This is Part One of our Spring & Summer product recall series. For Part Two, click here.
We’re almost halfway through 2018, and with the school year coming to an end, children will be spending more and more time at home with their toys. Since it’s been a few months since our last product recall update, we wanted to do another to help keep you safe and informed—this time with a special emphasis on kid and summer gear.
But, to start us off we have a recall that was announced just yesterday for one of summertime’s favorite fruits.
Pre-Cut Melons Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
If you’ve recently purchased fresh sliced melon from your local California grocer, you may want to consider binning it. A salmonella outbreak linked to fruit sold by Indiana company Caito Foods, LLC has prompted the recall of fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley (containing any of the three former) sold at a number of grocery stores across the United States.
The recall, initially occurring in 8 states on June 8, was expanded Thursday to a total of 15 (including California), according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So far 60 people in five states have been sickened in the salmonella outbreak, and 31 have been hospitalized. Thankfully, no deaths have been reported yet.
The potentially affected products were sold at Costco, Kroger, Food 4 Less, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon. Because the recalled melon was shipped to stores between April 17 and June 7, there is a possibility that some could still remain on shelves. If you have in fact purchased melon recently, and it appears to be among the products recalled, do not eat it. Consuming food contaminated with Salmonella can cause serious illness, even in otherwise healthy adults. It’s just not worth to risk to you or your family.
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Recalled After 5 Sickened By Salmonella in California
This one landed our radars just today, when the Center for Disease Control announced that more than 70 people, including 5 in California, have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to a Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.
The decision to recall the popular breakfast cereal came today after a number of customers fell ill beginning in March, with reports of illness coming through late May. Per Patch.com, “The recall covers 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal with a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. The “best if used by” date is on the box top.”
Like the melon recall announced before this, it’s recommended that customers throw the cereal out immediately, even if they’ve eaten some already and “felt fine.” If families still have the original packaging, they may also return the cereal to the store for a full refund. In the case of those who store their cereals in airtight containers, the CDC urges you to make sure you wash them thoroughly “to remove any harmful germs” after disposing of the tainted food.
According to the CDC, “Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.”
Please refer to the two images we’ve included of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (both above ) when checking your pantry for the cereal in question.
HD Supply Recalls Ceiling Fans Due to Impact Hazard
Recall Date: April 25, 2018
Recall Number: 18-739
Recall Details: Seasons ceiling fans
Sold Exclusively At: HD Supply stores nationwide and online at www.HDSupplySolutions.com from March 2016 through February 2018 for between $60 and $140.
Hazard: The brackets connected to the fan blades can break and allow the blades to fall, posing an impact hazard.
Recall Description: This recall involves Seasons-branded 52” five-blade ceiling fans. The recalled fans were sold in white, brass, bronze, and brushed nickel finishes and have zero, one, three or four lights. Model numbers 269702, 269712, 269714, 269716, 269718, 269808, 269810, 269812, 269816, 269818, 269820 and 269822 are included in this recall. The model number is printed on a label on top of the motor housing.
Incidents/Injuries: HD Supply has received 13 reports of a bracket breaking and allowing a fan blade to fall, including one report of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
What to Do if You Own One
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fans and contact HD Supply to receive a free repair kit. HD Supply is contacting all known purchasers directly.
Contact HD Supply at 800-782-4154 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email at FMWarrantySolutions@hdsupply.com or online at www.HDSupplySolutions.com and click on Resources and then on Recall Information for more information.
Carter’s Recalls Children’s Cardigan Sets Due to Choking Hazard
Recall Date: May 2, 2018
Recall Number: 18-148
Recall Details: 3-piece penguin cardigan sets
Sold At: Carter’s, Bon-Ton, Burlington Stores, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Ross Stores, Toys “R” Us, and other stores nationwide and online at www.carters.com from July 2017 through March 2018 for about $40.
Hazard: The cardigan’s toggle button can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Recall Description: This recall involves Carter’s 3-piece penguin cardigan sets. The recalled sets consist of a white embroidered penguin bodysuit, a grey cardigan with a hood and matching pair of pants. They were sold in sizes newborn to 24 months. Style number 127G596 is printed on the front of the care tag sewn on the inside of the cardigan, and the UPC number is printed on the back of the same care tag. The UPC numbers are 190795798203, 190795798166, 190795798173, 190795798180, 190795798135, 190795798142, 190795798159. The style number and UPC number are also printed on the price tag
Incidents/Injuries: Carter’s received three reports of children putting a detached toggle button in their mouths. No injuries have been reported.
What to Do if You Own One
Remedy: Consumer should immediately take the recalled cardigan sets away from children, stop using them and return them to a Carter’s store location for a full refund in the form of a gift card. Consumers can also contact Carter’s Consumer Affairs department and request a free return label and envelope to return the cardigan for a refund in the form of an electronic gift card.
Contact: Carter’s Consumer Affairs department at 800-692-4674 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.carters.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
Hauck Fun For Kids Recalls Go-Karts Due to Laceration and Collision Hazards
Recall Date: May 8, 2018
Recall Number: 18-150
Recall Details: Hauck Nerf® Battle Racer go-karts
Sold At: Orsheln Farm, Shopko, Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Fingerhut.com between January 2016 and March 2017 for between $200 and $300.
Hazard: The steering wheel on the go-kart can detach, break or crack while in use, posing a laceration and/or collision hazard to young children.
Recall Description: This recall involves the Nerf® Battle Racers, a four-wheel pedal powered go-kart for children ages 4 to 10. The “Nerf” logo can be found on each side of the go-kart and is etched into the black seat. The wheels are black and orange. It measures approximately 50 inches long by 27 inches high by 24 inches wide. The model number T91869, and the date of manufacture is printed on a white sticker located on the underside of the seat. Only go-karts with a date of manufacture between 01/2016 and 03/2017 are being recalled.
Incidents/Injuries: Hauck has received 639 reports in the United States of the steering wheel detaching, breaking or cracking with one resulting in a laceration to a child’s face requiring stitches and one resulting in a minor scrape to a child’s chest.
What to Do if You Own One
Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the recalled go-karts and contact Hauck for a new steering wheel.
Contact: Hauck toll-free a t 877-428-2545 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.hauck-toys.com and click on “Product Recall” at the bottom of the page for more information.
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“Salmonella Homepage” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 15 June 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html
“Pre-Cut Melons Linked To Salmonella Recalled In CA.” Patch Media. Retrieved 15 June 2018. https://patch.com/california/paloalto/california-food-recall-pre-cut-melons-linked-salmonella
“Honey Smacks Recalled After 5 In CA Sickened By Salmonella: CDC.” Patch Media. Retrieved 15 June 2018. https://patch.com/california/agourahills/s/gg2tc/honey-smacks-recalled-after-5-ca-sickened-salmonella-cdc