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Product recalls announced in recent weeks. Details are available in most cases at www.cpsc.gov and other websites or the telephone numbers listed.

Drill presses

About 500 Powertec drill presses, made in China by Southern Technologies of Mundelein, Ill., are being recalled because the motor housing can be pinched and pose a shock hazard. The company has received one report of a minor shock. The drill presses were sold at Blain's Farm and Fleet stores nationwide from November 2009 through February 2010. Call 877-393-7121.


Good Health Inc. of Canutillo, Texas, is recalling select lots of the dietary supplement Vialipro that could contain a compound that is chemically similar to the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil. This compound could interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease. If this compound interacts with nitrates, it could cause blood pressure to drop to dangerous levels. No incidents were immediately known. Call 866-607-0338.

Alfalfa sprouts

Certain alfalfa sprout products by Specialty Farms of Bridgeport, Conn., are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported.

The recall covers Specialty Farms brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend, UPC 1509800108, and Organic Sprout Salad, UPC 8192400024, in 4-ounce plastic containers with a best-if-sold-by date of Aug. 3; and Stop & Shop brand Natures Promise Organic Alfalfa Sprouts, 4-ounce containers and 8-ounce bags, UPC 8826704741 and 8826704102, and Natures Promise Organic Zesty Sprouts, 4-ounce containers, UPC 8826703903, with a best-if-sold-by date of Aug. 1. All products dated Aug. 4 and beyond are not included in this recall. Call 203-366-6919 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Smith & Noble of Corona, Calif., has added its name to the retailers joining a voluntary recall announced in December 2009. The recall involves 1.116 million roller shades that do not have a tension device attached to the continuous loop cord and all custom, made-to-order Roman shades. Brand names include Smith & Noble, Christopher Lowell by Smith & Noble, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds and Window Elements. The reason for the recall is that strangulations can occur when a child's neck gets entangled in either product. Call 877-228-7683 or visit www.smithandnoble.com/productrecallinformation.

Patio umbrellas

About 7,600 cantilever patio umbrellas with solar lights, manufactured in China and imported by Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. of Union, N.J., are being recalled because a plastic connector can break and allow the umbrella to collapse. The company has received 21 reports of umbrellas collapsing, including three reports of injuries. The umbrellas were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond stores and online between February and June.

Bunk beds

About 405 Madeline bunk beds, manufactured in Vietnam and imported by Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, are being recalled because the shape of the end boards could pose an entrapment hazard. No incidents have been reported. The beds were sold at Pottery Barn Kids stores, as well as through the company's catalog and on its website, between July 2009 and March 2010. Call 888-779-8692 or visit www.potterybarnkids.com.

Dog treats

Merrick Pet Care Inc. has expanded its recall of dog treats that may be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals, and people who handle contaminated pet food can become infected, especially if they haven't thoroughly washed their hands. No illnesses have been reported, according to the Amarillo, Texas-based company. The newly recalled Beef Filet Squares, also sold as Texas Hold 'Ems, were sold in 10-ounce plastic bags marked with the best by date of May 6, 2012, and the lot number 10127. Call 800-664-7387.


DeBoles Nutritional Foods Inc. of Shreveport, La., is recalling DeBoles Kids Only! gluten free tubettini corn pasta because it could contain wheat pasta, which could be hazardous for individuals with wheat allergies. No incidents have been reported.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission is repeating a December 2009 recall of about 98,000 portable dehumidifiers because of additional reports of incidents involving these items. The dehumidifiers, manufactured in China by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., were recalled because an internal component can short circuit, posing a risk of fires.

The initial recall announcement included 11 reports of incidents involving the dehumidifiers. The company has since received four additional reports of fires, including one that resulted in significant damage. No injuries have been reported. The dehumidifiers were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and Heat Controller Inc. stores nationwide between January 2007 and June 2008. Call 877-220-0479 or visit www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com.


About 500 wooden toy rattles, manufactured in China and distributed by P. Graham Dunn, of Dalton, Ohio, are being recalled because the internal metal rattle can be exposed and pose a choking hazard. The company has received four reports of exposed rattles, but no reports of injuries. The rattles were sold by gift and book stores around the country between June and July. Call 800-828-5260.

Baby monitors

About 800 Levana wireless video baby monitors, manufactured in China and distributed by Circus World Displays Limited of Ontario, Canada, are being recalled because the wiring can overheat, posing a burn hazard. The company has received two reports of overheated cameras, but no reports of injuries. The cameras were sold by BB Buggy and Health and Safety stores, as well as online. Call 866-946-7828.