21 September 2007 Recall of Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water

MOM Enterprises Inc., and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have announced that Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, with a code of 26952V and expiration date of October 2008 (10/08) is being recalled due to the presence of Cryptosporidium infection. The product is labeled Baby’s Bliss. Pediatrician Recommended Gripe Water. Apple Flavor.

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EPA Adds Seven Sites and Proposes 12 Sites to the Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding seven new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the list for investigation and clean-up. The list, known as National Priorities List (NPL), sets priorities under the federal Superfund program that addresses complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

Contaminants found at the final and proposed sites include arsenic, barium, benzene, beryllium, cadmium, cesium-137, chromium, copper, 1,1-dichloroethane, dioxins, lead, mercury, naphthalene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans silver,  tetrachloroethene (PCE), thorium-230, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloroethene (TCE), and zinc, and other metals.

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Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Voluntary Recall of ‘Dole Hearts Delight’ Packaged Salads

On September 17, Dole Fresh Vegetables announced that it is voluntarily recalling all salad bearing the label “Dole Hearts Delight” sold in the U.S. and Canada with a “best if used by (BIUB)” date of September 19, 2007, and a production code of “A24924A” or “A24924B” stamped on the package.  The “best if use by (BIUB)” code date can be located in the upper right hand corner of the front of the bag.  The salad was sold in plastic bags of 227 grams in Canada and one-half pound in the U.S., with UPC code 071430-01038.

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28 August 2007 Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls toys

Many brands of toys have been recalled due to lead in the paint. Please go to for continuing details about product updates.

“Usually, at the levels lead is found in toys, a single bite or fleck of paint would not cause any problems,” said Dr. John G. Benitez, associate professor of environmental medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York and Managing Director of the RA Lawrence Poison Center.

“Just like old lead paint chips from older homes, a single chip or a few chips would not hurt a child. It is the continual exposure over time that would cause elevated blood lead levels and their consequent health effects on the child,” said Benitez.

If you have any questions or concerns ALWAYS feel free to call our emergency line: 1-800-222-1222.

4 June 2007 FDA issues warning about some toothpaste brands

The FDA has issued a warning about CERTAIN brands of toothpaste imported from China. Click here for a link to the FDA warning. If you have one of these products we recommend you stop using it and contact your vendor. If you have any health questions please call your poison center.

March 2007: Spinach, Peanut Butter, Lunchbox Lead – What’s Next? “This has been a year where it seems nothing is harmless – be it the peanut butter sandwich or the lunchbox itself,” said Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., the medical director of the center, which serves the 12-county Finger Lakes area. “People are increasingly concerned about food poisoning, lead poisoning and carbon monoxide poisoning, in addition to the more common poisons that are routinely stored under kitchen sinks, medicine cabinets, or in the garage.” And no one knows what the next culprit will be, because just about anything can be a poison; it’s just a matter of amount. “Take water poisoning, for instance. People can even drink so much of the bottled sort that they dilute their body’s natural levels of electrolytes,” Lawrence said. But don’t stop drinking just yet; those cases are rare. There are much more pertinent tips that cautious parents, grandparents, and babysitters should heed. The center recommends taking control of the following potential scares:

  • Beware of carbon monoxide. If you and your cohabitants seem dizzy, nauseated, sleepy, or if you all exhibit other flu-like symptoms, it may be a signal of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially if symptoms clear up when you leave your home. Having a detector installed (for about $30) and your appliances inspected regularly are both inexpensive ways to buy peace of mind.
  • Don’t over-rely on child-resistant caps. These caps are not perfectly childproof; they increase the difficulty of opening products that could be harmful to youngsters, but they do not eliminate risk completely. Keep them out of reach and take your medication out of sight (kids like to mimic adults).
  • Treat vitamins like medicine. In large quantities, they could make children ill.
  • Learn about lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can slow down neurological development and cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and, at high levels, even seizures, coma and death. Children are routinely screened at pediatric visits, and every county in New York State has a lead prevention centers. When you’re stripping or painting an old house (one constructed in 1978 or earlier, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned paint in lead), you may wish to consult experts who can recommend protective measures.
  • Watch out for look-alike products. Bright blues, pinks, and greens may confuse children. Window cleaners and engine coolants may look a lot like a favorite sports drink or juice, and antifreeze is even sweet to the taste. Never store products in soda bottles or similar food and drink containers, and teach kids to ask first before they help themselves to beverages.
  • Make old medications unpalatable before trashing them. Unused or expired medicines should be thrown in the trash, not flushed down toilets, according to the newest federal guidelines that aim to protect both ground water and the helpful bacteria that reside in sewage treatment facilities. For extra protection against accidental ingestion by kids and pets, discard medicines in impermeable, nondescript containers, mixed with coffee grounds or kitty litter.

February 15, 2007: FDA is warning consumers not to eat from CERTAIN jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter. Affected jars have a product codes STARTING with the number 2111.

If the jar has been purchased since MAY 2006 it should be discarded, according to the FDA.

If you have any symptoms of illness (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) contact your primary care physician.

The problem seems to be gastrointestinal illness from Salmonella. For further information, please click the linke to the FDA notice below:

8 September2006: FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers of the seizure of Ellagimax capsules, Coral Max capsules, Coral Max without Iron capsules, and Advanced Arthritis Support capsules distributed by Advantage Nutraceuticals, LLC, because the products, labeled as dietary supplements, are being promoted to treat serious disease conditions, including but not limited to cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and seizures. The products have not been shown to be safe and effective to treat these conditions and have not been approved by the FDA and are therefore in violation of the new drug and misbranding provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

FDA advises consumers who may be taking these products to consult their physicians.

Read the complete MedWatch 2006 Safety Summary, including links to the FDA press release at:

August 2, 2006 – HEAT WARNING: Not your typical poison, but exposure to heat can cause medical problems too. Please “click here” to read information from the CDC on ways to protect yourself.

August 2,2006 – The Mentholatum Company and FDA notified consumers and healthcare professionals about a nationwide recall of WellPatch Cough & Cold Soothing Vapor Pads due to potential serious adverse health effects that could result if the product is ingested by a child removing the patch and chewing on it. This product contains camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol. Possible adverse events associated with chewing or ingesting products containing camphor or eucalyptus oils can vary from minor symptoms, such as burning sensation in the mouth, headache, nausea and vomiting, to more severe reactions, such as seizures. Read the complete MedWatch Safety summary, including a link to the firm press release, at;

19 July 2006- The FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers of a warning not to purchase or consume Zimaxx, Libidus, Neophase, Nasutra, Vigor-25, Actra-Rx, or 4EVERON, illegal drugs with undeclared ingredients that are promoted and sold on web sites as “dietary supplements” for treating erectile dysfunction and enhancing sexual performance. These products have not been approved by FDA, and there is no guarantee of their safety and effectiveness, or of the purity of their ingredients. They pose a threat to consumers because the undeclared ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. FDA advises consumers who have used any of these products to discontinue use and to consult their healthcare provider. Read the complete MedWatch 2006 Safety summary, including a link to the FDA News Release here:
FDA News Release / Safety Summary

16 March 06: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned several manufacturers and distributors of unapproved drugs containing steroids that are marketed as dietary supplements and promoted for building muscle and increasing strength that the products may cause serious long-term adverse health consequences in men, women, and children. These products claim to be anabolic and problems associated with anabolic steroids include: liver toxicity, testicular atrophy and male infertility, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in males, and short stature in children. Anabolic steroids are also associated with causing adverse effects on blood lipid levels, and a potential to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Consumers who have any of the following products should stop taking them and return them to their place of purchase:

Anabolic Xtreme Superdrol- manufactured for Anabolic Resources LLC, Gilbert, Arizona
Methyl-1-P, manufactured for Legal Gear, Brighton, MI

Read the complete MedWatch 2006 Safety summary, including links to the FDA Press release and Warning Letters to manufacturers and distributors of illegal steroid products sold as dietary supplements at:

14 Feb 06 Local hospital found a bacteria (Legionella) in its water supply after conducting routine water quality tests. More info click here.

For CDC information on Legionella click here.

Press Release on Toxic Mushroom Danger: click here. (19SEP05)

Recall of Infants’ Oral Drops Containing Enclosed Syringe: click here. (1AUG05)

Recall of Children’s Tylenol Meltaways, Softchews and Jr. Meltaways: click here. (7JUN05)

Important Information for the Public and Health Care Providers regarding dextromethorphan: click here. (20May05)

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