Public Health Alert for Foster Farms Chicken [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Washington:201405 - USDA Logo small The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issues a Public Health Alert due to concerns that illness caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with Raw Chicken Products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California. USDA: http://ht.ly/pAI7H

Direct link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/home/!ut/p/a1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOINAg3MDC2dDbwsfDxdDDz9AtyMgnyMDf3dDIAKIkEKcABHA0L6w_WjUJX4Wxq6AZWEBfp7OzsbWPgZwxTgtqIgN8Ig01FREQBCfym8/?1dmy&page=gov.usda.fsis.internet.topics&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2FFSIS-Content%2Finternet%2Fmain%2Fnewsroom%2Fnews-releases-statements-and-transcripts%2Fnews-release-archives-by-year%2Farchive%2F2013%2Fpha-100713
Additional information:

The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) reports following Chicken Products are subject to this recall:

  • Raw Chicken Products from three Foster Farms facilities in question bear one of the establishment numbers inside a USDA mark of inspection or elsewhere on the package:
    • P6137
    • P6137A
    • P7632

The products were mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state.

According to the USDA, this Public Health Alert is being issued after an estimated 278 illnesses were recently reported in 18 states, predominantly in California. This outbreak is continuing. The investigations indicate that consumption of Foster Farms brand Chicken and other brands of Chicken produced at Foster Farms plants are the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections.

Illnesses were linked to Foster Farms brand Chicken through epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback investigations conducted by local, state and federal officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) is partnering with state health departments to monitor the outbreak while FSIS continues its investigation.

About Salmonella Poisoning:
Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning) is a very common type of food poisoning caused by the Salmonella bacterium. Although there are thought to be over 2,000 different kinds of these bacteria, only a comparative few make humans sick. Salmonella serotype “Typhimurium” and Salmonella serotype “Enteritidis” are thought to the two most common types in North America. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) estimates more than 3,300 Americans may get Salmonellosis every day.

In young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, Salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. Even in otherwise healthy people, Salmonellosis may cause high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In rare cases, however, Salmonellosis can cause more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected Aneurysms) Endocarditis and Arthritis.

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 Salmonellosis symptoms.

You can learn more about Salmonellosis from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/HI6RYS

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Motorcycle Training Wheel Recall [Canada]

Canada HCSC RecallCanada/Ottawa: Cambridge Metals & Plastics recalls some Motorcycle Training Wheels due to loss of control, crash hazards. HCSC: http://ht.ly/pAdMW

Direct link: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/35943r-eng.php

Additional information:Cambridge Motorcycle Training Wheels
Health Canada/Santé Canada (“HCSC”) reports Moose Racing brand Motorcycle Training Wheels for the following Youth Motorcycles are subject to this recall:

  • Honda XR/CRF 50
  • Kawasaki KDX/Suzuki JR 50
  • KTM 50
  • Suzuki DRZ 70
  • Yamaha PW50
  • Yamaha TT-R50

The recalled Training Wheels have a black, one-piece, full-length metal axle with a plate that attaches to the underside of the Motorcycle frame beneath the engine and two inflatable rubber wheels. The Moose Racing logo appears on the left and right sides of the axle. The replacement wheel kit is a set of two tires mounted on the wheel assembly.

According to Health Canada, the bolts and nuts securing the wheel can loosen and cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard.

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HCSC ID number: RA-35943
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2590
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Visonic Amber Emergency Response Kit Recall [Canada]

Canada CFIA RecallCanada/Ottawa: Visonic recalls some Visonic Amber SelectX and Amber Select Personal Emergency Response System Kits due to remote pendant battery signal failure hazard. HCSC: http://ht.ly/pAaiE

Direct link: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/35833r-eng.php

Additional information:2509 - VisonicAmberResponseKits
This recall involves the Visonic Amber SelectX and Visonic Select Personal Emergency System Kits. The recalled product enables a user to push a button on a pendant to signal a request for assistance. An Amber kit consists of one wireless pendant worn by the user, one Amber brand base station (generally connected to a phone line), a power supply and backup battery.

As pictured at right, Base Stations are white, rectangular and measure about 23 centimeters (about 9″) wide by 18 centimeters (about 7″) deep by 5 centimeters (about 2″) high with emergency, call and check buttons. Each unit has an external label on the back of the base station, with the product name and serial number.

The  Visonic Amber SelectX models subject to this recall include the following:

  • Catalogue number 0-100729 and serial numbers 2508 047097 through 3013 079614, with manufacture dates from June 2008 through July 2013, and
  • Catalogue number 0-101050 and serial numbers 5110 026788 through 2413 260976, with manufacture dates from December 2010 through June 2013.

The affected Visonic Amber Select models  subject to this recall include the following:

  • Catalogue number 0-101033 and serial numbers 3908 022692 through 4408 018942, with manufacture dates from September 2008 through October 2008, and
  • Catalogue number 0-100280 and serial numbers 0608 005128 through 0608 005229, with manufacture dates from September 2008 through September 2008.

The first four digits in the serial number disclose manufacture dates in WWYY format. The first two digits are week of manufacturer and the second two numbers are the year of manufacture. For example serial number 2308 600299 indicates a manufacturing date of the 23rd week of 2008 or roughly June 2008. Each unit has an external label on the back of the base station, with the product name and serial number.

According to the HCSC, only Amber SelectX or Select Base Stations that are placed in Common Area Mode by a professionally trained PERS system installer and are used without additional base stations, are included in the recall. The firm has received one report of a pendant that failed to operate due to a low battery undetected by the base station in Common Area Mode.

Please note: the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has also recalled this product. To see this recall, please search for “Visonic” or “Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2509” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

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HCSC recall number: RA_35833
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2589
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Fresh Red and Green Bell Pepper Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Orange County Produce recalls some Fresh Red and Green Bell Peppers due to Salmonella hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/pzXfg

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm370801.htm

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

  • The Red and Green Bell Peppers sold in 3 lots (Lot # SB 7 920, 923, 924) containing 1,208 – 25 pound cartons of Peppers.

According to the FDA, the lots were distributed to farmer’s markets and wholesale food services within Southern California between September 21 and September 24, 2013. The product was shipped in cases under the OC Harvest (25 pound carton) labels.

About Salmonella Poisoning:
Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning) is a very common type of food poisoning caused by the Salmonella bacterium. Although there are thought to be over 2,000 different kinds of these bacteria, only a comparative few make humans sick. Salmonella serotype “Typhimurium” and Salmonella serotype “Enteritidis” are thought to the two most common types in North America. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) estimates more than 3,300 Americans may get Salmonellosis every day.

In young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, Salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. Even in otherwise healthy people, Salmonellosis may cause high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In rare cases, however, Salmonellosis can cause more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected Aneurysms) Endocarditis and Arthritis.

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 Salmonellosis symptoms.

You can learn more about Salmonellosis from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/HI6RYS

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EU Issues 28 Product & Vehicle Recalls

FlagEUBelgium/Brussels: European Union issues 28 new consumer and industrial-based product recalls; a must-read for parents, caregivers, drivers, managers and others: http://ht.ly/pzMwV 

Direct link: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/rapex/alerts/main/index.cfm?event=main.weeklyOverview&web_report_id=760&selectedTabIdx=1

The European Union reports the following Consumer and/or Industrial Products and/or Vehicles (in alphabetical order) are subject to this recall:

  • 2-in-1 Laser & LED Light Laser Pointers, model: LED A-073 2*LED+LASER 3*AG13, 4k – Eyesight damage hazard
  • Chrysler Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot and Grand Voyager Vehicles, model: Grand Voyager: Type: RT, MY: 2008-2012; Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot: MY: 2008-2012 – Injury hazard
  • Electric Ink Tattoo Inks, Light Shadow Black Tattoo Ink, model: Product ref. 400415, use-by date 06/2014, 15 ml bottle – Chemical hazard
  • Engine Smart Mountain Bicycles, model: FS 24 – Injury hazard
  • Eternal Ink Tattoo Inks, model: 3888B Nuclear Green color – Chemical hazard
  • Euro-one W.I.S. Police Military Action Play Set Toy Gun Sets, model: G26069 – Chemical hazard
  • Euro-one W.I.S. Shooting Game Plastic Toys, model: G24234B – Chemical hazard
  • Fad Tideway Wildnew Fashion Vogue Girl Plastic Dolls, model: 1001 – Chemical hazard
  • Gem’s Leather Sandals, model: 291 44 300 207 0 – Chemical hazard
  • Girl Fashion Plastic Dolls, model: 883, N: 65264 – Chemical hazard
  • Incredibile Tattoo Supply Tattoo Inks, model: Pink Warhol Incredibile, Batch 1720320, 11719/2012, expiry date 12-2015 – Chemical hazard
  • Incredibile Tattoo Supply Tattoo Inks, model: Sacred Color- Red Rubens Incredibile – Chemical hazard
  • JK Laser Pointers 3-in-1 Laser Money Check & LED Light – Eyesight damage hazard
  • Joyce Children’s Sweatshirts, model: 2310131600 – Strangulation hazard
  • Joyce Joy CPant 1600 Children’s Trousers – model: 2310331600 – Injury hazard
  • Kempenaar Musical Spaceship Toys, model: 0978 – Asphyxiation hazard
  • L’Blue Girls’ Shoes, model: 2011-111 – Choking hazard
  • Mag-Pro Kulmahiomakone 2400w Angle Grinders, model: ZZ6883/1905 – Electric shock hazard
  • Menbur Ladies’ Shoes, model: 5537 – Chemical hazard
  • Perez y Rincón Shoot Field Toy Guns With Darts, model: 201-1, ref. 1509 – Choking hazard
  • Shuidi Girls’ Bikini, model: 13665830305, item No: 3-13-040 I 3-13-042 – Injury, strangulation hazards
  • Sun & Ocean Girls’ Bikinis, model 501 – Injury, strangulation hazards
  • TCK Garden Garden Shredders, model: BVE2400, serial number: 20121108618 – Electric shock hazard
  • Teaching Aid Combination Wooden Puzzles – Choking hazard
  • The White Knight Toy Bow and Arrow Sets, model: 013/638 – Chemical hazard
  • Top Toys Coral Mermaid Doll Plastic Doll Toys, model: No.: 019/669 – Chemical hazard
  • You De Le Animal Ball Competition Wooden Toys – Choking hazard
  • Yuan-M Novelty Lighters – Fire, burn hazards

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European Union RAPEX Report: 39/2013
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2587
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Dux SunPro MP15 & Ecosmart Water Heater Recall [Australia]

Australia ACCC RecallAustralia/Canberra: Dux Manufacturing recalls some Dux SunPro MP15 & Ecosmart Intelligent Hybrid Solar Gas Boosted Water Heaters due to gas leakage, explosion and fire hazards. ACCC: http://ht.ly/pyhDP

Direct link: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1051709

Additional information:2586 - DuxWaterHeaters
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) reports the following Water Heaters are subject to this recall:

  • Solar Gas Boosted (exterior mounted) Water Heaters used in domestic homes. Product part numbers affected are DN15DS, DL15DS, DN15CS, 3D1NE, EN15DS, EL15DS. This number can be found on the product identification label attached to the top of the water storage tank.

According to the ACCC, a gas leak may occur during the start up of the gas boost function. The gas valve may remain open when ignition has not occurred. If this occurs, a leak can create a potential risk of fire or explosion.

Distribution included Bentons, Bowens, Bunnings, East Coast, Hardings, Harris Group, Insolar, Origin Energy, Reece, Swan Plumbing and Tradelink.

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ACCC PRA number: 2013/13750
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2586
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