Product recalls announced in recent weeks. Details are available, in most cases, at www.cpsc.gov and other websites or the telephone numbers listed.
About 18,500 magnetic maze boards, manufactured in China by Lakeshore Learning Materials of Carson, Calif., are being recalled because the wand can separate and expose a magnet. This could pose a choking hazard. Also if more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause potentially fatal intestinal perforations or blockages. The company has received no reports of injuries. The boards were sold at Lakeshore Learning Materials stores nationwide, as well as through the company's website and catalog, between January 2009 and May 2010. Call 800-428-4414.
Queseria Chipilo, of Passaic, N.J., is recalling certain packages of cheese products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and in others with weakened immune systems. The company says no illnesses have been reported. The recalled cheese products include Oaxaca String Cheese, Queso Fresco and Queso Fresco Hoja De Platano. Call 973-685-7148 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
About 25,000 slow cookers, made in China and imported and distributed by Sensio Inc. of Montreal, are being recalled because the control panels can overheat and melt. This poses a fire hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported. The company said it has received 60 reports of the control panels smoking, melting and sparking. It also received three reports of panels catching fire. The recall involves the Bella Kitchen 5-quart programmable slow cookers, with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909. The product was sold at Kohl's stores from July 2009 through December 2009. Call 888-296-9675.
About 9,000 Sharp 32-inch LCD TVs, manufactured in China by Sharp Electronics Corp. of Mahwah, N.J., are being recalled because the neck support can break and allow the televisions to tip over. No incidents have been reported. The TVs were sold nationwide March-August 2010. Call 800-291-4289 or visit www.sharpusa.com.