The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Ice/Hot and Ice Gel Packs manufactured by California Innovations Inc., of Toronto, Canada. About 880,000 (about 248,000 units associated with lunch boxes and 55,000 associated with food carriers were previously recalled in January 2012).
The CPSC reported that “The recalled products are Cryofreeze ice/hot packs and Arctic Zone ice packs. The packs are gel-filled plastic pouches with either transparent or opaque sealed wrappers. They are used to keep food hot or cold. The gel packs were sold separately and with a variety of lunch boxes, coolers and thermal carriers.” Please refer to the CPSC web site for the styles that are being recalled.
This is another example of a product reaching the market before proper research and testing was done. Consumers should regularly check the CPSC website for recalled products to protect the safety of their families.
It is recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions. Consumers can contact California Innovations to receive a $6 cash refund for large (8.5-inch x 8-inch) Cryofreeze gel packs or a $5 cash refund for all other gel packs.