Archive for January, 2012

Watch e-mail for phony traffic tickets

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A new scam that might be coming to your e-mail box: Bogus traffic tickets.
The Federal Trade Commission issues a warning.

Salads from Hamtramck deli recalled

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Prepared julienne salads from 18th Street Deli Inc. in Hamtramck, Mich. are being recalled because the hard-boiled eggs that are included in them are contaminated.
The salads were distributed to retailers and vending firms in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
For details on the recall, click here.

Food carriers sold at Walmart recalled

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Travelin’ Chef Expandable Food Carriers imported by California Innovations and sold at Walmart are being recalled because the gylcol-filled gel packs they contain can leak and poison food.
For details, click here. About 55,000 of the products are involved in the recall.

FDA: Why your orange juice is safe

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioners of foods, makes a case for the safety of orange juice products after traces of a pesticide is found in juice imported from Brazil.
In a blog, he notes that three-quarters of orange juice originates in the United States, where the pesticide is unlawful, and testing is continuing on all imported products.
To read his post, click here.

Steelcase office chairs have flaws

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Michigan-based Steelcase is recalling Amia desk chairs sold during 2011, because pivot pins on the control mechanism beneath the seat can come out and cause the chairs to fall apart. For details, click here. About 11,000 chairs are affected.

Scam e-mails invoke BBB name

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Two spam e-mails that invoke the name of the Better Business Bureau are spreading on the Web today and they might carry computer viruses.
The first begins with “To the Urgent Attention of the Owner/Manager” and seems to originate with a BBB in Utah.
The second starts with “Thank you for supporting your BBB” and requests the recipient to fill out an online form. It has a mailing address of DuPont, Wash.
The last time such messages were circulating, clicking on the links within them downloaded viruses.
Anyone receiving such messages should delete them, ensure that their computer virus protection software is current and run a scan on their computers.

Giant Bicycles could lead to giant falls

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Giant Bicycle is recalling two of its models because the forks can crack, posing a fall hazard to riders.
About 900 bicycles are affected. They were sold nationwide late last year. For details on the recall, click here.

Tire pressure monitor issue prompts recalls

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Some 2012 Chrysler 300s and Dodge Chargers are being recalled because the tire-pressure monitoring system won’t properly warn of low tire pressure. For details, click here.

Zappos database hacked

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Zappos, a big seller of shoes and other merchandise online, said its customer database was hacked, exposing the names, e-mail addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers and last four digits of credit card numbers of about 24 million customers.
The company said the full credit card numbers and other payment data was not accessed or affected. As a precaution, it is urging customers to change their online passwords as well as passwords on any other sites they use where the password is similar to the Zappos password.
Customers also were advised to monitor their accounts and be wary of any attempts at identity theft.
The company has a Web site that discusses the situation.
For tips from the FTC on what to do next, click here.

Honeywell portable electric heaters pose burn risk

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Honeywell is recalling its Surround Select electrical portable heaters because they pose a burn hazard. More than 47,000 of the heaters are being recalled, sold in late 2011 at Meijer, Walmart and Best Buy stores.
For details and photos, click here.

Big Lots recalling floor lamps

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Big Lots is recalling some five-socket floor lamps sold at its stores because of melting and shock hazards.
For details and photos, click here

Feds testing orange juice

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has halted shipments of imported orange juice at U.S. ports while tests are done for an unapproved fungicide called cardendazim.
The action came after Coca-Cola, the maker of Minute Maid and Simply Orange, found the chemical in one of its products as well as the product of one of its competitors.
Apparently, a Brazilian grower had sprayed orange trees with the substance, which is used widely in foreign lands, but has not been approved in the U.S. Both the Coke brands contain orange juice from Brazil as do many other orange juices sold in the U.S.
The FDA said it is testing orange juice sold in supermarkets for the fungicide, but said the levels Coke reported were at very low levels and were not considered safety concerns.
Carbendazim has long been used in other countries to fight blossom blight and black spot, diseases and molds that affect some orange trees, according to the FDA. In the U.S. it’s only approved as an ingredient to reduce mold in paints.
In large amounts, the chemical is a possible cancer-causer and hormone disruptor and infants, pregnant women and adolescents should not be exposed to it.

Little Tricky bike helmets don’t meet standards

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Little Tricky bicycle helmets made for children and youth are being recalled because the failed federal impact standards. Users will risk head injury in a fall if they continue to use them, officials say.
For detaila and a photo, click here.

Talk about an Excedrin headache: Drug-maker issues big pill recall

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Novartis Consumer Health, the big drug company, is recalling certain lots of Excedrin, Bufferin, No-Doz and Gas-X as a precaution because some of the products contain chipped or broken pills or have other drugs inadvertently mixed in the same container.
For details, click here.
To view lot and bottle information for each product affected, click here.

Sterno tea lights are fire hazard

Friday, January 6th, 2012

About 10,000 cases of Sterno tea lights are being recalled because the candle wax can catch fire.
The details are here.