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Public Interest Research Group Points Out Some Unsafe Toys This Holiday Season

By Lipton Law on December 9, 2011 - No comments

The winter holidays frequently mean gift-giving, and gift-givers on the hunt for their child’s most-anticipated new toy want to believe that their gifts won’t hurt the children they love. However, some of the toys on the market for this season may pose a risk for some children, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post.

A research study by the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that several smaller, “stocking-stuffer”-type toys may pose a risk to younger children. For instance, a stuffed Oscar the Grouch doll, a plastic book for babies, and a toy hand-held crossbow were all deemed dangerous due to high levels of phthalates or lead, or small parts that might come off and injure a child. A toy magnetic “whirly wheel” was found to have unacceptably high levels of lead, though the manufacturer of the toy argues that the lead levels are within legal limits.

PIRG also warns that toys that make loud noises could injure children by damaging their delicate and developing ears. For instance, one talking Elmo-themed toy cell phone the group tested played its sounds just under federal noise limits, but it was still too loud for some children’s young ears.

If you or someone you love is injured by a defective toy or other gift this season, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan products liability attorneys at Lipton Law. We will help you secure the compensation you need so that you and your family can focus on healing. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Risk of Listeria Contamination Leads to Michigan Salmon Recall

By Lipton Law on October 4, 2011 - No comments

Vita Food Products, Inc., a distributor of various food products, recently issued a recall of 8,088 packages of ready-to-eat salmon sold in Meijer stores throughout Michigan. The salmon has been recalled due to a risk of contamination by Listeria bacteria, according to a recent news report from MyFox Detroit.

Listeria is a bacterium that can cause serious infections, which may be fatal to children, elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems. The infection may also cause miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women. Symptoms of Listeria infection include: fever, headache, nausea, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Anyone who has experienced these symptoms after eating the packaged salmon, or any other food product, should seek medical attention as soon as possible and preserve the package or any leftover food in case testing is necessary.

The recalled salmon is sold in 4-ounce packages and is labeled with the name “Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon.” The sell-by date and code on the package read “DEC 15 2011 01961B.” Consumers who have packages of this salmon can call Vita Foods at 1-800-989-8482 for information.

Products are usually recalled because a defect could cause serious injury, and food recalls are no exception. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan product recall attorneys at Lipton Law to learn more about your legal rights and options. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.