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RECALL ROUNDUP: ‘Exploding’ toilets top list

RECALL ROUNDUP: ‘Exploding’ toilets top list

RECALLED: Flushmate was among the companies issuing recalls this week. Photo: Associated Press

A look at some of the top recalls and product safety information released this week.

More than 300K ‘exploding’ toilets recalled

Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the company is recalling 351,000 units in the U.S. and about 9,400 units in Canada of the Series 503 Flushmate 111 Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were made from March 2008 through June 2009. The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Flushmate III system, turn off the water supply to the unit, flush the toilet to release the internal pressure and contact the firm to request a free repair kit.

Playtex recalling more than 1M pacifier clips

Playtex is recalling more than 1 million plastic pacifier clips due to a choking hazard. This recall involves the Playtex pacifier holder clips that attach a pacifier to items like clothing, diaper bags and strollers. It is a plastic clip with a figure and a “Playtex” copyright logo that slides up and down to adjust the clip, a ribbon and a clear plastic ring that stretches to fit the pacifier. The pacifier holder was sold in green with a monkey figure, pink with a flower and blue with a tow truck.

The company has received nearly 100 complaints of the clip breaking. The clips, which retailed for about $3, were sold at nationwide retailers including Walmart and Target, through October. Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifier holders away from infants and contact Playtex for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.

Illinois company recalls 67K pounds of ham

Gusto Packing, a Montgomery, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 67,113 pounds of sliced, spiral ham products due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination. The hams were shipped to wholesalers for further distribution in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, while some were exported to Canada. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 45.5-lb. cases, with six individual sized hams each labeled “Centrella Signature, Hardwood Hickory Smoked, Spiral Sliced Ham with Natural Juices” with the case code “71292603304,” packaged on Nov. 29, 2013, having a Use or Freeze by date of “02/06/14.”
  • 45.8-lb. cases, with six individual sized hams each labeled “AMISH VALLEY, Fully Cooked, Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham” with the case code “71292645104,” packaged on Nov. 29, 2013, having a Use or Freeze by date of “02/06/14.”
  • 45.8-lb. cases, with six individual sized hams each labeled “AMISH VALLEY, Fully Cooked, Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham” with the case code “71292645104,” packaged on Nov. 30, 2013, having a Use or Freeze by date of “02/06/14.”
  • 31.6-lb. cases, with four individual sized hams each labeled “Ripple Creek Farms, Fully Cooked, Ready To Eat, Hickory Smoked, Spiral Sliced Ham” with the case code “71292603312,” packaged on Nov. 30, 2013, having a Best Before date of “2014 FE 13.”

Packaging labels bear the establishment number “EST. 2516” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the Gusto Packing customer service hotline toll free at 1-877-984-8786.

Rayovac recalls 225K flashlights due to burn hazard

Rayovac is recalling more than 225,000 LED flashlights because they can overheat and melt. The flashlights were sold nationwide through December. Consumers should stop using them, remove the batteries, and contact the company for a refund.

For more information on recalls and consumer safety information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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