Children’s products, necklace, water beads, food dehydrator and garage heaters all recalled in Ontario


Published May 7, 2023 at 1:06 pm

Health Canada reports that multiple products have been recalled from stores in Ontario this week due to potential health and safety risks.

Mississauga and Brampton residents are advised to check if they have these items at home and avoid using them by throwing the product away or returning them for a refund.

Souris Mini Teethers and Pacifier Clips

Teether model N00L6009L

Various Souris Mini teethers and pacifier clips composed of silicone and wooden beads are impacted by the recall.

The teethers and pacifier clips can break releasing the silicone and wooden beads.

The following model numbers are being recalled:

  • N00L6008L
  • N00L6108L
  • N00L6308L
  • N00L6708L
  • N00L6109L
  • N00L6509L
  • N00L6709L
  • N00L6309L
  • N00L6009L
  • N00L6709L
  • N00L6708L
  • N00L6509L
  • N00L6309L
  • N00L6308L
  • N00L6109L
  • N00L6108L
  • N00L6009L
  • N00L6008L

Risk: Potential choking hazard for babies and young children.

What you should do: Immediately stop using the products and dispose of them.

As of April 21, 2023, the company has received one incident of a teether breaking, causing the beads to come loose. No injuries have been reported.

Souris Mini Necklace Set with Cat Pendants

Set of two necklaces with cat pendants

A set of two coloured glass bead necklaces with metallic cat pendants are the affected products being recalled.

One necklace has a pink coloured cat pendant and the other has a white coloured cat pendant.

Each necklace includes a metal charm with the inscription “Mini Mouse” and another with the inscription “BFF”.

The following is the UPC 00106684783. The style number is S23C5219C. Both can be found on the back of the product packaging.

According to Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program it has been determined that the recalled jewellery contains lead in excess of allowable limits.

Under the Children’s Jewellery Regulations of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, it is illegal to import, advertise or sell jewellery items that appeal primarily to children under 15 years of age and contain more than 90 mg/kg total lead.

Risk: Poses health risks including anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, serious brain injury, convulsions, coma, and prolonged exposure can effect the liver, kidneys, heart and immune system. In extreme cases, there have been deaths.

What you should do: Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewellery away from children and return it by mail for a replacement.

As of April 26, 2023, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.

Sahara Folding Food Dehydrators

Recalled Sahara Folding Food Dehydrator

The Brod & Taylor Sahara folding food dehydrators with serial numbers between 12139055 and 12140194 are being recalled.

The dehydrator has seven shelves, two front glass doors and folds to one third its size for storage. The back panel of each dehydrator has the model number DR710, the production code CCAE.

The heater fan can fail and cause the components to overheat.

Risk: Poses a fire hazard.

What you should do:Stop using the item and remove the polyester air filter. Consumers should then contact Berkshire Innovations for a free non-flammable metal screen air filter.

Water beads

Colored water beads in child's palms

The tiny beads, also known as jelly beads, hydro orbs, crystal soil, sensory beads or orb beads, are water-absorbing gel beads that can grow up to 1,500 times their size when placed in water.

Water beads can be harmful if swallowed or put in the ears or nose.

If ingested, water beads can continue to grow inside the body leading to potentially life-threatening injuries, such as intestinal or bowel obstruction.

Water beads can be found in a wide range of products that may be accessible to children, such as toys, art kits, stress balls, foot baths, vase fillers, and gardening products.

The beads are usually sold in their dehydrated form in individual containers. The beads may be promoted to parents and caregivers of young children, specifically for use in sensory bins.

Water beads are typically brightly coloured. This may lead young children or adults with cognitive impairment to mistake them for candy.

These beads are  small, slippery, and bouncy, allowing them to roll away from their initial location.

In several incidents, children gained access to beads that had rolled to another area of the home and were overlooked during clean-up.

Risk: Poses aspiration, choking, or bowel obstruction injuries.

What you should do: Water beads and products containing them should be kept out of sight and reach of children. If consumers suspect that their child has ingested a water bead, they are advised to call the Canadian Poison Centre hotline at 1-844-POISON-X.

From June 20, 2011, to January 31, 2023, Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Program received six reports related to water beads. Three of the reports involved an injury, one of which was severe.

Thermosphere and Mastercraft Ceiling-Mounted Utility Workshop/Garage Heater

Mastercraft Electric Utility Workshop/Garage Heater Sold at Canadian Tire with 2020 date code

Mastercraft model EH-4604BY products with date codes ending in 2020 and 2021 are the products affected.

Risk: May pose a fire and burn hazard.

What you should do: Discontinue use and take the product back to the place of purchase for an exchange or refund.

As of April 17, 2023, the companies have received 17 reports of incidents in Canada and no report of injuries.

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