On March 10, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall by Anchor Industries, Inc., of Evansville, Indiana, of safety pool covers due to 20 reports of snap hook failures. No injuries have been reported, but the snap hook failures present a risk of drowning, which the pool covers are marketed to prevent.
Bumble Bee Foods has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of over 30,000 cases of its 5 oz. canned Chunk Light Tuna. Bumble Bee, which is owned by U.K. private equity firm Lion Capital, made the announcement upon the discovery of improper sterilization at a third-party packing facility. Deviation from the proper sterilization process commonly results in inadequate sanitary conditions. Inferior sanitation in food production environments can create a perfect breeding atmosphere for spoilage organisms and/or pathogens. Ingestion of any contaminated products could possibly lead to a life-threatening illness.
The Switzerland-based food giant Nestlé has issued a voluntary recall of about three million boxes of products because of the possibility they might contain small pieces of glass. Nestlé USA, located in Glendale, California, took precautionary action after receiving several consumer complaints. The company immediately removed all potentially hazardous products off store shelves. The voluntary recall includes a limited number of DiGiorno pizzas, Lean Cuisine pizzas, paninis and raviolis, and Stouffer's lasagnas and souffles. The company has traced the glass hazard to spinach used in the products which is a common ingredient in the recalled products. It is unknown if the recall is limited to only products made or shipped to the United States.
On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) put out a warning that Home Depot was selling products that had been recalled from 2012 to 2015. It was found that Home Depot had continued to sell 28 different products that had been recalled. Home Depot discovered the issue itself when it realized that some of its registers were not programmed to prevent sales of the recalled products. Once it was discovered, Home Depot informed the CPSC of the situation. Over 2,300 units were sold, of which approximately 1,300 were sold to consumers themselves. The CPSC has advised consumers to call Home Depot directly or go to their product recall section on their website. The CPSC is quite familiar with companies selling recalled products as a similar situation occurred in the summer of 2014, where Best Buy sold recalled electronic items.
According to the New York Times, Graco is recalling 3.8 million car seats because of faulty buckles. Federal regulators said the recall did not go far enough, and have asked for an additional 1.8 million seats to be included because they use the same buckles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Graco in a letter that unless those additional seats were fixed it would take legal action to force a recall.
Retail giant Target is recalling more than 6,000 sets of boys and girls fleece jackets and shirts featuring Disney characters from its stores. It is reported that the Disney fleece jackets and shirts sold at Target are equipped with zippers that contain unacceptable levels of lead. Exposure to excessive levels of lead can lead to injuries to children.
Kellogg's has issued a voluntary recall of its Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size products because these food items may contain metal fragments. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, the recall is "due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part." Kellogg said the likelihood of metal in the cereal is "low" and added "we understand and apologize for your concern." Kellogg has also stated that it has not yet received any reports of injuries due to metal pieces found in its cereal.
In a voluntary recall (along with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada), Jarden Consumer Solutions is recalling a total of 600,000 Mr. Coffee single cup brewers because of a potential burn hazard. Of the 600,000 units being recalled, 520,000 were distributed in the United States and 80,700 were distributed in Canada.
There are questions being raised about the effectiveness of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) notification process. In a new study examining the United States Food and Drug Administration's recall process, researchers found that the FDA did not send notifications for one in five of the most serious recalls through its two electronic systems used to alert doctors and the public. The study focused on recalls between 2004 and 2011, and counted more than 1,700 drug recalls listed in the FDA's enforcement reports. Ninety-one of those were noted to be serious Class 1 recalls.
According to an article published by Click2Houston.com, reports of children falling from a popular high chair prompted the federal government to issue a recent recall. In the article it stated that Evenflo's convertible high chair tray can detach unexpectedly, causing kids to fall out.