Recall Report: Week of January 2, 2017

This week saw a recall on canned cat food, recalls on infant hoodie sweatshirts, recalls on laptop battery packs, recalls on modular lights and bases, recalls on tarts, and recalls on Italian sausage. 

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Product Recalls for the Week of January 2, 2017:

  • Canned Cat Food: The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible. The affected product was distributed to a limited number of retail customers from December 20 through January 3, 2017. A complete list of recalled cat food can be found here. Consumers who have cans of cat food from the impacted lots should stop feeding it to their cats and contact the J.M. Smucker Company. Recall Date: 01/03/2017
  • Minnie and Mickey Mouse Infant Hoodie Sweatshirts: Disney Destinations, LLC is recalling its Minnie and Mickey Mouse infant hoodie sweatshirts because the snaps on the hoodies can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. This recall involves Minnie and Mickey Mouse infant hoodie sweatshirts with a three snap closure.  The garments are cotton and polyester blend.  They were sold in four sizes: 6M, 12M, 18M and 24M.  The size and “Disney Parks” are printed on the inside back of the hoodie’s neck. The Minnie Mouse hoodie is black with ears attached to hood of the sweatshirt.  A red fabric bow with white polka dots is attached to the top of the hood between the ears. The artwork shows a screen print of Minnie’s body up to neck. The date code FAC-010635-16194 or FAC-010635-16015 is printed on a label sewn into the left side seam. The UPC code is printed on a hangtag at the time of purchase.  UPC codes include (6M) 400000175669, (12M) 400000175676, (18M) 400000175683, and (24M) 400000175690. The Mickey Mouse hoodie is black with ears attached to hood of the sweatshirt.  The artwork shows a screen print of Mickey’s body up to neck.  The date code FAC-010635-16220, FAC-010635-16015 or FAC-010635-16280 is printed on a label sewn into the left side seam. The UPC code is printed on a hangtag at the time of purchase.  UPC codes include: (6M) 400000145433, (12M) 400000145440, (18M) 400000145457 and (24M) 400000145464. Recalled hoodies were sold exclusively at Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, Calif., and on the Shop Disney Parks mobile app from April 2016 through October 2016. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled infant hoodies and contact Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US, Inc. for instructions on returning them for a full refund. Recall Date: 01/04/2017
  • Toshiba Laptop Computer Battery Packs (Expanded Recall): Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. is recalling its Panasonic battery packs used in Toshiba laptop computers because the lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers. This expanded recall involves Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in 41 models of Toshiba Satellite laptops, including the Satellite models affected by the March 2016 recall.  Toshiba has expanded the number of battery packs to include those sold between June 2011 and November 2016. The battery packs also were sold separately and installed by Toshiba as part of a repair. Battery packs included in this recall have part numbers that begin with G71C (G71C*******). Part numbers are printed on the battery pack. A complete list of battery pack part numbers included in this recall can be found on the firm’s website at Recalled products were sold at Office Depot, Staples and other electronics stores nationwide, and online at and other websites from June 2011 through November 2016. Consumers should immediately go to the firm’s website and click on the battery pack utility link in the first shadowed box on the page. Consumers also can perform a manual check using the laptop and battery pack’s model, part and serial numbers. If it is part of the recall, consumers should power off the laptop, remove the battery and follow the instructions to obtain a free replacement battery pack. Until a replacement battery pack is received, consumers should use the laptop by plugging into AC power only. Battery packs previously identified as not affected by the March 30, 2016 recall are included in this expanded announcement. Recall Date: 01/04/2017
  • Modular Lights and Bases: Curio Design Inc. is recalling its modular light kits and bases because the modular lamp pieces can crack during assembly and the lamp bases have faulty wires, posing a shock and fire hazard. This recall involves three Splyt Light modules including the Table Starter Kits, Hanging Starter Kits, Expansion Kits and Tri-bases. The kits let you design your own light fixture by adding or subtracting Y-pieces and candelabra bulbs. The lights can be screwed directly into a light socket in the ceiling or used with the table base. The kits include large and small Y-shaped fixtures, a round-metal base and 8X10 watt globe E12 light bulbs. Recalled items were sold at Kickstarter, SFMOMA, UncommonGoods and other specialty shops nationwide and online at and from April 2016 through November 2016. Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled lights and contact the firm to receive a free replacement lamp or a full refund. Curio Design is contacting all known consumers directly. Recall Date: 01/04/2017
  • Whole Foods Tarts: Select Whole Foods Market stores in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia are voluntarily recalling tarts because the products contained tree nut (almond flour) allergens that were not listed on the product labels. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (almond flour) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. All affected products have been removed from store shelves. The tarts include chocolate ganache, French apple, fresh berry, fresh fruit amero shell, fruit, key lime, lemon, and peanut butter chocolate. The products were packaged in cardboard containers with Whole Foods Market labels and best-by dates of January 7, 2017 and earlier and were available at Whole Foods Market stores in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Not all products were sold in all stores. A complete list of recalled tarts and their UPC codes can be found here. Customers who purchased these products and wish to return them can bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund. Recall Date: 01/04/2017
  • Italian Sausage: 4G Meat Processing LLC. is recalling approximately 1,288 pounds of pork and turkey Caldarello Italian Sausage rope products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the product label. Additionally, the finished product label does not contain an ingredients statement or safe handling instructions. The pork and turkey Caldarello Italian Sausage products were produced on various dates from June 28, 2016, to Dec. 20, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: 8 pound cases containing 1 pound cryovac wrapped packages of Caldarello Italian Sausage with a case code of 335000 and 8 pound cases containing 1 pound cryovac wrapped packaged of Caldarello Italian Turkey Sausage with a case code of 437800. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 7147” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor and retail locations in Missouri. The problem was discovered on January 3, 2017, when State of Missouri Department of Agriculture Compliance Investigators found the sausage products in a retail case and the products were missing ingredients statements and safe handling instructions on the individual cryovac packages. The master case was properly labeled with ingredient and safe handling labels. Consumers or media with questions about the recall can contact Brandon Nichols, General Manager. Recall Date: 01/06/2017