Natural blue raspberry flavoring....wait, what?

November Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Puréed Ew

In today’s food, supplement, and drug Recall Roundup, we learn that Listeria could be everywhere, and that blue raspberry flavored apple slices are apparently a thing. So is “natural blue raspberry flavor.” [More]

Be Honest: You’re Facebooking While You Drive

Be Honest: You’re Facebooking While You Drive

There’s no formal study backing us up on this, but we’d guess that 100% of drivers (and Internet commenters) condemn people who text or check the Internet while they drive. Like many terrible, terrible habits, though, we humans condemn things that we ourselves do. A lot. According to a new survey by insurance company State farm, 24% of drivers admit to some kind of keyboard-related activity while driving. [More]

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Salads And Wraps Recalled From Walgreens, Whole Foods, And Trader Joe’s

The bad news is that 181,620 pounds of chicken and ham salads sold in popular retail outlets like Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s has been recalled due to possible contamination with E. coli bacteria. The good news, if such a thing is possible, is that this isn’t yet another iteration of the massive and scary Foster Farms salmonella recall from last month. [More]

(Carbon Arc)

Watch Out For E15 Fuel That’s Bad For Your Snowblower And Lawn Mower

In many parts of the country, it’s time to put your lawn mower away for the winter if you haven’t already. You should have run the equipment until the gas tank is empty before putting the items away for the year. What you may not know is that the gas you use all season long can damage your gardening gear if you aren’t careful, thanks to ethanol. [More]

Why Do So Many Calphalon, Vitamix, And Frigidaire Blenders Have Defective Blades?

Why Do So Many Calphalon, Vitamix, And Frigidaire Blenders Have Defective Blades?

Consumerist readers regale us with tales of Calphalon’s above-and-beyond customer service for their pots and pans, but the company is relatively new to the field of small appliances. How are they doing with that? The company has joined Vitamix and Frigidaire in having its blenders recalled because the blades sort of, um, blend themselves. [More]


Autopsy Shows Toddler Died From Consuming A Battery

A Las Vegas toddler died a few weeks ago, and the reason for his death wasn’t immediately clear. His illness began when he started coughing blood, and doctors couldn’t figure out what was making the child ill. The culprit wasn’t identifiable in an X-ray: a small coin-shaped battery. [More]

(Carbon Arc0

Reser’s Fine Foods Listeria Recall Now Includes 22,800 Pounds Of Lunch Meats

Mmm, listeria! Last week, Reser’s Fine Foods recalled 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat salads, dips, slaws, and other items that you generally serve cold and don’t reheat enough to kill off all bacteria. Now they’ve expanded that recall to include meat-containing products like chicken and ham salad and baked beans with beef. [More]

October Recall Roundup: Never Trust An Ant

October Recall Roundup: Never Trust An Ant

The federal government shutdown meant that our friends over at the Consumer Products Safety Commission weren’t diligently posting recalls to their website as usual, but that doesn’t mean that there were no dangerous products recalled since our last Roundup in September. Nope.   [More]


Carve Your Pumpkin, Not Your Hands

Halloween is supposed to be a scary holiday and all, but the reason for the terror should not be “I severed an artery while carving the whiskers on my cat o’lantern.” You can create beautiful hollowed-out gourds without harming yourself or your family, whether it’s with the tools you already have in your knife drawer or with a special pumpkin-carving kit. [More]


September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – 40 Garlic Cloves, 2 Undeclared Allergens

Our monthly Recall Roundups have grown so expansive that we’ve had to separate them into two separate roundups: one for consumer goods, and one for consumables. [More]


New York Hopes Designated Highway Texting Stops Will Make You Put Phone Down

How many times have you seen a “Rest stop ahead – 10 miles” sign on a long car trip and felt relieved to know that there was coffee and bathroom facilities within reach? New York State is hoping that you will keep your phone at your side and feel similar relief when you see a sign telling you the distance to the next designated texting spot. Will the new signs change drivers’ habits?  [More]

September Recall Roundup: The Training Wheels Are Off

September Recall Roundup: The Training Wheels Are Off

In this month’s Recall Roundup, board books attack children, toy spiders grow in human stomachs, and motorcycle training wheels fall off mid-ride. [More]

Gree Electric Appliances Recalls 2.2 Million Dehumidifiers Because Fire Is Worse Than Humidity

Gree Electric Appliances Recalls 2.2 Million Dehumidifiers Because Fire Is Worse Than Humidity

China’s Gree Electric Appliances Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are announcing a big recall of 2.2 million dehumidifiers in the U.S., ranging across 12 brands and encompassing 80 different models. The devices have caused dozens of fires and millions of dollars in damage, the CPSC says. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a humid room than one that’s on fire. [More]

Scotland Distributes Free Cupboard Latches To Keep Kids Away From Detergent Pods

Scotland Distributes Free Cupboard Latches To Keep Kids Away From Detergent Pods

Here in the United States, land of free enterprise, we’re trying to solve the problem of children snarfing detergent pods by selling them in opaque containers and maybe making them look less like candy. In Scotland, authorities are taking a different tactic: distributing free cupboard latches to new parents and educating them about the dangers of delicious-looking detergent pods. [More]

89 People Reported Illnesses From Moldy Chobani Yogurt To FDA

89 People Reported Illnesses From Moldy Chobani Yogurt To FDA

We have good news and bad news regarding the fungus-related recall of a large amount of Chobani brand greek yogurt. Affected products were distributed nationwide, causing reactions among consumers that ranged from “that tastes a little weird” to “HONEY, THE YOGURT EXPLODED!” The company has named the mold, but according to the FDA 89 people so far have reported becoming sick from the yogurts. [More]

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Don’t Drive Anywhere Without Stashing These Things In Your Car Trunk

When I bought a car from a family friend, I was delighted to open up the trunk and find a pair of gloves, tire-changing tools, and a can of Fix-A-Flat nestled on top of the spare tire. There were tissues in the center console, a stocked changepurse, maps, and even a disposable camera. Not everyone is so lucky…but what should you stock your car with when starting from scratch? [More]

Newer adaptors with 4 holes are OK. The ones with ten holes are not.

Baby Jogger Recalls 30,000 Stroller To Car Seat Adaptors

It’s very convenient to take your child’s car seat and mount it directly on a stroller…unless the adaptor that lets you do so is faulty. There have been 47 reports that adaptors for Baby Jogger strollers have failed: specifically, the part that connects the bars that support the car seat to the stroller frame comes loose, and the car seat hits the floor. [More]

FDA Has Full List Of Products Affected In Chobani Recall

The Food and Drug Administration has published the full list of Chobani products affected in the company’s Yosplosion ’13 Festival of Mold. It’s a wide-ranging list across the company’s product lines, including yogurt tubes for kids and toppings-included Flips. [FDA]