THIS WEEK'S PRODUCT RECALLS:
5-lb. bags of Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets because of consumer complaints that small pieces of plastic were found in the products.
The following products are subject to USDA recall:
•5-lb. bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets – 16142-928” with a “Best if Used By” date of “Jan 26 2015” or Feb 16 2015.” The manufacturer codes “0264SDL0315 through 19” and “0474SDL0311 through 14” can also be found on the bags. These products were produced Jan. 26, 2014 or Feb. 16, 2014 and shipped nationwide to one retail warehouse club chain.
•20-lb. bulk packs of “Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat – 16142-861” with identifying case codes of “0264SDL0315 through 19” and “0474SDL0311 through 14.” These products were produced Jan. 26 and Feb. 16, 2014 and were shipped for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas.
Meijer, Frontier, Simply Organic, Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value, Nature’s Place and other brands of organic black peppercorns due to potential Salmonella contamination.
Buffalo and Grandma’s brand of Potato and Bacon perogies, because it may contain soy, which is not listed on the label, and may be an allergy concern.
Evenflo convertible and harnessed child restraints, models Momentum 65 (including LX and DLX), Chase (including LX, DLX, and Select), Maestro (including Performance), Symphony (including 65, LX, 65 E3, and DLX), Snugli All-In-One, Snugli Booster, Titan 65, SureRide DLX, and Secure Kid (including LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400). The affected seats have model number prefixes of 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 or 385, due to difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle or release button.
2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5 and Saturn Sky, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion vehicles due to problems with the ignition which could result in the vehicle rolling away.
2006-2010 Toyota Yaris vehicles and 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles because of a problem with the seats.
2006-2008 Toyota RAV4, 2006-2010 Yaris, 2008-2010 Highlander, and 2009-2010 Tacoma, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and General Motors Pontiac Vibe vehicles due to an airbag problem.
2014 Nissan Infiniti QX80 vehicles, and 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ vehicles because of inaccurate information on the safety label, which could result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.
2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat vehicles due to headlight problems.
Scam Alert: Check your credit card statement for $9.84 charges
With this new con, scammers are banking on the fact that many consumers don't check their credit card statements all that carefully. Don't fall for it. Review your recent statements for unexplained charges of $9.84 and contest them with your bank or credit card issuer (call the number on the back of your card).
How the Scam Works:
You spot a recent strange charge of $9.84 on your credit card statement. The source listed on your bill is an unfamiliar website. You check out the web address, and it's not the business website. It's a generic landing page that claims to offer "Customer Support." The text promises to "refund 100% of your last payment" and provides a phone number and email address.
Scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money. (Recent victims were all charged $9.84, but scammers may change that amount as word gets out.) The expectation is that many cardholders won't notice the relatively small charge, and the credit card companies won't go after such a minor sum.
Victims report calling the "customer support" site and receiving verbal confirmation that the charge would be canceled. However, don't take the scammers at their word. Contact your bank to report the charges and request a new credit card. Your card information has been compromised, and it's likely scammers will be back for more.
Reduce Your Risk of Credit Card Fraud:
•Report lost cards and incorrect charges promptly. In the United States and Canada if your credit card is lost, stolen, or used without your permission, you may be responsible for up to $50. If you report the loss before the card is used, you're not responsible for any unauthorized charges. In addition, many cardholders are protected by zero liability policies set in place by credit card companies.
•Request a new card if you notice unauthorized charges. Fraudulent charges mean your card information has been compromised. Be on the safe side and request a new card.
•Never lend your card. And don't leave your cards, statements and receipts laying around your home, car or office.
•Never sign a blank charge slip. Draw lines through blank spaces on charge slips above the total so the amount can't be changed.
•Use caution when ordering online or over the phone. Always be cautious about disclosing your account number on the telephone or online unless you know the person you're dealing with represents a reputable company.
For More Information
Learn more about the credit card charges (and the investigation to track down their source) at Krebs on Security, a blog by former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs. To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper at http://www.bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper/
Yahoo Admits Email Accounts Were Compromised
The latest company to fall victim to hackers is Yahoo, who said on Thursday that some of their customers' email account information was stolen in a hack attack. Yahoo said that their security team is on the case and took "immediate action to protect our users." The company said that those who were affected were instructed to change their passwords in email notifications or text messages.
The FDA is issuing a warning about acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol, the active ingredient in many over the counter medicines. The FDA says taking more than 325-milligrams of acetaminophen per dose could cause liver damage. It recommends health care professionals to stop giving out prescriptions that contain go over the limit. Most over-the-counter acetaminophen products fall under the 325-milligram limit, and are not a concern.
How Target shoppers can protect their info
Report from nbcnews.com
Target revealed that up to 110 million customers were affected in the credit card data heist from its stores at the end of last year, millions more than previous estimates. And it wasn't just credit card information, including PINs, but also the names, phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses of up to 110 million shoppers were obtained by thieves. NBC News reached out to security experts to find out what extra precautions Target shoppers should take now that they know thieves have their personal information in addition to their financial information.
•Be wary of email correspondence
“If you see an email that asks you to click a link to a site and provide sensitive information, stop and don't click or provide any data,” said Brian Krebs, who first exposed the Target breach.
•Sign up for identity theft protection
Target is providing all U.S. customers one free year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection, and they will announce the details next week. Go directly to Target's website to set up services. If people set up protection through emails they think are from Target, they are at risk of basically handing over their social security numbers to thieves, which is the last piece of the puzzle they need to steal identities.
•Pay attention to bank and credit card statements
Hackers using credit and debit card information is still a greater risk than identity theft, and the real way to avoid losing money is to monitor statements daily. Even if people set up credit card monitoring, attentiveness is the best defense against fraudulent charges.
•Don’t worry, just act
Consumers should be vigilant but not overly paranoid as a result of this. Everyone, regardless if you were affected by this breach or not, should always invest in credit card monitoring and identity theft protection.
Hackers Linked to Russia
Investigators now say that the cyber attack which stole credit card and personal information from more than 100-million Target customer may be linked to Russia. The highly sophisticated hacking campaign, which contained malware written in Russian, may have also affected other retailers. The Department of Homeland Security is now involved in the investigation of the attack which they believe may be connected to the Russian mob. (Wall Street Journal)
LAWS HAVE CHANGED REGARDING THE RESALE OF DROP-SIDE CRIBS
In December 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission mandated new safety standards be implemented for all cribs sold or manufactured in the United States by June 28, 2011. While stores already are carrying the new products, childcare services, such as daycare centers and in-home providers, have had to replace all noncompliant cribs with the new, safer models. The new standards require strengthening slats, improving mattress support, eliminating drop sides, making hardware stronger and conducting more rigorous testing. The Child Care Resource Center suggests that if you already own a crib to verify with the manufacturer that it meets the new safety standards and check to make sure it has not been recalled by going to www.cspc.gov. The agency also warns against buying previously used cribs, or using hand-me-down cribs.
LAST WEEK'S RECALLS:
Dyson Bladeless Portable electric heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Lenovo Battery Packs sold with ThinkPad Notebook Computers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles because of a brake concern.
2010-2012 Mazda6 vehicles because of the chance of the fuel tank cracking, resulting in a fuel leak, and the risk of a fire.
Kozy Heat, Ambiance and Stellar Hearth gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts, because gas can build-up in the burner area, posing an explosion hazard.
10 oz. and 6 oz. Fresh Express Italian Salad may be contaminated with Listeria.
7.5-oz. foil pouches of Backpackers Pantry Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken, because they contain milk and wheat which are not declared on the product label, and could be an allergy concern.
African Black Ant, Black Ant, XZen Gold, ZXen Platinum, XZen 1200, XZone Gold, XZone 1200, and Mojo Risen erectile dysfunction supplements, because they contain drugs not approved by the FDA.
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