Arsenic found in some organic foods

A study by researchers at Dartmouth College has found high levels of arsenic in organic foods containing brown rice syrup.

Brown rice syrup is a sweetener often used as a substitute for high fructose corn syrup. Some food products the researchers tested were organic baby formula, cereal bars, and energy shot drinks. In some brands, they found levels of arsenic above the EPA limit for drinking water.

Arsenic is a carcinogen that can cause cancer and heart disease. Infants who consume arsenic could have lower intellectual functions and lower IQs. Researchers believe that eating some foods with brown rice syrup would be relatively harmless if consumed in moderation.

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a toxic food product, contact the product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 today.


Lunch boxes recalled over freezer pack leak

An estimated 248,000 lunch boxes are being recalled over freezer gel leaking from the freezer gel pack.

California Innovations, Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall this week. The product in question is the three-piece insulated and expandable Ci Sport lunch box set, which came with an aluminum bottle and freezer gel pack.

The company received two reports of dogs ingesting the gel from the freezer packs and becoming ill. One dog died as a result.

The lunch boxes were sold in Costco, Leon Korol, and Cost U Less stores from May 2007 to September 2008. Consumers can return the product to Costco for a full refund.

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective food container, contact the Des Moines product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 225-2600.


Thousands of high chairs recalled

IKEA announced last week that it will be recalling nearly 169,000 “Antilop” high chairs the company sold throughout North America.

The Swedish furniture company received eight complaints worldwide about children falling out of the chair after the belt restraint failed to remain clasped, three children sustained minor injuries.

The “Antilop” high chairs came in red, blue, and white with silver removable legs. Only IKEA sold the “Antilop” chair and was available for purchase from August 2006 to Janurary 2010.

If you have purchased the recalled product, stop using it immediately and contact IKEA about receiving a free belt restraint replacement.

If your child has been injured by a defective product, contact the Des Moines product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.


Build-A-Bear recalls teddy bear

Build-A-Bear Workshop has announced a recall of 300,000 “Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears” that were sold within the United States and Canada from April to December of this year. The bear was available online and in stores.

The company is recalling the bear for a possible choking hazard with the beaded eyes. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the eyes could come loose and fall out, potentially becoming dangerous for young children. So far no injuries have been reported.

The “Colorful Hearts Teddy Bear” is white with colorful hearts on the body. Customers who have purchased the bear can return it to any Build-A-Bear store in exchange for a coupon for any stuffed animal.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a dangerous product, contact the Des Moines product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (515) 225-2600 today.


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