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Bacteria Risk Spurs Recall of 8 Million Laundress Products

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The Laundress, a laundry and cleaning products company, has recalled nearly 8 million of its products over concerns they may be contaminated with various bacteria.

The bacteria include Burkholderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes

Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy Cups

Parents whose toddlers use certain Green Sprouts bottles or cups need to discard them immediately because of a risk of lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.

When the base of the cups come apart, it exposes a solder dot that contains lead, according to a

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  • November 28, 2022
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  • What Parents Need to Know About Cronobacter Bacteria in Baby Formula

    Cronobacter sakazakii has been in the news as the cause of infant infections and the reason for a U.S. baby formula recall and resulting shortage this year.

    Infections are rare and the bacteria is harmless for most people. Yet it can be dangerous or even life-threatening for infants, especially those who ar...

    Dove, Tresemme Dry Shampoos Recalled Due to Possible Carcinogen

    Unilever announced Monday that it has recalled certain dry shampoo sprays because they may contain elevated levels of benzene.

    The propellant used in the products, which are sold under the brand names Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head) and TRESemmé, appears to be the source ...

    Listeria Outbreak Tied to Soft Cheeses Sold at Albertsons, Whole Foods

    U.S. health officials have warned that numerous brands of brie and camembert cheese may contain Listeria, a potentially dangerous bacteria.

    Old Europe Cheese Inc. has

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  • October 3, 2022
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  • Feds Warn of Home Carbon Monoxide Detectors That May Fail to Alarm

    Consumers should immediately stop using HECOPRO digital display carbon monoxide (CO) detectors because they can fail to warn about the presence of the dangerous gas, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

    The CPSC issued the warning Thursday after detectors sold on Amazon.com failed tests with a CO concentration of 400 ppm, in violation of safety standards.

    At sus...

    2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

    Millions of infant swings and rockers are being recalled because crawling babies can get entangled in straps that dangle beneath them.

    The recall applies to MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and rockers manufactured by Thorley Industries of Pittsburgh. The company, which does business under the name 4moms, and the...

    Banana Boat Sunscreen Recalled Due to Benzene

    Edgewell Personal Care Co. has recalled three batches of its Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 because trace levels of benzene were found in some samples during an internal review.

    Benzene is a human carcinogen. Exposure can happen through inhalation, orally or through the skin, potentiall...

    Freeze-Dried Organic Blueberries Recalled Due to Lead Levels

    Certain 1.2-ounce Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberry pouches have been recalled in the United States because of possible lead contamination.

    The recall of two lots by manufacturer BrandStorm Inc. is due to lead levels above the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommended limits.

    "People with high levels of lead in their blood may show no symptoms, but the condition may...

    More Hospitalizations, Illnesses From Daily Harvest Crumbles

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says nearly 100 people have now been hospitalized and hundreds have become ill in at least 26 states after consuming a lentil-based product from Daily Harvest.

    The fallout is mounting for the food delivery company, which first

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  • July 18, 2022
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  • Chicken Strips Dog Treats Recalled Due to Salmonella Danger

    Dog treats are being voluntarily recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services reported July 6 that some Stormberg Foods LLC dog treats were contaminated with salmonella, which triggered

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  • July 14, 2022
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  • Florida Company Recalls All Ice Cream Products Over Possible Listeria Contamination

    Big Olaf Creamery said Wednesday that it is recalling all flavors and all lots of Big Olaf brand ice cream products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

    While healthy individuals may only suffer short-term symptoms after infection - including high fever, severe headac...

    Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS Chemical

    Bumble Bee Foods is recalling some canned, smoked clams because they contain high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    The voluntary recall, announced July 6,...

    Many Very Ill After Eating Daily Harvest Lentil Crumbles; FDA Investigating

    Fallout is mounting for the food delivery service Daily Harvest, which has voluntarily recalled a frozen food product suspected of sickening hundreds of customers in at least 26 states.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. And an Oklahoma woman has sued...

    Jif Peanut Butter Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

    Some lots of Jif brand peanut butter are being recalled as health officials investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illness tied to the products.

    Fourteen illnesses (including two hospitalizations) tied to the Salmonella Senftenberg strain of the bacteria have occurred in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina,...

    FDA Warns of U.S. Norovirus Cases Linked to Canadian Oysters

    The United States and Canada are investigating a multistate outbreak of norovirus illnesses linked to raw oysters from Canada.

    Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell these potentially contaminated raw oysters, which were harvested in the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

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  • 160,000 Lbs of Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled Due to Metal Fragments

    Check your cupboards for any SKIPPY peanut butter, since you may need to throw the jar out.

    Skippy Foods LLC has announced a recall of a limited number of jars of certain lines of its peanut butter products because they may contain a small fragment of stainless steel from a piece of manufacturing equipment.

    What products a...

    Jergens Moisturizer Recalled Due to Bacteria Risk

    Before slathering on your Jergens moisturizer, check the label. Certain lots have been recalled because they may be contaminated with bacteria that pose a risk to people with weakened immune systems.

    Pluralibacter gergoviae bacteria typically pose little medical risk to healthy people, according to Kao USA Inc., which recalled 3-ounce and 10-ounce Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturize...

    Fitbit Recalls Over 1 Million Smartwatches Due to Burn Hazard

    Nearly 1 million Fitbit Ionic smartwatches sold in the United States have been recalled because they pose a burn hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Wednesday.

    About 693,000 of the smartwatches were also sold in other countries.

    The lithium-ion battery in the Ionic smartwatch can overheat and cause burns, and consumers should immediately stop using them, ...

    What You Need to Know About the Infant Formula Recall

    If you're a parent using Similac, Alimentum or EleCare infant formulas, here's updated facts on the ongoing product recall.

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates, Abbott Nutrition has recalled certain powdered formulas made at its Sturgis, Mich., facility. The products have been linked to bacterial infections in five babies. All had to be hospitalized and two died, possibl...

    Rodent Infestation Spurs Product Recall by Family Dollar Stores

    A wide range of human food, pet food, medical devices and drug products have been recalled by Family Dollar Inc. due to the risk of salmonella and other hazards associated with a rodent infestation at a company warehouse in Arkansas.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated products were shipped from the Family...

    FDA Warns of Infant Formula Powders Tied to Infections

    Several powdered infant formula products have been recalled by Abbott Inc., following reports of four infants developing bacterial infections after consuming the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    "As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation's newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial...

    Brut, Sure Brand Deodorants Under Recall Due to Benzene

    Six Brut and Sure aerosol antiperspirant and deodorant sprays sold in the United States and Canada have been recalled by their maker due to the presence of the chemical benzene.

    "Benzene is classif...

    Packaged Salads Tied to E. Coli Outbreak in 6 States

    Check your packaged salad greens: More than a dozen people have been infected by a strain of E. coli in six U.S. states, health officials report.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert linking the outbreak to Simple Truth Organic Power Greens and Nature's Basket Organic Power Greens. The greens may be contaminated with E. coli and may be making peop...

    Fresh Direct Salad Mixes Tied to Multi-State Listeria Outbreak

    Fresh Express packaged salads have been linked to a listeria infection outbreak in eight U.S. states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    The outbreak has caused 10 illnesses, one hospitalization and one death. It is under investigation by the FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health agencies.

    The illnesses started on dates ranging from July ...

    Proctor & Gamble Recalls Pantene, Herbal Essences Products Due to Benzene

    Proctor & Gamble has voluntarily recalled several dry shampoo sprays and hair conditioner spray products with brand names Pantene, Herbal Essences, Aussie and Waterless because of benzene contamination.

    This follows an earlier recall of some aerosol spray Old S...

    Over 234,000 Pounds of Ham, Pepperoni Recalled Due to Listeria

    Nearly 235,000 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products were recalled by Michigan-based Alexander & Hornung on Sunday due to possible listeria contamination.

    There are no confirmed reports of illness associated with the products that were sold across the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

    The recalled ...

    Old Spice, Secret Antiperspirants Recalled Due to Benzene

    Several Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and hygiene products have been voluntarily recalled in the United States due to the presence of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, Proctor & Gamble says.

    Benzene exposure can occur by inhalation, orally and through the skin. It can lead to cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow, as well as potentially lif...

    More Than 2 Million COVID Home Test Kits Recalled Due to False Positive Results

    A recall of Ellume at-home COVID-19 test kits has been expanded to include roughly 2 million of the 3.5 million tests that had been shipped to the United States by last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

    The original recall, involving 427,000 kits, was first announced in early October due to a "higher than acceptable" rate of false positives. It's a Class I recall ...

    Baby Cereal Sold at Walmart Recalled for  Elevated Levels of Arsenic

    Maple Island Inc. announced Friday that it has recalled three lots of Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal because of elevated levels of arsenic in the products.

    A sample from the three lots, which were sold only at Walmart, tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, according to a company announcement on the recall from Maple Island that was posted on the U.S. Food ...

    Medtronic Expands Recall to Include More Than 463,000 Insulin Pumps

    Medtronic has expanded a recall of its MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps to include more than 463,000 of the devices.

    The pumps may deliver incorrect dosing of insulin and the recall has been identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Class I recall -- the most serious type -- because use of the recalled devices may cause serious harm or death.

    The pumps are used by peo...

    Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

    The death of eight babies has prompted the Boppy Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall more than 3 million baby loungers, they announced Thursday.

    A year ago, the CPSC issued a safety warning about similar pillow-like baby products, CBS News reported.

    When babies are placed on their back, side, or stomach on these loungers there is a dange...

    Sleep Apnea Patients Struggle as Common CPAP Machine Is Recalled

    Millions of U.S. sleep apnea patients are scrambling to find ways to protect their nightly slumber, following a voluntary recall from one of the nation's leading manufacturers of CPAP breathing machines.

    Philips Respironics agreed to a voluntary recall of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines in late June, over concerns that noise-dampening foam inside the devices might degr...

    Pfizer Recalls All Lots of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Due to Potential Carcinogen

    Pfizer is expanding the recall of its anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline), the company announced Friday.

    The nationwide recall of all Chantix 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets was prompted because they may contain levels of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, that are at or above levels approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Long-term ingestion of N-nitroso-varenicline may b...

    Recall of Philips Breathing Machines Affects Millions of Americans

    A recall of more than a dozen types of Philips breathing machines because of potential cancer risks has millions of Americans struggling to find replacements to deal with sleep disorders, breathing problems and respiratory emergencies.

    The recall involves certain Respironics BiPAP (bi-level positive air pressure), CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) and ventilator machines made before...

    Breaded, Raw Chicken Recalled in Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

    More than 59,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products linked with a multi-state salmonella outbreak have been recalled, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

    The products were produced Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, 2021, by Serenade Foods in Indiana and sold under the brand names Milford Valley, Dutch Farms and Kirkwood. A public health alert a...

    Portable Generators Recalled After Handle Amputates Fingers

    Reports of amputated and crushed fingers have prompted the recall of thousands of portable generators made by Generac.

    The recall involves more than 321,000 gas-powered Generac and DR 6500 watt and 8000 watt portable generators in the United States, and more than 4,500 of the generators in Canada.

    An unlocked handle can trap users' fingers against the generator frame when the genera...

    McCormick Recalls Seasonings Over Salmonella Risk

    McCormick & Co. on Wednesday announced the recall of several of its popular seasonings because of potential salmonella contamination.

    Included in the recall are McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culina...

    Five Neutrogena and Aveeno Spray Sunscreens Recalled Due to Benzene

    Five Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreen products have been recalled because they may contain small amounts of benzene, Johnson & Johnson announced Wednesday.

    Benzene is a human carcinogen and can get into the body through the skin, through the mouth and by inhalation, the company said in a statement.

    "Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aer...

    Peloton Recalls Treadmills Following Child's Death, Numerous Injuries

    Peloton said Wednesday it is recalling its Tread and Tread+ exercise machines, just weeks after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned that one child's death and dozens of injuries have been linked to the treadmills.

    In a company statement, Peloton CEO John Foley acknowledged the company had been wrong to initially fight the CPSC's April 17 request to recall the product...

    Two More Heartburn Meds Recalled Due to Possible Carcinogen

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is adding to a list of recalled lots of popular heartburn medications -- including generic forms of Zantac -- because the pills might contain small amounts of a suspected carcinogen.

    The substance, called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), is an environmental contaminant that can be found in water and foods and has been classified as a "probable human...

    Recalls of Blood Pressure Med Took Toll on Patients' Health

    Emergency room visits for high blood pressure surged following last year's recall of the popular heart drug valsartan, Canadian researchers report.

    Within the first month of the recall, there was a 55% increase of people coming to Ontario-area emergency departments complaining of high blood pressure, said lead researcher Cynthia Jackevicius. She is a senior scientist with the Inst...

    Get Up-to-the-Minute Safety Alerts Sent Straight to Your Inbox

    From defective child car seats to deadly virus outbreaks at restaurant chains, you're likely to learn of major product recalls and serious health warnings through various news outlets.

    But there's such a large number of alerts, big and small, that you might not hear about all of them, or hear about them soon enough to take steps to protect yourself and your family. One way to stay cur...

    Breast Implants Tied to Rare Cancer Recalled

    Allergan's textured breast implants will be recalled due to their link to a rare cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    Following a request from the FDA, the company will proceed with a worldwide recall of its Biocell textured breast implant products, the agency said.

    The recall stems from concerns about a tumor known as breast implant-associated ...

    How to Protect Your Baby From Unsafe Products

    In an average year, close to 70,000 children under age 5 go to the emergency department because of injuries from common nursery items, according to the journal Pediatrics. About 90% of these injuries happen at home, so prevention starts there.

    One reason young children are more prone to injury is that they have disproportionately large heads, which raises their center of gr...

    Sprouts Supermarkets Recalls Frozen Spinach Due to Listeria Fears

    Although illnesses have not yet been reported, the Sprouts Farmers Market chain says it is recalling frozen spinach sold nationwide, due to potential contamination with the listeria germ.

    The recall involves Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, in both conventional and organic 16-ounce bags, made by National Frozen Foods of Oregon. Sprouts announced the recall Friday in a company news release.

    Pediatricians' Group Calls for Recall of 'Rock 'n Play' Sleeper After Infant Deaths

    Fisher-Price's Rock 'n Play Sleeper has been linked to dozens of infant deaths and should be recalled immediately, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Tuesday.

    The inclined sleeper has been associated with 32 sleep-related infant deaths, according to a new Consumer Reports analysis.

    Along with urging a recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (C...

    Making Sense of the Recent Blood Pressure Drug Recalls

    People taking blood pressure medications have faced a frightening and bewildering series of pharmaceutical recalls in recent months, as trace amounts of cancer-causing chemicals have been discovered in individual batches of drugs.

    But experts from the nation's leading heart groups are urging patients to remain calm, even as the recall list continues to grow.

    The trace amoun...

    When Your Medications Are the News

    Would you stop taking a medication if you heard a negative news story about it?

    Sticking with a prescription drug regimen, or "medication adherence," is already a challenge for many patients, with not taking medications as prescribed being a key reason people struggle to control chronic conditions. Adding to the problem, according to a Danish study, is that negative reports in the med...