Health & Wellness

Strangulation Hazard to Children: Recall of Roll-Up Blinds and Roman Shades

Roman Shade

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The U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall to repair all roll-up blinds and Roman shades. which pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children.


  • Canadians may obtain a free retrofit kit for Roman style fabric looped and flat panel shades and roll up blinds online from the WCSC at (English only) or
  • by calling WCSC  toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.
  • Health Canada:  (613) 957-2991 or 1-866 225-070 or by visiting the Health Canada Web site

United States:

  • contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or
  • visit
  • CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
Health & Wellness

Chaotic Beverages: Keep Out of Reach of Children

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Health Canada reports that your children may be at risk of adverse health consequences if they consume the unapproved or unauthorized Chaotic Beverages. Four products were pulled off the shelves in the stores across Canada. These drinks are connected to a trading card game, animated TV series and Web site.

Company: Canadian importer, U&ME Marketing

Products: The four brand names are Mind Strike, Fearocity, Elixir of Tenacity and Power Pulse; all four products were sold individually and in packages of 4 in various retailers across Canada

Reason for Recall: Canadians should not consume these unapproved products, as they have not been assessed for safety, quality and efficacy by Health Canada

Adverse Reactions: potential to cause temporary adverse reactions in children; specific info about the problems of the ingredients of each product is found at

Health Canada advises that you should speak to your health care professional if you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child from drinking these products.

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Health & Wellness

Unilever Recalls Possibly Contaminated Cans of Slim-Fast

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On December 2, Unilever reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that there may be possible bacterial contamination of the weight loss drink, Slim-Fast, due to a production problem in Covington, Tennesee. Ten million cans of these ready-to-drink products are being recalled by Unilever.

Other Slim-Fast branded products, such as powdered shakes, meal bars or snack bars are not affected by this recall.

Company: Unilever (UL) in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., U.S.

Recalled Products: all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products in cans

Reason for Recall: possible contamination by Bacillus cereus

Adverse Effects: can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting

Consumers who have purchased the possibly contaminated cans must discard them immediately and contact the company at 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund.

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