Insulated Lunch Boxes Recalled

altOn January 24th, 2012, the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with California Innovations, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of their expandable Insulated Lunch Boxes due to a potential poisoning hazard.

What do you need to know about this Recall?

As of January 24th, 2012, the firm has received two separate reports of a dog chewing and ingesting gel from the gel pack. One dog reportedly died from ingestion of the gel. The other was reported to have received treatment and has recovered. The gel contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol which can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs, posing a poisoning hazard if ingested by children or adults.

The recalled product is a Ci Sport three-piece, expandable, insulated lunch box set, which includes the lunch box, aluminum bottle and the freezer gel pack. The lunch box of the recalled set has the code “1-61731-99-57” printed on one of the two white labels that are sewn under the white fastener inside the main compartment. The lunch box is 8 inches wide, 5 inches deep and 10.25 inches high. It is made of vinyl, polyester nylon and crushed nylon and has a logo with the words “Ci Sport” attached to the upper left corner. The lunch box has a carrying handle on the top and a mesh carrying pouch for the aluminum bottle on the side. The aluminum bottle measures 2.75 inches in diameter and 7.5 inches tall. The gel pack is a 6-inch by 4-inch transparent plastic pouch filled with blue liquid gel. The words “Cryofreeze” and “Ice Pack/Hot Pack” are printed in white letters on the front of the pouch. The lunch box was available in four colors: navy blue, red, black and denim blue.

Approximately 248,000 of these lunch boxes were sold at Costco Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol and Cost U Less stores between May 2007 and September 2008 for about $10 and were manufactured in China.

What should you do if you own one of these products?

Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and dispose of them according to federal, state and/or local regulations. It is recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions. Consumers may return the lunch box set to Costco for a full refund or may receive a $5 cash refund for the gel pack only by contacting California Innovations. Consumers should also be aware that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

For additional information, call California Innovations at (800) 722-2545 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail ci-recall@ca-innovations.com or visit the firm’s website. Additional updated or other general information about this recall can also be found at the CPSC website.