Archive for April, 2011

Girls’ apparel has high lead content

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

My Michelle, a New York clothing maker, is recalling about 90,000 girls tops because decorative jewelry and trim attached contain high levels of lead.
For details on the recall, click here.

Redken spray mousse cans defective

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Redken is recalling its Guts 10 spray mousse because the liner in the cans can erode causing the product to burst.
About 1 million cans are in the recall. For details, click here.

Barbell racks have weak welds

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Rogue Fitness of Columbus, Ohio is recalling about 5,500 barbell racks because some of the welds can break, causing injury to users.
For details, click here.

Warning issued on hair care products

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a hazard alert to hair salon owners and workers about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with some hair smoothing and straightening products.
The hazard alert, available by clicking here, provides information about OSHA’s investigations, the health hazards of formaldehyde and how to protect people who are working with hair smoothing and straightening products.
OSHA has found formaldehyde in the air when stylists used hair smoothing products, some of which do have formaldehyde listed on their labels or in material safety data sheets as required by law. During one investigation, the agency’s air tests showed formaldehyde at levels greater that OSHA’s limits for a salon, even though the product tested was labeled as formaldehyde-free.
Formaldehyde presents a health hazard if workers are exposed. It can irritate the eyes and nose; cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and lungs; and is linked to nose and lung cancer.

Tents fail flame-resistance test

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Active Leisure folding canopy tents sold only at Costco are being recalled because they don’t meet the flame-resistant standard stated on the packaging.
For details, click here.

Hot chocolate pots have faulty handles

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Williams-Sonoma is recalling hot chocolate pots because the handle can break off, burning users.
For details, click here.

Some Pampers pacifiers recalled

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Pampers Stage 1 pacifiiers are being recalled because they post a choking hazard.
For details, click here.

Jennie-O turkey burgers might be contaminated

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Jennie-O turkey burger products might be contaminated with salmonella.
For details, click here.

Fresh Express spinach might be tainted

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

A couple thousand cases of Fresh Express bagged spinach is being recalled because it might be tainted with salmonella.
For details on the recall, click here.

Hacking affected more than 30 firms

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The list of companies whose customers might be affected by an e-mail data breach at Epsilon has broadened.
The e-mail server said someone hacked into its system, prompting a range of companies to warn customers about potential e-mail scams or frauds in the coming weeks.
Companies affected include: American Express, Ameriprise Financial, Barclays Bank of Delaware, Best Buy, Brookstone, Capital One, Citibank, City Market, The College Board, Dillons, Disney Vacations, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Hilton Honors, The Home Shopping Network, Jay C, JPMorgan Chase, King Soopers, Kroger, Marriott Rewards, McKinsey Quarterly, New York & Co., QFC, Ralphs, Ritz-Carleton, Robert Half, Smith Brands, TiVo, U.S. Bank, Verizon and Walgreens.
iSekurity, a consumer identity theft security firm comprised of former federal agents, said consumers must be on the alert.
“Although consumers need to be especially careful in the next few weeks, our larger concern is a month or two down the road when the story is not top of mind,” said Matt Bitonti, iSekurity’s chief operating officer. “Identity thieves can strike at any time. Consistently educating yourself and thinking before you act is critical. Learning how scams work can decrease your risk.”
Consumers who do business with the above-mentioned firms need to review carefully any e-mail they receive because they might be scammers trying to extract personal financial information.
Do not click on any links or call phone numbers listed within these e-mails. Instead, consumers who receive an e-mail asking that they log in or call a number, should contact the company directly to confirm its legitimacy.

Hacked e-mail server impact spreading

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Chase Cards, Walgreens, Charter Communications and retailing giant Target are among the companies that have informed their customers that Epsilon, their e-mail service provider, was hacked. The companies are saying they believe no personal information or credit card numbers were accessed, but beware of a potential flood of e-mail spam as the impacts of the security breach spreads.
Here’s Target’s notice to customers who shared their e-mail address with the retailer; other companies affected were sending out similar notices:
“Target’s email service provider, Epsilon, recently informed us that their data system was exposed to unauthorized entry. As a result, your email address may have been accessed by an unauthorized party. Epsilon took immediate action to close the vulnerability and notified law enforcement.
While no personally identifiable information, such as names and credit card information, was involved, we felt it was important to let you know that your email may have been compromised. Target would never ask for personal or financial information through email.”

Kroger database hacked

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Customers who have Kroger cards or otherwise supplied the grocer with their e-mail addresses might be seeing spam.
The grocery store chain sent out this message to customers today:
Kroger wants you to know that the data base with our customers’ names and email addresses has been breached by someone outside of the company. This data base contains the names and email addresses of customers who voluntarily provided their names and email addresses to Kroger. We want to assure you that the only information that was obtained was your name and email address. As a result, it is possible you may receive some spam email messages. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Kroger wants to remind you not to open emails from senders you do not know. Also, Kroger would never ask you to email personal information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers. If you receive such a request, it did not come from Kroger and should be deleted.
If you have concerns, you are welcome to call Kroger’s customer service center at 1-800-Krogers (1-800-576-4377).