Recall Sampler: Purina/Friskies Cat Foods (Limited)

Posted June 30, 2011 in Products Liability by Arthur Buono


Pusscats in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon, listen up. Nestle Purina is recalling about 870 dry cat food bags distributed in those three states only. The products include certain Purina Cat Chow and Friskies brand varieties only. They may be contaminated with Salmonella, posing a health hazard to you felines and your human companions.

Here are a few more notable items from the past week’s recalls.

Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is recalling almost 61,000 bottles of Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets. The 225-count bottles may have a musty, moldy odor linked to the presence of trace amounts of a chemical known as 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA).

Risvold’s Seafood Salad an Seafood Pasta Salad

Risvold’s Salads Inc of Gardena, CA is recalling seafood salad and seafood pasta salad. The salads may contain undeclared milk, sunflower, sesame and soy. The salads were distributed in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho. All products were sold behind the deli case in select retail markets.

UCC and Taitan Instant Drink Mixes

JFC International, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all UCC and Taitan Instant Drink Mix because it contains undeclared milk protein. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products. Distributed nationally.

Eagle Produce Cantaloupes

Eagle Produce, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona has announced a limited recall of certain cantaloupes shipped from Arizona to upstate New York in late May. Sold at Sam’s Club between June 2 and June 17, they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover

Nature Relief is voluntarily recalling Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover. Consumers are advised to discontinue use and immediately dispose of any used or unused portions of the product. The FDA has advised that the active ingredient, calcium oxide, can cause severe burns of the skin, particularly to areas of thin or sensitive skin, such as the face, area around the eyes, and genitalia.

Noel Serrano Imported Spanish Ham

Specialities Agro Alimentation, a Millington, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,700 pounds of imported boneless Serrano ham products. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Even More Roman Shades: Wm. Wright

Wm. Wright is admitting its wrong and is adding its name to the list of previously recalled Roman shade kits. As you, the informed consumer, have known since 2009, these shades present a serious strangulation risk to children. They’re also giving Romans and Italians by association a bad name.

Cost Plus Wooden Animal Drum

Cost Plus is recalling about 1,000 wooden animal drums. The drums violate the lead paint safety standard. They were manufactured in China, naturally.

Hamilton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toasters

Hamilton Beach is recalling about 300,000 classic chrome 2-slice toasters. The heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely when an item is placed in the toaster. This may ignite the contents, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.

Club Car Golf Carts, Other Vehicles

Club Car is recalling about 800 golf cars and hospitality, utility and transport vehicles. The brake pedal mounting blocks can crack and separate, resulting in a loss of braking ability. This can result in a crash. If you’re tooling around in one of these babies, stop now.

Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets

Adventure Playsets has recalled about 240,000 Wooden Swing Sets. The wood in the posts of the fort sections on the swing sets can weaken due to rotting, posing a fall hazard.

Topson Downs Bar III Brand Women’s Dresses

Topson Downs of California is recalling about 2,100 Bar III brand women’s dresses. The dresses do not meet the federal flammability standard. Sold exclusively at the Impulse Department of Macy’s stores nationwide and on from March 2011 through May 2011 for about $60.

Rugby Children’s Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops

Rugby Laboratories is recalling about 898,000 Rugby Children’s Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops in a 1/2 fl. oz. (15 ml) bottle size. The product does not come in child-proof safety packaging.

GAMMA Sports Children’s Tennis Racquets

More lead here in these Chinese-manufactured tennis racquets. About 2,000 racquets are being recalled. They were Sold Online at, and from December 2010 through March 2011 for about $15.

These are just some of the past week’s recalls. Please check for a complete list of recent recalls.

Identifying Recalled Products

Identifying recalled products isn’t always easy. CPSC has prepared a video for you to watch and learn how to determine if a product you have’s been recalled.

What to Do

In general, if you have a recalled item you’ll want to contact the retailer or manufacturer. They will replace or repair the item, or issue a refund or credit. Most recalled food items should simply be thrown out.

If you’ve been injured by a consumer product, or feel you’ve been sickened by a food or drug, you should keep the item in a safe and secure place. You may need it as evidence for a products liability claim, and a government agency might want to examine it as well. In any case you should contact a good products liability lawyer if you have any questions about your legal rights.

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