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Recalls announced for variety of products

Recalls announced for variety of products

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008 9:05 am

By The Associated Press The following recalls have been announced: • One production lot of Hydromorphone HCl 2 milligram tablets, manufactured by KV Pharmaceutical Co., because the tablets might be oversized. ETHEX Corp., the St. Louis marketer of the drug, said taking a higher dose of the drug might increase risk of suffocation, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure and sedation. No illnesses or incidents have been reported, according to the marketer. The product is prescribed for pain management. ETHEX Corp. said other companies in the U.S. produce and market versions of Hydromorphone HCl tablets. Ethex Corp. announced recalls of several drugs earlier this year, also due to the possibility of oversized tablets. All shipments of drug products in tablet form approved by the Food and Drug Administration have been suspended so that KV Pharmaceutical can address manufacturing and quality issues, ETHEX said in a release. For more information, consumers can call 800-748-1472. • About 3,000 Newport rubbed-black 4-in-1 cribs and 6,000 matching furniture pieces manufactured in Indonesia by Munire Furniture Inc. of Piscataway, N.J. The red paint underneath the black finish has high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children. The company has received one report of a child diagnosed with lead poisoning after ingesting the paint. The recalled items were sold at specialty furniture stores around the country between April 2006 and November 2008. Details: by phone at 866-586-9639; on the Web at http://www.munirefurniture.com or http://www.cpsc.gov. • About 125,000 alpine ski bindings, manufactured in Austria by Atomic Skis GmbH, because the heel housing can crack and cause the binding to release unexpectedly. An additional 1 million bindings were sold internationally. The company has received four reports of injuries, including one concussion. The bindings were sold at authorized Atomic USA ski dealers around the country between 1998 and 2005. Details: by phone at 888-535-7555; on the Web at http://www.atomicsnow.com or http://www.cpsc.gov. • About 1,500 candle-powered carousels, manufactured in China and imported by Gardener’s Supply Co. of Burlington, Vt. The candle holder is too close to the rest of the carousel, posing a fire hazard. The company has received three reports of carousels igniting, but no reports of injuries. The carousels were sold nationwide through the Gardener’s Supply catalog and Web site, as well as at Gardener’s Supply retail stores in Vermont. They were available between September and November 2008. Details: by phone at 800-876-5520; on the Web at http://www.gardeners.com or http://www.cpsc.gov. • About 2,800 calypso steel drums, manufactured in Trinidad by Woodstock Percussion Inc. of Shokan, N.Y. The surface paint contains high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children. No injuries have been reported. The drums were sold online, through mail order catalogs and at retail stores around the country between December 2006 and December 2007. Details: by phone at 866-543-2848; on the Web at http://www.woodstockpercussion.com and http://www.cpsc.gov. • About 1,300 Foursquare hooded jackets, manufactured in Taiwan and distributed by Foursquare Outerwear of Irvine, Calif., because they have drawstrings through the hood that could entangle or strangle children. No injuries have been reported. The jackets were sold at snowboard, ski and sportswear stores around the country between June and November 2008. Details: by phone at 877-327-4484; on the Web at http://www.foursquareouterwear.com or http://www.cpsc.gov. • Three G&J cocoa products packaged for Christmas sale, because they may contain the industrial chemical melamine. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the products were sold nationwide at Shopko and Big Lots stores. They include G&J Hot Cocoa Stuffer, G&J His and Hers Hot Cocoa Set and G&J Cocoa in French vanilla and double chocolate flavors. DATCP announced the recall Monday. It says no illnesses from consuming the products have been reported so far, but a few samples tested positive for melamine. The products are being voluntarily recalled by Dorsey Marketing Inc. of Ville St. Laurent, Quebec. DATCP says consumers should return the products to the store where they bought them for a refund. Published in The Messenger 12.26.08

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