Today on Recall Informer: Aflac toys contaminated with lead, dog food recalled for salmonella, and an update on the Great Peach Recall of 2020.
Toy Ducks Could Expose Kids to Toxic Levels of Lead
Insurance company Aflac prides themselves on their cute duck mascot. Marketing execs created the duck in 1999; Gilbert Gottfried (AKA Iago from Aladdin) provided the original voice. While I personally prefer the Geico Gecko, you can’t beat an animal mascot for instant brand recognition.
The Aflac duck, which is based on a White Pekin, is something of a breakout star, popping up in cartoons and movies. Because of the mascot’s popularity, Aflac regularly produces plushes of the duck in different outfits. These plush toys are frequently used as giveaways, which brings us to this week’s recall.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Aflac Doctor Duck plush toys contain high levels of lead. The buttons on the duck’s doctor coat appear to be the source of the lead. The CPSC recommends that you throw away the toy immediately. Do not let children play with it. Aflac produced more than 635,500 of the ducks and distributed them to customers.
Dog Food Potentially Tainted with Salmonella
The FDA warns that certain dog food packages could be contaminated with salmonella. The US has seen multiple salmonella outbreaks this summer, but this marks the first time that pet food has been recalled because of it.
If you purchased Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail, you should dispose of it. Not only could salmonella make your dog sick, but handling the food could make you sick, too.
Random testing by the Georgia Department of Agriculture revealed salmonella in one bag of the pet food. Out of an abundance of caution, manufacturer Sunshine Mills is recalling any lots that might be contamination. Look for these product codes: UPC 7015514363 and UPC 7015514365.
Massive Peaches Recall Spreads Overseas
The ongoing recall of bagged and bulk peaches has now spread beyond US borders. It turns out that Wawona shipped the contaminated peaches to other countries, too.
Canada reports at least 33 illnesses related to the outbreak. In addition, the peaches were shipped to New Zealand and Singapore. Those countries have recalled peaches exported from the United States.
“If you have health concerns after eating the product, seek medical advice. This New Zealand recall follows recalls in the United States linked to Prima and Wawona brand peaches,” Minister Melinda Sando explained in a statement.
Neither New Zealand or Singapore have reported illnesses due to the Prima/Wawona outbreak.