August Recall Roundup – Beware Of Toppling Bar Stools

August Recall Roundup – Beware Of Toppling Bar Stools

In the Recall Roundup for August, dangerous beanbag chairs and overheating heaters could lurk around every corner, and there could be a defective car in your garage right now. Don’t be scared, though. The CPSC is here to protect us all from toppling bar stools and overheating night lights. [More]

Organic Peanut And Almond Butters Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Organic Peanut And Almond Butters Recalled For Possible Salmonella

It’s time to head to the pantry and check your jars of almond and peanut butters. Products sold under the brands of Arrowhead Farms and Maranatha, and private-label products sold in Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods stores may be contaminated with salmonella, and consumers should dispose of them and seek a refund or replacement. [More]

Salmonella Is Not A Flavor, So McCormick Recalls Ground Oregano

Salmonella Is Not A Flavor, So McCormick Recalls Ground Oregano

Oregano is a very tasty spice, but do you know what’s not so tasty? Potentially fatal foodborne illness. Routine tests at McCormick spice company turned up salmonella contamination, which may have affected as many as 1,032 cases of the ground herb. [More]

Applegate Recalls 15,000 Pounds Of Chicken Nuggets That May Contain Plastic Nuggets

Applegate Recalls 15,000 Pounds Of Chicken Nuggets That May Contain Plastic Nuggets

If you prefer your chicken nuggets to be antibiotic-free and plastic shard-free, it’s time to check your freezer: Perdue’s Applegate Naturals brand has recalled more than 15,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after customers complained that they contained pieces of plastic. [More]

Your Wrapped Meat Leaks Bacteria-Laden Juice Everywhere

Your Wrapped Meat Leaks Bacteria-Laden Juice Everywhere

The poultry that you buy at the grocery store is securely wrapped up specifically so consumers don’t spread traces of chicken juice on everything that they touch, right? Well… about that. For a new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the government agency in charge of making sure that our meat doesn’t kill us, scientists followed shoppers around and checked surfaces that they touched for poultry proteins. Guess what they found? [More]

Using Your Phone As A GPS Is Awesome Until You Get A Distracted Driving Ticket

Using Your Phone As A GPS Is Awesome Until You Get A Distracted Driving Ticket

Smartphone GPS apps are extremely useful tools for people who want real-time traffic information and/or you don’t want to drag around a separate GPS unit. Yet motorists should be careful: even if they’re just choosing a different route or reporting a construction zone, they can get in serious trouble for simply holding a phone in their hands. [More]

Still Waiting For Your Fitbit Force Recall Check? Here’s What To Do

Still Waiting For Your Fitbit Force Recall Check? Here’s What To Do

We’ve provided wrist-to-wrist coverage of the problems surrounding the FitBit Force, a wearable movement tracker that counts steps, measures flights of stairs, and occasionally induces rashes. We shared with you the first rash reports we saw, as well as reporting on the recall and its aftermath. It makes sense that readers would contact us when they can’t get their refunds. Are you still waiting for your check? Here’s what you should do. [More]

Great Fruit Recall Of 2014 Expands, Becomes Even Greater

Great Fruit Recall Of 2014 Expands, Becomes Even Greater

Wawona Packing Company in California has expanded its recall of fruit that it processed and packaged during the months of June and July that may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The company has alerted consumers and retailers that all fruit packed at the facility between June 1 and when it shut down operations on July 17 are potentially contaminated, and that all fruit that has passed through the plant is potentially contaminated. [More]

Local And Regional Grocery Stores May Have Sold Recalled Fruit

While Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s get the headlines, Wawona Packing Company sold fruit that’s potentially contaminated with Listeria to wholesalers, who then sold it to local and regional grocers. According to Food Safety News, reports in the media indicate that contaminated fruit may have been sold at Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Giant Food Stores, Martins, Hannaford, BJ’s Wholesale, Dillons, Save-a-Lot, Fry’s Food Stores, King Soopers, Raley’s, Stop & Shop, Big Y Foods, and Ralphs. [Food Safety News]

Whole Foods Recalls Dozens Of Products Containing Potentially Listeria-Ridden Fruit

Whole Foods Recalls Dozens Of Products Containing Potentially Listeria-Ridden Fruit

Fruit from California’s Wawona Packing Company tested positive for Listeria contamination, and now consumers get to look on in horror as we learn how widely that fruit was distributed. Items like fruit tarts and mango-peach salsa made in-store at Whole Foods using the affected fruit were sold between June 1 and July 21, 2014. [More]

Possible Listeria Contamination Leads To Recall Of Fruit, Fruit Pies

Possible Listeria Contamination Leads To Recall Of Fruit, Fruit Pies

There have been no recorded illnesses yet from batches of yellow peaches and nectarines, white peaches and nectarines, black plums, and pluots that may be contaminated with the nasty foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The company has announced a recall, and Northeastern grocer Wegmans has also recalled pies made with affected fruit. [More]

Kia Recalls 52,000 Kia Soul Hatchbacks Because Loss Of Steering Can Cause A Crash

Kia Recalls 52,000 Kia Soul Hatchbacks Because Loss Of Steering Can Cause A Crash

Not even the adorable – and now buff – Kia hamsters would be able to maneuver the 2014 Kia Soul if the steering system failed. But that shouldn’t be the case much longer, now that the car company has issued a recall of nearly 52,000 vehicles. [More]

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July Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – More Salmonella Smoothies

In our July Recall Roundup for food, the Great Chia Seed Recall of 2014 continues, ice cream has mismatched flavor labels, and there are mysterious substances in the ham. Oh, and Foster Farms finally recalled some of the chicken blamed for a recent salmonella outbreak. [More]

July Recall Roundup – Beware Of Flimsy Phone Chargers

July Recall Roundup – Beware Of Flimsy Phone Chargers

In July’s recall roundup, the Consumer Products Safety Commission is out to protect us all from shocking air conditioners, exploding wine bottles, leaking snow throwers, and dangerous mobile device chargers. [More]

Scientists: Recalled Moldy Exploding Chobani Yogurts Could Make Consumers Sick

Scientists: Recalled Moldy Exploding Chobani Yogurts Could Make Consumers Sick

Hey, remember when Chobani recalled a wide variety of yogurts in the fall of 2013 because fungal contamination made them taste terrible and occasionally explode? About that: a new study published today in a journal of the American Society for Microbiology indicates that the fungus found in contaminated yogurt cups was a strain that can make animals, including humans, sick when it’s eaten. [More]

June Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: May Contain Metal Fragments

June Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: May Contain Metal Fragments

In our June Recall Roundup for food, supplements, and even a few over-the-counter drugs, the mint chocolate chip ice cream is packed with pistachios, more smoothie powders have contaminated chia seeds, and red yeast pills sold as an all-natural supplement to lower cholesterol contains cholesterol-lowering drugs. [More]

June Recall Roundup – Space Heater May Overheat Your Space

June Recall Roundup – Space Heater May Overheat Your Space

In June’s recall roundup, we have the usual suspects: flammable kids’ pajamas, poorly wired lamps, self-firing crossbows, and collapsing ottomans. [More]

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CDC Concerned That We’re All Ignoring Chia Seed Recall

While Consumerist readers are generally up-to-date on the latest recalls, most Americans aren’t. Yet we hadn’t even shared the current recall of potentially salmonella-contaminated chia seeds that have sickened at least 65 people across the United States and Canada. [More]