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More cold packs recalled due to leaking gels

Consumer Reports News: June 11, 2012 12:08 PM

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More leaky Arctic Zone and Cryofreeze gel packs are being recalled by California Innovations, based in Toronto. Consumers may become ill from accidentally ingesting the packs' contents—diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol gels—in large quantities, warns the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you own any of the recalled gel packs, stop using them, and safely dispose of a leaking hot-and-cold pack in accordance with local regulations.

This recall is an expansion of earlier recalls of expandable lunch boxes and Travelin' Chef thermal food carriers.

It's especially important to keep foods safe over summer, say at a picnic or on a camping trip. One tip: Store prepared foods—mayonnaise-based egg salad, for example—in a cooler, chilled by bags of ice. Also keep such foods away from raw meats, which should be transported in their own chilled carrier. Get more food-safety tips.

California Innovations is offering cash refunds on certain leaky gel packs. For more information, visit the company's website (www.californiainnovations.com) or call 800-722-2545.

Sources:
California Innovations Expands Recall of Freezer Gel Packs Due to Ingestion Hazard [CPSC]
Important Safety Recall Notice [California Innovations]

Paul Eng

   

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