Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bella Cucina Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts in Death by Chocolate Cookies

Bella Cucina of Atlanta, Georgia is recalling units of Death by Chocolate cookies if your bag does not correctly state that the product contains walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Walnuts run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Death by Chocolate cookies may have been sold directly to consumers in the following retail stores:

Store
Contact Information

Ballins, LTD
Wendy Legarde550 Elmwood Park BlvdSuite BHarahan, LA 70123

At Home Store
At Home StoreRosie Witherspoon52 N. Main StFairfield, IA 52556

Perfect Package
Perfect PackageAttn:Robin263 Park AveWorcester, MA 1609USA

Lincoln Finishing Touches-NE
Lincoln Finishing Touches-NEAttn: Linda Spurrier3945 S. 48tLincoln, NE 68506USA

Farm Fresh To You Store
Farm Fresh To You StoreFreeman O Barsotti1 Ferry BuildingShop 9San Francisco, CA 94105

The Fig Pantry
The Fig Pantry (bill)Attn: Jennifer21800 Schellville RdSuite CSonoma, CA 95476USA

Black Salt
Black Saltc/o:Scott Weinstein-Fish Marke4883 MacArthur Blvd NWWashington, DC 20007

Great American
Great AmericanAttn: Amy Hamilton-Hails4121 16th Street N.St Petersberg, FL 33703

Kiawah Island Resort
Osprey PointAttn: Ashley Agapion Magee700 Governors Dr.Kiawah Island, SC 29455

Trapp & Co
Trapp & Co.Attn: Helga/Steven4110 Main StreetKansas City, MO 64111US

Joli Home and Events
Joli Home & EventsCheryl Hunter8B MarketBeaufort, SC 29906

James Welch
James WelchJames Welch260 Balfour DriveWinter Park, FL 32792

Crabby Chic
Crabby ChicAttn: Pam Teebo4407 Cascade RdWilmington, NC 28409

McArdles Forest and Garden Center
McArdle's Forest & Garden CtrAttn :Sari48 Arch StreetGreenwich, CT 6830

BCAF Grand Central Station
Bella Cucina Artful Food - GCS1870 Murphy AvenueAtlanta, GA 30310

Wines of Distinction, Inc.
Wines of Distinction, Inc.Attn: Katherine Rose230 E Main StAbingdon, VA 24210USA

Domaine Carneros
Domaine CarnerosAttn:Rose1240 Duhig RoadNapa, CA 94559

Build a Basket
Build A BasketAttn: Mena F/Scott Maybaum32 Rte 10 WestEast Hanover, NJ 07936USA

Design Line Interiors
Design Line InteriorsAttn:Connie4863 Shawline StreetSte. ESan Diego, CA 92111USA

BCAF Virginia Highlands
BCAF-Virginia Highlands1050 North Highland AvenueAtlanta, GA 30306

Nest
NestAttn: Mary Matheson4699 South Hollady BlvdSalt Lake City, UT 84117

Counrty Store - CA
Country Store -CAAttn:Carol L Holmes2408 W. Adrian StreetNewberry, CA 91320

Graeagle Gift Shop
NO CONTACT

Moravian Florist
Moravian FloristAttn: Sue Kirchhoffer2286 Richmond Rd.Staten Island, NY 10306USA

The Cheshire Cat
The Cheshire CatScott Comstock34121 N. Rt 45Grayslake, IL 60030

Kimball Shop
Kimball ShopNancey Kimball135 Main St. NEHarbor,ME 04662USA

Sayville General Store Inc
Sayville General Store, IncAttn: Jackie44 Main StreetSayville, NY 11782

Chintz & Company
Chintz & CompanyAttn: Nicole de Goutiere1720 Store StVictoria, BC V8W 1V5Canada

English Green Interiors
English Green InteriorsAttn: Deborah GreenP. O BOx 2541Cashiers, NC 28717

Bella Donna Designs
Bella Donna DesignsAttn:Donna131 Hurst CirFranklin, NC 28734

Equipment Di Vin
Equipment Di VinCheryl Webster1412 Larimer StreetDenver, CO 80202

Celebrations - FL
Celebrations-FLAttn: Debbie717 N. 12th Ave.Pensacola, FL 32501

French's Kitchen & Bath
French's Kitchen & Bath202 5th StHollister, CA 95023USA

Fanciful Gift Baskets
Fanciful Gift BasketsAttn: Dave5617 MelroseLos Angeles, CA 90038

Harris & Clark General Store
Harris & Clark General StoreAnissa Harris2539 Knox StAtlanta, Georgia 30317

Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate
Breckenridge Cheese & ChocolateAttn: AnneP.O. Box 3771Breckenridge, CO 80424USA

Son of Moon Fine Foods
Son of the MoonEva Bunnell346 South Main St.Middletown, CT 06457USA

Roche Bros Supermarket
Roche Bros. #101165 Linden StreetWellesley Hill, MA 02481

Tenzie & Co
Tenzie & Co.1116-A Coolidge StreetLafayette, LA 70503USA

Pine Away
Pine Away216 Main St.Annapolis, MD 21401USA

Bee Entertaining
Bee Entertaining124 S. Webster StNaperville, IL 60540USA

The country Farmer
The Country Farmer1 Bloomer RdN. Salem, NY 10560

All stores have been notified of the incident.

The Death by Chocolate cookies is bags are in a 6oz. bag with a sleeve label. The UPC code for this product is 19193 00020. These cookies have a three month shelf life. The cookies being recalled were made on June 14, 2007 and also July 5, 2007 for a total of 36 cases, 12 units per case. The cookie ingredient list did not contain Walnuts.

No Illness have been reported to date.

Consumers should contact Bella Cucina directly at 678.539.8400 so we can refund or replace the cookie bag.

Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Pocket Knives

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Gerber EAB (Exchange-A-Blade)

Pocket Knives Units: About 154,000

Importer: Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore., a division of Fiskars Brands Inc., of Madison, Wis

Hazard: During use, the back of the blade of the knife can slide past the blade support, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Gerber has received eight reports of individuals cutting themselves while using the knife, including several individuals who required stitches.

Description: The recall involves Gerber EAB Pocket Knives, model numbers 22-41548, 22-41548CDIP, 22-01548W and 22-41548W. The knives are small, folding utility knives that can be clipped to the owner's pocket. The knives are marked with the "Gerber" trademark.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart, and through on-line stores from September 2006 through August 2007 for about $11.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled knives immediately and contact Gerber to receive instructions on how to return the knife for a free replacement knife.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at (877) 204-5510 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.gerbergear.com

Paramount Apparel International Recalls Youth Hats Due to Strangulation Hazard; Product Sold Exclusively at Bass Pro Shops

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Toddler and Youth Nylon Bucket Hats

Units: About 500

Distributor: Paramount Apparel International Inc., of Bourbon, Mo.

Hazard: The hat has a drawstring, posing a strangulation hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: The hat is a nylon bucket-shaped hat with mesh sides. There are nylon fabric strips on the side of the hat that snap up. The front of the hat has a zipper pocket with a silver boat-anchor appliqué with embroidered text below. The hat adjusts with a bungee drawstring sewn in the crown of the hat. A label sewn into the back inside of the hat reads "Bass Pro Shops."

Sold: Exclusively at Bass Pro Shops retail stores nationwide from February 2007 through June 2007 for about $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled hats immediately and contact Paramount Apparel to receive a refund or replacement item.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Paramount Apparel toll-free at (800) 255-4287 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.paramountapparel.com

M&J Engineering Recalls Swivels for Scuba Diving Masks Due to Drowning Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: AGA Swivels for Scuba Diving Masks
Units: About 1,500
Manufacturer: M&J Engineering, of Poway, Calif.
Hazard: The swivel, which is attached to a diving mask, could separate while diving. This will result in a sudden loss of the diver's air supply, causing the diver to engage in emergency ascent. This poses a risk of decompression sickness due to rapid ascent or drowning.
Incidents/Injuries: M&J Engineering has received one report of swivels separating from the masks while diving. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves all SW-3000 2nd stage 360-degree swivels for scuba diving masks manufactured between January 2004 and February 2005. The swivel has the date stamped on its body, below the patent number. Swivels that are already repaired have an arrow stamped on the top right corner of the swivel body.

Sold at: Diving retail stores nationwide between January 2004 and February 2005 for about $60.
Manufactured in: USA
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the scuba diving masks with the swivel attached and contact M&J Engineering to receive a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact M&J Engineering toll-free at (888) 794-8351 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, e-mail sales@omniswivel.com, or visit the company's Web site at www.mj-engineering.com

Metz Fresh Announces Voluntary Recall of Spinach

Metz Fresh, LLC is voluntarily recalling bagged spinach as a result of a positive test for Salmonella found during routine company testing.

The spinach is distributed under the label Metz Fresh, in both retail and food service packages. These include 10 and 16 oz bags as well as 4-2.5 lb. and 4 lb. cartons. The only Metz Fresh product affected is spinach that bears the tracking codes 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314. It was distributed in the continental United States and Canada.

There have been no reports of illness or problems related to this spinach.

Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover in three to five days without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers with any of these symptoms should call their physician.

Consumers are advised to discard this product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact 831-386-1018.

"Nothing is more important to Metz Fresh than the safety of our consumers, period," said Andrew Cumming, President of Metz Fresh. "As soon as we learned of the presumptive positive test, we directed all customers to hold all boxes of the spinach affected as a precaution. Now, with this positive test confirmation, there is no question that we would recall and destroy all spinach bearing these three codes."

The positive test came during independent lab testing Metz Fresh conducts on all of its products. Through its labeling and numbering system, Metz Fresh has already tracked, located and put 'holds' on the vast majority of the cartons of spinach affected. That spinach will not be released into the marketplace.

While the positive test came from only one sample of many on three packing lines, Metz Fresh has, as a precaution, chosen to recall all of the spinach from the ‘field lot’ packed that day on all three lines.

Metz Fresh is keeping appropriate authorities updated on the status of the voluntary recall.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Select Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula Dry Dog Food 50lb Bags Voluntarily Recalled in Pennsylvania

August 21, 2007 -- Mars Petcare US, Inc. today announces a voluntary recall of select 50 lb bags of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food sold in two stores in Pennsylvania. Only three bags of product were actually sold, with only one bag still unaccounted for. The pet food is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should dispose of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling this pet food, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to the product. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Well animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Recalled pet food Product: Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food
Size: 50 pound bagUPC Code: 4286900062
Best Buy Date: July 12, 2008
Best Buy Date Location: Back of bag
Affected Stores: The stores are located in Reedsland, PA and Richlandville, PA

Mars Petcare is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and it sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement. This voluntary recall has been issued because FDA detected Salmonella in a sample of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food with a best buy date of July 12, 2008 during a recent review.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

This product UPC has been blocked from retail sale at these locations.

Additional information about the product is available on www.marspetcare.com. Pet owners who have questions about the voluntary recall should call (866) 298-8332, or visit the web site for more information.

FDA Approves Risperdal for Two Psychiatric Conditions in Children and Adolescents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Risperdal (risperidone) for the treatment of schizophrenia in adolescents, ages 13 to 17, and for the short-term treatment of manic or mixed episodes of bipolar I disorder in children and adolescents ages 10 to 17. This is the first FDA approval of an atypical antipsychotic drug to treat either disorder in these age groups.

Until now, there has been no FDA-approved drug for the treatment of schizophrenia for pediatric use and only lithium is approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder in adolescents ages 12 and up.

“The pediatric studies of Risperdal provided an opportunity to assess the effectiveness, proper dose, and safety of using this product in the pediatric population,” said Dianne Murphy, M.D., director of FDA’s Office of Pediatric Therapeutics. “These data have permitted the identification of the effective pediatric dose ranges and have provided an evidence-based approach for treating these disorders in pediatric patients.”

The FDA first approved Risperdal in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. The drug later was approved for the short-term treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in adults and the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder in children and adolescents 5 to 16 years old.

Evidence to support this approval was collected through studies the FDA requested as part of its pediatric drug development initiatives.

The efficacy of Risperdal in the treatment of schizophrenia in adolescents was demonstrated in two short-term (6 to 8 weeks), double-blind, controlled trials. All patients were experiencing an acute episode of schizophrenia at the time of enrollment. Treated patients generally had fewer symptoms, including a decrease in hallucinations, delusional thinking, and other symptoms of their illness.

The efficacy of Risperdal in the treatment of manic or mixed episodes in children or adolescents with bipolar I disorder was demonstrated in a three-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial in patients who were experiencing a manic or mixed episode. Treated patients generally had fewer symptoms, including a decrease in their elevated mood and hyperactivity, and other symptoms of their illness.

Drowsiness, fatigue, increase in appetite, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, tremor, and rash were among the most common side effects reported.

Schizophrenia is a serious and disabling psychiatric disorder. Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious psychiatric disorder that causes wide shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function.

Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen, L.P. of Titusville, N.J.

For more information:
FDA Office of Pediatric Therapeutics www.fda.gov/oc/opt/default.htm
National Institute of Mental Health—Schizophrenia www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/schizophreniamenu.cfm
National Institute of Mental Health—Bipolar Disorder www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/bipolarmenu.cfm

More Lead Item Recalls...

1. Children's Metal Jewelry Recalled by TOBY N.Y.C. Due to Risk of LeadExposure
2. Children's Charm Bracelets Sold by Buy-Rite Recalled Due to Risk ofLead Exposure
3. Thomas and Friends, Curious George and Other Spinning Tops and TinPails Recalled By Schylling Associates Due To Violation of Lead PaintStandard
4. Martin Designs Inc. Recalls SpongeBob SquarePants(tm) CharacterAddress Books and Journals Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

Children's Metal Jewelry Recalled by TOBY N.Y.C. Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: TOBY & ME Jewelry Sets
Units: About 14,000
Importer: TOBY N.Y.C., of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: The recalled metal jewelry sets contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The three recalled jewelry sets include: a princess pink and clear crystal bead necklace and bracelet set with a painted metallic crown pendant; a pink and white pearl necklace and bracelet set with a painted metallic poodle pendant; and a pink pearl necklace, earrings and ring set. All sets are sold in a pink gift box with "TOBY & ME" printed on the front and "TOBY & ME" hang tags attached to the packaging.
Sold at: T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and A.J.Wright from August 2006 through May 2007 for about $8.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and contact TOBY N.Y.C. for information on receiving a full refund or replacement item.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact TOBY N.Y.C.toll-free at (866) 235-0588 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email the firm at info@tobynyc.com



Children's Charm Bracelets Sold by Buy-Rite Recalled Due to Risk of LeadExposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Children's Divine Inspiration Charm Bracelets
Units: About 7,900 Importer: Buy-Rite Designs Inc., of Freehold, N.J.
Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled charm bracelets have silver-colored charms, including angels, crosses, and hearts, and clear and pink beads that hang from a silver-colored chain.
Sold at: Dollar stores and other small retail stores nationwide from March 2004 through August 2007 for about $1.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and return it to store where purchased for a full refund. If unable to return it to the store, contact Buy-Rite for information onhow to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Buy-Rite at (888) 777-7952 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.buyriteinc.com


Thomas and Friends, Curious George and Other Spinning Tops and Tin Pails
Recalled By Schylling Associates Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Spinning Tops and Tin Pails
Units: About 66,000 spinning tops and about 4,700 pails
Importer: Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass.
Hazard: Surface paints on the wooden handles of the tops and pails contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None.
Description: The recalled tops and pails are primarily metal and have wooden handles. The tops are painted with Thomas and Friends, Curious George, or a circus scene. The pails are painted with Thomas and Friends, Curious George, or in a solid red or yellow color. Tops with plastic handles are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Specialty toy stores and gift shops nationwide from July 2001 through July 2002. The tops were sold for about $13. The pails were soldf or about $6.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Schylling to receive a refund or free replacementtoy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Schylling at (800) 767-8697 between 9 am and 5 pm ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.schylling.com


Martin Designs Inc. Recalls SpongeBob SquarePants(tm) Character Address Books and Journals Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: SpongeBob SquarePants(tm) Address Books and Journals Units: About 250,000
Importer: Martin Designs Inc., of Ashland, Ohio
Hazard: The paint on the metal spiral bindings of the address books and journals can contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None.
Description: The recall involves address books and journals with SpongeBob SquarePants(tm) character on the front cover and a black metal spiral binding. The UPC numbers (80773007505 for the address book and 80773002260 for the journal) are printed on the back covers.
Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from June 2006 through July 2007 for about $2.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled address books and journals away from children. Consumers should remove the UPC as proof of ownership and contact Martin Designs Inc. for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Martin Designs Inc. toll-free at (866) 898-0261 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site atwww.martindesigns-ltd.com

Select Krasdale Gravy Dry Dog Food 5lb Bags Voluntarily Recalled in Five States

August 21, 2007 -- Mars Petcare US, Inc. today announces a voluntary recall of select five pound bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The pet food is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should dispose of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling this pet food, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to the product. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Well animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Recalled pet food Product: Krasdale Gravy dry dog food
Size: 5 pound bag
UPC Code: 7513062596
Best Buy Date: July 16 & 17, 2008
Best Buy Date Location: Back of bag
Affected Stores: Various stores located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Mars Petcare is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and it sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement. This voluntary recall has been issued because the FDA detected Salmonella in a sample of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food with best buy dates of July 16 & 17, 2008 during a recent review.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

This product UPC has been blocked from retail sale at these locations.

Additional information about the product is available on www.marspetcare.com. Pet owners who have questions about the voluntary recall should call (866) 298-8332, or visit the web site for more information.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Manufacturers of Some Diabetes Drugs to Strengthen Warning on Heart Failure Risk

Companies Will Include Boxed Warning on Drug Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced manufacturers of certain drugs approved to treat Type 2 diabetes have agreed to add a stronger warning on the risk of heart failure, a condition that occurs when the heart does not adequately pump blood. The information will be included in the form of a “boxed” warning—FDA’s strongest form of a warning. The upgraded warning emphasizes that the drugs may cause or worsen heart failure in certain patients.

After a review of postmarketing adverse event reports, FDA determined that an updated label with a boxed warning on the risks of heart failure was needed for the entire thiazolidinedione class of antidiabetic drugs. This class includes Avandia (rosiglitazone), Actos (pioglitazone) Avandaryl (rosiglitazone and glimepiride), Avandamet (rosiglitazone and metformin), and Duetact (pioglitazone and glimepride). These drugs are used in conjunction with diet and exercise, to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. FDA had asked the drug’s manufacturers, GlaxoSmithKline and Takeda, to address these concerns.

“Under FDA’s postmarketing surveillance program, we carefully monitor new safety information for marketed drugs and take appropriate action when necessary to inform patients and health care providers of new information,” said Steven Galson, M.D., M.P.H., director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This new boxed warning addresses FDA’s concerns that despite the warnings and information already listed in the drug labels, these drugs are still being prescribed to patients without careful monitoring for signs of heart failure.”
FDA’s review of adverse event reports found cases of significant weight gain and edema—warning signs of heart failure. In some reports, FDA noted, continuation of therapy has been associated with poor outcomes, including death.

The strengthened warning advises health care professionals to observe patients carefully for the signs and symptoms of heart failure, including excessive, rapid weight gain, shortness of breath, and edema after starting drug therapy. Patients with these symptoms who then develop heart failure should receive appropriate management of the heart failure and use of the drug should be reconsidered. People who have questions should contact their health care providers to discuss alternative treatments.

The warning also states that these drugs should not be used by people with serious or severe heart failure who have marked limits on their activity and who are comfortable only at rest or who are confined to bed or a chair.

FDA’s review of Avandia and possible increased risk of heart attacks is ongoing. On July 30, 2007, FDA’s Endocrine and Metabolic Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee recommended that Avandia continue to be marketed, and further recommended that information be added to the labeling for risk of heart attacks (ischemic risks).

For more information, visit:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/rosiglitazone/default.htm
http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/pioglitazone/default.htm

Clarion Expands Recall of Vehicle Navigation and Entertainment System Batteries Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, incooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntaryrecall of the following consumer product.

Consumers should stop usingrecalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: N.I.C.E. P200 Navigation and Entertainment Systems
Units: About 1,500 additional units (about 2,500 were recalled inDecember 2006)
Distributor: Clarion Corp. of America, of Cypress, Calif.
Manufacturer: Kiryung Electronics of Seoul, South Korea
Hazard: The lithium-ion batteries in these units can melt or overheatposing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Clarion has received 15 reports of the units meltingor overheating. No injuries have been reported. Description: The N.I.C.E. P200 is a black portable navigation andentertainment device that can be attached to a vehicle's windshield. Thedevice has a 4-inch touch screen LCD monitor and contains one lithiumbattery.

"Clarion" and "N.I.C.E. P200" are printed on the device."Clarion NAVBATTERY" is printed on the battery. The recall includes anyN.I.C.E. P200 in which batteries were previously replaced. Sold at: Car audio and mobile electronics stores nationwide from May2006 through August 2007 for a suggested retail price of $800.

Manufactured in: South Korea Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediatelyand contact Clarion Corp. for a full refund, information on returningthe product, and a postage paid envelope to return the product.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Clarion Corp. at (800)347-8667 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, email parts@clarion.com, or visit the firm's Web site at www.clarion.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protectingthe public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from morethan 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidentscost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committedto protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire,electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. TheCPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys,cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate ofdeaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC'shotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, orvisit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC emailsubscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumerscan obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site atwww.cpsc.gov.

Ocean King Enterprises Inc. Recalls the Following Ready-To-Eat Seafood Dips Because of Possible Health Risk

Regal King Premium Krab Dip
Regal King Cajun Krab Dip
Regal King Shrimp Dip
Regal King Smoked Salmon Dip

Contact:Ocean King Enterprises Inc. (215) 495-0540

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Philadelphia, PA -- August 16, 2007 -- Ocean King Enterprises Inc. of Philadelphia, PA is recalling Ready-to-Eat Seafood Dips, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Products were distributed through the following A&P warehouses: A&P (C&S) Hatfield in Hatfield, MA; A&P (C&S) Baltimore in North East, MD; and A&P (C&S) Woodbridge in Woodbridge, NJ. Products will have reached consumers through retail stores from warehouse distribution.

The products were sold in bulk 5-pound containers to the warehouses. The dips are then sold in the value added and deli sections of the retail stores in clear plastic containers with a Regal King label. All flavors have a red and white repack label. The brand name is Regal King Gourmet Seafood. The flavors are Premium Krab Dip, Cajun Krab Dip, Shrimp Dip, and Smoked Salmon Dip.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of an independent systemic sampling program conducted by Ocean King Enterprises Inc. which revealed that one finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and Ocean King Enterprises continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who purchased Regal King Brand ready-to-eat seafood dips should return the product to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Ocean King Enterprises Inc. at (215) 495-0540.

FDA Warning on Codeine Use by Nursing Mothers

May Increase Chance of Serious Side Effects in Infants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned that nursing infants may be at increased risk of morphine overdose if their mothers are taking codeine and are ultra-rapid metabolizers of codeine. The agency has reviewed all available information on this subject since a medical journal reported the death of a 13-day old breastfed infant who died from morphine overdose. The morphine levels in the mother’s milk were abnormally high after taking small doses of codeine to treat episiotomy pain. A genetic test showed that the mother was an ultra-rapid metabolizer of codeine.

"Our best advice to physicians prescribing codeine-containing products to nursing mothers is to prescribe the lowest dose needed for the shortest amount of time,” said Sandra Kweder, M.D., deputy director of the Office of New Drugs in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "And nursing mothers should always consult their physicians before taking any codeine containing products."

Codeine is an ingredient found in prescription and non-prescription medicines that are used to relieve pain or treat cough. Once in the body, some of the codeine is converted (metabolized) to morphine. Some people, due to their genetic makeup, metabolize codeine much faster and more completely than others. These people, called ultra-rapid metabolizers, are more likely to have higher-than-normal levels of morphine in their blood after taking codeine. Mothers who are ultra-rapid metabolizers may have higher-than-usual levels of morphine in breast milk.
According to the FDA, nursing mothers have used codeine safely for many years. In medical practice, codeine is generally considered the safest choice among narcotic pain relievers for nursing women and their babies. However, to raise awareness of this possible health risk and to prevent morphine overdose in nursing infants, FDA is requiring manufacturers of prescription codeine medicines to include information about codeine ultra-rapid metabolism in drug package insert information. In addition, FDA has posted information about this issue on the FDA website for healthcare providers and patients.

Nursing mothers taking codeine (or other narcotic pain relievers) should know how to watch for signs of overdose in their babies. Breast fed babies normally nurse every two to three hours and should not sleep for more than four hours at a time. Signs of morphine overdose in a nursing baby include increased sleepiness, difficulty breastfeeding, breathing difficulties or limpness.
The chance of being an ultra-rapid metabolizer varies among different population groups from less than 1 per 100 people to 28 per 100 people. For people who are ultra-rapid metabolizers, the risk of having an adverse event when taking codeine is not known. The only way to know if someone is an ultra-rapid metabolizer is to do a genetic test. There is a FDA-cleared test to check for ultra-rapid metabolism, but there is only limited information about using this test for codeine metabolism. At this time, the test result alone may not correctly predict if a mother’s breast milk will have too much morphine if she uses codeine to treat pain. This test cannot substitute for a doctor’s judgment.

Mothers and babies gain many health benefits from breastfeeding. When a nursing mother must take medicine, her infant may be exposed to some risks from that medicine. It is important for healthcare professionals and nursing women using codeine or other medicines to discuss these risks and benefits.

For more information, go to Use of Codeine Products in Nursing Mothers

Confidence Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall in the United States and Canada of One Lot of METABOSLIM Apple Cider Vinegar brand dietary supple

Confidence Inc. of Port Washington, NY, is recalling one lot of METABOSLIMTM Apple Cider Vinegar brand dietary supplement, lot number 3001006, EXP. 102009 and UPC CODE: 92483 00102 because it contains the undeclared drug ingredient sibutramine. This lot was primarily sold in Canada. The product is sold in a plastic bottle with white and red labeling and contains 60 gelatin capsules.

The Company has been informed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that lab analysis of METABOSLIMTM samples found that the product contains undeclared sibutramine, an FDA approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. The FDA has not approved METABOSLIMTM as a drug; therefore the safety and effectiveness of this product is unknown.
FDA advises that this poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.

No illnesses or injuries have been reported to the company to date in connection with this product.

Confidence, Inc. has taken this voluntary action because it is committed to providing accurate information about its products and because of the concern for the health and safety of consumers. Confidence Inc. is working with the FDA in the recall process. It sincerely regrets any inconvenience to customers.

Consumers should return any unused METABOSLIMTM for a refund of the full purchase price or price for the unused portion, to the Company's address in Port Washington, NY, or contact Jim Chao at 516-767-1870 or email jim@confidenceusa.com to receive further instructions for returning the product or with any questions.

Cartoon Network to Adopt New Food & Beverage-Related Guidelines and New Healthy Lifestyle Programming Pledge for Kids

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To reflect its ongoing commitment to promote lifetime health and wellness for children and families, Cartoon Network today announced newly formalized food & beverage-related guidelines addressing use of its licensed characters and a pledge to develop new programming integrating positive messages regarding nutrition and activity. These newly-adopted guidelines, developed primarily from nutritional standards for children for food in schools issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and in consultation with nutritional experts, Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN (National Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association) and Joanne Ikeda, MA, RD (pediatric obesity researcher, Nutritionist Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley), will govern the network’s character product licensing and custom brand-integrated promotional tie-ins that Cartoon Network may conduct with advertisers on-air, online, and on-pack.

Under its new policies, Cartoon Network will limit the use of its original characters related to its company-owned original series targeted to children under the age of 12 to food and beverage products that meet specific nutritional criteria. The nutritional criteria will include a cap on total calories per appropriate serving with limits on total fat, saturated fat, added trans fat, sodium and sugar and a requirement encouraging recommended nutrients such as vitamin A and C, iron, calcium, protein, and fiber (see attached chart). The Guidelines will apply in the United States to all new product licensing and promotional tie-in deals and to renewals of any existing deals starting January 1, 2008. The only exception will be for the licensing of special occasion sweets.

Cartoon Network is also working with its nutritional experts to develop creative new programming that will integrate messages regarding nutrition and activity across platforms to positively influence, educate and encourage families to adopt balanced and healthy lifestyles. This pledge builds on Cartoon Network’s extensive variety of Get Animated outreach programs and multi-platform promotions aimed at reaching children with healthy lifestyle messages with targeted public-private partnerships, public service campaigns, online education, and off-channel activities and special events, which the network will continue to deliver.
“Cartoon Network believes in a fully comprehensive approach to promoting overall child health,” said Stuart Snyder, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Turner’s Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media group. “Our strategy is to approach these current health issues on all fronts by carefully guiding our licensed character branding, developing new entertainment programming and interstitials to help teach recommended dietary practices, and promoting multiple off-channel partnerships that will inspire kids to develop a more active lifestyle.”
Snyder continued, “We will continue to work with and support our food and beverage partners, who as an industry are committed to the highest standards for responsible marketing to children, and who are making great strides in reformulating products and committing to shift the mix of messages in advertising to encourage healthier dietary choices and healthy lifestyles.”
“What sets Cartoon Network’s nutritional guidelines apart is that they are based on scientific research proven to be effective,” says Taub-Dix. “By embracing the IOM standards for schools and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the network has adopted an approach that will effectively complement the dietary lessons kids are also learning in schools today. This united effort can actually help kids serve as ‘dietary role models’ for siblings, parents and care-givers in the home. Moreover, Cartoon Network has already been championing the effort to help kids manage their diet by learning to read and understand packaged food labels through its partnership with the FDA on ‘Spot the Block’ and is planning some exciting programming. So the official guidelines announced today essentially reinforce and underscore the efforts the network has been involved with for some time.”

“I’m particularly excited that Cartoon Network will seek to further integrate messages about healthy living into its new programming, where characters can help demonstrate positive behaviors for kids to pick up on,” said Ikeda. “As a nutritionist, it’s really thrilling to have the opportunity to work with wildly creative and talented artists who can help transform what kids often see as traditionally dull facts and figures into fun and appealing life lessons. The goal, of course, will be to change kids’ attitudes so that they will want to try new, more nutritious foods and engage in regular physical activity.”

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation Recalls Smoked Salmon

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation is voluntarily recalling 132 lbs of 4 oz. Smoked Salmon (Acme NY Original) and 114 lbs of 8 oz. Smoked Salmon (Acme NY Original) with a batch code of 9428 and sell-by-date code of 9-26/2007. This product was distributed to retail stores in the South Florida Region.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one 4 ounce package of "4 oz. Smoked Salmon (Acme Y Original)" with product code 9428 and sell-by-date code of 9/26/07. This organism can cause serious complications for pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased 4 oz. Smoked Salmon (Acme NY Original) and/or 8 oz. Smoked Salmon (Acme NY Original) with batch code 9428 and sell-by-date 9/26/07 are urged to contact Acme for further details and refunds. Consumers with questions may contact the Quality Assurance Department at Acme Smoked Fish Corporation at 718-383-8585.

Increase in College Dorm Fires Prompts Officials to Issue Warning

As students go off to college and leave the comforts of home, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning about the dangers of fires in college housing such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks. According to National Fire Protection Association data, the estimated number of fires in campus housing has risen dramatically in recent years, from a low of 1,800 fires in 1998 to 3,300 fires in 2005. From 2000 through 2005 there were 39 deaths and nearly 400 injuries.

"Going to college marks an important milestone, and the CPSC doesn't want that to be marred by a potentially tragic fire," said Acting CPSC Chairman Nancy Nord. "Students bring things from home to make dorm life more comfortable, including high-powered electronics and appliances. These items can make life easier, but also more dangerous when used improperly or left unsupervised, particularly in small dorm rooms."

Today, at a joint press conference, the CPSC, U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association and the University of Maryland's Fire Marshal urged students, parents, administrators and resident assistants to be aware of fire dangers.

Fires in college housing are more common during the evening and weekends when students are in their residences. And, while most of the fires are cooking-related (hot plates, microwaves, portable grills, etc.), the majority of fire deaths occur in the bedroom.

CPSC and NFPA recommend following these College Dorm Fire Safety Tips:

* Cooking equipment causes 72% of dorm fires. Students should cook in designated areas only, and never leave cooking equipment unattended when in use.

* As far as deaths and injuries are concerned, most occur in sleeping areas, and are associated with smoking materials like tobacco products, candles, and incense. Always extinguish flames before leaving the room or going to sleep.

* Electrical products, portable heaters, and lighting such as halogen lamps are the source of many dorm fires. Keep combustibles away from heat sources and don't overload electrical outlets, extension cords, and power strips.

* Take special care with holiday and seasonal decorations. Don't use combustible materials and never block access to safety devices, doors, etc.

* Know your building's evacuation plan in case something does go wrong.

* Don't disable smoke alarms.