Osmat Imports Stuffed Eggplant Recall [Canada]

Canada/Ottawa: Osmat Imports recalls some Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants due to Botulism hazard. CFIA: http://ht.ly/k2tHG

Direct link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/inspection/2013/26747r-eng.php

Additional information:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) reports the following food is subject to this recall:

  • Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants, 2 kg (4.4 lbs) jars; UPC: 8 37770 00009 7 with a Best Before Date of Lot 6 EXP JA 14

According to the CFIA, the recalled Stuffed Eggplants may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that produces Botulism.

About Botulism:
Health Canada says Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve poison that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum). Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin. You can also get Botulism from an infected wound. All forms of Botulism can cause paralysis and be fatal so emergency medical attention is necessary.

Clostridium botulinum bacteria cannot grow in air, so Foodborne Botulism is usually seen only when certain foods are stored or prepared improperly. These typically include the following:

  • Improperly prepared low-acid, home-canned foods (such as asparagus, beets, green beans, mushrooms, peppers);
  • Improperly smoked fish;
  • Improperly prepared raw marine mammal meat (such as whale, walrus, seal);
  • Non-refrigerated storage of low-acid fruit juices (such as carrot juice); and
  • Baked potatoes improperly stored in aluminum foil.

You can learn more about Botulism poisoning from Health Canada at http://ht.ly/iVQeN

CFIA ref: 7952
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1860
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Buckyballs, Buckycubes Magnet Set Recall [US]

United States FlagUS/Washington: Six retailers recall Buckyballs and Buckycubes High-Powered Magnet Sets due to ingestion, injury hazards. CPSC: http://ht.ly/k2eD0

Direct link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Six-Retailers-Announce-Recall-of-Buckyballs-and-Buckycubes-High-Powered-Magnet-Sets/

Additional information:
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reports the recalled products contain defects in their design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers.1859 - BuckycubesMagnetSet

According to the CPSC, Buckyballs and Buckycubes consist of sets of numerous, small, high-powered magnets. These sets vary in the number of magnets included and come in a variety of colors. Individual magnets in the set are about 5 millimeters (roughly about 1/4″) in diameter. Individual magnets in Buckyballs are spherical and individual magnets in Buckycubes are cube-shaped. About three million sets of Buckyballs and Buckycubes have been sold in US retail stores nationwide and online since 2010.

The CPSC has received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting this product, with 53 of these requiring medical interventions. Six retailers have agreed to participate in this recall because Maxfield & Oberton, the importer of the recalled Buckyballs and Buckycubes, has refused to participate in the recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes. These retailers include the following:

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CPSC recall number: 13-168
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1859
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