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Warning: Lunch box freezer gel packs recalled due to poison hazard

Warn: Lunch box freezer gel packs recalled due to poison hazard.
Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued 2 recall notices for a freezer gel pack sold with two different products manufactured by California Innovations, Inc of Toronto Canada. Although no injuries to adults or children have been reported, two dogs have been injured, one fatally due to ingesting the gel from the Cryofreeze ice packs.

The gel packs were included in a popular lunch bag item sold through Costco Wholesale called Ci Sport Expandable Lunch bag. The lunch bag included an aluminum water bottle and shoulder strap. It is not the entire lunch bag that is being recalled, just the gel freezer pack labeled Cryofreeze.

The other item that included the freezer gel pack is called the Travelin' Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carrier . This item was sold primarily through Walmart and QVC. Again, it is just the gel pack labeled Cryofreeze that is being recalled.

The gel packs include gel that contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol that can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs, posing a poisoning hazard if ingested by children or adults and obviously pets.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Saftely Commision, as of January 23,2012,

“consumers are being asked to 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 Costco or Walmart for a refund of $6 or contact California Innovations customer service at (800) 722-2545 for the same refund. “

Consumer Contact: For additional information, 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


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