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Toys recalled due to choking and ingestion hazards

HABA USA Recalls Discovery Cubes Animal Hide and Seek Activity Toys Due to Choking and Ingestion Hazards (Recall Alert)

Discovery Cubes Animal Hide and SeekName of Product: Discovery Cubes Animal Hide and Seek Activity Toy

Hazard: The seam on the activity toy's house can open, allowing a young child access to the toy's filling, posing choking and ingestion hazards if placed in the mouth.

Remedy: Refund

Consumer Contact: HABA USA toll-free at 888-430-0060 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recall@habausa.com or online at https://www.habausa.com/pages/discovery-cubes-animal-hide-seek-recall or http://www.habausa.com and click on the  "Recall" tab at the bottom of the page.

This recall involves the Discovery Cubes Animal Hide and Seek activity toys.  The toys are in the shape of a house made with multicolored fabric.  The toy animals in the house include a fox, a hedgehog and a mouse.  The toys have different pockets and rings. The model number 306684 can be found on the sewn in label inside the house and on the packaging.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from the child, cut the toy in half with a pair of scissors, take a photo of it, and discard it in the household trash. Contact HABA to receive a $30 refund or gift card. Email a photo documenting that the toy has been destroyed, along with your contact information to recall@habausa.com to receive the refund. HABA is contacting all known purchasers.

Incidents/Injuries: One consumer report noticed the open seam on the toy's house. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Specialty toy stores nationwide and online at Habausa.com, Walmart.com and Amazon.com from August 2022 through October 2022 for about $30.

Importer(s): Habermaass Corp. Inc., dba HABA USA, of Skaneateles, New York

Manufactured In: China


Laundry detergent and household cleaning products recalled due to risk of exposure to bacteria

The Laundress Recalls Laundry Detergent and Household Cleaning Products Due to Risk of Exposure to Bacteria

The LaundressName of Product: The Laundress laundry and household cleaning products

Hazard: The recalled products can contain bacteria, including Burkholderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes and multiple different species of Pseudomonas, many of which are environmental organisms found widely in soil and water, and some may also be found in humans. People with weakened immune systems, external medical devices, and underlying lung conditions who are exposed to the bacteria face a risk of serious infection that may require medical treatment. The bacteria can enter the body if inhaled, or through the eyes or a break in the skin. People with healthy immune systems are usually not affected by the bacteria.

Remedy: Refund

Units: Approximately 8 million. To date, testing has identified bacteria in certain recalled products, including those produced between January 2021 and September 2022.

Consumer Contact:  The Laundress at 800-681-1915 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.TheLaundressRecall.com or at www.TheLaundress.com and click "Get Started" on the homepage to begin the reimbursement process.

This recall involves The Laundress laundry detergent, fabric conditioner and other cleaning products, a complete list of which is available at www.TheLaundressRecall.com, with lot codes beginning with a prefix letter F and the last four digits numbered 9354 or less, H and the last four digits numbered 2262 or less, and T and the last four digits numbered 5264 or less.  For a complete list of products, visit www.TheLaundressRecall.com. All products have "The Laundress - New York" printed at the top of the label. The Laundress is recalling all products manufactured at the affected facility through September 2022.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products with lot codes beginning with a prefix letter F and the last four digits numbered 9354 or less, H and the last four digits numbered 2262 or less, and T and the last four digits numbered 5264 or less. For a complete list of products, visit www.TheLaundressRecall.com. Consumers who purchased the recalled products on or after January 2021 may request a refund using either a photo of the lot code with their initials and the date written in marker or a receipt, or if purchased through www.TheLaundress.com, consumers can submit their e-mail address for a refund. Consumers who purchased the recalled products before January 2021 should take a photo of the lot code with their initials and the date written in marker and contact The Laundress for a full refund of the purchase price, with receipt, or of the manufacturer's suggested retail price, without receipt. After requesting a refund, consumers should dispose of the product by closing the bottle tightly and placing it in household trash. Do not empty the product prior to disposal.

Incidents/Injuries: The company is aware of 11 consumers who have reported Pseudomonas infections and is investigating these reports to see if there is any connection to the recalled products.

Sold At: Online at TheLaundress.com, Amazon.com, and additional websites and in stores at The Laundress, Bloomingdale's, The Container Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Nordstrom, Jenni Kayne, Kith, Peruvian Connection, N.Peal, Brooklinen, and other major retailers nationwide, through September 2022 for between $8 and $100.

Distributor(s): The Laundress, a subsidiary of Conopco Inc. d/b/a Unilever, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Food Review: Lunch Mate Premium Black Forest Ham

Lunch Mate Premium Black Forest Ham
Is the Aldi discount brand as good as the Name Brands like Hillshire or Oscar Mayer?

By Mike Thayer

Lunch meat, I always have some on hand, turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, bologna, it's all good!  It's such a convenient and easy grab from the fridge too.  There's the obvious in making a quick sandwich, but lunch meat isn't just for sandwiches anymore.  It's versatile for all kinds of great lunch, dinner, breakfast and snack eats, you're only limited by your imagination and what lunch meat, a.k.a., cold cuts can do for you.

Lunch meat has become even more versatile as part of the American diet in the last year, thanks to inflation.  Food costs have risen a whopping 13.5 percent in that time, a 43-year high.  In struggling with those higher prices, consumers have made changes at the dinner table beyond replacing steak with hamburger, some folks have substituted standard cuts of meat with lunch meats.

So with that in mind, I recently sampled Lunch Mate Premium Black Forest Ham.  Lunch Mate is an Aldi brand and in addition to the Black Forest Ham produces a variety of lunch meats such as  Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, Honey Smoked Turkey Breast, Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast, and Smoked Uncured Ham.

Lunch Mate Premium Black Forest Ham
A sandwich in the making, awaiting mustard and Swiss Cheese...

If you're not up on what makes ham "Black Forest" ham, the name originated in Germany and how they dry-cured and smoked hams in the Black Forest region.  Now popular and produced everywhere pork is sold, the characteristic black edge of the meat is a result of the spices applied to the ham combined with the smoking process.

I sampled the ham straight out of the package, in a sandwich, included it in scrambled eggs and made some ham fried rice with it.  Tasty in all ways, it's good cold and it's good in prepared dishes.  It's lean, slices up nice and doesn't shrink up when cooked which speaks to the quality of the ham.  Adding water in the form of a brine is part of the typical ham lunch meat making process.  Low quality deli ham will shrink up when cooked and/or give you 'watery' scrambled eggs for example.  And since deli/lunch meat/cubed ham is sold by weight, the more water added, means more profit for those lesser ham producers.

Overall, this was good tasting ham, providing the classic ham notes of savory, sweet and smoky.  It's not off the bone baked ham good, but that's not to be expected, it's lunch meat after all and being a processed product won't have the robust flavor that a bone-in ham will.  What this ham does is go toe-to-toe with the name brand ham lunch meats. It's every bit as good as Hillshire Farms or Oscar Mayer and I contend it's better than the discount brands like Land O' Frost or Buddig.

Costing me $3.99 for a 1 pound package, I'm giving Lunch Mate Premium Black Forest Ham 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a tasty, smart, economical choice.  Compare that price to Hillshire Farm at $5.29 at the mainstream grocery store and that's for just 9 ounces of meat!  Oscar Mayer, also 9 ounces, rings up at $4.99.  You get seven more ounces of ham for a lot less by buying Lunch Mate at Aldi, equal quality, equal taste.

4 stars

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Food Review: Oscar Mayer Cheese Dogs

Oscar Mayer Cheese Dogs
The resealable package is a nice touch. You don't get that with a lot of competitor brands.

By Mike Thayer

No fridge or freezer is complete without a variety of bratwurst, hot dogs or sausages of some sort in it.

I love a good hot dog (that’s spelled, D.A.W.G. in my book) and today I'm reviewing Oscar Mayer Cheese Dogs.

Here's the description from the Oscar Mayer website:  Our cheese dogs feature Oscar Mayer classic wieners made with turkey, chicken and pork, stuffed with a delicious cheese filling. Your whole family will enjoy every cheesy bite. Each 10-count pack of cheese hot dogs comes in a 16-ounce resealable pack to keep them fresh in the refrigerator.

These hot dogs aren't made with any fillers or by-products, they're Oscar Mayer after all, so quality isn't an issue.  But how about the taste? 

Oscar Mayer Cheese Dog
Hot Dawg & Tater Tot Comfort Food!

I love these things, so much in fact, after having one for dinner with tater tots, I had a couple for breakfast (no tots) the next day.  It's a good hot dog whether prepared on the stove or on the grill (preferred). You get classic hot Dawg flavor complimented by cheese.  It's a Velveeta type processed cheese flavor, but I don't have a problem with that, it's good stuff.

I wouldn't recommend boiling these Dawgs (I hate that preparation anyway), as the cheese filling tends to leak out.  Using the microwave to reheat them as leftovers from a stove top or grilled preparation is fine, but I would think twice on using the microwave as a primary cooking method and only done if absolutely necessary.  You just don't get a good finished product with a microwave cook, the ends tend to get overcooked before the middle comes to a good temp, with the cheese stuffing having an inconsistent melt.  Don't cook on high, reduce power if microwaving is your only option.  Stove top and grilling delivers superior texture and flavor.

Costing me $3.97 at Walmart for a 16 ounce package, I'm giving Oscar Mayer Cheese Dogs 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Reasonably priced, these Dawgs deliver a nice hot dog bite with cheese and the resealable package is a nice touch.  The only thing that would make them better is if the Dawg was all beef.

4 stars

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