Connecticut Shellfish Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Hartford: ConnecticutDepartimentAgricultureLogoThe Connecticut Department of Agriculture (“CDA”) recalls various Shellfish due to Vibrio Parahaemolyticus contamination hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/nLnSD

Direct link: http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?Q=529440&A=1401

Additional information:
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has initiated a Shellfish harvesting closure and recall of Oysters and Clams already harvested from various waters of Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut (see the complete list of suspect locations at the links above).

According to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture the following Shellfish are subject to this recall:

  • Oysters, Mussels, Hard Clams, Littleneck Clams, Chowder Clams, Quahogs and Soft-Shell/Steamer Clams from the affected areas, harvested both commercially and recreationally.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture reports raw or undercooked Shellfish have been implicated as the source of a number of illnesses related to the naturally occurring Bacterium Vibrio Parahaemolyticus.

About Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Poisoning:
Illness caused by V. Parahaemolyticus infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever and chills. Symptoms usually appear from 12 to 24 hours after eating contaminated Shellfish and normally last from two to seven days. Vibrio Parahaemolyticus infections can be life-threatening for immune-compromised people or those with chronic liver disease. Also at greater risk are people who regularly take antacids, heart or Diabetes medication, and those who have had antibiotic or Cancer treatments recently.

If you suspect your Shellfish is contaminated, do not eat it or serve it to others. If you experience the symptoms outlined above and suspect Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Poisoning, seek medical care on an emergency basis, taking the suspected contaminated food for further analysis.

Please note: there have been other recalls concerning similarly contaminated Raw Oysters posted on Recalls Direct. Please search for “Vibrio parahaemolyticus” on this site using the Search Box at the top of this page for more information.

==> For information about Vibrio parahaemolyticus poisoning, please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page

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Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Zip International Group recalls some Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine due to Listeria monocytogenes hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/nLg5G

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm364226.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Foods are subject to this recall:

  • Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine, net weight 15.8 ounces/450 grams, sold in plastic packaging that includes a Best-By date of October 12, 2013 and a UPC: 4750217602547

According to the FDA, the recalled Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine were sold to distributors and retail grocery stores in New York State beginning on May 31, 2013 and ending on June 6, 2013. It is a product of Latvia.

About Listeria Poisoning:
Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that cause Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning), most often produce a gastrointestinal illness that can be quite serious or even fatal. Listeriosis in pregnancy, for example, may cause a miscarriage or fetal death. In other cases, people can develop Septicemia (a serious blood infection) or Meningitis (an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges).

If you suspect your food is contaminated, do not eat it. Contact the retailer for a refund or replacement. Wash your hands, contaminated preparation surfaces, cutlery and serving dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and dry. Contact your MD immediately if you experience Listeriosis symptoms.

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

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Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2370
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Tranquility Nutritional Supplement Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Health and Beyond LLC recalls some Tranquility Nutritional Supplements due to undeclared drug hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/nKVL6

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm364227.htm

Additional information:Tranquility Nutritional Supplements
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the Tranquility Nutritional Supplements are sold as a sleep product and are packaged in a white bottle with 30 pills per bottle with lot numbers 36678 and 36680. The affected product in the Tranquility lots include the expiration date of “9/15”.

According to the FDA, the recalled Tranquility Nutritional Supplements contain two undeclared drugs: a trace of Doxepin which is a pharmaceutical for sleep, and Chlorpormazine, a drug used to control psychotic disorders.

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Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2369
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NHTSA August Vehicle Recalls – 8 MTD [US]

FlagUSUS/Washington: As of Thursday, August 8, 2013, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted eight (8) vehicle or tire recalls so far this month. Is yours listed? http://ht.ly/5G8bb

Direct link: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchCurrentMonthRecall

Additional information:
Recently added recalls include products from the following manufacturers:

  • Compass Conversions – awning malfunction, injury, crash, fire hazards;  potential number of units affected: 2
  • Daimler Buses North America, Sprinter Mini-buses – fire hazard; potential number of units affected: 14
  • Glaval Bus Division, various buses – evaporator unit detachment, injury hazards; potential number of units affected: 3,705
  • Morgan 3 Wheeler Limited – brake impairment, crash hazards; potential number of units affected: 139
  • Nissan North America, Versa Note Vehicles – injury hazard; potential number of units affected: 7,782
  • Nissan North America, Versa Note Vehicles – injury hazard; potential number of units affected: 7,707
  • PACCAR, Kenworth T4 and W9 Vehicles – fire hazard; potential number of units affected: 813
  • Piaggio Group Americas, Moto Guzzi Stelvio Motorcycles – suspension failure, crash hazards: potential number of units affected: 680

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Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2368
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Sleepharmony Youth Bed Recall [US]

US CPSC RecallUS/Washington: Glideaway recalls some Sleepharmony Pink Youth Beds due to violation of Federal Lead Paint Standard hazard. CPSC: http://ht.ly/nJB4J

Direct link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Sleepharmony-Pink-Youth-Beds-Recalled-by-Glideaway/

Additional information:Sleepharmony Pink Youth Beds
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reports this recall involves pink-colored twin-size, metal Beds with three pink heart-shaped designs on both the footboard and headboard. The Beds come with an assortment of stickers that can be applied to the heart shape design. The model number for the pink beds is #MB-YPT-R1 and can be found on the box and the instruction sheet that came with the Bed.

The manufacture date code is located on a yellow label affixed to the inside of the metal side rail and appears as MFG: year/month/day: “MFG: 2013/01/25”. The recalled Beds were manufactured between December 2011 and May 2013. Black and white colored models of the Bed are not part of the recall. In addition, this recall does not include the Bed’s Mattresses.

According to the CPSC, the surface paint on the pink-colored Sleepharmony Metal Youth Beds contain levels of Lead that exceed the limits allowed by law.

About Lead Poisoning:
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.

Common sources of Lead include the following:

  • House paint before 1978. Even if the paint is not peeling, it can be a problem. Lead paint is very dangerous when it is being stripped or sanded. These actions release fine Lead dust into the air. Infants and children living in pre-1960s housing (when paint often contained Lead) have the highest risk of Lead poisoning. Small children often swallow paint chips or breathe dust from Lead-based paint.
  • Toys and furniture painted before 1976. After this date, paint was reformulated to remove Lead
  • Painted toys and decorations made outside the US and Canada.
  • Lead bullets, fishing sinkers, curtain weights.
  • Old plumbing, pipes and faucets. Lead can be found in drinking water in homes containing pipes that were connected with Lead solder. Although new building codes require Lead-free solder, Lead can be still found in some modern faucets.
  • Soil contaminated by decades of car exhaust or years of house paint scrapings. Lead is more common in soil near highways and old houses.
  • Hobbies involving soldering, stained glass, jewelry making, pottery glazing, and miniature Lead figures (always look at labels to help determine risk).
  • Children’s paint sets and art supplies (again, always look at labels to help determine risk).
  • Pewter pitchers and dinnerware.
  • Storage batteries.

You can learn more about the harmful effects of Lead ingestion by visiting the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://ht.ly/nvU2k

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CPSC recall number: 13-258
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2667
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Baby Turnover Socks Recall [Australia]

Australia ACCC RecallAustralia/Canberra: Target Australia Pty recalls some Baby Turnover Socks (Two Pack) due to ingestion, inhalation hazards. ACCC: http://ht.ly/nJzGA

Direct link: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1050354

Additional information:
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) reports the following Socks are subject to this recall:

  • Target brand Baby 2-pack turnover socks; size: birth to three (3) years; keycode blue: 49687064, 49687071, 49687088; keycode pink: 49686852, 49686869, 49686876

According to the ACCC, a motif on the recalled Socks could be detached and/or removed by an infant. If this occurs, the detached motif poses a potential ingestion and/or inhalation hazard to young children.

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ACCC PRA number: 2013/13686
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2366
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