CAMPAIGN SEEKS TO REDUCE BABY DEATHS
Many parents are unaware of the hidden dangers of placing babies in adult beds, says Thomas Moore, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
"We are warning parents that simply pushing an adult bed against a wall or lining the edges of a bed with pillows won't protect their babies. In fact, these practices place infants in danger of suffocation and entrapment," Moore said.
CPSC statistics show that at least 180 children under under 2 died after being placed in adult beds from 1999 through 2001.
The commission has joined with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association in a national safety campaign aimed at reducing deaths.
Babies should not be put in adult beds because they can become trapped between the bed and wall, or in the headboard, footboard or bedframe. Babies could also fall or be suffocated in soft bedding or by a parent rolling over on them.
The CPSC said babies should sleep on their backs, not their stomachs, and that a crib should meet safety standards and have a firm, tight-fitting mattress.
(For additional information on safe sleeping practices for babies, contact the CPSC at (800) 638-2772 or write to CPSC, Washington, DC 20207 or visit its Web site at cpsc.gov.)
CHICKEN NUGGETS, RAISINS RECALLED
Ten tons of fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets were recalled by Advance Brands of Orange City, Iowa, because they contain milk not listed on the ingredient label.
sulfites not declared on the ingredient label.
The 12-ounce trays of Fast Fixin', Hot & Spicy Chicken Breast Nuggets were distributed to stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Ohio and Oregon. The packages have a 12-digit date code beginning F1172, F1282, G0013, G0051, G0063, G0174, G0212 or G0252, and the establishment code P2568 inside the USDA mark of inspection. Also included in the recall are packages without those codes but with a sticker indicating the product name, market weight and price label was affixed to the package at the store.
Balducci's of New York recalled 11-ounce packages of golden raisins because they contain sulfites not declared on the ingredient label. The raisins were distributed through Balducci's and Sutton Place Gourmet in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and Hay Day in Scarsdale, N.Y., and Connecticut, and bear the UPC code 5499606819.
No illnesses were reported in connection with either recall, the companies said.