serial numbers ending with: JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL, JN, JP, JR, JT, JV, JX, LA, LC, LE, LG, LJ, LL, LN, LP, LR, LT, LV, LX, NA, NC, NE, NG, NJ, NL, NN, NP, NR

Consumers who own these recalled dishwashers can choose between having the heating element repaired and receiving a rebate towards the purchase of a new dishwasher. Contact Maytag at (800) 544-5513 or at the company’s website.

McDonald’s Recalls Shrek Glasses

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

McDonald’s has issued a voluntary recall of 12 million “Shrek” glasses sold throughout the country to promote the latest installment of the film, “Shrek Forever After.” The glasses were sold between May 2010 and June 2010 and there are four designs: Shrek, Fiona, Puss n’ Boots, and Donkey.

The glasses, sold for $2 each, were found to be made with paint which contained cadmium. Cadmium is potentially hazardous to humans, believing to cause kidney, lung, intestinal, and bone damage. It was discovered that the glasses contained paint with cadmium when an anonymous tip was received by Congresswoman Jackie Speir’s (San Francisco) office and additional testing was done.

Consumers who purchased these glasses should return then them to their closest McDonald’s for a refund. Additional information can be obtained by calling McDonald’s at (800) 244-6227 between 9 am and 5 pm CT Monday through Friday or by visiting the company’s website at

Metoclopramide Reglan Lawsuit

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Metoclopramide, also known by the brand name of Reglan, is a drug often given to patients to treat gastrointestinal disorders and nausea, including morning sickness in expectant mothers. It may also be used for lactation stimulation in nursing mothers. It is made by Schwartz Pharmca, Inc. and available in tablets, oral solution, and injection form.

However, those taking Reglan may also suffer from tardive dyskinesia. Tardive dyskinesia is a neurological disorder that is often irreversible. It can cause protrusion of the tongue, uncontrolled grimacing and lip smacking, rapid eye blinking, and repetitive movements of the extremities.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in early 2009 that is was requiring all manufacturers of Reglan to add a black box warning to the label stating the possible link to tardive dyskinesia.

One study by the FDA showed that 20 percent of the patients that used Reglan took it for longer than three months, making them more susceptible to contracting tardive dyskinesia. Reglan has only been approved by the FDA for short term use (4 to 12 weeks).

Because Reglan can be passed through breast milk, infants of mothers taking Reglan may also be at risk. If you or anyone you know has been taking Reglan and has suffered side effects such as uncontrollable body movements, you should immediately quit taking the drug and consult a medical professional.

HP Extends Voluntary Recall of Notebook Computers

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Hewlett-Packard Co. has issued an extended voluntary recall of certain HP and Compaq notebook computers that use lithium-ion batteries due to fire and burn hazard. This is a extension of a recall issued in May 2009 when 70,000 units were recalled.

The company has received numerous reports of batteries that ruptured after overheating, which cause minor personal injury and property damage.

Among the notebooks involved in the recall include:

HP Pavillion (model numbers dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dx6000, dx6500, dx6700, dv9000, dv9500, and dv9700)

Compaq Presario (model numbers A900, C700, F500, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, and V6700)

HP (model numbers G6000 and G7000)

HP Compaq (model numbers 6510b, 6515b, 6710b, 6710s, 6715b, 6715s, and 6720s)

Model numbers can be found at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook.

These models of HP and Compaq were sold at computer and electronic resellers as well as online at and from August 2007 until July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000.

Owners of these notebooks should immediately remove the batteries and contact HP at their web site or by calling (888) 202-4320 Monday through Friday from between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT for a replacement battery.