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Consumer product safety information

By Nancy Paradis, Times Staff Writer
Published May 28, 2007


Off-road motorcycles

Company: KTM North America Inc.

Why? The seal around the fuel tank can loosen, allowing fuel to leak and posing a fire hazard.

What models? KTM off-road motorcycles, model years 2005-2007 with various serial numbers.

Where sold? KTM dealers.

What to do? Contact KTM dealer for free repair.

For information: Toll-free 1-888-985-6090;

Soldier Bear toy sets

Company: AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service)

Why? High lead content.

What models? Invincibles Transport Converters Toy Sets, with model number (88931) and UPC (6 98567 88931 4). The back of the action figures are marked with letters "TC-ST."

Where sold? AAFES stores.

What to do? Return to nearest AAFES store for refund.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-866-3605;

Discovery Bunny books

Company: Bookspan

Why? The seam on the bunny's left hind leg can open, exposing a plastic squeaker toy inside a cloth bag, posing a choking hazard.

What models? Discovery Bunny yellow cloth books with a yellow and white plush stuffed bunnies in the midsection opening to a six-page cloth book. The midsection of the yellow and white plush stuffed bunny opens to a six-page cloth book.

Where sold? Bookspan mail-order catalogs and (to book club members only).

What to do? Discard. Customers will receive full credit on book club account. Customers of record have been notified by mail.

For information: Toll-free 1-888-793-6514;

Baby Buddy clip-on books

Company: Bookspan.

Why? The metal clip used to attach the book to a stroller or article of clothing can break, posing a choking hazard.

What models? Baby Buddy clip-on clothes/stroller books. The 4-inch round book titled Baby Faces displays eight babies making faces that correspond with the emotion listed on the page. A wooden bead strap with 10 small beads and four wooden circles is attached to the book. Baby Buddy is one of six books sold in a set.

Where sold? Bookspan mail-order catalogs and (book club members only).

What to do? Discard or return to Bookspan. Consumers will receive a full credit on their book club account. Bookspan has notified purchasers of record by mail.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-509-2997;

Margaret Holmes seasoned turnip greens

Company: McCall Farms.

Why? Trace amounts of diesel fuel have been found in the product.

What models? 27-ounce cans of Margaret Holmes seasoned turnip greens with the product code TURN3 K10GY and a best-by date of November 2009.

What to do? Return to place of purchase for refund.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-277-2012.

Raw chicken sausage products

Company: Kayem Foods Inc.

Why? The product label doesn't list wheat, a potential known allergen, as an ingredient.

What models? 1-pound packages of "al fresco, MANGO CHIPOTLE, sweet and spicy CHICKEN SAUSAGE." Each label bears the establishment number P-18388 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Where sold? Retail stores.

For information: (617) 889-1600, ext. 224.

Sesame Tahini

Company: Whole Foods Market.

Why? Possible salmonella contamination.

What models? 16-ounce jars of 365 Organic Everyday Value Sesame Tahini.

Where sold? Whole Foods Market stores.

For information: (512) 477-5566, ext. 20656.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert on Avandia (rosiglitazone), a drug approved to treat Type 2 diabetes, because of a potentially significant increase in the risk of heart attack and heart-related deaths in patients taking the drug. Patients who are taking Avandia, especially those who are known to have underlying heart disease or who are at high risk of heart attack, should talk to their doctor.

Sources: Consumer Product Safety Commission (; U.S. Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Department of Agriculture (; and wire reports.

[Last modified May 25, 2007, 12:27:22]

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