Recall Report: Week of March 20, 2017

This week saw a recall on edamame; recalls on beef topper for dogs; recalls on dog food; recalls on thyme; recalls on beef products; recalls on Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake; recalls on pig ears; recalls on thin spaghetti; recalls on ATVs, recalls on pork dumpling products; recalls on children’s waterproof bibs; recalls on beef, venison and ostrich jerky products; recalls on Asian microgreens; recalls on breaded chicken products; recalls on Little Giant Ladders; recalls on sound machine power adapters; recalls on electric bicycles; recalls on self-balancing hoverboards; and recalls on gas station hose swivel connectors. 

Details are below, courtesy of cpsc.gov and recalls.gov.

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Product Recalls for the Week of March 20, 2017:

  • Edamame: Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. (“AFC”) is recalling its Edamame (Soybeans) – UPC 0-23012-00261-9, dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesContamination was discovered via random testing under AFC’s Quality Assurance Program. AFC has notified all retail locations of the recall. Therefore, the product should no longer be available for purchase. The products were packaged by AFC Franchisees and sold, under refrigeration, in 8.0 oz (227 g) packages and identified as “Edamame – Soybeans in Pods”. The packed Edamame was sold at designated retail sushi counters within grocery stores, cafeterias, and corporate dining centers in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WY. Consumers concerned about whether the Edamame they purchased is subject to this recall should check with the store of purchase. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product should not consume it and return it to the point of purchase for a full refund. Recall Date: 3/16/2017
  • Beef Topper for Dogs: WellPet has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited amount of one canned topper product due to potential elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. Recalled product includes Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz with Best-By Dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can. Three best-by date codes of one recipe have the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. Elevated levels may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Although multiple studies indicate that, for the vast majority of pets, symptoms are reversible once the pet stops eating product with elevated thyroid hormone, if your pet has consumed this product and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. The recipe is a mixer or topper and is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only; the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote. Even though the chance of a dog being affected is unlikely, WellPet is voluntarily recalling this recipe with these three best-by dates. Consumers who have purchased the 13.2 ounce recipe with these three best-by dates are encouraged to email WellPet at [email protected]. Recall Date: 3/17/2017
  • Dog Food: Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones. Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Should these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately. Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog, who has now fully recovered. Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation, however, and after working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question. The voluntary recall is limited to one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs 12.5 oz can; UPC Code 840243101153; and Best Buy Date June 7, 2019 (found on the bottom of the can). Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers. f your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian.  Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund. Recall Date: 3/17/2017
  • Thyme: Aroma Imports Inc. is recalling 450 g and 4.5 kg packages of Nabelsi brand Thyme because the products have the potential to contain excessive levels of lead.  The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained high levels of lead (422 PPM) based on sampling by U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Illinois Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Protection.  Based on the product’s 30 g serving size, the calculated lead result is 12,660 µg per serving.  This level exceeds the daily limit guidelines of 6 µg per day for children, the 25 µg per day for pregnant women, and the 75 µg per day for other adults. The recalled Nabelsi Thyme was distributed from Nov. 7, 2016 until Feb. 22, 2017 to retailers, food service establishments, and wholesalers in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and Virginia. The 450 g size (UPC: 4670000205314) is packaged in a mostly green foil/mylar bag that is not transparent on either side. The 4.5 kg size (UPC: 6670000205374) packaging is a silver foil/mylar bag. The production date for both sizes is 08/20/2016 and the expiration date is 08/20/2018. The production and expiration dates can be found on the back lower left corner of the 450 g package and back lower right of the 4.5 kg package. The 450 g packages are packed 24 per case and the 4.5 kg packages are packed 2 per case. Lead can accumulate in the body over time and too much of it can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences.  People with high blood levels of lead may show no symptoms, but the condition may cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Acute lead poisoning may cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urinary output. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can be diagnosed through clinical testing. Consumers who have purchased any packages Nabelsi Thyme should not consume the product and are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Recall Date: 3/17/2017
  • Beef Products: King’s Command Foods, LLC. is recalling approximately 63,252 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. This release is being reissued as an expansion of the March 9, 2017 recall to include additional products and production dates. Details of this release were also updated to reflect a change in poundage. The scope of this recall expansion now includes 37,114 pounds of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) beef products associated with extraneous material contamination. The meatballs were produced on May 16 and 24, 2016, Aug. 11, 2016 and Oct. 5, 2016. A complete list of recalled beef products can be found here. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M1515A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Some items were shipped to Department of Defense facilities and institutions nationwide. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Recall Date: 3/17/2017
  • Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake: Nutiva, an Organic Superfoods company, has initiated a voluntary product recall of the following Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake – Vanilla Flavor products after identifying that this product may contain peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. “We are choosing to voluntarily recall two of our Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shakes – Vanilla Flavor items, with three expiration dates as a precautionary measure to provide the safest products for our customers,” states John W. Roulac, Nutiva’s CEO. Affected products include 10 – 1.2 ounce (34g) Packets of Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake – Vanilla, Product # PBP201, Unit UPC 6-92752-10717-7, Master Case UPC 6-92752-10718-4, Lot Code 20SEP2016I, Exp Date 20 SEP 2018; 21.6 ounce HDPE Jars of Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake – Vanilla, Product # PBP205, Unit UPC 6-92752-10711-5, Master Case UPC 6-92752-10712-2, Lot Code 26SEP2016I, Exp Date 26 SEP 2018; and 21.6 ounce HDPE Jars of Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake – Vanilla, Product # PBP205, Unit UPC 6-92752-10711-5, Master Case UPC 6-92752-10712-2, Lot Code 26SEP2016I, Exp Date 27 SEP 2018. These items were sold on the internet and through distributors in California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Consumers who have purchased these items and have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts are urged to not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to where it was originally purchased. Recall Date: 3/18/2017
  • Barnsdale Farms® Pig Ears: EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling Lot Number 84 consisting of it’s individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags of Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth® and Mac’s Choice® Pig Ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. The pig ears were distributed throughout the United States and Canada. The pig ears were packaged as individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags in the Barnsdale Farms®, Barnsdale Farms®-Select, Houndstooth® and Mac’s Choice® brands. The lot number being recalled is 84. No illnesses of any kind have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased any of the above-described Barnsdale Farms® pig ears should return product to the place of purchase for a refund. Recall Date: 3/20/2017
  • Ronzoni® Thin Spaghetti: Riviana Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling 610 cases of certain coded Ronzoni® Thin Spaghetti cartons that may contain an egg fettuccine product. The affected Ronzoni Thin Spaghetti cartons do not declare the allergen “egg”, which is an ingredient in the egg fettuccine product. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The affected product was processed at a Riviana co-manufacturer’s facility on January 20, 2017. The only product at issue is 16 ounce Ronzoni Thin Spaghetti, Manufacturing Code JAN 20 19 K, Individual Package UPC 71300 000097. Riviana has instructed distributors and retailers who purchased affected product from Riviana to segregate the recalled products from their inventories so that a Riviana sales representative may assist retailers in the disposition of the product. Consumers should return the affected product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Recall Date: 3/20/2017
  • Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles: Polaris Industries Inc. is recalling Sportsman 850 and 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) because the right side panel heat shield can melt, posing burn and fire hazards to riders. In addition, in 2015 Sportsman 1000 ATVs, the exhaust springs can stretch and damage the exhaust seal, which can result in exhaust leaks and pose burn and fire hazards. This recall involves all model year 2015 and 2016 Polaris Sportsman 850 and 1000 model all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). “Polaris” is printed on the front grill and “Sportsman 850” or “Sportsman 1000” is printed on the side of the steering column. The ATVs were sold in several colors. The model number is located on the fuel tank cover. A full list of recalled ATVs and their model numbers can be found here. Recalled ATVs were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from May 2014 through March 2017. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair. Polaris is contacting all known purchasers directly. Recall Date: 3/21/2017
  • Pork Dumpling Products: J & Y Dasung, Inc., a Los Angeles retail firm conducting business as Som See Neh, is recalling approximately 178,335 pounds of frozen pork dumpling products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The frozen pork dumplings items were produced from Jan. 2015 through March 2017. Products subject to recall include boxes containing 12 3-lb. plastic bags of “SOM SEE NEH Vegetable Meat Dumpling” with “Shelf Life: Frozen with 16months” and case code 96859-08224 and boxes containing 12 3-lb. plastic bags of “SOM SEE NEH KIMCHI Dumplings” with “Shelf Life: Frozen with 16months” and case code 96859-08223. The products subject to recall do not bear the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Southern California. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Recall Date: 3/21/2017
  • Children’s Waterproof Bibs: Excelligence Learning Corp. d/b/a Discount School Supply is recalling Environments™ brand children’s waterproof bibs because the bib has a waterproof plastic backing that can separate from the terry cloth fabric, creating a suffocation hazard to children. This recall involves Environments-brand children’s waterproof-back terry bibs sold in in packages of 12. There are two styles of bibs included in the recall. The “Pocket” style bib is 10 inches wide by 16 inches long with an adjustable snap closure.  The “Cover-Up” style bib is 10 inches wide by 16.5 inches long with cap sleeves and smock-back snap closures. Both styles of bibs were sold in blue and have clear plastic waterproof backing. “Environments, Inc.” and SKU number 900822 or 900823 is printed on a label affixed to the bib. Recalled bibs were sold at DiscountSchoolSupply.com and Environments.com nationwide from January 2008 to October 2016. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bibs and contact Discount School Supply for a full refund. Discount School Supply is contacting all known purchasers. Recall Date: 3/22/2017
  • Beef, Venison and Ostrich Jerky Products: Whiskey Hill Smokehouse LLC. is recalling approximately 22,466 pounds of beef, venison and ostrich jerky products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The heat-treated, shelf stable beef, venison and ostrich jerky items were produced and packaged on various dates from March 3, 2016 through March 10, 2017. A full list of recalled products can be found here. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4993 or P-4993” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide including distribution through wholesale and internet/catalog sales. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Recall Date: 3/22/2017
  • Asian Microgreens: ChloroFields is recalling 20 cases of Asian Microgreens, because they have potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, anorganism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. The products were distributed throughout Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri, and were made available through retail grocery stores. The product comes in a 1.5 oz clamshell, and is identified as Asian Mix Microgreens with a sell by date of 3/26/2017. The sell by date is located on a white sticker on the bottom of the container. The UPC number of the product is 853763007096. The recall was a result of routine examinations conducted by the FDA that revealed finished product that contained the bacteria. Chlorofields along with the FDA is continuing investigation as to what caused the problem, and has ceased distributing the product. Consumers are urged not to consume the product and to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Recall Date: 3/23/2017
  • Breaded Chicken Products: OK Food, Inc. is recalling approximately 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The ready-to-eat (RTE) breaded chicken items were produced on various dates from Dec. 19, 2016 through March 7, 2017. A list of the products subject to recall can be found here. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-7092” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide. The problem was discovered on March 21, 2017 after OK Foods Inc. received five consumer complaints stating that metal objects were found in the ready-to-eat chicken products and by FSIS inspection personnel during verification activities. After an internal investigation, the firm identified the affected product and determined that the objects in all the complaints came from metal conveyor belting. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Recall Date: 3/23/2017
  • Little Giant Ladders: Wing Enterprises Inc. is recalling Little Giant multipurpose ladders because the ladder’s locking pins/rung fasteners can fail, posing a fall hazard to consumers on the ladder. This recall involves Little Giant Velocity™, LT™ and Liberty™ multipurpose ladders. The ladders have joints that allow it to bend and lock in various positions. “Little Giant,” the model name, model number and part number are printed on the side of the ladder. A complete list of recalled ladders, model numbers, part numbers and date codes can be found here. Recalled ladders were sold at AAFES, NEXCOM, PPG Paints stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, DirectBuy.com, Eladders.com, Grainger.com, Groupon.com, Homedepot.com, Houzz.com, Laddersales.com, LittleGiantLadder.com, Lowes.com, Overstock.com, Samsclub.com, Target.com, Wayfair.com, Zorotools.com,1800Ladders.com and other Web retailers from March 2016 through February 2017. Consumers should immediately stop using recalled ladders and contact Wing Enterprises for a free repair kit with ABS nylon inserts that the customer can install without the use of tools. Recall Date: 2/23/2017
  • LectroFan Sound Machine Power Adapters: Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc. (ASTI) is recalling its LectroFan Sound Machines because the casing on the power adapter can break when plugged into an electrical outlet, exposing its metal prongs, posing an electrical shock hazard. This recall involves power adapters sold with LectroFan sound machines. The adapter has “ASTI AC Adapter” and model number XHY050050UCC printed on the side. The LectroFans were black or white with a matching black or white power adapter. The LectroFan machines have a serial number between 3 551615 528640 and 3 551615 618639 or between 3 551636 000010 and 3 551636 285179. The serial number is printed on a label on the bottom of the machine and “LectroFan” is printed on the front. The LectroFan Sound Machine has 10 fan sounds and 10 white noise sounds. Recalled products were sold exclusively online at Amazon.com from November 2016 through February 2017. Consumers should immediately stop using the LectroFan, disconnect the power adapter and contact the firm to receive a free replacement power adapter. Consumers can continue to use the sound machine with the USB cable supplied with the LectroFan by plugging it into a computer’s USB port or into another power adapter.  The firm is contacting all purchasers of the recalled product directly. Recall Date: 3/23/2017
  • Haibike Electric Bicycles: Haibike is recalling electric bicycles because the fork on the front wheel of the bicycles can rupture or break while in use, posing a fall hazard to the rider. This recall involves Haibike XDURO Urban, Race and Superrace models of electric bicycles. The recalled bicycles have an aluminum frame, hydraulic disc brakes, and a lithium battery. The recalled bicycles have a letter/number combination (‘HAERA’ followed by at least three numbers and characters) printed on the front of the frame. Remove the battery to locate the letter/number combination on the frame. A complete list of models can be found here. Recalled bikes were sold at Independent bicycle dealers nationwide from January 2014 through February 2017. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact Accell North America for a free repair. Recall Date: 3/23/2017
  • Vecaro LifeStyle Scooters/Hoverboards: Vecaro LifeStyle is recalling self-balancing scooters/hoverboards because the lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of smoking, catching fire and/or exploding. This recall involves the Vecaro brand Glide65, Drift8, and Trek10 self-balancing scooter, commonly referred to as hoverboards. Hoverboards have one wheel at each end of a platform and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs. The boards have “Vecaro” printed on the front outer casing and come in black, white, red, blue, metallic gold, metallic silver, graffiti white print, and red flame print. The model number is on the right for both the Glide65 and Drift8. The Trek10 model number is on top of the board. Recalled hoverboards and scooters were sold at the Audio Shop and Stereo Zone in California and online at VecaroLifeStyle.com from November 2015 through November 2016. Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled scooters/hoverboards and contact Vecaro to return their unit to receive a free repair or a credit toward the purchase of a UL 2272 certified Vecaro Glide or Glide-X. Recall Date: 3/23/2017
  • Gas Station Hose Swivel Connectors: OPW is recalling gas station hose swivel connectors because the products can separate from the hose or nozzle of the gas station pump and cause fuel spillage, posing fire and explosion hazards. The recall involves metal swivel connectors installed between the nozzle and hose of gas station pumps that dispense refined fuels such as gasoline, diesel, ethanol blends, and biodiesel blends. The recalled swivel connectors have a “MFG date” printed on the end in the format of: MM YY or MM-DD-YEAR or MM-YEAR. The model number is printed on the center body of the swivel connector. A full list of recalled models and MFG dates can be found here. Recalled swivel connectors were sold at OPW through distributors and direct to gas stations as individual units and as part of hose kits from January 2013 through January 2017. Gas station owners should immediately stop using and remove the recalled swivel connectors and contact OPW for a free replacement. The hose and nozzle can continue to be used without the swivel connector until the replacement is installed. Recall Date: 3/24/2017

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