We expect manufacturers to know what they’re stocking the shelves with. We trust those products to be safe. But things have a way of slipping through the cracks.
Fortunately, several federal regulatory agencies monitor for and recall products that pose a risk to consumers.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is one example. Federal law requires manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers to notify the agency of potentially dangerous consumer goods within 24 hours of discovery. The CPSC and other regulatory agencies, like the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, then publish recall reports.
Recalls happen more often than you might think — but don’t feel like you have to constantly check for new recall reports. Money Talks News has you covered.
Following is a roundup of the foods and goods that have been recalled since last Friday, so take a look and make sure you and your loved ones aren’t eating or using any of them. Then sign up for the Money Talks Newsletter so you don’t miss our next recall roundup. Look for it every Friday afternoon.
Meat, poultry and eggs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service oversees most meat, poultry and egg products. Those that have been recalled in the past week, and the reasons why, are as follows. If you purchased any of them, visit the FSIS website to learn more about the recall and what you should do with the product.
- Parkview Ready-to-Eat Turkey Polska Kielbasa — possible extraneous material contamination
- Wild Fork Porcini Mushroom Risotto Bites — misbranding and undeclared allergens
Other foods and drinks
The Food and Drug Administration regulates most foods and drinks — aside from meat from livestock, poultry and some egg products — as well as pet food. The FDA-regulated foods that have been recalled in the past week, and the reasons why, are as follows. If you purchased any of them, visit FoodSafety.gov or click the applicable link below to learn more about the recall and what you should do with the product.
- ToYou Snacks Snack Bars — undeclared allergen
- 3-D Pet Products Premium Parrot Food — potential Salmonella contamination
- Publix Deli Carolina-Style Mustard BBQ Sauce — undeclared allergen
- Fat Choy Kee Dried Longan — undeclared sulfites
- Benny T’s Vesta Dry Hot Sauces — undeclared allergen
- Wegmans Outrageous Oat Cookies — undeclared allergen
- Rio Bros California Creamery Aged Cotija Mexican Grating Cheese — potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination
- Certain products from Quaker Oats Co. brands (the lengthy list includes certain Cap’n Crunch, Gamesa Marias, Quaker Chewy and Quaker Oatmeal Squares products as well as Gatorade Protein Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate and Munchies Snack Mix Munch Mix) — potential Salmonella contamination
- Dragonfly Jelly Bars — contains konjac powder and may present a choking hazard
- Whole, live scallops distributed by Intershell International Corp. — unlicensed harvesting, potential human pathogen contamination
Drugs, supplements and medical devices
In addition to many foods, the FDA regulates drugs, supplements and more than 6,000 types of medical devices sold in the U.S. Many of the products they oversee are sold directly to consumers, while others are sold directly to hospitals and other medical care providers. Regardless, it’s good to know which items may hurt your health instead of helping it.
Drugs and supplements recalled in the past week, and the reasons why, are as follows. If you purchased any of them, click the applicable link below to learn more about the recall and what you should do with the product.
- Leiters Health intravenous (IV) bags of vancomycin, phenylephrine and fentanyl — potential for superpotent drug
- Tejocote root supplements from various brands — adulterated with a toxic substance
Medical devices recalled recently are as follows. Visit the FDA’s medical device recall page to learn more.
- Omnipod 5 Android App — software error (Class I recall)
- The Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode device — risk of burn injury (Class I recall)
- Busse Hospital Disposables Tracheostomy Care Kit, Dressing Change Kit, and Tracheostomy Care Set — sterility concerns (Class I recall)
- ResMed AirFit and AirTouch CPAP Masks — possible magnetic interference with other devices (Class I recall)
- Ivenix Infusion System Large Volume Pump — mechanical issues (Class I recall)
Note that Class I recalls are the most serious type of FDA recall. As the agency puts it, there is “a reasonable probability” that use of or exposure to a product with a Class I recall “will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”
Other consumer products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for recalls for more than 15,000 types of consumer products. Those that the CPSC has recalled in the past week, and the reasons why, are as follows. If you purchased any of them, visit the CPSC’s website to learn more about the recall, including any steps you should take (which will be listed in the “Remedy” section of a CPSC recall).
- Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing Evaporator Coil Drain Pans — fire hazard
- New Age Industries Furniture Tip Kits or Tip Restraints — tip-over and entrapment hazard
- Retrospec Scout Kid’s Bike Helmets — risk of head injury
- Boot Royalty Justin’s Boots Keaven WP Met Guard Work Boot — crush hazard