According to Kids in Danger, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the safety of children’s products, an average of 100 children’s products get recalled by the Commission of Consumer Product Safety (CPSC) each year. That means that on average, two children’s products get pulled from the shelves because of safety issues every week.
Recently, the CPSC launched recalls for over 50,000 pounds of baby food due to a possible contamination issue as well as nearly 9,000 units of infant coveralls sold by Burt’s Bees Baby.
The cotton infant coveralls are sold in pink with white ruffles, and have been recalled because of multiple instances of the front snaps detaching. The malfunction results in a potential choking hazard, although luckily no children’s injuries have yet been reported. To avoid any injuries occurring through use, the manufacturer is complying with the federal recall.
The coveralls have been sold through many online retailers, including Amazon, Target and Kohl’s, from December 2016 through May 2017. They are typically sold for around $18. Because of the product defect, the manufacturer has advised consumers to immediately discontinue using the coveralls and contact them directly. Burt’s Bees Baby will allow consumers to return the coveralls as well as sending them a full financial refund. To view the CPSC’s recall, please click here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Burts-Bees-Baby-Recalls-Infant-Coveralls.
The Burt’s Bees Baby infant coveralls recall is not the only children’s product that has been discontinued. Recently, news of more than 50,000 pounds of baby food getting recalled due to a possible contamination of bone fragments made its way into the public eye. The baby food manufacturer, Overhill Farms, acted fast and released a statement on its website saying that it is voluntarily recalling the food to avoid any injury to children and noting that it is being conducted simply over concerns – not hard proof – of contamination. Overhill Farms’ foods are sold in stores across the country.
Multiple types of baby food have been included in the large-scale recall. 30-pound bulk vases of Vegetable Patty, Fully Cooked Organic Chicken Broccoli Bites and 3-ounce boxes of Yummy Spoonfuls Chicken Broccoli bites, as well as many others, have been pulled from the market to avoid injury. To see the full list of recalled items, please click here: https://kdvr.com/2017/06/25/baby-food-recall-product-may-contain-bone-fragments/.
This is by no means the first time that baby food has been recalled over possible or proven contamination issues. Other baby foods have been recalled for being contaminated with glass and causing mouth injuries in children in the past. Children can also suffer from food poisoning as a result of eating contaminated baby food.
If you believe that your child has eaten contaminated food and is showing signs of food poisoning, you should immediately call a doctor or emergency personnel. Symptoms of food poisoning include severe headaches and abdominal pain, vomiting for more than three days, a fever over 103 degrees, a swollen, hard belly and blood in vomit or stool.
Luckily, Overhill Farms and Burt’s Bees Baby have taken the safety of their young consumers and their families to heart. Both manufacturers are working to pull as many dangerous units of infant coveralls and possibly contaminated baby food off market shelves and online retailers across the country. If you believe that you own any of these recalled products, please discontinue using them right away and contact the manufacturer directly for a refund.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of an unsafe or defective product, please call Philadelphia product liability lawyers at Galfand Berger at 800-222-8792 or contact us online. We have been helping injured victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 65 years.