Product Recalls

IF YOU’VE EATEN FROZEN BERRIES SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS, YOU MAY NEED A HEPATITIS A VACCINE

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2019 (Washington D.C.) — The FDA is warning consumers about hepatitis A virus (HAV) contamination of frozen packages of blackberries and triple berry medley products. The “private selection” products made by Kroger were sold in Kroger, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less, Dillons, Fred Meyer and other grocery chains across the U.S.

The contamination was found as part of an ongoing berry sampling.  The recalled products have a long shelf life with best-by dates through June and July of 2020:

BEEF RECALLED DUE TO E-COLI CONTAMINATION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 24, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Before you throw some steaks or burgers on the barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, be aware that over 62,000 pounds of raw beef products have been recalled. The meats may be contaminated with E. coli, a dangerous bacteria that can cause diarrhea, cramping, kidney failure or death.

HEALTH WARNING ISSUED OVER RAW OYSTERS

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 8, 2019 (San Diego) - The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters harvested in Mexico’s Estero El Cardon area in Baja California. Twelve people have become ill after eating the raw oysters that were distributed statewide and sold at restaurants and retailers including here in San Diego County.

LOCAL AVOCADOS RECALLED FOR LISTERIA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 24, 2019 (Escondido) – Escondido-based Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling avocados after a government inspection at a California packing facility resulted in testing positive for Listeria. The recalled products have stickers reading Bravocado” on the exterior.

Listeria can cause fever, stiffness, nausea, diarrhea and other symptoms. It may be fatal to young children, elderly people or others with weakened immune systems. It can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women.

BMW FIRES RAISE ALARM

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ABC news screenshot

February 6, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Despite more than 90 complaints of BMW luxury vehicles bursting into flames while parked with engines turned off, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not actively investigating the causes.

ABC News first reported the problem back in May of 2017 and called for a federal investigation. Since then, more than 30 new BMW fires have occurred—and still the federal government has failed to take action to protect consumers, Jason Levine, executive director at the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, told ABC this month.

The BMW company has recalled over a million vehicles since that 2017 report ran. But ABC found fires have occurred recently among models not on the recall list.

PEACHES, PLUMS AND NECTARINES RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has announced a recall of thousands of cases of Fresh Peaches, Fresh Plums and Fresh Nectarines packed by Jac. Vandenberg Inc. The fruits were sold at major retailers in several states, including Costco in California.

GROUND BEEF RECALL EXPANDS

 

 

East County News Service

December 4, 2018 (Washington D.C.)  Over 250 people nationwide have fallen ill from salmonella tied to ground beef, including 66 cases in California, the Centers for Disease Control reports.  Over 12 million pounds of ground beef have been recalled, all packaged between July 26 and Sept.7, but health officials warn that some products may still be in consumers freezers.

Following an October recall, a second recall issued this week adds another 5 million pounds of potentially tainted products. The tainted beef was sold at major retailers including Walmart, Sams Club, Sprouts, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and others.  View the retailer list here

SUNSHINE MILLS, INC. ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF DRY DOG FOOD DUE TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS LEVELS OF VITAMIN D

 

 

East County News Service 

December 1, 2018 (San Diego) - Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of select products of Evolve® Puppy, Sportsman’s Pride® Large Breed Puppy and Triumph® Chicken and Rice Dog Food (reference below) due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D, which can cause kidney failure and other serious health harm to dogs. The recalled products are:

RECALLED GROUND BEEF WAS SOLD AT MAJOR RETAIL STORES

 

East County News Service

September 26, 2018 (San Diego) – The U.S. Department of Agricultural and Cargill Meat Solutions have recalled over 132,000 pounds of ground beef products sold at major retailers nationwide. In California, stores that sold the tainted meat include Target, Vons, Safeway/Albertson’s, Central Meat & Provision Co. in San Diego, and Pak N Save.

PRIUS RECALLED DUE TO FIRE DANGER

 

East County News Service

September 5, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - Toyota has ordered a recall of some Prius hybrid vehicles  made between June 2015 and May 2018, due to an electrical system defect that can cause fires.

Wire harnesses connected to the vehicles’ power control units can wear out and overheat, causing fires. The company reports it will fix the problem free and will notify customers starting this month.

BIRTH CONTROL PILLS RECALLED; MAY CAUSE “UNINTENDED PREGNANCY”

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2018 (San Diego) — Taytulla birth control pills made by Allergan have been recalled by the manufacturer nationwide.  The sample packages distributed by doctors are supposed to include pills with hormones for 24 days, as well as four placebo pills without hormones.

AVOID ALL ROMAINE LETTUCE, CDC ADVISES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2018 (San Diego) - The Centers for Disease Control has broadened its health warning regarding e-coli cases linked to romaine lettuce.  

The federal health agency is now advising consumers to avoid all forms of romaine lettuce, including lettuce heads, chopped romaine and salad mixes that may contain romaine, unless you are certain that the lettuce was not grown in Yuma, Arizona. 

INSTANT POTS SOLD AT WALMART HAVE DANGEROUS DEFECT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2018 (San Diego) – Instant Pot Gem multicookers sold only at Walmart have resulted in 107 reports of overheating including five that caused property damage, 10 News reports.

KTNV in Las Vegas investigated after viewing photos on Facebook posted by an Instant Pot user who said the bottom of the machine melted and burned wires after just four uses.  The station contacted the manufacturer, which confirmed there have been other complaints.

WESTINGHOUSE GENERATORS RECALLED

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 8, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that Westinghouse Portable Generators have been recalled by MWE Investments because they can overheat, posing a fire hazard: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Westinghouse-Portable-Generators-Recalled-by-MWE-Investments-Due-to-Fire-Hazard.

CHICKEN AND TURKEY SALADS RECALLED BY TRADER JOE’S

 

East County News Service

November 20, 2017 (San Diego) – Packaged salads with chicken and turkey in them have been recalled by Trader Joe’s because they may contain pieces of glass or hard plastic.

The salads have a use-by dates 11/10 through 11/21 and the USDA inspected code P-40299.

HOVERBOARDS RECALLED DUE TO FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 15, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – If your child’s holiday wish list includes a hoverboard, you may want to tell Santa to think twice before delivering one.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued seven more hoverboard recalls Tuesday due to fire and explosion hazards.  The Commission has previously recalled many other hoverboard models.

MASSIVE PACKAGED VEGETABLE RECALL INCLUDES MULTIPLE BRANDS OF PRODUCTS, SOME SOLD AT WAL-MART AND TRADER JOE’S

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 25, 2017 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a massive recall of processed vegetable products due to possible Listeria contamination.  The products were packaged by Mann Packing of Salinas, California and sold through multiple brands at major retailers in the U.S. and Canada including Trader Joe’s and Walmart.

CA ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH GENERAL MOTORS OVER DEFECTIVE IGNITION SWITCH

 

East County News Service

October 20, 2017 (Sacramento) – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors Company (GM) over allegations that the company concealed safety issues related to defective ignition switches in GM vehicles. California will be receiving over $7 million and GM must cease making misrepresentations to consumers regarding unsafe vehicles.

AUNT JEMIMA PANCAKES, WAFFLES AND FRENCH TOAST RECALLED

 

East County News Service

Photo via Mike Mozart on Flickr

May 6, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - A New Jersey company is recalling Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast due to a listeria contamination.

Pinnacle Foods issued the recall Friday night.  It affects products distributed in the United States and Mexico, but does not include dry mixes and syrups.

RECALLS ON ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES AND CHILDREN’S SCOOTERS

 

East County News Service

December 29, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced recalls on Polaris Sportsman 570 all-terrain vehicles due to fire hazard.  In addition Joyride children’s three-wheeled scooters have been recalled because of wheels that can detach, causing injury.  Below are full details. 

CUISINART RECALLS 8 MILLION FOOD PROCESSOR BLADES SOLD FROM 1996-2015 AFTER 30 INJURIES

Mouth lacerations, cracked teeth reportedly caused by broken blades in food

Photos courtesy U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

East County News Service

December 15, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Here’s some bad news for holiday chefs:  the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces a voluntary recall on blades of approximately 8 million Cuisinart food processors sold nationwide from July 1996 through December 2015 and manufactured in China.

SABRA RECALLS DOZENS OF HUMMUS PRODUCTS DUE TO LISTERIA CONTAMINATION

 

East County News Service

November 20, 2016 (San Diego) – The Sabra company has announced a voluntary recall of its hummus dip products after finding Listeria Monocytognes at the manufacturing facility, but not in tested finished product.

Consumers with any product with a "Best Before" date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. You can find code and "Best Before" date on the lid of each package. The recall includes all hummus products by Sabra except not organic hummus. The recall does not include other Sabra products such as guacamole, salsa, or Greek yogurt dip.

AIR BAG RECALLS

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Sheriff's Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other agencies in spreading the word about a nationwide recall to replace at-risk airbags in certain vehicles.

The recall involves vehicles, particularly Hondas and Acuras, that are equipped with Takata airbag inflators. Recall repairs are free of charge to all vehicle owners.

BEWARE OF EXPLODING SAMSUNG WASHING MACHINES

 

Photo: exploded washer, via SaferProducts.gov.

By Miriam Raftery

East County News Service

October 2, 2016 (Washington D.C.) –The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning about Samsung top-loading washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016.  Some have exploded and others jolted violently, smashing holes into walls and hurling out chunks of metal and plastic, ABC news reports.

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