By Rita R. Robison
About 248,000 expandable, insulated lunch boxes with freezer gel pack are being recalled by California Innovations Inc.
California Innovations has received two separate reports of a dog chewing and ingesting gel from the gel pack, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. One dog reportedly died from ingestion of the gel. The other was reported to have received treatment and has recovered.
The recalled product is a Ci Sport three-piece, expandable, insulated lunch box set, which includes the lunch box, aluminum bottle, and the freezer gel pack. The lunch box of the recalled set has the code "1-61731-99-57" printed on one of the two white labels that are sewn under the white fastener inside the main compartment.
The lunch box is 8 inches wide, 5 inches deep, and 10.25 inches high. It’s made of vinyl, polyester nylon, and crushed nylon and has a logo with the words "Ci Sport" attached to the upper left corner.
The lunch box has a carrying handle on the top and a mesh-carrying pouch for the aluminum bottle on the side. The aluminum bottle measures 2.75 inches in diameter and 7.5 inches tall.
The gel pack is a 6-inch by 4-inch transparent plastic pouch filled with blue liquid gel. The words "Cryofreeze" and "Ice Pack/Hot Pack" are printed in white letters on the front of the pouch.
The lunch box was available in four colors: navy blue, red, black and denim blue.
Manufactured in China, the lunch boxes were sold at Costco Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol, and Cost U Less stores between May 2007 and September 2008 for about $10.
Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and dispose of them according to federal, state, and/or local regulations, California Innovations and the commission advise. It’s recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions.
Consumers may return the lunch box set to Costco for a full refund or may receive a $5 cash refund for the gel pack only by contacting California Innovations.
For additional information, call California Innovations at 800-722-2545 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the firm's website at www.californiainnovations.com.
For details on other recalls, see www. recalls.gov.