NEW YORK (AP) — If you stocked up on peanut butter at the grocery store recently, check this week’s list of recalls before making yourself a sandwich.
The J.M. Smucker Co. says jars of its Natural Peanut Butter may be contaminated with salmonella, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children or the elderly. The company says the jars in questions would have been purchased between starting Nov. 8. So far, no illnesses have been reported.
Here’s this week’s list of recalled items:
DETAILS: J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling of 16-ounce jars of its Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky. The Ohio-based company says the jars were purchased in the last week or so and have “Best if Used By” dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, plus the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.
The product was distributed in: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
WHY: Possible salmonella contamination. Salmonella is bacteria resulting in fever, cramps and diarrhea that lasts for several days and can require hospitalization.
INCIDENTS: No illnesses have been reported.
HOW MANY: 3,000 jars are being recalled from stores. Another 16,000 had never left warehouses.
FOR MORE: Call 888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon.
DETAILS: The Liebherr freestanding 30-inch wide, bottom freezer refrigerators were imported by Liebherr-Canada Ltd. of Ontario, Canada and manufactured by Liebherr-Hausgeraete Lienz GmbH, of Austria. They were sold at appliance and specialty retailers nationwide from February 2004 through July 2009. The refrigerators were sold individually or as side-by-side companion units. The refrigerators come in a stainless steel finish and “Liebherr” is on the upper center of the refrigerator door and the top interior control panel.
WHY: The refrigerator’s door can detach, posing an injury hazard.
INCIDENTS: Liebherr has received 16 additional reports of doors detaching on the freestanding refrigerators, including two reports of injuries involving bruising and strains.
HOW MANY: About 8,000 units (About 5,700 refrigerators were recalled in March 2011).
FOR MORE: To schedule a free in-home repair call 877-337-2653 or visit www.liebherr.us .
SWIMWEAR SET WITH INFLATABLE INNER TUBE
DETAILS: The swimwear sets with inflatable inner tubes were imported by Build-A-Bear Workshop, of St. Louis, Mo. They were sold at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide and online at www.buildabear.com from April through August 2011. The inner tube is part of the three-piece Fruit Tutu Bikini swimwear set for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece fruit-print bikini. The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The swimwear sets with inner tubes were manufactured in China.
WHY: The inner tube accessory can be pulled over a small child’s head, posing a strangulation hazard.
INCIDENTS: Build-A-Bear received one report of an incident in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head and had difficulty removing it.
HOW MANY: About 19,720 units in the United States and 1,100 units in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 866-236-5683 or visit www.buildabear.com .
DETAILS: The Keds “Know It All” Girls’ shoe was imported by Collective Brands Inc., of Topeka, Kan. They were sold at various department stores and online retailers from June through October 2011. The rubber-soled shoes are black and pink with white trim and a pink loop on the heel. “KEDS” appears on the tongue and heel of the shoe. The shoes were sold in girls’ sizes 5 to 12. The shoes were manufactured in China.
WHY: Ornamental stars on the heel of the shoe may loosen, posing a laceration hazard.
INCIDENTS: The firm has received 19 reports of cuts and scratches resulting from metal stars that loosened from the heel of the shoe.
HOW MANY: About 45,000.
FOR MORE: Call 800-365-4933 or visit www.collectivebrands.com .
DETAILS: The Ashland glass vases were distributed by Michaels Stores Inc. of Irving, Tex. and sold exclusively at Michaels Arts & Crafts Stores from January 2008 through October 2011. The vase is rectangular and made of clear glass. It is 12 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep. The vases were manufactured in China.
WHY: The glass vases can break or fracture when a consumer picks them up, posing a laceration hazard.
INCIDENTS: Four reports of the vase shattering and causing lacerations to the hands. One person had surgery; two people needed stitches.
HOW MANY: About 28,000 in the U.S. and 1,800 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 800-642-4235 or visit www.michaels.com .
DETAILS: The “Kidgets” Animal Sock Top Slippers were sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores from September through October for about $5. The recalled children’s slippers have brown or tan dog faces, yellow duck faces and tan lion faces. The name “Kidgets” and the size appear inside the slippers on the soles. “FD9619108020690611” is printed inside the slippers on the side.
WHY: The animal’s eyes can detach from the slippers, posing a choking hazard to young children.
INCIDENTS: No injuries were reported.
HOW MANY: About 160,000
FOR MORE: Call 800-547-0359 or visit www.familydollar.com .