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HTMLProduct Safety Update from Capitol Hill (Part Three)
Matthew Cohen; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
Earlier this year, we began a series of blog entries to update our readers on legislative efforts on Capitol Hill that affect stakeholders within the product safety arena. Over the summer, we updated you on an amendment to an appropriations bill passed in the House of Representatives that would...

 

HTML1.2 Million Smoke Alarms Recalled in US
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014
Kidde has voluntarily recalled 1.2 million residential hardwired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms in the US due to potential failure to sound, according to the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission. The smoke alarm model i12010S and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm models...

 

HTMLMars Recalls Theater Box M&M’s
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014
Mars Chocolate North America is voluntarily recalling some of their M&M's. The chocolate candy was sold in 3.4 ounce theater boxes and had undeclared peanut butter inside. While the products contained peanuts, the food wasn't listed on the ingredient label.

 

HTMLArtificial Sweeteners Shown to Cause Blood Sugar Issues
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 21, 2014
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have recently released the results of a study showing how artificial sweeteners can increase blood-sugar levels. Data revealed in mice and some human models showed the way these substances interact with bacteria in the gut could be harmful.

 

HTMLIKEA Recalls Child Swing Due to Potential Hazard
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014
IKEA has recalled their GUNGGUNG Swing, which is intended for children ages three to seven, and can be used indoors or outdoors, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall follows four reported incidents worldwide - one in Germany, two is Australia and one in Canada -...

 

HTMLGround Black Pepper Recalled Nationwide
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 21, 2014
Gel Spice Company of Bayonne, New Jersey, has voluntarily recalled 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper due to a possible Salmonella risk. The recall came as a response to samples taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which revealed the finished product contained the bacteria.

 

HTMLPhthalates Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014
A recent study by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health uncovered a relationship between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to phthalates, which are found in a wide range of common plastic products.

 

HTMLProcter and Gamble to Remove Plastic Beads from Toothpaste
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 21, 2014
The maker of Crest toothpaste, Procter and Gamble, has begun removing polyethylene beads from its products after a dental professional raised awareness regarding the negative effects the beads can have in people's mouths.

 

HTMLCPSC Poised to Ban High-Powered Magnet Sets
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
Although the final rule currently under consideration by the CPSC sets a performance standard for magnet sets, the practical effect of the new safety standard will be a ban on the future sale or distribution of powerful rare earth magnet sets like Buckyballs and Zen Magnets. During the height of...

 

HTMLE-Cigarette Smoke Contains Harmful Metals
Seth A. Katz; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
Researchers at the University of Southern California studied electronic cigarettes and found the products' smoke contains high levels of toxic metals, according to a statement from the university.

 


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