Freezer gel packs recalled due to ingestion hazard
Company: 880K gel packs involved in recall
California Innovations has announced a voluntary recall of its Ice/Hot and Ice Gel Packs after it was determined that if the packs become damaged, they can leak gel that could contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol -- which can cause illness if ingested in large amounts.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been no new reports of incidents or injuries related to the recall.
The company said the recalled products are Cryofreeze ice/hot packs and Arctic Zone ice packs, which 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.
The Cryofreeze ice/hot packs come in small and large styles, and have opaque blue wrappers with the words "Cryofreeze," "Ice Pack/Hot Pack," "Non-toxic" and "Reusable" printed on the front.
The small gel pack is 6 inches wide and 5.5 inches high, while the the large gel pack is 8.5 inches wide and 8 inches high.
Cryofreeze Transparent Cell ice/hot packs come in three styles. Each has a transparent wrapper with the words "Cryofreeze," "Ice Pack/Hot Pack," "Non-toxic" and "Reusable" printed on the front.
One three-cell pack has three connected rectangular-shaped pouches of blue gel and is 7.85 inches wide and 5.5 inches high.
Another three-cell pack has three connected square-shaped pouches of blue gel and is 7.6 inches wide and 3 inches high.
The two-cell pack has two connected square-shaped pouches of blue gel and is 5 inches wide and 3 inches high.
The Arctic Zone ice pack is 6.25 inches wide and 4 inches high and has an opaque blue wrapper. The product's logo and a picture of an iceberg appear on the front of the wrapper.
California Innovations said about 880,000 packs were sold by retailers, distributors and online sellers nationwide between July 2007 and December 2008 in items that retailed between $5 and $28.
According to the company, about 248,000 of those units are associated with lunch boxes, and 55,000 of those are associated with food carriers which were previously recalled in January 2012.
Consumers were urged to immediately stop using the gel packs and to dispose of them according to federal, state and local regulations. California Innovations said it is offering a $6 cash refund for large (8.5-inch by 8-inch) Cryofreeze gel packs or a $5 cash refund for all other gel packs.
For additional information, call California Innovations at 800-722-2545.
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