Archive for May, 2011

Mountain Pure water not so pure

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Bottles of Mountain Pure bottled water, including some distributed for relief efforts in Clinton, Ark., have been found to have biological contamination.
For details, click here.

Some toddler table chairs shouldn’t be used

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Some “metoo” clip-on chairs designed to give tots a seat at the table should not be used due to a high incidence of the chairs detaching and injuring kids.
For details on the recall, click here.

Bowling sets have too much lead

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A Toy Story3 bowling set sold at Walmart is being recalled because paint on the bowling pins has excessive levels of lead.
For details on the recall, click here.

Bunk beds might collapse

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Doral Asia is recalling more than a half-million bunk beds because wooden side rails can split and cause the beds to collapse.
The company has reported 23 incidents that resulted in injuries.
For details on the recall, click here.

Michaels Stores reports data breach

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Michaels Stores, the big crafts and hobby merchandiser, said a breach in PIN number security might have compromised customer credit and debit card information due to a tampering incident in the Chicago area.
As a precaution, the store is alerting all of its customers and recommending that they contact their banks and/or credit card companies to check for and report any unauthorized charges.
The company didn’t say how many customers might be at risk.

FBI warns of bin Laden e-mail viruses

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The FBI is warning computer users to be wary of any e-mails purporting to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden’s recent death because it could contain a virus that may damage computers. The malware can embed itself in computers and spread to users’ contact lists, infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members. These viruses are often programmed to steal your personal information.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) urges computer users to not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages. Even if the sender is familiar, the public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their machines to detect and deflect malicious software.
The IC3 recommends: Adjusting the privacy settings on social networking sites you frequent to make it more difficult for people you know and do not know to post content to your page; avoid downloading software to view videos; read e-mails carefully because fraudulent ones often have misspellings, poor grammar, and nonstandard English; report e-mails you receive that purport to be from the FBI. Criminals often use the FBI’s name and seal to add legitimacy to their fraudulent schemes. In fact, the FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails to the public. Should you receive unsolicited messages that feature the FBI’s name, seal, or that reference a division or unit within the FBI or an individual employee, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

FDA cracks down on STD products

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is moving against several companies who market products said to cure sexually transmitted diseases. The products make unfounded claims, according to the FDA.
For details and names of products affected, click here.

Pacifier clip is choking hazard

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Cheaper Keeper pacifier clip made by Sandbox Medical is being recalled because the clip can break apart and cause a choking hazard to infants.
For details on the recall, click here.

Recall could affect Coumadin users

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Bristol-Myers Squibb is recalling some bottles of Coumadin, a common drug used to prevent blood clotting, particularly in heart patients, because sampling of the pills showed one had higher potency than it should have, which could lead to bleeding.
For details on the recall, click here.

Buoyant vests have faulty valve

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Sea Elite buoyant vests are being recalled because they have a faulty pressure valve that could lead to drownings.
For details, click here.

Grape tomatoes, salads might be tainted

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Six L’s of Immokalee, Fla. is recalling grape tomatoes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
The grape tomatoes were packed on April 11 and can be identified by Cherry Berry lot code DW-H either in clam shells or 20 lb. cardboard containers. The product was distributed to Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Georgia and Canada, and reached consumers through stores and restaurants.
In addition, the tomatoes were used in some prepared salads, including some supplied to Walmart stores by Taylor Farms. For details on the products affected, click here.
The contamination was detected through a random sample obtained by the USDA at a distributor in New York. The product is from a farm in Estero, Fla. which has since ceased production of the tomatoes.
The recall does not include any other tomatoes or produce distributed by Six L’s. Consumers who have purchased the specific lot of grape tomatoes mentioned are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Six L’s at 877-606-1821, ext. 3955, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.