Friday, August 31, 2012

Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers Recalled by JCS

This product recall hits close to home and my addictive love for coffee...

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via press release

Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers Recalled by JCS Due to Burn Hazard

There are about 600,000 Mr. Coffee(r) Single Cup Brewing Systems being recalled by Sunbeam Products Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions ("JCS"), of Boca Raton, Fla. because of a potential burn hazard associated with the product.

The issue is that a build-up of steam in the water reservoir can force the brewing chamber open and expel hot coffee grounds and water.  This is the burn hazard potential.

There have been 164 reports of the chamber popping open, and of those, there were 59 reported burn injuries, mostly to consumers' face, upper torso and hands.

Description:

The recalled coffeemaker comes in black with silver, red or white trim. It stands about 11 inches tall and has a Brew Now /Off button and a removable drip tray. The water tank is located on top of the unit towards the back. The model number is printed on the bottom of the brewer. Recalled model numbers are:

BVMC-KG1, BVMC-KG1A-001, BVMC-KG1-WM-001, BVMC-KG1-001, BVMC-KG1-BEA, BVMC-KG1R-001, BVMC-KG1-044 BVMC-KG1BP-PAL BVMC-KG1R-006, BVMC-KG1A, BVMC-KG1-WM, BVMC-KG1W-001

The product was sold by places like Bed Bath & Beyond, Brandsmart, JC Penney, Kmart, Lowe's, Target and Walmart, and online at www.mrcoffee.com from September 2010 through August 2012 for between $60 and $80.

It's recommend that you should immediately stop using the recalled coffee brewer and contact JCS to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement unit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact JCS at (800) 993-8609 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.mrcoffeerecall.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1674

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12263.html

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Baby Bather Recall Due to Head Injury Hazard Potential

Today, I'm seeing that

via press release

Summer Infant Recalls to Repair Baby Bathers Due to Fall and Head Injury Hazard & The remedy for the issue is to order the free repair kit.

The product specifically being recalled is Mother's Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers, and a lot of units were sold... approximately  2 million in the United States and an additional 65,000 in Canada.

The Issue is that when the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather, posing a fall hazard and a risk of serious head injury to infants.

There have been seven reports of incidents in the U.S., including five head injuries from falls from the bathers. Four children between two weeks and two months old received skull fractures, including one that required intensive care for bleeding on the brain. The fifth child received a bump to the head requiring emergency room treatment.

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This recall involves Summer Infant baby bathers with a small, nearly square blue or pink plastic base measuring about 13 ½ inches long by 12 ½ inches wide and with the following model numbers listed below. Model numbers are located either on the side of the baby bather near the warning label or on the front near the wash instructions. Some units have multiple model numbers. Model numbers with an additional letter at the end of the model number are also included in this recall.

Recalled Summer Infant Baby Bathers Model Numbers:
08020, 08050, 08054, 08070, 08401, 08409, 08404, 08405, 08650, 08655, 08659, 08754, 08940, 08944
18004, 18040, 18049, 18050, 18120, 18125, 18129, 18254, 18360, 18375, 18379, 18390, 18394, 18440, 18445, 18449, 18470, 18475, 18479
38510, 38515, 38750, 38755

The bathers have adjustable side hinges with five rivets each and a white wire frame with a mesh fabric sling seat and two or three positions for the seats. Some also have a head support cushion. The fabric seat comes in various colors including white, blue, green, yellow and orange with fish, turtles, butterflies, frogs, flowers and duck patterns. Bathers manufactured since July 2007 include the warning "Never lift or carry the bather with infant in it."

These units were sold nationwide from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30.

Consumers should immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions.

Note: Even with the new locking strap installed, the baby bather product should never be used to lift and carry an infant.

You can contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. Do not return to stores as the retailers will not have the repair kit

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12262.html


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Monday, August 27, 2012

CareBears & Bistro Set Product Recalls

Today we have a CareBears product and a Bistro set that was sold through Big Lots Stores that have voluntary recalls for issues that need correcting.  Check out the details below:

via press release

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CareBears Pacifier Recalled by IDM Group Due to Choking Hazard

Over 100,000 sold CareBears(tm) Pacifiers are being recalled due to the pacifiers failing to meet federal safety standards. The nipples can separate from the base, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The pacifiers and the clip attachment have CareBear figures and a "TCFC" copyright mark on them. The nipple is made of silicone.

They were sold at various discount and dollar stores, Walmart Puerto Rico, children's apparel stores and Consolidated Stores nationwide from October 2009 through June 2012 for about $1.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from infants and contact IDM Group LLC for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.  For additional information, contact IDM collect at (212) 686-5221 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company's recall web site at www.pacifierrecall.net

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12254.html


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Zest Garden Recalls Wilson & Fisher Bistro Sets Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Big Lots Stores

The products being recalled here are the Wilson & Fisher White Cast Bistro Table and Chairs Set, sold via Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio.

The issue is that the chairs can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.  So far, there have been five reports of chairs breaking, including three reports of injuries.

This recall involves three-piece patio sets sold in a white, cut-out rose pattern. The set consists of a table and two chairs made of cast iron and aluminum. The table is about 26 inches high and measures about 24 inches in diameter. Each chair is about 33 inches high with an oval-shaped seat that measures about 19 inches long and about 16 inches wide. The item number is XG-1015-23. The product measurements, the item number and "Wilson & Fisher White Cast Bistro Set" and "Made in China" are printed on labels located on the product's packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Big Lots stores nationwide from November 2011 to May 2012 for about $100.

Consumers should immediately stop using the set and return it to any Big Lots store for a full refund.  You can contact Zest Garden at (800) 893-3006 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, or send an e-mail to info@zestgarden.com, or visit the firm's website at www.biglots.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12255.html


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Product Recall for Target Sold Energizer Night Lights

A new product recall went out today about a night light from Energizer and how they can overheat and pose a burn hazard.

Check it out:

Energizer Recalls Night Lights Due to Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target

The exact name of the recalled item is Energizer Rotating Night Lights and about 260,000 units were sold.  The issue with the night lights are that

"The night lights can overheat and smoke, posing a burn hazard to consumers."

There have been nine reports of the night lights overheating, including three reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description:

This recall involves Energizer LED rotating night lights. The night lights are white and have an LED light inside an adjustable dome on top. The night lights measure about 2 inches wide by 2 ½ inches long. Model number "ENLPLROT" and date codes between 0110 (for January 2010) through 0111 (for January 2011) are included in this recall. The model number is stamped onto the side of the night light. The date code is stamped in a circle on the back of the night light. The arrow points to the month of production (i.e. 12 = December) and the number positioned on either side of the arrow represents the year (i.e. "10" = 2010).  They were sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from February 2010 through July 2012 for about $6.

They suggest that consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled night lights. Contact Energizer for instructions on returning the night lights for a $7 coupon towards the purchase of an Energizer product.  You can contact Energizer at (800) 383-7323 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.energizer.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12253.html



GMAIL Kicking Out Users & How To Save An Email You're Editing


For the longest time now, I've noticed how using Gmail (Which I've adopted long ago and can never go back to standard inboxes) has been forcing users to re-sign back in at certain intervals.  It's not a bad thing.  Staying logged in forever is a security risk you take, no matter what machine you're on.  Though I must admit, unless Gmail queries you to sign back in every day, it's a bit of a flaky security measure.

But it's there and I did not mind.  Until today.

I was typing up a lengthy email and at one point, decided to hit "Save Now" to save what I had entered into my draft email.  And there it was, the dreaded request to sign back in.  Turns out that even if you're in the middle of drafting an email, there's always the possibility that you will be forced to sign back in.

The #fail of the issue was that I wanted to save the email at the stage I was at.  I wasn't sure when the last autodraft or autosave occurred, if ever.  And I could not, because Gmail required me to sign in before doing this.  It looked like I was going to have to close my window and come at Gmail as if I was signing in new.

Seriously?  Of all the tech at Google's disposal, and they can't determine when to not interrupt a user?  And as far as I'm concerned, interrupting a user in the middle of an email draft is a bit frustrating.

I thought about copying out the email to another program while I did this but I started to panic because I wanted to retain my formatting and such.  Notepad won't do that and Word adds it's own background formatting code.  But then an idea plowed into my head!

Saving Your Email in Gmail While Logging Back In
Instead of mucking with the session I had open, I thought I'd open a new window and sign in there.

Sure enough, signing in, in a new web browser session saved me the worries of having to close out my hard-written, lengthy email and all it's formatting!

That's that!

Hope this helps at least one person out there!  Then this recanting would not be in vain!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gas Dryer Product Recall from LG and Kenmore

If you bought an LG Electronics and Kenmore Elite(r) Gas Dryer from a Sears location between November 2009 through August 2010, you might want to take a peek at this product recall:

via press release

LG Electronics and Sears Recall Gas Dryers For Repair Due to Fire Hazard

Product: LG Electronics and Kenmore Elite(r) Gas Dryers

Units: About 21,000 that were manufactured by LG Electronics, Inc., of South Korea

The Fire Hazard: The gas valve in the recalled dryers can fail to shut off properly, continuing to heat the dryer and its contents after the drying cycle is complete. High temperatures inside and on the exterior surface of the dryers can scorch the drum, as well as burn or damage the dryer contents, posing a risk of burn, fire and smoke inhalation.

Incidents/Injuries: LG Electronics and Sears have received 141 consumer complaints about dryers continuing to heat after the drying cycle is complete. There were three reports of minor burns to hands or arms. Burnt or scorched clothing was reported in more than 50 incidents.

Description: LG Electronics and Sears' Kenmore Elite brand gas dryers come in the following colors: LG models in white; Kenmore Elite(r) in red, white and ginger (gold). Model and serial numbers can be found on a label fixed to the front of the dryer above the opened door, which can be viewed only when the dryer door is open. To confirm if your dryer is part of this recall, identify both model and serial numbers, since not all dryers with the listed models are recalled.

For the LG Electronics brand:
Model Numbers | Serial Numbers
DLG0452W | 001KW**00001 through 001KW**00090, 911KW**00271 through 911KW**00630
DLG1320W | 001KW**00001 through 001KW**01518, 002KW**00001 through 002KW**00450, 911KW**00184 through 911KW**00561, 912KW**00001 through 912KW**00090
DLG2051W | 001KW**00001 through 001KW**03150, 002KW**00001 through 002KW**01620, 911KW**00061 through 911KW**01860, 912KW**00001 through 912KW**02520

For the Kenmore Elite brand:
Model Numbers | Serial Numbers
796.905129 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00180, 911KW**00091~911KW**00450, 912KW**00001~912KW**00450
796.905189 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00540, 002KW**00001~002KW**00090, 911KW**00001~911KW**00450, 912KW**00001~912KW**00270
796.910229 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00360, 002KW**00001~002KW**00042, 911KW**00001~911KW**00315, 912KW**00001~912KW**00540
796.910289 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00270, 002KW**00001~002KW**00090, 911KW**00001~911KW**00171, 912KW**00001~912KW**00539
796.910299 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00270, 911KW**00271~911KW**00402, 912KW**00001~912KW**00450
796.921929 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00270, 911KW**00181~911KW**00542, 912KW**00001~912KW**00270
796.921989 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00360, 911KW**00001~911KW**00440, 912KW**00001~912KW**00270
796.921999 | 001KW**00001~001KW**00084, 911KW**00091~911KW**00361, 912KW**00001~912KW**00270

Sold by: LG Electronics brand gas dryers were sold by various appliance stores, including Sears, nationwide from November 2009 through August 2010. Kenmore Elite(r) brand gas dryers were sold at Sears stores nationwide from November 2009 through August 2010. The approximate retail cost for the recalled dryers was between $650 and $1500 for these various models.

Suggested Remedy: Consumers should turn off the gas supply and stop using the dryers until repaired.

LG brand owners who purchased their dryer at retailers other than Sears should contact LG customer service to arrange for a free gas valve replacement. Customers who purchased Kenmore or LG brand dryers from Sears should contact Sears' customer service to schedule a free repair to replace the gas valve. Some consumers have already been notified and have received the repair service.

ATTENTION: Dryers that have a colored sticker on the back, top, or a colored sticker or a plus sign ("+") on the back, bottom, near the gas valve assembly, have already been repaired. If accessible, consumers can check for these stickers or sign. If not accessible, contact LG or Sears as detailed below.

LG Consumer Contact: For additional information about the recall and to schedule a repair, contact LG toll free at (866) 223-5355 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm's website at www.lg.com/us and click on Public Notices.

Sears Consumer Contact: For additional information and to schedule a repair, contact Sears toll-free at (888) 375-9741 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Saturday, or visit the firm's website at www.sears.com and click on Product Recalls under Customer Service.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12251.html

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Following People With Huge Followings: A Mirage of Success

When I first started blogging, I was looking for that "edge" that would help me get going.  I had found a few resources and moved forward. And through the years, I stuck with the few newsletters that I had subscribed to.  And for new bloggers, I recommend looking up the more respected sources, authors or sites.  My advice... don't believe their own self-hype.  Look at what other people say about resources.

But there's a certain set of blinders some authors seem to have on when they write, that don't click with some of their insights.   Insights that equate to their results when they try new websites or services.

Overblown Experiments

But one of my gripes about well established bloggers is that when they play with new services and then seem to think there's something to them or not.

One particular SEO expert, who has over 100,000 followers or subscribers across several social network sites has an interesting perspective.  So when he goes off to start a new blog or try a new service, people will follow him.  Or, he instantly has a new or established base of followers wherever he goes.  So his endeavors appear pretty successful.

So for me, when he writes up his experience with "setting up a new..." blog or service account, it's hard to trust the experience this professional blogger sees, because he already has this huge established fan base.  And thus, unlike you or me, when he starts something & puts his name to it, it will, of course, take off.  For you or me, it's going to be one new follower at at time, per day or week.

This uber popular blogger also has a huge amount of resources to apply to a new account of whatever service he starts.  He has staff and he has the followers to boost/repost/like/ whatever it is he initiates.

So when he conducts a Pinterest Experiment, though everyone appreciates it, you have to look it over with a discerning eye and remember...  it was easy for him because he has a huge fan-base.  And though he demonstrates good ideas about some things based off his experience, please don't set yourself up for disappointment if you think you might get the same or similar results.

That's really all I'm saying.  Don't get wound up thinking you have found the end-all traffic booster in a single article.  Blogging is a long haul marathon.

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A few observational footnotes:

Side-note 1:  For one... I have noticed that well established and long running sites tend to repeat subjects they cover every year.  That's not a bad thing when there's an update to the subject.  And it's not a bad thing because there's always new bloggers in the world every year.

Side-note 2:  One of my frustrations is when a site gets popular and then the person for whom I am following the site for starts filling their site with guest posts.  Sure, he or his infrastructure trust the guest poster, but it's not him.  I followed the newsletter or account because of the original person. So I have a subtle level of frustration.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Let's Talk Reading A Text At FIFTY-ONE Feet PER Second!


I came across another reminder piece about driving and texting.  Let me be up front about this...  If you seriously think it's O.K. to drive and text, you are not in my top tier of humans with brains.  It's about as stupid of an action is anyone could ever try to attempt.  Period.

Sure, you think "It's OK" because "you'll be fine."  (Then again, there are roughly 67,000 bicycle riders a year with head injuries who thought it would not happen to them too.)

There's an ongoing ad campaign going on where people are talking about someone close to them who died while texting.  The fact that they have to run ads to remind people that sending or reading text messages is dangerous is a real head-smacker to me.  But I like the campaign.  It's sad for the people involved, but maybe they're hitting some receded smart gene cell in some folks brains.

Here's a perspective to think about:

When reading a text, some tests from Car and Driver showed some scary extra response times to hit the brakes. (See header image)

Now I know that what most people think is, I'm only looking away from the road "for just a second."  But I don't want to be in front of you when you look away for that second.

Now let's really consider how long you look away, and if you think about it, it's not a single second.  Not if you're reading a sentence or two.  I don't think you can look down, open up and read a sentence or two in "just a second."

And sure... maybe you look far ahead down the road and nothing apparent is happening.  But if you lived in my neighborhood, I have some seriously STUPID neighbors who just step right out into traffic, expecting the right of way.  (I've had to slam on my brakes and stop short of a family by less than a foot... because they just stepped right out in front me without nary a worry.)  BTW:  All pedestrians do not always have the right of way.  They only do when it is safe to go.

So it's not always about you and all the precautions you might take to "safely" read or send a text.

Check out this chart I've pulled together, showing just how many feet per second a car covers at different speeds.

  • At 25 mph, you're moving at 37 feet per second. (FPS)
  • At 35 mph, 51 fps.
  • At 55 mph, 81 fps.
  • At 70 mph, 103 fps.

That's a lot of ground to cover to look down for "a second" if you ask me.  Those public service ads where people lament the loss of a loved one just because they were sending or reading a text.

I'm not trying to tell you what to do.  That's up to you.  I'm just presenting a few words as food for thought, because traveling up to 50 or 75 extra feet before you can react to a situation is a scary thought.  That's several car lengths.





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Friday, August 17, 2012

Using The Droid Camera Phone and Not Losing Your Sanity

Admit it, if you have a Droid, you've probably taken some pictures with it.  Right?  But have you ever found yourself surprised by the pictures that come from your phone?  I've been surprised here and there and overall, pretty pleased with the imagery I get out of my phone.  As long as they're basic stills and scenes.

But while using the Droid camera phone, you have to keep in mind that you have some limitations and in the end, that this is a phone with a camera, not the other way around.

As long as you approach your photograph taking with that mindset, you should be emotionally OK.  Though at times I act as if the dang camera should have done something different or better and forget my own advice.  LOL.

But the huge advantage to the camera phone, is that I always have it with me.  Never mind that it takes what feels like forever sometimes for the phone to respond to a screen tap to start the phone.  Never mind that it's super sensitive to accidentally touching the screen... if anything else, you always have the phone, hence the camera, on your person, and that's what gives it the leg up on my other cameras.

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When I first had my Droid X from Motorola, one thing I noticed was how awesome it was at taking night time pictures.  But after the last few OS updates the phone's capabilities have diminished greatly.  It's slower, it's night time focusing is shot and other little bits that made it less useful.

The camera phone is great for well lit, indoor scenes and it loves outdoor light.  And with the live-scan mode, panoramic pics, though not super-highly detailed, can still be awesome.

Self portraits are challenging but doable.  The zoom is tolerable but not horrible.  Hitting the shutter button, which ever one you choose, is finite but the amount of time it takes for you to hit the button and the camera to take the picture can be troublesome if you're trying to capture an image that second.

In other words, it's not a quick responsive, action cam and there is a decent amount of shutter lag.

But at times, the camera takes great pictures.  It takes great video. And it has great options.  You can't go wrong as long as you are aware of your limitations with it.  And have fun!  That's the bottom line.

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Gerber Machete Product Recall For Laceration Hazard - SERIOUSLY!!!

When I post product recalls, I tend to be rather serious about the situation.  I pick and choose those recalls that could impact a large number of customers or threaten our children's safety.

With that said, this next recall is a funny sounding recall, though there is still a serious edge to it.  (Cripes... that wasn't supposed to be a pun.)  And THIS IS A SERIOUS RECALL:

Gerber Recalls Machetes Due to Laceration Hazard

(I'm pretty dang sure machetes, in and of themselves, do pose a laceration hazard, at the minimum!)

And to get it out of the way, this Gerber is not the baby product related Gerber... but rather, Gerber Legendary Blades.

With that said, here's the press release outlining this safety issue:

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The Gerber(r) Bear Grylls Parang Machetes, with about 119,000 units out on the street, from Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore. is the product of concern.

The safety Hazard: A weakness in the area where the handle meets the blade can cause the handle or the blade to break during use, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received 24 reports of breakages, including one report of a laceration injury in Canada, which did not involve stitches.

Description: The recalled product is a curved blade machete with an overall length of 19.5 inches and a blade length of 13.5 inches. The handle is a dark gray textured rubber grip with wrist lanyard, orange trim and a stylized "BG" on it. The blade is marked with the "GERBER(r)" trademark and a stylized Bear Grylls trademark. The machete comes in a black nylon sheath with orange and gray trim. The machetes were sold separately or as one of the products in Gerber's Apocalypse Survival Kit. The model numbers are on the package. Model numbers are: 31-000698, which has "Survival Series" printed on the package; and 31-001507, which was sold only at Walmart. Model number 30-0006010 is for the Apocalypse Survival Kit, which includes a Parang machete among other items in a foldable black cloth case with "GERBER" printed in orange on the inside right.

Sold at: Sporting goods stores nationwide and online from January 2011 through June 2012 for about $43 for the individual Parang machetes and $349 for the Apocalypse Survival Kits.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Parang machetes and contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at (877) 314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.gerbergear.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1665

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12248.html

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Curious How Much Agribusiness Will Spend to Fight Labeling Foods [CA Prop 37]

I'm no expert here, but I find it curious when an industry scrambles to defeat a bill that would require new labels for foods that are created via genetically engineered ingredients and other processes.

Proposition 37 in California, if passed in November, would require most processed foods to have a label that would apprise shoppers if what they're buying was created from DNA altered plants, animals, viruses or bacteria.

To me on the cover of it all, the proposition seems simple enough.  It's basically a proposal for open communication with customers so they know what they're buying.  If they know, they can be smarter about what they're buying.

And some shopping customers want that.  My wife if vegetarian and just recently discovered that most vitamin pills that are on the market, are NOT vegetarian approved.  But that's not on any bottle of vitamins she ever took.

To be honest, most info is out there... somewhere.  You just have to dig for it.  But to be able to pick up a product and know right away, is akin to a company who has nothing to hide.  And builds great customer relationships.

And hence, I have to wonder what agribusiness is worried about hiding when they're dropping $25 million on defensive measures to stop Prop 37?

"They" say they don't want to sow fear into the consumer.  But I'm very curious that one of the backers of fighting the proposition are pesticide companies.

Info like this just makes me wonder ever more, what the bloody heck is up?

Like I said, I'm no expert, but the following link is a Google search link to what is out there and you can decide for yourself: CA Prop 37.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Four Million Count Baby Seat Product Recall

I don't pass on many of the recalls that come across my desk, but I do pass along what I consider to be important to the family unit.  In this case, a product recall on a baby seat that could pose a threat of a fall hazard!

Check it out and if you know anyone whose possibly bought this brand baby seat from Target, Walmart, Sears or other places, PLEASE, re-share, like, forward, RT or what ever you can do with this article to get the word out.  With the number of seats that have been sold, I bet, statistically speaking, you just might know someone who has one of these seats:

via press release:

Baby Seats Recalled for Repair by Bumbo International Due to Fall Hazard
Consumers should order free repair kit

Name of Product: Bumbo Baby Seats

Units: About 4 million in the U.S. Note: In October 2007, 1 million Bumbo seats were voluntarily recalled to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces.

The Hazard: Babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.

Description: The bottom of the Bumbo seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in various colors. The seat has leg holes and the seat back wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word "Bumbo" with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: "Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030." The back of the seat has several warnings and seats manufactured since 2008 have an additional label on the front of the seat warning against use on raised surfaces.

Sold by: Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and various other toy and children's stores nationwide, and various online sellers, from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.BumboUSA.com

Consumer Contact: Order the free repair kit by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling (866) 898-4999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12247.html



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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Two Product Recalls - Toysmith Bracelets & Canon Camera

Today the two product recalls involve a snap bracelet that has a laceration concerns, and an odd recall of a Canon camera product, related to allergic reactions.

With that said,

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Toysmith Recalls Animal Snap Bracelets Due to Laceration Hazard
Name of Product: Animal Snap Bracelet, Units: About 89,500 units

Hazard: The metal snap band can wear through the fabric covering resulting in exposing sharp edges and posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received eight reports of injuries including lacerations.

Description: This recall includes Animal Snap Bracelets in assorted metallic fabrics with animal figures, including: Seahorse, Frog, Snake, Starfish, Crab, Lizard, Dolphin and Fish. Manufacturing date codes between 07/11 and 01/12 are printed on a sewn-in label found on the inside of the bracelet. The label includes the Toysmith name and address. A round paper tag is attached to the product with the product name, Toysmith information, the words "Item # 2360 Animal Snap Bracelet," SKU number and bar code.

Sold at: Cost Plus World Market, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and other retailers from September 2011 to February 2012 for about $3.

Remedy: Consumers should return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Toysmith at (800) 356-0474 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.toysmith.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12245.html

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Canon Recalls for Repair EOS Rebel T4i Digital Cameras Due to Risk of Allergic Reaction
Name of Product: EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Cameras; Units: About 68,200

Hazard: A chemical used in the camera's rubber grips can result in a reaction that changes the grips from black to white and poses a risk of skin irritation to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: Canon U.S.A., Inc. has received one report of a consumer who developed a minor rash after contact with a surface where the camera had been.

Description: This recall involves EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR cameras with a 12-digit serial number that contain a second digit that is a "3" or "4" and a sixth digit that is a "1." Serial numbers are printed on the bottom of the camera. The Canon logo and the model name are printed on the front of the camera.

Sold at: B&H Photo, Best Buy and camera and mass merchandise stores nationwide and Amazon.com and other online retailers between June 2012 and July 2012 for between $850 and $1,200.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cameras and contact Canon U.S.A. to have replacement rubber grips installed free of charge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (855) 902-3277 between 8 a.m. to midnight ET Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit the firm's website at www.usa.canon.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12246.html



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What Brand of Coffee Does McDonald's Use?


Did you know that McDonald's distributes over 400 million cups of coffee each year?  And did you know that the coffee they serve is pretty damn good?  Yea, I just said that.  It's pretty smooth and depending how much or how little additives you put in your coffee, (aka, creme and sugar) can make it even smoother.  I'm not a connoisseur of things, but McDonald's coffee is pretty yummy and the perfect excuse to drop by in the mornings to pick up some other goodies.

But enough about my excuses to devour Egg McMuffins.  My title teased what brand of coffee McDonald's serves!

I looked around the web and I got a few answers, but nothing official.  It was all info from those various answer boards that sometimes, but sheer luck, they get an answer correct.  Previously, I had been chatting with a PR person from the org on another issue and I tossed out my inquiry about the coffee.

The brand coffee McDonald's uses is 'Gaviña Gourmet Coffee.'

That's that.  She didn't indicate there's a different brand, per region or season, like some answer boards toss out there.  Below is a bit about the coffee brand Gaviña:

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Gaviña Gourmet Coffee
The journey started 25 years ago, when Gaviña was asked to create the perfect coffee blend for McDonald's, and they traveled the globe in search of exactly the right combination of coffee beans. They found it in the rich coffee-bearing soils of Central and South America, and McDonald's Premium Roast Blend was born.

Coffee has always been the Gaviña family's guiding passion, and when Don Francisco Gaviña left Cuba and established a coffee roasting plant in Southern California, he fulfilled a life-long dream. His children grew up on the plantation and learned to live and love the coffee business at first hand, and Gaviña remains a family company rooted in traditional values. His son, Pedro Gaviña,  says their motto is, "Everything we do, we should enjoy."

Today, Gaviña's state of the art facility is located in Southern California. It's dedicated to creating gourmet coffee, innovative new coffee concepts, and, through their training program, teaching McDonald's employees the art of brewing great coffee.

Gaviña prides itself on maintaining a green coffee department that's dedicated to sustainability. As Pedro Gaviña points out, "Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, and the economy of over 50 countries depends on it. It is vital that we look after farmers and look after land, as without sustainability there is absolutely no future."

McDonald's customers enjoy over 400 million cups of Gaviña coffee a year. They have grown to be one of the world's foremost gourmet producers, who, according to Pedro, "Deliver the best coffee in the world to McDonald's."

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Here's a link to their website:  http://www.gavina.com/

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FYI other McDonald's suppliers include Lopez Foods (delivers the beef patties), Keystone Foods (delivers the chicken McNuggets) and 100 Circle Farms provides the potatoes for McDonald's fries.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

STARBUCKS - I wish I can Hear Myself Think In There

I'm not sure about your local Starbucks, but I have two that I walk past in the mornings in Menlo Park on my way to work.  About twice a week I visit one of them to partake in their goodies.  (Those maple scones will be the end of my trim waistline if I'm not careful!)

But there's one thing I've noticed in both locations... and that's how blasted loud the interior can be with their piped-in music.

The music is so loud in both places that I find myself either turning off my own electronics attached to my earphones, or I have to crank it up so loud that I can't hear the people over my own music, just so I can hear my own music.  That doesn't seem right.  At first I thought it was just a location specific choice, but when I visited the second location today, it seems it might be a corporate choice to have the interior blasting away.

Starbucks, I love ya, but if I can't hear myself think, it makes the Peet's just down the street, with it's quiet, studious atmosphere almost an equal option.

If you could, could you turn it down a notch or two.  NOT OFF... just down.  I'd love that myself!  Thanks!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

HUGE GE Dishwasher Product Recall - Fire Hazard

This is a huge recall.  Unlike other recalls that affect a few hundred to the rare thousands of an item being recalled, this fire hazard recall affects over 1 million units.  Check it out and see if you have one of these in your kitchen!

via press release

GE Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: GE, GE Adora(tm), GE Eterna(tm), GE Profile(tm) and Hotpoint(r), Dishwashers

Units: About 1.3 million in the United States

Manufacturer: GE Appliances, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint brand dishwashers. They were sold in black, white, bisque, stainless steel and CleanSteel(tm) exterior colors and finishes. The model and serial numbers can be found on a metallic plate located on the left tub wall visible when the door is opened. Model and serial numbers will start with one of the following sequences:

Brands GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile, Hotpoint

Model Number Begins With (except Hotpoint): GLC4, GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, GSD61, GSD62, GSD63, GSD66, GSD67, GSD69, GLDL, PDW7, PDWF7, EDW4, EDW5, EDW6, GHD4, GHD5, GHD6, GHDA4, GHDA6

Model Number Begins With (Hotpoint): HLD4

Serial Number Begins With:  FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, VL, ZL, AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM, MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM, AR, DR, FR, GR

Sold at: Appliance dealers, authorized builder distributors and other stores nationwide from March 2006 through August 2009 for between $350 and $850.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. For all dishwashers, contact GE for a free in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of $75 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control plastic tub dishwasher, or a rebate of $100 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control stainless tub dishwasher or GE Profile top control dishwasher. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where they purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (866) 918-8760 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com/recall

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12244.html


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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kenmore Dehumidifier Recall: Fire and Burn Hazard

Kenmore has put out a recall on one of their products after receiving over 100 reports of incidents and $7M in property damage being reported from an incident!  A lot of these units were sold so you might want to check yours to see if it's one on the list!

via press release

Sears Recalls Kenmore(r) Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Kenmore Dehumidifiers

Units: About 795,000

Retailer: Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Manufacturer: LG Electronics (Tianjin) Appliance Co., Ltd., of Tianjin, China

Hazard: The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation injuries.

Description: This recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit, manufactured between 2003 and 2005. The dehumidifiers are made of white plastic and are between 21 and 24 inches tall, about 15 inches wide and about 13.5 inches in depth. They have fan and humidity controls on their top front panels and some models include remote controls. They come with front-loading water buckets. The model number can be found on the right side of the interior of the unit once the bucket has been removed. Recalled units have the following model numbers:
35-pint (2004) - 580.54351400
50-pint (2003) - 580.53509300
70-pint (2003) - 580.53701300
70-pint (2004) - 580.54701400
70-pint (2005) - 580.54701500

Sold Exclusively at: Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact the firm to receive a Sears gift card for either $75, $80, $90 or $100, which may be used at any Sears or Kmart store or at Sears.com or Kmart.com. The gift card amount will depend on the capacity and year of the dehumidifier. In lieu of a gift card, consumers may request a check for the refund amount. All consumers with recalled units will also receive a $25 coupon that may be used at Sears Department Stores or Sears.com toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Recall Fulfillment Center toll-free at (855) 400-4641 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT Saturday, or visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12240.html

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