Expandable Lunch Boxes and Food Carriers Recalled
Credit: CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with California Innovations Inc., of Toronto, Canada announced voluntary recalls of about 55,000 Travelin' Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carriers and about 248,000 Expandable Insulated Lunch Boxes with Freezer Gel Pack.

Hazard: Gel that contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs, posing a poisoning hazard if ingested by children or adults.

Incidents/Injuries: None for the Thermal Food Carrier; The firm has received two separate reports of a dog chewing and ingesting gel from the gel pack in the Lunch Box. One dog reportedly died from ingestion of the gel. The other was reported to have received treatment and has recovered.

Description:

Travelin' Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carrier: The recalled product is a four-piece food carrier set, which includes a light blue thermal carrier with black carrying handles, a medium plastic food container, a large plastic food container and a freezer gel pack. The recalled thermal carrier has the code "1-38018-69-07" printed on a white label on the inside of the main compartment on the left hand side. The thermal carrier is 18 inches wide, 10.5 inches deep and 4.7 inches high and made of vinyl and polyester. The medium food container measures 9.75 inches by 6.25 inches by 3.5 inches. The large food container measures 11.75 inches by 8.75 inches by 3.5 inches. The gel pack is an 8.5-inch by 8-inch, opaque blue plastic pouch filled with liquid gel. The words "Cryofreeze" and "Ice Pack/Hot Pack" are printed in white letters on the front of the pouch.

Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Pack: 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 is 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.

Sold at:

Travelin' Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carrier: Walmart between August 2008 to December 2011 for about $22.

Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Pack: Costco Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol and Cost U Less stores between May 2007 and September 2008 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and dispose of them according to federal, state and/or local regulations. It is recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions. Consumers may return the gel pack to Walmart (for the food carrier) for a refund of $6 or contact California Innovations customer service at (800) 722-2545 for the same refund. 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 contacing California Innovations.

Consumer Contact: For additional information on the food carrier recall, call California Innovations at (800) 722-2545 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.californiainnovations.com. For more information on the lunch box set recall,  call California Innovations at (800) 722-2545 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail ci-recall@ca-innovations.com or visit the firm's website at www.californiainnovations.com.