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Consumer safety is the number one priority for cosmetic and personal care products companies, and manufacturers are committed to upholding strict FDA regulations as required by the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The law requires that every cosmetic and personal care product and its ingredients be substantiated for safety before going to market, and that they contain no prohibited ingredients. Cosmetic companies take their safety responsibility very seriously and often surpass the requirements of the law with additional consumer safety measures.

Consumers must have confidence in the products they buy and use each day. Toward that end, cosmetic and personal care products companies invest substantial resources in scientific research and safety processes to ensure the safety of their products. Companies work with and employ thousands of chemists, toxicologists, biologists, environmental scientists and other experts to evaluate the safety of cosmetic products before they go to market.

As a result, of the more than 11 billion personal care products sold each year in the United States, there are very few adverse experiences reported to the FDA in a typical year, and of those reported, most are related to rashes or allergies. Cosmetic companies' strong commitment to safety has made cosmetic and personal care products the safest product category regulated by the FDA.

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Is the safety of a cosmetic product evaluated once it hits the market?


Cosmetic safety reassurance does not end once a product is placed in the marketplace. Companies engage in ongoing, active monitoring of consumer experience to confirm cosmetic product safety.

Cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers have established post-market surveillance processes for the identification of potential safety issues related to their products. Such systems help to identify consumer use patterns, such as alternate uses or product combinations that may contribute to adverse events. These processes include regular surveys of consumer contacts received by a marketer or manufacturer either through toll-free 1-800 numbers on packages or direct correspondence.

Trend analyses of contact data, including evaluations of frequency and severity of adverse events, as well as comparison of these trends with historical information for other comparable products, also represent valuable mechanisms for identification of safety-related concerns. Although adverse reactions that are both serious and unexpected are extremely rare for cosmetic and personal care products, manufacturers must report knowledge of any instances of serious product reactions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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Milestone AV Technologies Recalls Television Wall Mounts Sold Exclusively At...


NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2009
Release #09-105 Milestone’s Recall Hotline: (877) 277-3707
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Milestone AV Technologies Recalls Television Wall Mounts Sold Exclusively At Best Buy; Unit Can Crack, TV Can Fall On Consumers WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: LCD television wall mounts
Units: About 140,000
Manufacturer: Milestone AV Technologies, of Savage, Minn.
Hazard: The wall mount can crack when used with televisions 26 inches and larger or with televisions that include a DVD player. The television can then fall from the wall mount and pose a serious risk of injury to consumers standing nearby.
Incidents/Injuries: Milestone is aware of 28 incidents in which the mount has cracked and the television has fallen from its mount. No injuries have been reported.
Description: These wall mounts are used with flat screen LCD televisions. The recalled wall mounts are INIT models NT-TVM103 and NT-TVM104. The model numbers can be found on the UL sticker on the television interface.
Sold at: Best Buy stores nationwide from June 2007 through December 2008 for between $60 and $90.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the wall mounts and contact Milestone to receive a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: Call Milestone toll-free at (877) 277-3707 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or log on to the company’s recall Web site at www.milestone.com/initmount

on May 21, 2009 | Insignia LCDTV26 26 in. Television

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What actions can the FDA take against manufacturers that produce and market unsafe cosmetics?


Consumer safety is the number one priority for cosmetic and personal care products companies, and manufacturers are committed to upholding strict FDA regulations as required by the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The law requires that every cosmetic and personal care product and its ingredients be substantiated for safety before going to market, and that they contain no prohibited ingredients. Cosmetic companies take their safety responsibility very seriously and often surpass the requirements of the law with additional consumer safety measures.

Consumers must have confidence in the products they buy and use each day. Toward that end, cosmetic and personal care products companies invest substantial resources in scientific research and safety processes to ensure the safety of their products. Companies work with and employ thousands of chemists, toxicologists, biologists, environmental scientists and other experts to evaluate the safety of cosmetic products before they go to market.

As a result, of the more than 11 billion personal care products sold each year in the United States, there are very few adverse experiences reported to the FDA in a typical year, and of those reported, most are related to rashes or allergies. Cosmetic companies' strong commitment to safety has made cosmetic and personal care products the safest product category regulated by the FDA.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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Doesn’t the government certify that personal care products are safe and healthy before they can be sold to consumers?


No. Major loopholes in federal law allow the $50 billion cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing, no required monitoring of health effects, and inadequate labeling requirements.

Neither cosmetic products nor cosmetic ingredients are reviewed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are sold to the public. FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing of their cosmetic products before marketing

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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How are the FDA and cosmetics manufacturers working together to ensure consumer safety?


Consumer safety is the number one priority for cosmetic and personal care products companies, and manufacturers are committed to upholding strict FDA regulations as required by the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The law requires that every cosmetic and personal care product and its ingredients be substantiated for safety before going to market, and that they contain no prohibited ingredients. Cosmetic companies take their safety responsibility very seriously and often surpass the requirements of the law with additional consumer safety measures.

Consumers must have confidence in the products they buy and use each day. Toward that end, cosmetic and personal care products companies invest substantial resources in scientific research and safety processes to ensure the safety of their products. Companies work with and employ thousands of chemists, toxicologists, biologists, environmental scientists and other experts to evaluate the safety of cosmetic products before they go to market.
As a result, of the more than 11 billion personal care products sold each year in the United States, there are very few adverse experiences reported to the FDA in a typical year, and of those reported, most are related to rashes or allergies. Cosmetic companies' strong commitment to safety has made cosmetic and personal care products the safest product category regulated by the FDA.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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What is the shelf life of cosmetics?


The shelf life for eye-area cosmetics is more limited than for other products. Because of repeated microbial exposure during use by the consumer and the risk of eye infections, some industry experts recommend replacing mascara 3 months after purchase. If mascara becomes dry, discard it. Do not add water or, even worse, saliva to moisten it, because that will introduce bacteria into the product. If you have an eye infection, consult a physician immediately, stop using all eye-area cosmetics, and discard those you were using when the infection occurred.

Among other cosmetics that are likely to have an unusually short shelf life are certain "all natural" products that may contain plant-derived substances conducive to microbial growth. It also is important for consumers and manufacturers to consider the increased risk of contamination in products that contain non-traditional preservatives, or no preservatives at all.

Consumers should be aware that expiration dates are simply "rules of thumb," and that a product's safety may expire long before the expiration date if the product has not been properly stored. Cosmetics that have been improperly stored - for example, exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, or opened and examined by consumers prior to final sale - may deteriorate substantially before the expiration date. On the other hand, products stored under ideal conditions may be acceptable long after the expiration date has been reached.

Sharing makeup increases the risk of contamination. "Testers" commonly found at department store cosmetic counters are even more likely to become contaminated than the same products in an individual's home. If you feel you must test a cosmetic before purchasing it, apply it with a new, unused applicator, such as a fresh cotton swab.

Nov 22, 2010 | Health & Beauty

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I dissasembled the car seat so I need get manual in order to re-assebly the belts in the correct way , can you help me


I just noticed my car seat had a safety recall back in 2007 and noticed you had the same recall on the 22150. I just ordered a new kit from Cosco (which was free) to replace the faulty parts. Here's the recall notice ans website to go to: http://www.safety1st.com/usa/eng/News/Detail/309-
Click on "Harness Adjustment Strap Inspection" and give your info. to order the kit.
News 8/30/2007 12:00:00 AM
Dorel Juvenile Group Announces a Voluntary Safety Recall of the Harness Adjustment ******** Certain Cosco®, Safety 1st® and Eddie Bauer® Brand Child Restraint Systems
Columbus, IN August 30, 2007- Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is issuing a voluntary safety recall for certain Cosco®, Safety 1st® and Eddie Bauer® brand child restraint systems manufactured during November 2003 through December 2005. Although no injuries have been reported, there is a potential for the harness adjustment strap to loosen during use. If this were to occur, the harness may be loose around the child, possibly increasing the risk of injury in a crash. We feel that it is important to replace the harness adjustment strap.

Model numbers affected are:
Cosco®: Alpha Omega®, Alpha Omega EliteTM: 22150, 22155, 22180, 22269; Eddie Bauer®: 3-in-1, Deluxe 3-in-1, Deluxe Convertible: 22740, 22750, 22755, 22756, 22757, 22770; Safety 1st® : Alpha EliteTM, Alpha Omega®, Alpha Omega EliteTM, Alpha SportTM, InteraTM, EnspiraTM: 22151, 22450, 22451, 22452, 22453, 22455, 22460, 22480, 22481

The model number and date of manufacture may be found on a sticker located on the side or back of the child restraint system.

DJG will contact all registered owners and provide them with information on how to obtain a free repair kit to replace the harness adjustment strap. Those consumers who have not registered their product should visit www.djgusa.com or call 800-219-0509 to order a free repair kit. The affected seats should not be returned to the retailer.

DJG encourages parents to obtain and install the repair kit as soon as possible. Parents may continue to use the child restraint system as directed in their instruction manual. Parents should be sure to adjust the harness adjuster strap snugly each time they put their child in the child restraint system. If there is any difficulty adjusting the harness adjustment strap, or it does not remain tight, DJG suggests using a different child restraint system until the repair kit has been installed.

To check for harness slippage:
(1) Fully tighten the harness, (2) pull on the harness straps without pressing or lifting the harness adjustment lever. If movement occurs, the harness is experiencing slippage.

Jul 04, 2010 | Cosco Alpha Omega Convertible 22-150

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Looking for a manual for the ctc pasta express 3000


Did you know your machine had a safety recall:
- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Creative Technologies Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 50,000 pasta machines to replace some of their lids. When the safety cutoff switch on the lid does not activate, consumers' fingers can be severely injured if their hand is placed into the mixing bowl.

CPSC and Creative Technologies are aware of 11 incidents of the machine unexpectedly turning on, resulting in nine injuries including cut, crushed and severed fingers.

The lid replacement program involves the Takka Pasta and Dough machine (model X1000), and the Pasta Express machines (models X2000, X3000 and X4000). Only pasta machines that have serial numbers up to 78209 are subject to this replacement program. The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the machine. "Pasta Express TM by CTC" or "Takka Pasta and Dough by CTC" is on the front of the machine. The pasta machines are beige or white. Some machines have chrome-plated front panels. Through this voluntary recall, Creative Technologies will provide consumers with a replacement lid.

When you get in touch, you can re-order the manual.

Nov 26, 2009 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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My x box has been repaired three times. Am i entitled to a new xbox or have to have it repaired again?


Unfortunately Microsoft will just keep replacing it with another repair xbox. They will never give you a new one.... or will they??

Make the next customer support specialist aware that you are aware of the New lemon law. You can find all the information on this by going here: http://www.politickernj.com/consumer-electronic-lemon-law-advances-8292

Under that law, you are definitely entitled to a new xbox. Lemon laws are not just for cars anymore. 

Under the measure, the following conditions must be met for an electronics product to qualify as a lemon:

· Any electronic device which could not be repaired within three attempts would require a replacement of equal value and condition.

· Defective items would require a full refund of the total purchase price;

· Stores that advertise in-home service for a electronics must provide such service and a serviceman within 72 hours of receipt of the service request;

· The warranty holder and a retail representative must certify the condition of an item, in writing, before it is dropped off or mailed away for repair;

· A warranty is still valid if a repair costs exceeds the original price and if there is a slight cosmetic defect that occurs with regular use;

· Extended warranties and service contracts must run consecutively with any manufacturer's warranty and cannot void or diminish any coverage provided by the manufacturer.

"Electronics warranties and service contracts should be a source of reassurance for consumers, not a headache," said Assemblyman Moriarty (D-Gloucester). "Extended warranties should not become simply an added charge, but an iron-clad agreement that guarantees a purchase."

"By extending lemon law protections to consumer electronics, manufactures of these products will be under increased pressure to ensure maximum quality control," said Assemblyman Whelan (D-Atlantic). "Too many consumers are getting stuck with foreign-made electronic devices that are defective and unrepairable."

Violations of the measure would be punishable under New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act. First offenders would be fined up to $10,000. Subsequent violations would be subject to fines up to $20,000. Violators also could be subjected to injunctive relief, triple damages, and restitution.

"We cannot continue to allow some disingenuous electronics retailers and manufacturers to take advantage of New Jersey's consumers," said Assemblyman Panter (D-Monmouth/Mercer). "Warranties and service contracts must be upheld, and violators should face harsh penalties for deceptive business practices."

Sep 27, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Posted by saltcedar (My Page) on Thu, Feb 21, 08 at 19:28 NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2008
Release #08-199
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 746 8344
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Rinnai Recalls Wall Furnaces Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Direct-Vent Wall Furnaces, Models RHFE 431 and RHFE 556
Units: About 52,000
Manufacturer: Rinnai America Corp., of Peachtree City, Ga.
Hazard: A gasket in the unit can fail, posing a risk of poisonous carbon
monoxide gas leaking into the home.
Incidents/Injuries: Rinnai has received 11 reports of carbon monoxide
leaking from the furnace. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involves Rinnai EnergySaver Direct-Vent Wall
Furnaces, Models RHFE 431 and RHFE 556. They are either natural gas or
LP gas (propane) fueled. The following model numbers are included in the
recall:
Model RHFE-431: FAIII-N, FAIII-P, WTA-N, WTA-P, WTA-72B-N, WTA-76B-N

Model RHFE-556: FAIII-N, FAIII-P, WTA-N, WTA-P
The model number is printed on the top of the rating plate located on
the right side of the unit. The recall includes only those units
manufactured from February 2000 through December 2007. The manufacturing
date code is the first four digits of the serial number, written as YY
MM, and is located at the bottom of the rating plate.
Sold through: Wholesale distributors nationwide to contractors and
dealers from February 2000 through December 2007 for between $1,600 and
$1,900.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the furnace immediately and contact
the firm to arrange for the installation of a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rinnai toll-free
at (866) 746-8344 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at
www.wallfurnacerecall.com
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08199.html
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting
the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more
than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.
Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents
cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed
to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire,
electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure
the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools,
cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly
to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with
consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's
hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or
visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email
subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.
Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web
site at www.cpsc.gov.

Mar 10, 2008 | Rinnai EnergySaver 556 Air Conditioner

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