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Buckyball manufacturer announces discontinuation of product

Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of the popular office toy Buckyballs, has announced that it will stop production on the product and its related items after repeated “badgering” from Consumer Product Safety Commission officials.

Buckyballs are a highly magnetic toy that is marketed as a way to reduce office boredom and stress. There are several similar products made by other manufacturers. The CPSC targeted each of these manufacturers in a lawsuit that was filed over the summer that demanded this popular toy be recalled.

The agency filed the lawsuit after claiming that the products “contain a defect in the design, packaging, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury to the public” because of the high-powered magnets. The lawsuit went on to state that nearly 1,700 people were hospitalized as a result of ingesting the pieces. Some even required surgery because the strong magnetic pieces were powerful enough to pierce through the intestines.


Sunland Inc. recall expands to include other nut spreads

Last week, Sunland Inc., announced the recall of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter after it was discovered that the nut spread was possibly contaminated with salmonella. This week, the recall expanded to include other nut spreads as well as other grocery stores.

The New Mexico-based manufacturer expanded the recall to include almond butter, cashew butter, tahini, and peanuts when it was determined that the products were made on the same contaminated equipment as the Trader Joe’s nut spread.

Several other stores are now pulling Sunland’s products from their shelves. Nearly 35 people in 19 different states have  become sick as a result of the food-borne illness.

Consumers expect that the food they purchase from stores is manufactured at the highest quality. If you or a loved one has become ill after consuming a defective food product, contact a Danville food product lawyer of Spiros Law, P.C., in order to discuss your legal options.