Walmart Issues Massive Recall On Water Kettles


Walmart is reportedly recalling over a million Rival-brand water kettles over electric and shock hazards.

The store is pulling the product from its shelves as well as its online store following 80 reports of incidents relating to the kettles, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. Seven people reported being burned from the product.

"This recall involves Rival brand electric water kettles with model numbers WK8283CU and WK8283CUY," the CPSC wrote in their May 3 report. "The model numbers are printed on a product label on the underside of the water kettle.

"The white plastic water kettles were sold with a warming base and a pitcher. A window on the side pitcher has markings that measure the water levels. 'Rival' is printed beneath the window."

The CPSC advised that customers "immediately stop using the recalled kettle and return it to any Walmart store for a full refund."

The kettles were sold nationwide from March 2011 through October 2015 for around $14 a unit. They were manufactured in China.

The recall came just after a national recall of roughly 100 food products that were reportedly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause the deadly infection listeria, Food Safety News reported.

Several snacks including protein bars, trail mix and trail mix bars were recalled from stores and brands like Walmart, Publix, Great Value, Roundy, Meijer, Hyvee and others. The listeria contamination was reportedly discovered in sunflower seed ingredients from a supplier called SunOpta, Inc.

"Brown & Haley was notified by our supplier of sunflower seeds of the possibility that some sunflower seeds provided to Brown & Haley may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes," a recall notice from company Brown & Haley read, according to Food Safety News.

Trader Joe’s also recalled almost 17 tons of slaw salad due to potential listeria contamination.

"The problem was discovered on May 3, 2016, when the company’s vendor of sunflower seeds notified the company that the product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes," Trader Joe’s recall notice read. "According to the recalling firm, all affected product has been removed from the market channels. FSIS will verify removal through recall effectiveness checks."

Sources: CPSC, Food Safety News / Photo credit: WSOC via Rare

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