Newport Ventilator Power Pac Batteries [US]

US/Silver Spring: Covidien recalls some Power Pac Batteries for Newport HT70 and HT70 Plus Ventilators due to operational failure, serious adverse health hazards. FDA: http://ht.ly/kvmlw

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm348638.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports this recall was in response to customer reports of Newport HT70 and HT70 Plus ventilators alarming and going to internal backup battery sooner than expected while the ventilator is being operated on Power Pac battery. These conditions have been reported in two types of situations. In the first situation, the screen on the Newport HT70 or HT70 Plus ventilator may indicate that the Power Pac battery is fully charged when it is not. In the second situation, the unit may switch to the backup battery as soon as it is removed from AC power.

In both situations, according to the FDA, the ventilator’s alarm sounds and the ventilator will continue to function on the internal backup battery for at least 30 minutes. There is a reasonable likelihood of serious adverse health consequences if these issues occur when the user is away from AC power (including during transport) and an alternate source of power cannot be made available before the charge on the internal battery is depleted.

According the the FDA, the following Power Pac Batteries are subject to this recall:

  • Power Pac Batteries with serial numbers between 2096134110001 and 2292048120050

Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1910
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Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: ConAgra Foods recalls some Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn ready-to-eat Popcorn due to undeclared milk, a known allergen. FDA: http://ht.ly/kvifJ

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm349849.htm

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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports some bags of Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Korn Popcorn may have been filled with White Cheddar Flavored Popcorn, a different product that contains milk, a known allergen. Milk is not declared on the Kettle Korn’s product label as it is not expected to be in the bag.

According the the FDA, the following Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn packages are subject to this recall:

  • Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn 5.0-ounce packages – Case UPC: 27000 52321; Unit UPC: 0 27000 52321 6; Lot Codes: 5486234100, 5486234200, 5486234300; and Best By Dates: SEP 02 2013, SEP 03 2013, SEP 04 2013
  • Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn 1.5-ounce packages – Case UPC: 27000 52325; Unit UPC: 0 27000 52325 4; Lot Codes: 5486234200, 5486234300; and Best By Dates: SEP 03 2013, SEP 04 2013

About Milk Allergies:
For some people, milk (and milk products) are a source of urgent, dangerous and potentially deadly, allergic reactions. Due to modern food manufacturing methods, milk products may not “look” or “sound” like milk. Some examples of foods with milk proteins include artificial butter or cheese flavor; casein or caseinates; curds; ghee; hydrolysates; lactalbumin and lactalbumin phosphate; lactose, lactoglobulin, lactoferrin and lactulose; and finally, rennet (originally, ground calves’ stomach but more often now, by-products of genetically engineered bacteria, mold or yeast).

Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to milk or milk ingredients within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death. If you suspect Anaphylactic Shock, call-9-1-1 or other local emergency number for immediate transport to a medical center. If trained and an emergency kit is available, it may be appropriate to give an injectable drug such as Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline or adrenalin) to the affected individual. Trade names of these products include EpiPen, Twinject, Adrenaclick, Anapen, Jext, Allerject and Auvi-Q. Please note: even patients who are apparently stabilized should still go to hospital for emergency evaluation. Further treatment is often necessary.

You can learn more about food allergies from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at: http://1.usa.gov/IZWUlm

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Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1909
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Plastic Balloon Toys Recall [Canada]

Canada HCSC RecallCanada/Ottawa: Dollar Tree recalls some Plastic Balloon Toys due to solvent hazard. HCSC: http://ht.ly/kv6pg

Direct link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/26843r-eng.php

Additional information:
Health Canada/Santé Canada (“HCSC”) reports these Plastic Balloon Toys consist of a solvent mixture in a tube and one or more short plastic straws for blowing. Children can form balloons or bubbles by dipping the short straw into the solvent and blowing through the straw. The product is sold in both a single pack, with one tube of solvent, and as a six pack with six tubes of solvent.

According to the HCSC, blowing into the balloons exposes a child to inhaling the vapors of any solvents present. Children can be fascinated with these products, and if they blow balloons for extended periods they may experience early symptoms of central nervous system depression or dysfunction, including euphoria, hallucinations, dizziness as well as difficulties with coordination of voluntary movements. Prolonged exposure can lead to more serious symptoms including muscular twitching, unconsciousness and coma. HCSC says Children’s Balloon Blowing Kits of this nature have been prohibited for sale in Canada since 1973.

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HCSC recall number: RA-26843
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1908
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Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Maker Recall [Canada]

Canada/Ottawa: Focus Products Group recalls some Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Makers due to Lead ingestion hazard. HCSC: http://ht.ly/kv0hx

Direct link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/26829r-eng.php

Additional information:
Health Canada/Santé Canada (“HCSC”) reports a small bushing part inside the recalled Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Makers has the potential to leach lead, a serious health hazard.

About Lead Ingestion Hazard:
According to Health Canada, Lead is highly toxic and can enter the body through the digestive system or the lungs. It accumulates throughout the body and can damage nearly every one of the body’s systems, but is particularly toxic to the nervous system including the brain. Lead is especially dangerous to children even at low exposure levels and has also been clinically shown to have the potential to cause intellectual, behavioral and other problems in kids. Potential health effects associated with exposure to high levels of Lead in all ages include vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma and death.

You can learn more about the harmful effects of Lead ingestion by visiting Health Canada at http://ht.ly/kv00J

HCSC recall number: RA-26829
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1907
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