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Recall Rundown: Ground Beef, Toxic Waste, Ikea

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RecallProduct recalls are usually an attempt on a company’s part to limit liability, avoid costly charges of corporate negligence, and/or do reputation damage control after one or more incidents. Recalls may also be government ordered. The year 2010 was particularly rife with recalls — from food to drugs to consumer products.

Regardless of the cause, it’s important for consumers to be aware of product recalls that may affect them. To stay informed, you can find online lists of recent recalls, such as this one on Business Week; or the Consumer Alley Recall Roundup that Lisa Doelle of WalletPop does on a weekly basis. US Recall News is also a helpful resource.

Let’s take a look at some recent recalls so far in 2011. KRDO 13 reported on a meat recall just over a week ago:

Colorado Meat Packers, a Denver, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,234 pounds of beef trim that was improperly labeled and potentially adulterated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product label includes ‘For Cooking Only,’ indicating that it is intended for further processing to apply a full lethality at a federally inspected establishment. Because the product was sent to a federal establishment that does not conduct lethality operations, the product must be removed from commerce.

Next, as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission via WalletPop, “[a] massive propane recall was launched after it was found that some of the fuel didn’t have the additive that would allow people to smell a leak — which creates an explosion risk.”

With a winter as severe as this one has been in Colorado, it pays to know that about your prospective heat source.

Snowmobiles and generators also appear on WalletPop’s list along with several other items:

  • Ikea recalls 128,000 glass mugs due to incidents where they shattered.
  • Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars (yes, it’s a candy bar) were recalled due to potentially toxic levels of lead.
  • Eco Story had to recall 42,000 lamps due to fire hazard.

Please check out the full sources mentioned above for more details about recent recalls, including items not covered here.

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