King Arthur Flour Recalls Some 5lb Bags of Flour admin | February 22, 2013 King Arthur Flour has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of its bags of flour due to the possible presence of small (7-9 mm) blue polyurethane balls that are used in the sifting process. The balls have a smooth surface and no sharp edges and are made from food grade material. Because of their bright blue color and size (about half the diameter of a dime), they are easily seen in the flour.Only 5-lb.
January 10, 2013
Name of Product: High-pressure scuba diving air hoses
Units: About 40
Importer: A-Plus Marine Supply, Inc., of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Hazard: The diving hose that connects the regulator to the tank’s pressure gauge can separate reducing the available air supply to the diver, posing a drowning hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: A-Plus has received three reports of hoses separating. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled air hoses are high-pressure scuba air hoses with a black, smooth rubber outer covering. They are about half a centimeter in diameter and 32 or 36 inches long. These hoses connect the regulator to the tank pressure gauge. The phrase “Scuba Diving High Pressure hose I.D. 3/16? (4.76 mm) W.P. 5000 PSI Exceeds SAE 100RT braid with Kevlar fiber from Dupont” is printed in white lettering on the hose’s outer covering. The hoses have metal fittings on each end. “CE EN 250 230” is stamped on the female side of the fitting and “12Q1” on the male side.
Sold at: Scuba diving retailers nationwide from April 2012 through June 2012 for about $34.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the hoses and contact A-Plus Marine for a free replacement hose.
Consumer Contact: A-Plus Marine; at (800) 352-2360, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.aplusmarine.com and click on the recall notice on High Pressure Braided Hose Safety Recall. Consumers can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Category: Tool and Hardware Recalls
January 10, 2013
Name of Product: Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries
Units: About 66 batteries (33 jackets with two battery packs each)
Importer: Columbia Sportswear Company, of Portland, Ore.
Hazard: The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm received one report of an overheating battery in Europe. No incidents or injuries were reported in the U.S.
Description: This recall involves battery packs that power heating systems in jackets. The black battery packs are 3.25 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.7 inches deep and marked with “Columbia” on the top and “OMNI-HEAT™” on the bottom of the pack. Part number 054978-001 is printed on the side of the battery label.
Two battery packs were included with styles from:
Fall 2011 Mens: Electro Amp™ Jacket (SM7864) and Circuit Breaker™ Softshell (SM7855)
Fall 2011 Womens: Circuit Breaker™ Softshell (SL7856); Snow Hottie™ Jacket (SL7866), and Snow Hottie™ Parka (SL7853).
Sold at: The recalled battery packs were sold with Columbia electric jackets sold by Columbia online and at Columbia Sportswear stores in the cities and states listed below between September and November 2012 for about $260.
The nine Columbia Sportswear outlets that carried the jackets with battery packs are located in:
Sunrise, Fla. 33304
Wrentham, Mass. 02093
Birch Run, Mich. 48415-9496
Albertville, Minn. 55301
Central Valley, N.Y. 10917
Las Vegas, Nev. 89106
Grove City, Penn. 16127
Park City, Utah 84098
Pleasant Prairie, Wis. 53158-1705
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately check the battery packs included with the electric jacket to determine if they are part of the recall. Those with affected batteries should immediately remove the affected battery pack(s) from the jacket and contact Columbia Sportswear for a free replacement.
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Category: Electronic Recalls
This is one of those grim stories about how bigger is not always better. According to a BBC News report, dense fog on Interstate 10 in Texas resulted in a 100-vehicle pile-up in which a man and woman were killed when their vehicle was crushed by a tractor trailer. It is no coincidence that this should occur on a day of the year when travel is at its heaviest
Once upon a time, computers were for programming. We used them at work to facilitate (usually routine) tasks associated with our jobs. We used them in research laboratories to broaden the scope of the sorts of tasks they could facilitate. Then the hobby culture came along; and kids started using them to build stuff, sometimes more for amusement than for facility. For the most part the kids did things on a smaller scale, but they could be impressively creative about it. The Internet changed all that. We started doing other things with our computers, many of which had to do with communication. Then the commercial folks got wind of what we were doing and realized that any technology that could change the playing field on which people communicated could also change the rules of the game for advertising. Now, on the Internet, everybody knows you’re a consumer; and they are all moving heaven and earth to communicate with you.
Ray Billingsley’s comic strip for today’s Curtis is rather a departure from his usual offerings. Curtis is basically a hedonistic kid driven by little more than self-indulgence; but today he had a more sobering experience. It came at the barber shop, where Gunther (who never gets Curtis’ name right) has closed for business in order to throw a big party. The party turns out to be for the death of his uncle, which left Curtis more than a little perplexed.
I have already cited Robert Greenwald’s 2005 documentary The High Cost of Low Price as a source for viewing the “new dark side” of manufacturing as a sign of the impact of the “Wal-Mart economy” on manufacturing in this brave new world of globalized supply chain management . Apparently, Chi-Chi Zhang from CNN managed to interview a Foxconn employee to put a human face on just how dark that side is. The employee is known only as “Miss Chen” for purposes of anonymity. I suppose she was willing to speak because she knew she would not have a future at Foxconn. She went there for the month of Spring Festival because she needed the money (making me wonder on the side just what Chinese students must think of spring break in the United States).