Massive Mattel/Fisher-Price Recall–Toys & Baby Gear

Four recalls at once?! Supposedly, Fisher-Price, along with the CPSC, made the decision to announce all of these recalls at once in order to make it easier on parents so they "would hear the news one time and be able to visit our website one time to respond to all of these recalls." 

Recalled products include tricycles, infant toys with inflatable balls, some Little People toys as well as highchairs adding another four recalls to an almost 20 Fisher Price recalls in the last five years :0

Though, if you have the recalled products, you should definitely get your replacement parts, none of it seems to be a cause for major panic.  I've summarized each recall for your reading pleasure along with the list of recalled products.  Check out their website periodically over the next few days, because they seem to keep adding more lot numbers.

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The ‘Breast is Best’ Backlash from the Similac Recall

Can't we all just get along?

In the wake of last week's Simulac recall, there has been an enormous preponderance of "Breast is Best" and "Breast milk Never Gets Recalled" comments all over the media. Why must a formula recall  bring such smugness and feelings of superiority in so many pro-breastfeeding advocates?

Yes, in the best of all possible situations, breast milk is probably what's best for babies.  Best situation includes a healthy full term baby, a mother who is able to take proper care of herself and has access to the help she needs to get her nursing off to the right start, a mother who has the desire to breast feed and will not completely resent her baby and so on and so forth.

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Similac Infant Formula Recalled due to Beetle infestation

Abbot Laboratories, the makers of Similac infant Formula, have announced a voluntary recall of about 5 million containers of their powder formula.  The reason? Brace yourself.

You know how people always make those dumb cracks about kids who eat bugs getting extra protein?

Pieces of beetles and beetle larvae were found both in the formula and in the plant that produces the formula. Ewwwww.

According the the FDA, there should be "no immediate health risk" to babies who have consumed this formula, but could experience symptoms of "gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract." 

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Repurposing tainted eggs?!

Need another reason to avoid processed foods?

According to NBC, The Iowa company which is responsible for the massive egg recall has announced that they will be pasteurizing them, turning them into 'liquid eggs' and using them in a variety of products.

The FDA insists that this is perfectly safe, and I assume that it is…if the companies in question actually do a  thorough job pasteurizing them.

I just can't get past the ick factor on this one.

Do you need to toss the eggs in your fridge? Details of the ongoing egg recall

As you may have heard, there has been a massive, ongoing egg recall.

For your panicking pleasure, here are the latest details from the FDA:

Shell Eggs Recall Product List

How can I tell if my eggs have been recalled?

Playing it Safe with Eggs

Basically, you should check your fridge for the recalled companies and lot numbers.

You should also cook eggs thoroughly (particularly for your kids!) and and wash your hands after before and after handling eggs (though, you should really do that whenever you are handling food.)

Oh, and buy organic and all-natural eggs doesn't hurt–the recall doesn't seem to be affecting those companies.

An Update on the McNeil Recall of Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec

If you've been wondering when infants' and children's liquid Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec would reappear on drugstore shelves, the answer is no time soon.

Today, I received a letter from McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Ironically addressed to Mrs. Bernstein, despite the fact that my husband was actually the one who spoke to McNeil on the phone to secure our refund!) to update me on the status of recalled products.

The gist of the letter is basically that they are "conducting a comprehensive quality review…and have identified corrective actions that we will take before we begin manufacturing at the plant where the recalled products were made" and that it take at least until the end of 2010 before they are able to begin selling these medications again.

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