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Recall Roundup: August 5, 2021

As a consumer, you have the right to know about any defects or problems with the products you buy. When food, medicine, or consumer products are found to be contaminated, hazardous, or otherwise unsafe, they may be subject to a recall. ASK LLP keeps you up to date on the latest news about the safety and efficacy of common items we use every day. Check back often to stay informed on the most recent recalls and subscribe to our blog to get updates sent right to your inbox. If you have been injured by a recalled product, you can reach out to ASK LLP for a free case evaluation.

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Current Recalls We’re Watching:

CPAP Recall
A Class I recall has been issued for several models of ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines manufactured by Philips Respironics. The devices were first recalled in June 2021. According to the recall notice, “The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which is used to reduce sound and vibration in these affected devices, may break down and potentially enter the device’s air pathway. If this occurs, black debris from the foam or certain chemicals released into the device’s air pathway may be inhaled or swallowed by the person using the device.” Philips issued a letter to customers on June 14, 2021 addressing the recall.

The updated recall alert issued by the FDA on July 29, 2021 states, “The exposure to debris or chemicals could cause serious adverse events in patients such as irritation (skin, eye, and respiratory tract), inflammation, headache, asthma, hypersensitivity, nausea/vomiting, adverse effects to other organs (e.g., kidneys and liver) and toxic carcinogenic effects.” The recalled devices were manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021 and include the DreamStation, DreamStation Go, DreamStation ASV, A-Series BiPAP A40 and A30, and Dorma 400 and 500, among others. A full list of affected devices can be found here. If you or someone you know has a recalled CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator device, contact ASK LLP for a free case review.

Dollar General Lounge Chairs
On August 4, 2021, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of fabric sling lounge chairs sold by Dollar General. The chairs were manufactured by Shanghai Worth Garden Products Co. Ltd, of Shanghai, China. They were sold between January 2019 and September 2019 at Dollar General stores nationwide. According to the recall alert, there have been 3 reports of the chairs collapsing, “resulting in amputations or lacerations to fingers from the metal folding joints”. The lounge chairs have a white frame with blue or green fabric. More details and photos of the recalled chairs can be found on the CPSC recall notice.

Spinach Recalled for Salmonella Risk
On July 28, 2021, BrightFarms announced a voluntary recall of several varieties of packaged salad greens. This is an expansion of a recall previously issued on July 15. The recall only affects products grown in an indoor facility in Rochelle, Illinois. The packaged salad greens were sold at grocery stores in several states in the Midwest, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. According to the recall notice, “In addition to today’s voluntary recall, the company has already begun taking steps to enhance their already rigorous food safety protocols, including testing all products produced in its Rochelle facility for exposure to Salmonella prior to distribution.” So far, 11 illnesses have been reported. If you or someone you know became ill after eating BrightFarms packaged salad greens, contact ASK LLP for a free case review. A full list of products impacted by the recall can be found here.