Recall Roundup: May 2018

What do you mean summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st?! With school out and hurricane season off to an early, wet start, we’re already feeling plenty of summertime vibes.

To make sure your summer goes smoothly, we’re here with our May 2018 Recall Roundup! An injury or illness caused by a defective product isn’t a great way to start off your summer, so read up and make sure these products aren’t lurking around your home.

Don’t Eat Your Greens!

For people who hate eating their greens, this month’s lettuce recall might not have been a big deal! One of the biggest recalls of May 2018, the issue was romaine lettuce from a specific growing area in Yuma, Arizona. The crop is potentially tainted with E.coli, a bacterium that causes unpleasant food poisoning. As a result, 29 states experienced outbreaks of E.coli-related illness, including Florida, and one person died after becoming ill.

To avoid illness, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding that romaine lettuce from the Yuma field. So until this recall is over, you might want to stick to some different greens in your salads.

Simple Error, Big Consequences

One of the other major recalls, concerning birth control pills, came right at the end of May. The Tayulla birth control tablets, manufactured by Allergan, might be in the wrong order due to a packaging error. This means that users could take the hormonal placebo pill at the wrong time, which may lead to an increased risk of pregnancy. Since many women rely on birth control to prevent pregnancy, an error like this can be a big problem.

This recall is a reminder that a defect is not always immediately or obviously dangerous—even something as simple as a packaging or labeling error can have massive consequences.

Products to Watch for This Summer

For parents with kids at home over the summer, there are two recalls to be aware of:

  • Discount School Supply is recalling its crayon sets over reports that some of the crayons may contain bits of glass.
  • Play and Park Structures has recalled its Playground SuperMax Triple Slides. Due to a gap near the entrance of the slide, the playground structure poses an entrapment hazard for small children.

Since kids will be at home for more meals over the summer, rather than relying on cafeteria food at school, parents should also keep up with the Food and Drug Administration’s list of recall updates.

Don’t kick off summer with an injury or illness caused by a defective product! If you own any of these products, check out our Dealing with a Recall blog to learn more about the next steps, and stay tuned for our next recall roundup to learn more about the products to avoid.


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