Whether from foreign objects or deadly bacteria, food contamination is a dangerous occurrence that pops up in headlines now and then, especially if the result is consumer injury or death. Fortunately, this wasn't the case for two food manufacturers recently when machinery failure resulted in possible defective products that were recalled in order to protect the public. No cases of injury were reported but this type of mistake could have easily taken a different turn.
A recent product recall shows how some rebuilt, refurbished or defective products can create a risk for consumer injury or death if the products are not manufactured according to federal safety laws. About 1,500 mattresses that have been sold in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for not meeting federal flammability standards.
In an increasingly global economy, more and more products are being imported to the U.S. from foreign markets. Children's toys are no exception to this rule. In fact, the U.S. imports more than 30,000 tons of foreign-made toys each year, accounting for 95 percent of all toys sold here. According to a report by the American Association of Justice, this flood of imported toys has coincided with a marked increase in the number of child injuries and deaths every year. Unfortunately, they say, the Consumer Product Safety Commission may be ill equipped to handle this influx of dangerous toys.
Many parents use the popular Bumbo seat to help their babies sit up by themselves. The single piece of molded foam wraps around the baby's back, and the seat includes leg holes. While babies can sit in the seats without support, they are able to move. If the seats are placed on raised surfaces such as a tables or countertops, infants placed in the seats could fall out, posing a risk of injuries.