Archive for August, 2007

Hold the Kroger potato salad

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Kroger Mustard and Southern-style potato salad with a best if used by date of Sept. 5 has been pulled from store shelves because the Ohio Department of Agriculture has found a sample contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

If you have some already hanging around your house or in your fridge, you can get a refund. Details are here.

Labor Day weekend gas prices vary greatly

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Gasoline prices are all over the map this Labor Day, the last big driving weekend of the summer season.

Gov. Granholm says motorists should feel free to complain if they think they’re being shorted at the pump or the quality of the gas they buy isn’t what they think it should be.

Complaints can be logged around the clock by calling 1-800-MDA-FUEL.

The state also has advice for getting better mileage. Check out the info here.

Prices at the pump in Monroe County, by the way, are ranging from $2.85 to $3.27 for a gallon of unleaded regular. The average is around $3.01.

Bad mojo in mojito cocktail garnish

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Rimmer brand mojito cocktail garnish has a parsley ingredient that’s tested positive for contamination by salmonella.

The product was distributed nationwide. The recall info is here.

It’s a virtual information bank

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Got a question about your rights involving a debt collection issue? Problems with a checking account you can’t get resolved.

It might pay to visit www.helpwithmybank.gov, a new Web site designed mainly to help people with concerns about national banks, or other banks. It’s run by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

It’s not you, it’s your mold

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

A new study has found a link between damp, moldy homes and depression.

Here is the article from Science Daily.

Color them lead-tainted

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Imaginarium wooden coloring cases sold through Toys R Us stores are being recalled because the paint on the exterior packaging contains excessive lead and the black paint in the kits is lead-laden.

Lead is a neurotoxin that’s particularly dangerous to kids.

Yeah, the kits were imported from China.

The recall notice can be found here.

Toe-space heaters could create hot-foot

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Berko Electric toe-space heaters are being recalled because they pose a fire hazard.

No, they’re not made in China. They’re made in the U.S.

Here are recall details.

Jumper cables are faulty

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Yorkcraft auto emergency toolkits have booster cable sets that are shock and fire hazards.

Yeah, the cables are made in China.

Here’s the recall info.

Heaters sold at Wal-Mart being recalled

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Aloha electric heaters sold through Wal-Mart stores are a fire hazard.

Yeah, they’re made in China.

Here are details of the recall.

Spinach might have salmonella

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Metz Fresh, a California firm, has found traces of salmonella in a batch of spinach it has shipped.

It is recalling cartons of its products marked with certain bar codes.

Here are details.

Another reason for those flies in your kitchen

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

New research finds that carbonated water might be an attractant for fruit flies.

Here is the research.

These knives can cut … YOU!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Gerber Exchange-A-Blade pocket knives have a defect which might cause accidental cuts.

Maybe they should have called them Exchange-A-Finger.

Here are details.

If they don’t work, just bring them back

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Those swivels for SCUBA gear, that is.

Here are details.

Tot’s bucket hats have strangle string

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Toddler and youth “bucket hats,” nylon jobs sold at Bass Pro Shops, have drawstrings that are said to pose a strangulation hazard.

Here’s how to get a refund.

National weather forecast: Nothing

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Some of Oregon Scientific’s weather radios can’t get national weather forecasts.

Here are the cold facts.