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FDA Joins in Announcing Recall of Potentially Contaminated Liquid-Filled Teethers Manufactured by 'The First Years'

Jan 31, 2006 | Newsinferno News Staff

As we reported yesterday, in an effort to head off any possible illnesses due to possible bacterial contamination, The First Years, a manufacturer of baby products, issued an immediate voluntary recall of six different models of its liquid-filled teethers.

The company took this action in accordance with its corporate policy of “providing parents with safe, high-quality products” and advised consumers to “stop using the teethers immediately.” At present, no illnesses associated with the teethers have been reported.

According to the release issued by The First Years: “The liquid inside the teethers may contain pseudomonas aeruginosa and pseudomonas putida which can cause serious illness in children if the teether is punctured and the liquid from the teether is ingested.”

In order to facilitate the recall and return of the affected teethers, consumers are asked to place any recalled item in a sealed plastic bag, regardless of condition, and send it to:

In the United States: Parent Service Center, RC2/The First Years, 100 Technology Center Drive, Stoughton, Massachusetts, 02072.

In Canada: KRG Logistics Inc., 170 Traders Blvd., East Mississauga, ONT L4Z 1W7.

Consumers should include their mailing address in the envelope to receive a replacement teether and free gift.

 For additional information, consumers can contact The First Years Parent Service Center at 1-866-725-4407, or by email at parentservicecenter@thefirstyears.com.

The FDA added its considerable weight to the recall announcement by specifying the exact models being recalled along with some additional information that consumers may find helpful.

The recalled products include;

•    Disney Days of Hunny Soft Cool Ring Teether--Style# Y1447
•    Disney Soft Cool Ring Teether--Style# Y1470
•    Disney Soft Cool Ring Teether--Style# Y1490
•    The First Years® Cool Animal Teether/Fish, Zebra and Dinosaur designs--Style# Y1473
•    The First Years® Floating Friends Teether-- Style# Y1474
•    Sesame Beginnings™ Chill & Chew Teether-- Style# Y3095

This 6 different styles of liquid-filled teethers for infants (3+ months old) soothe gums during the feeding stage. The affected styles have the same general construction of a durable vinyl exterior with clear liquid pre-filled inside. Some designs have printed graphics while others have floating internal characters.

The teethers are sold nationwide including major retailers, grocery, drug and specialty stores from July 2005 to January 2006 for $2.99 to $3.99.

“This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration. Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787. Or, on the MedWatch web site at www.fda.gov/medwatch.”

 

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