Craisins Recall and Warning for Toy Shoppers
Products are recalled at all times of year, even during the hectic holiday season, and sometimes they involve holiday-related items. KITV.com reports that according to the Food and Drug Administration, Ocean Spray announced on Saturday that it was recalling certain packages of its Original Flavor Craisins dried cranberries because of the possible presence of very small, hair-like metal fragments:
FDA said that 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages, as well as bulk sweetened dried cranberries in 10-pound packages, were recalled.
Ocean Spray said the metal fragments are unlikely to cause consumer injury, but it pulled the products off the shelves as a precautionary measure.
The company has not received any reports of consumer complaints relating to the incident, officials said.
Associated Press writes in The Washington Post that Ocean Spray declined to specify the exact size, by weight or number of packages, of the recall, but that only packages whose expiration dates are followed by the letter “M” are affected.
The recalled product lots are:
— 5-oz. Craisins UPC: 00293-000 Best By Dates/Letter: Oct 27 2012 M
— 10-oz. Craisins UPC: 29456-000 and 29464-000 Best By Dates/Letter: Oct 27 2012 M, Oct 28 2012 M, Oct 29 2012 M
— 48-oz. Craisins UPC: 00678-318 Best By Dates/Letter: Oct 27 2012 M, Oct 28 2012 M, Nov 3 2012 M, Nov 4 2012 M, Nov 5 2012 M, Nov 6 2012 M, Nov 7 2012 M, Nov 10 2012 M, Nov 11 2012 M.
— 10-lb. bulk ingredient & foodservice UPC: 03477-000 Best By Dates/Letter: 30 Oct 2013 M, 31 Oct 2013 M, 1 Nov 2013 M, 5 Nov 2013 M.
In another product safety matter, if you are shopping for toys for the holidays, no matter where you live, note that The Florida Public Interest Research Group (FPIRG) released its 26th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report last Tuesday to give guidelines to parents and others when buying toys for small children.
As Chris Segal writes in The News Herald:
‘Choking on small parts, small balls and balloons is still a leading cause of toy-related injury,’ said Florida PIRG Consumer Advocate Brad Ashwell in a news release. ‘While most toys are safe, our researchers still found toys on the shelves that pose choking hazards and other toys that contained hazardous levels of toxic chemicals including lead.’
FPIRG’s researchers visited many national toy stores, malls, and dollar stores during September and October looking for potentially dangerous toys, and also examined recalls and other notices to identify trends in toy safety, according to Segal. The group’s list of dangerous toys is only a small sampling of toys that are on the market. Some examples of hazards include a plastic book that toddlers and babies might use for teething that violates allowable lead limits, and certain toys that present choking hazards, such as wooden block sets and toy fruit.
An Associated Press (AP) article appearing in Canadian Business about the Maryland Public Interest Research Group’s “Trouble in Toyland” says some toys make noises that could damage a child’s hearing, according to Carly Mercer, a Maryland PIRG employee. And in another example, AP writes that a certain costume sleep mask has 77 times the amount of legally allowed phthalates (plastic additives).
At least two shoppers told AP that they try to buy toys made in the U.S. because they believe those are made from materials that are safer than the ones in imported items. But AP reports that Tom England, the co-owner of Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts in downtown Frederick, Maryland, suggests shoppers look for a “CE” symbol on the toys and games they purchase. A “CE” on a product indicates that it meets European safety standards, he said, which are stricter than U.S. standards.
For more information about toy safety, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CSPC) database at www.SaferProducts.gov. In addition, FPIRG has also a mobile website for shoppers at www.toysafety.mobi. And CSPC urges consumers for report unsafe toys and/or toy-related injuries to them at 1-800-504-7923 or at www.cpsc.gov.
The following video shows how to tell if a toy or its parts could be a choking hazard:
Image by Ocean Spray, used under Fair Use: Reporting.