Children’s game, blinds, blenders and cheese recalled from stores in Ontario

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Published December 31, 2023 at 4:06 pm

This week, Health Canada is issuing recalls for specific children’s toys, household items, and food products from the market due to significant health risks including burn and strangulation hazards, as well as potential mild to severe health risks if ingested.


Kluster magnetic game

Kluster magnetic game

The set comes with 24 hematite stones, a lanyard and a black cloth storage bag.

Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program found that the magnets fail to meet the performance criteria for small powerful magnets outlined in the general prohibitions of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

These magnets can easily be ingested by children of all ages, and pose serious and potentially life-threatening risks.

If multiple powerful magnets are ingested in a brief timeframe, they can attract each other while passing through the intestines, leading to twisting, blockages, or tearing of the intestinal walls.

The company reported that 15,392 units of the affected products were sold in Canada between February, 2021 to December, 2023.

Risks: Ingestion hazard.

What you should do: Consumers are advised to stop using the product and contact the company MJ Games for more information.

As of December 21, 2023, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.


Smartlux Manual Open Roll (No-Guard Mechanism) blinds

MANUAL OPEN ROLL WITH MECHANISM NO-GUARD

This recall applies to Smartlux Manual Open Roll (No-Guard Mechanism) blinds.

These roller shades do not have a covering over the roller and do not feature a guard mechanism.

The available colors include Black, White, Beige, Gray, and Cream.

Health Canada has found that the blinds subject to recall fail to meet the Corded Window Coverings Regulations.

The looped cords can be dangerous as young children may pull them around their necks, leading to entanglement and a risk of strangulation or death.

Health Canada recommends consumers to opt in for cordless window coverings.

The company reported that 5,962 units of the affected products were sold in Canada from May, 2021 to December, 2023.

Risks: Potential strangulation hazard.

What you should do: Individuals should discontinue using the recalled item and contact Les Entreprises Smartlux Inc. for a repair kit and instructions.

As of December 20, 2023, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.


BlendJet 2 Portable Blenders

BlendJet 2 Portable Blender

These portable blenders are available in various colors and designs.

Serial numbers featuring “blendjet2” and “The Original Portable Blender,” are located on the base’s bottom.

The blenders measure about 9.5 inches (24 cm) in height, 3 inches wide (8 cm), and weigh around 1.5 pounds.

Units falling within the serial number range 5201-5542 are subject to the recall. To check if your BlendJet 2 is affected, use the “Is my BlendJet 2 Recalled?” tool here.

The issue is, the blenders may overheat or catch fire, and their blades can break off.

The company reported that 117,286 units of the affected products were sold in Canada and about 4.8 million were sold in the United States between October 2020 to November 2023.

Risks: Poses fire and laceration hazards.

What you should do: Individuals are advised to immediately stop using the product and contact BlendJet for a free replacement of the BlendJet 2 base unit.

As of December 14, 2023, the company reported one fire and 10 instances of metal blades breaking in Canada, with no reported injuries.

Outside of Canada (locations not specified) there have been approximately 319 reports of blades breaking during use and 16 cases of overheating or fires, resulting in property damage claims of about $150,000. Injuries included 49 minor burns and one minor laceration.


Various brands of gorgonzola truffle cheese

Le Grand Fromage - Front

The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to possible microbial contamination

The following cheeses are part of the recall:

  • Le Grand Fromage (various sizes) UPC: Starting with 0200250—All units sold at Le Grand Fromage 672E 2nd Ave, Box 1614 Fernie BC, and 320 Vernon St. Unit 1, Nelson BC, from December 12 to 24, 2023 inclusively.
  • Springbank Cheese Co. (various sizes) UPC: Starting with 0 202945—All units sold at Springbank Cheese Co. 7422 Crowfoot Rd NW, Calgary AB, and 10816 Macleod Trail Unit 304, Calgary AB, from December 4 to 24, 2023 inclusively.

Listeria monocytogenes-contaminated food may not show obvious signs, but can cause symptoms like vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness.

Pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems face higher risks.

While infected pregnant women may have mild symptoms, complications can include premature delivery, newborn infection, or stillbirth. In severe cases, illness may lead to death.

Risks: Health hazard.

What you should do: Consumers who suspect illness from eating the recalled item are urged to contact their healthcare provider. Individuals are also advised not to consume, serve, use, or sell, the cheese. The item must be disposed of or return recalled products to the purchase location.

As of Dec. 31, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is continuing to investigate the issue, which may lead to the recall of other products.


 

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