Recently, the FDA posted a voluntary recall from Raritan Pharmaceuticals of homeopathic children's remedies containing belladonna extract. Belladonna, also known as "deadly nightshade," is a plant traditionally used in herbal remedies that can be poisonous, and even fatal, if consumed in a sufficiently large dose. The recall affects the following Raritan products: Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid, CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid, and CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet.
In early October the food manufacturer General Mills stated that they in the process of doing a voluntary recall for about 1.8 million boxes of its Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. The recall is due to the possibility of wheat flour exposure to products labeled gluten-free. This can prove to be problematic for individuals that have a gluten intolerance, wheat allergies, or celiac disease. Krisite Foster, a company spokesperson, said, "There have been reports of illness by consumers online. Two complaints of illness have been reported directly to General Mills related to the affected products."
The cycling company, Louis Garneau Sports, has issued a recall for one of their high end helmets. Garneau announced the recall of its P-09 helmet, model number 1405362, earlier this month. The P-09 retails from $280.00 to $350.00. The helmet was originally manufactured in China in January 2014. The P-09 initially passed all safety tests performed internally by Garneau and externally by other independent laboratories. Based on these initial results, the P-90 was CPSC certified and made available for consumer use. However, the P-09 failed subsequent testing, leading Garneau to issue a recall.
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.
The Associate Press recently compiled a list of consumer product recalls for the week of August 20, 2012. This week's recall list includes millions of baby seats which are in need of repair, a line of heated pet mats which are hazardous for causing shocks, and snap bracelets. The details of this AP article can be found at: http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d44de9fd195b40229dda1e9a515065bc.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., announced a voluntary recall of strollers due to fingertip amputation and laceration hazards to children and adults handling the stroller.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with IKEA, announced a voluntary recall of a track lighting system sold exclusively at IKEA stores because of an electric shock hazard.
According to a recent article in USA Today, experts are concerned that the number of products being recalled is resulting in "fatigue" which could increase the chance people do not pay attention to them. In 2011, recalls rose 14% from the 2010. Recall include consumer productions, automobiles, drugs, food, and medical devices. In 2012 alone, hundreds of recalls have already been announced. Some of the companies already issuing recalls include Pfizer, Toyota, Lexus, and IKEA.
Did you know that only about 10 percent of recalled products are actually returned or repaired? This means that 90 percent of products with known defects remain in people's homes. And many of these defective products can result in serious injury or even death.