Archive for March, 2011

Brandy flasks sold in state being recalled

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

E. & J. Winery is recalling all E&J stainless steel flasks that were produced from 2006-2010.
Consumers should immediately stop using the E&J Brandy stainless steel flask that is sold in the VSOP and XO gift sets. Laboratory results revealed that brandy stored in the flask under certain conditions may show elevated levels of lead. It’s important to note that the recall does not pertain to any bottles of E&J Brandy.
“We have become aware of this recall and are doing everything we can to make sure these value added gift sets have been taken off the market,” said Nida Samona, Chairperson of the MLCC. “We are asking that all licensees stop selling this item until a replacement is delivered to you by Great Lakes Wine and Spirits.”
The affected flasks that are sold in Michigan have “E&J VSOP” etched on the front. This recall also includes the E&J XO gift sets that have “E&J” etched on the front, however this product is not for sale in Michigan.
For more information, call the Michigan Liquor Control Commission toll-free at (866) 813-0011.

Lean Cuisine frozen dinner recalled

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Thousands of boxes of frozen “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti and Meatballs” are being recalled because some pieces of plastic were found in the entrees.
For details about the recall, click here.

Earthquake might cause wave of scams

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The Japanese earthquake likely will produce a tsunami of fundraising appeals, but some of them will be bogus, designed to line the pockets of scammers instead of helping quake victims.
Such appeals for money often come on the heels of major disasters and some already have surfaced.
The Federal Trade Commission has advice for screening such charitable appeals so consumers don’t become long-distance victims of such disasters.
For a host of tips, click here.

Feds launch product-safety database

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today launched a new product database to allow consumers to report harmful products and easily research safety info on products they own or are considering buying.
“Through SaferProducts.gov consumers will have open access to product safety information that they have never seen before and the information will empower them to make safer choices,” said Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC chairman.
The CPSC will review all reports received online and have five business days to transmit qualifying reports to the manufacturer. Manufacturers then have 10 business days during which they may respond and provide comments and/or claims. At the end of the 10 day period, if all requirements are met, the report and the manufacturer’s comments will be posted on SaferProducts.gov
The CPSC began registering businesses online in late January, and accepting reports to test the system. Since then, about 1500 reports have been filed by consumers online. About 1400 manufacturers have signed up on the Business Portal, so they can receive a copy of a report about their product in a timely manner via e-mail. Reports accepted during this test period will not be visible to the public but are being processed internally by CPSC as has been done with all reports in the past.
“We will continue to accept written, phone and fax reports, as we have for decades,” Ms. Tenenbaum said. “What is new and significant today is that we are launching an up-to-date system for letting consumers review safety reports alongside manufacturer comments about those reports.”
Reports received today will be visible and searchable by consumers around the beginning of April. Until then, only CPSC’s recall information will be searchable within the database.

KingQuad ATVs have leaky fuel tanks

Friday, March 11th, 2011

KingQuad ATVs made by Suzuki are being recalled because their plastic fuel tanks can leak, posing a fire hazard.
For details, click here.

Baby slippers sold at Walgreens can choke tots

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Holiday Rattle baby slippers sold only at Walgreens are being recalled after a baby was found choking on some of the stuffing in the slippers.
For details, click here.

Wooden fruit puzzles can choke kids

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Kid O products is recalling wooden fruit puzzles because some of the pieces could post choking hazards to children.
For details, click here.

Verboten bologna

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Zweigle’s, a Rochester, N.Y. firm, is recalling PRICE CHOPPER German bologna made with pork and chicken because of a delay in reprocessing the meat that led to bacterial contamination.
For details on the recall, click here.

Don’t nod off with these night lights on

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Electric night-lights called Camp Nod lanterns sold by Land of Nod are being recalled due to electrical wiring problems that pose shock or fire hazards.
For details, click here.

HSN wall fireplaces can crash, burn

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Gel fuel fireplaces sold on TV by HSN are being recalled because heat from the fireplace can cause screws to deform and loosen from the wall, causing the fireplace to fall.
For details on the recall, click here.

Stanley door locks have problems

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Stanley Security is recalling some door locksets because they can trap people in their homes.
For details, click here.

Workbench components are faulty

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Global Industrial is recalling various workbench components due to misrouted electrical wiring that can make them unsafe.
For details, click here.

Sunbeam wine openers break bottles

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

About 159,000 Sunbeam “Air Pump Wine Openers” are being recalled because the opener can cause wine bottles to break and cut users.
There have been 59 reports of this happening, which is a relatively high percentage of reports for a product defect.
For details, click here.

Halloween costumes have choking hazard

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Fun World is recalling Halloween costumes for kids that come with a stethoscope because parts on the stethoscope pose a choking hazard to kids.
For details, click here.

Surge protectors have shock hazard

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sanus Elements is recalling about 2,500 surge protectors due to a flaw that presents a shock hazard to consumers.
For details, click here.