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Fire sweeps through Samsung lithium-ion battery plant

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A Samsung facility in Northern China that manufactures lithium-ion batteries, including those blamed for the demise of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, burst into flames Wednesday morning. Fire emergency officials in Tianjin’s Wuqing District branch announced the incident on an official Weibo microblog account that the “material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products.” They added that 110 firefighters and 19 trucks were sent to extinguish the fire. The incident occurred around 6 a.m. inside Samsung’s SDI Co Ltd factory. SDI, along with China’s Amperex Technology Ltd. manufactured the lithium-ion batteries that powered ... Read More

Children suffering chemical eye burns from laundry detergent pods

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An increasing number of toddlers and young children are suffering serious chemical burns in their eyes from household laundry detergent pods, according to a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Researchers with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked into the incidence of eye injuries in young children caused by the detergent packets and found that from 2012 to 2015, more than 1,200 3- and 4-year-olds suffered such injuries from the pods. The increase in reports was also significant, beginning with no reports in one year to nearly 500 per year. The chemical eye burns can occur when the ... Read More

Metal bits found in chewing tobacco, dip prompts recall

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Complaints from customers who have spotted sharp metal objects in cans of chewing or dipping tobacco have prompted Virginia-based U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC), a part of Altria, to recall some of its smokeless tobacco products. Brands affected by the chewing tobacco recall include Copenhagen, Skoal, Cope and Husky. A list of brands and product codes affected by the recall can be found on the company’s press release. All of the recalled tobacco products were manufactured at the company’s Franklin Park, Illinois, facility and shipped nationwide. The company received eight customer complaints from Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin and ... Read More

IKEA recalls beach chairs after reports of fingertip amputations


Popular furniture manufacturer and retailer IKEA is recalling more than 30,000 beach chairs after receiving 10 reports of people becoming injured after the chair collapsed while they were sitting on it. Six of those injuries involved fingertip amputations. The recall affects the IKEA MYSINGSÖ beach chair, which have wooden bases and attached polyester fabric seats. They were sold in stores and online between February 2013 and December 2016. Consumers with the recalled beach chairs do not need to show proof of purchase for a full refund or replacement. They need only return the chairs at any IKEA store. “After washing the fabric ... Read More

Medical experts advise against baby monitors that track heart rate, breathing

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Baby monitors that track infants’ vital signs may offer parents peace of mind, but there is no evidence that the devices are safe, accurate or effective, according to a review in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The emerging line of baby monitors from various manufacturers track an infant’s oxygen saturation or pulse rate through wearable devices like smart socks, onesies or diaper clips that record information and send it to parents through a smart phone app. Manufacturers of these devices don’t claim outright that monitoring will help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. But they do say ... Read More

J&J agrees to pay $5 million over false claims with its bedtime bath products

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It took six long years, but Johnson & Johnson is finally ready to settle a class action lawsuit by a group of consumers who took issue with the company’s advertisement claims that its bedtime bath products were “clinically proven” to help babies sleep better. The consumer health care giant asked an Illinois federal judge to approve its payout of $5 million to settle the claims. The national class was certified in August and a preliminary agreement was approved by U.S. District Judge Eline Bucklo. The agreement will be final as soon as she gives the last nod. Johnson & Johnson says ... Read More

New federal regulations for sling carriers aim to improve child safety

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Sling carriers, used by caregivers to hold infants and young children close to the body hands-free, have their own federal safety standards as of last week, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the change. Previously baby slings were regulated under ASTM International voluntary standards, and the new regulations, approved Jan. 11, incorporate those standards while also requiring warning labels to be attached to the slings along more than one side, making them more permanent, according to a CPSC press release. The new federal regulations for sling carriers aim to improve child safety. “Between January 2003 and September 2016, 159 ... Read More

Ban on tiny, high-powered magnets has been lifted


After years of debate, the ban on tiny, high-powered magnets has been lifted. A December 2016 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the original import ban on the magnet sets, used as adult stress relievers, and they are now back on the market, according to Fox News. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  cited safety concerns when it asked about a dozen manufacturers of the magnet sets to remove the products from the market in 2012. The CPSC received reports of nearly 3,000 children ending up in the emergency room from 2009 to ... Read More

More reports of mold inside Sophie the Giraffe teething toys

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Pediatric dentist Dana Chianese was cleaning her daughter’s Sophie the Giraffe teething toy recently when she noticed something smelly coming from the plastic toy. She decided to investigate and cut open the hollowed-out giraffe. What she found was jolting. It resembled a “science experiment,” she says. Gobs of black mold coated the inside of the toy that her infant daughter regularly put in her mouth to chew on to relieve the pain of teething. She reported the problem to Good Housekeeping. Sophie the Giraffe is made by French company Vulli and comes with a warning that the toy can become damaged ... Read More

Jessica Alba’s Honest organic baby powder recalled due to possible contamination

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The Honest Company, co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, has confessed that it’s organic baby powder may be contaminated with microorganisms that could cause eye and skin infections. A recall has been issued. The powder was sold nationwide in 4 oz. containers with the UPC #817810014529, and was distributed to stores April 14, 2016. No other The Honest Company products are affected by the recall. Alba founded the company in 2012 with Christopher Gavigan. By 2015, Alba landed on the cover of Forbes for her growing empire. The Honest Company, which focuses on non-toxic, organic products, is now valued at $1.7 ... Read More