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2 death from Chinese Formula – FDA warns parents to not purchase Chinese made formula

This is just horrible. Two infants have died in China from drinking formula tainted with Melamine. Officials believe Melamine was added to give the appearance the powdered formula contained more protein than it did. Over 1200 other infants are known to be sick and I am sure that number is expected to rise. The tainted formula has caused kidney stones in infants, a usually very rare condition in babies.

The FDA has put out a statement telling parents to avoid formula manufacturered in China. According to a news report this morning, it sounds like Chinese-made formula in the US is mainly limited to Chinese grocery stores and neighborhoods, but it is still wise to read ALL formula labels prior to purchasing.

Melamine is the same plastic that was found in pet food a few years ago that caused kindey failure and death in many beloved pets. Melamine is also a common medium used to make children’s plates. I have tossed out all my Melamine plates.

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Simplicity and Graco Bassinet/Co-Sleeper Recall

What the crap?? A Chicago Tribune article reports that a bassinet manufacturer and federal officials knew of 2 infant deaths directly related to the bassinet a full TWO WEEKS before reporting it to the public. This is INSANE!!!

If you are using a Simplicity or Graco bassinet, PLEASE read here and make sure your bassinet is not affected by the recall, and let your friends and family know as well, so this does not happen to another infant.

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Whole Foods recalls beef after customers get sick

Whole Foods recalled all fresh ground beef sold between June 2 and Aug. 6 at its stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

Whole Foods realizes there was a system breakdown and it taking means to ensure this will not happen again. Read the NY Times article.

This is troubling. I expect more out of Whole Foods. Their private label 365 brand canned food is lined with BPA, their 365 brand body care line contains dioxanes (a carcinogen) and they do not mention this on their packaging and have no plans to make a change. On the latter, they are involved in a law suit in California, where its required to have proper package labeling for products containing dioxanes.    

So disappointing, Whole Foods. I am seriously rethinking my loyalty now. I want to be able to go to a store where I do not have to worry about pesticides, dioxanes, e-coli, etc. Even now, I still need to research and read product labels before picking anything up off the shelves no matter where I shop. I did feel safer with WF’s produce and meat, but that system has an obvious breakdown. Sure no one is perfect, but WF has certainly had it’s fair share of negatives in the very recent past. I hope they clean up their act and live up to consumer expectations.

Bassetbaby, EStyles recall products for hazards

Forbes Magazine reports:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Bassettbaby and eStyle Inc. each voluntarily recalled certain products because of potential hazards.

The government watchdog said Bassettbaby recalled about 550 of its Wendy Bellissimo Hidden Hills collection of cribs. The spindles could loosen, “creating a gap that poses an entrapment and strangulation hazard,” the CPSC said in its statement. There have been no reports of injuries.

The cribs are made in China and were sold for about $400 at Babies “R” Us. Consumers can return them for full reimbursement or free replacement, the agency said.

EStyle, based in Los Angeles, has recalled its Mini Chef Complete Toy Kitchens because the pegs supporting the oven shelf and refrigerator can come out, causing a choking hazard.

The toys were made in Thailand and sold at Babystyle stores last year for about $200.

Neither company immediately returned calls seeking comment.

Recall issued for some Simmons infant mattresses

This was in the Atlanta Business Chronicle this morning.

Atlanta mattress maker Simmons has issued a recall for about 20,000 Simmons Kids Crib mattresses sold at Pottery Barn and other nursery furniture retailers due to an entrapment hazard to infants, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The American-made mattresses were sold under the names Pottery Barn Kids by Simmons Kids Lullaby, Simmons Kids Slumber Time Evening Star Luxury Firm, Simmons Kids Baby Mattress Series 400 and Simmons Kids Baby Mattress 234 Coil Count from July 2006 through May 2008 for between $100 and $150. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said some of the crib mattresses can measure smaller than the 27-1/4 inch minimum width requirement for cribs, creating a gap between the mattress and crib side rails, posing an entrapment hazard to infants.

Simmons Kids and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have received one report of a six-month-old baby becoming wedged between the mattress and crib’s frame. The baby was removed from the crib without injury.

Consumers should measure the width of their mattress by removing all outer coverings, putting the mattress on floor and measuring the width near the middle, from the outside edge of the tape binding to the opposite side of the mattress. If it measures less than 27-1/4 inches, consumers should stop using the mattress and contact Simmons Kids to receive a free replacement mattress, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

What they didn’t tell you about recent meat recall

This is disturbing. Once again consumers are not being protected. I have to wonder how often this happens?

What they didn’t tell you about recent meat recall
By Stephen J. Hedges

Chicago Tribune

So why haven’t those products been recalled?

They have been — very quietly.

Nestlé, General Mills, Heinz and ConAgra each acknowledged to news organizations that they have recalled products containing beef from the meatpacking company Hallmark/Westland. Read more….

Gorton’s Fish Recall

Pills found in fish prompt Gorton’s recall

The recall is for Gorton’s 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets

Gorton’s Inc. recalled about 1,000 cases of frozen fish in 10 states
Friday after confirming a Pennsylvania customer found pills in her food.

Gorton’s said it ordered the recall as a precaution while a laboratory
works to determine the nature of the pills. Those tests should be
complete early next week.

“Obviously product alteration is a very serious matter,” said Jud Reis,
vice president of marketing for the company, based in Gloucester,
Massachusetts “We are conducting a full investigation into the source of
the problem.”

Tracy Rowan of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, called police after she bit
into one of the pills Sunday and found another on her daughter’s plate.
On Friday, Reis said the material was some sort of pill, not compressed
batter or bread crumbs.

Rowan described the pills as beige and aspirin-size.

“It’s kind of frightening to not only find something in your mouth, a
foreign object,” Rowan said Friday. “But then basically my heart stopped
when my daughter said, ‘I have one in my mouth, too,’ and pulled it out.”

Rowan, her daughter and her 10-year-old son were checked in an emergency room, then reported the incident to local police. They haven’t gotten sick, and Reis said the company knows of no other incidents.

Rowan said her daughter cooked the food and was adamant she did not
alter the fillets.

The recall is for Gorton’s 6 Crispy Battered Fish Fillets, 11.4 ounces.
The UPC Code is No. 44400157770, with a date code of 7289G1 and a
best-if-used-by date of April 2009.

The fish was sent to nine other states: Alabama, Delaware, California,
Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Consumers who purchased the fish can call Gorton’s at 800-896-9479

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