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Recalls: Peanut butter products, steering linkage for Dodge Ram, more

Peanut butter products

Company: Various.

Quantity: Undetermined.

Why? The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to continue watching recalls lists for products with peanut butter. Some products have been linked to salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

What models? Various.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Visit www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html#products for updated recalls of specific products, and www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/#advice for information and advice.

Spa Factory Aroma-therapy Fountain & Bath Benefits kits

Company: JAKKS Pacific Inc.

Quantity: 516,000.

Why? Pressure from the buildup of carbon dioxide in the jars of Bath Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies can cause the caps on the jars to blow off, posing explosion and projectile hazards. The mixtures also can contain citric acid, which can get into the eyes during an explosion, posing a risk of eye irritation.

What models? Model and item numbers: Spa Factory Bath Benefits Kit, 37836; Spa Factory Deluxe Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain, 37908; Spa Factory Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain, 37837; Spa Factory Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain, 54892; Spa Factory Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain, 54857.

Where sold? Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, Target and toy stores.

What to do? Call JAKKS toll-free at 1-877-875-2557, visit www.myspafactory.com or e-mail caps@jakks.net.

Frozen chili beef products

Company: Windsor Food.

Quantity: 676,560 pounds.

Why? The products may contain small pebbles or stones.

What models? Five-pound bags and 20-pound bags of frozen "Whitey's Chili with Beans, PREMIUM, No MSG." Each bag bears a product number of 48359 as well as code dates of 4918311, 4918318, 4918322, 4918325, 4918329, 4918336, 4918339, 4918346, 4918347, 4918353, 4918357, 4919006, 4919008 or 4919013 located on the back of the bag. Each case bears the establishment number "Est. 7163" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company at 1-512-249-3416.

Steering linkages for Dodge Ram trucks

Company: Chrysler LLC.

Quantity: 18,000.

Why? Aftermarket steering linkages may fail, causing loss of steering control and a crash.

What models? 2003-2008 Dodge Ram heavy duty pickup trucks.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Chrysler toll-free at 1-800-853-1403.

Skull-and-crossbones necklaces

Company: Spencer Gifts LLC.

Quantity: 8,400.

Why? The skull and metal clasp of the necklace contain high levels of lead. Lead can be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

What models? A necklace with a skull-and-crossbones symbol and a metal clasp. The skull has eleven pieces of rhinestones on its forehead and one rhinestone on both ends of the crossbones.

Where sold? Spirit Halloween and Spencer Gift stores.

What to do? Call Spencer's toll-free at 1-800-321-2497 or visit www.spencersonline.com or www.spirithalloween.com.

Construction play sets

Company: DDI Inc.

Quantity: 3,000.

Why? Surface paint on the play sets can contain lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

What models? The 136-piece Mega Construction Play Set (item# 911346) that includes various construction equipment, vehicles, buildings and roads. The play sets are packaged in a black and yellow box with the word "Builder" printed in the upper left hand corner of the package.

Where sold? Home centers, hardware stores and farm stores.

What to do? Call DDI toll-free at 1-800-220-2390 or visit www.ddiretail.com.

Recalls: Peanut butter products, steering linkage for Dodge Ram, more 02/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 8:49am]
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