September Product Recalls of the Month

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Home Depot pays $5.7 million for selling recalled dehumidifiers and other products – Home Depot has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing thousands of recalled products, including dehumidifiers, fire extinguishers, and washing machines. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the company agreed to settle charges that it sold or distributed the products between Aug. 2012 and Nov. 2016. It is against federal law to sell products that are subject to a recall that has been announced by the CPSC.

CPSC Recalls Baby Stacking Toys – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued an official recall for Disney-licensed “itty bittys,” baby plush stacking toys imported and sold by Hallmark Marketing Company LLC, of Kansas City, MO. The toys have fabric hats and bows that can detach, posing a choking hazard. Hallmark has received one report of a bow detaching, though no injuries have yet been reported.

Abbott Pacemaker Recall: 465,000 Devices Vulnerable to Possible Hacking -A manufacturer of pacemakers has issued a voluntary recall over the possibility the devices could be hacked. The 465,000 Abbott pacemakers covered by the recall will be updated with new software to correct the vulnerabilities, according to NBC New York. Without the update, hackers could potentially take over the devices, which help regulate patients’ heart rates. Abbott pacemakers including the Accent, Anthem, Accent MRI, Accent ST, Assurity and Allure are included in the recall. Abbott was formerly known as St. Jude Medical.

Amazon Pulls Recalled I.M Healthy Nut Butter for E. Coli – Earlier this week, Amazon.com was still selling I.M. Healthy soy nut butter that was recalled in March when federal officials traced an E. coli outbreak to the product. No one from Seattle-based Amazon immediately responded to mid-morning requests for comment from Food Safety News, but by 11 a.m. Pacific time, the recalled peanut butter substitute had been pulled from the retailer’s website. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration are investigating the situation but were not able to provide details.

Ameriwood Home Recalls Chest of Drawers Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards – The recalled chests of drawers are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. The chests do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14). Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. Contact Ameriwood for a free repair kit that includes a wall anchoring device and feet for the unit. Consumers who require additional installation guidance should contact Ameriwood for further assistance.

PharMEDium Recalls Oxytocin Products Because of Subpotency – PharMEDium Services LLC has initiated a voluntary recall to the hospital/user level of all unexpired lots of oxytocin compounded with lactated Ringer’s or lactated Ringer’s and dextrose products manufactured between July 6, 2017, and August 29, 2017. According to the company, laboratory test results suggest a “lower than expected” potency on certain lots of oxytocin compounded with lactated Ringer’s alone or with dextrose, which would lead to a lower dose being administered.

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