Lunch Boxes Recalled Due to Freezer Gel Pack Danger
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Lunch Boxes Recalled Due to Freezer Gel Pack Danger

Around 248,000 insulated lunch boxes imported by California Innovations, Inc. have been recalled because of a potential poisoning hazard.

The Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Packs were recalled because the diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol that can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs can be poisonous if ingested. The company has received two separate reports of a dog chewing and ingesting gel from the gel pack. One dog reportedly died from ingestion of the gel. The other was reported to have received treatment and has recovered.

Available in four colors (navy blue, red, black and denim blue), the affected lunch boxes were sold at Costco, Leon Korol and Cost U Less stores between May 2007 and September 2008 for about $10.

Consumers who think they have one of these products 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 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 more information, call California Innovations at (800) 722-2545, e-mail or visit the company’s website at

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