Food Carriers, Lunch Boxes Recalled For Freezer Gel Ingestion Hazard

Travelin’ Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carriers and Expandable Insulated Lunch Boxes with Freezer Gel Packs are being recalled because freezer gel they contain poses a hazard if it is ingested, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

Both recalled products were manufactured in China and imported by California Innovations Inc. of Toronto, Canada. In both cases, gel that contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs, which poses a poisoning hazard if ingested.

Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and dispose of them according to federal, state, and/or local regulations. It is recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions. California Innovations can also be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.722.2545 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.californiainnovations.com.

Travelin’ Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carrier
About 55,000 Travelin’ Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carriers, which were sold at Walmart between August 2008 and December 2011 for about $22, have been recalled. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with this recall. Consumers may return the gel pack to Walmart for a refund of $6 or contact California Innovations customer service at (800) 722-2545 for the same refund.

The recalled Travelin’ Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carrier is a four-piece food carrier set that includes a light blue thermal carrier with black carrying handles, a medium plastic food container, a large plastic food container, and a freezer gel pack The recalled thermal carrier bears the code “1-38018-69-07″ on a white label on the inside of the main compartment on the left-hand side. The thermal carrier is 18 inches wide, 10.5 inches deep, and 4.7 inches high and is made of vinyl and polyester. The medium food container measures 9.75 inches by 6.25 inches by 3.5 inches. The large food container measures 11.75 inches by 8.75 inches by 3.5 inches. The gel pack is an 8.5-inch by 8-inch, opaque blue plastic pouch filled with liquid gel. “Cryofreeze” and “Ice Pack/Hot Pack” are printed in white letters on the front of the pouch.

Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Pack
About 248,000 Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Packs, which were sold at Costco Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol, and Cost U Less stores between May 2007 and September 2008 for about $10, have been recalled. To date, the firm has received two separate reports of a dog chewing and ingesting gel from the gel pack. One dog reportedly died from ingestion of the gel, the other dog was reportedly received treatment and recovered. Consumers may return the lunch box set to Costco for a full refund or may receive a $5 cash refund for the gel pack only, by contacting California Innovations.

The recalled product is a Ci Sport three-piece, expandable, insulated lunch box set, which includes the lunch box, an aluminum bottle, and the freezer gel pack. The recalled lunch box bears code “1-61731-99-57″ on one of the two white labels that are sewn under the white fastener inside the main compartment. The lunch box is 8 inches wide, 5 inches deep, and 10.25 inches high and is made of vinyl, polyester nylon, and crushed nylon and bears a logo with the words “Ci Sport” attached to the upper, left corner. The lunch box—which is available in navy blue, red, black, and denim blue—also has a carrying handle on the top and a mesh carrying pouch for the aluminum bottle on the side. The aluminum bottle measures 2.75 inches in diameter by 7.5 inches tall. The gel pack is a 6-inch by 4-inch transparent plastic pouch filled with blue liquid gel. “Cryofreeze” and “Ice Pack/Hot Pack” are printed in white letters on the front of the pouch.

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