TK Maxx, Superdrug & Matalan spark safety fears as stores issue urgent product recall

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    A number of products are being recalled from retailers including Matalan, Superdrug, and TK Maxx over fears some of the products could be releasing toxic smoke, which when breathed in could cause poisoning or asphyxiation, causing health and safety concerns across the nation. Do you have any of these items?

    Trading Standards UK issued a number of alerts, over the last two weeks, urging people to check their Christmas presents and grocery cupboards after a number of urgent product recalls were issued for items sold everywhere from Matalan, TK Maxx, and Superdrug to major supermarkets across the UK.

    Children’s clothes and candles are among the items shoppers are being urged to stop using and return to the shops for a full refund.

    Trading Standards UK has issued recalls for nine different product lines so far this month, January 2020.

    Some of the lines can also be found in supermarkets including Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, and Waitrose.

    “If you have bought any of these, or have been given any as presents you should take action to stay safe – return the goods to where they were bought,” urged Trading Standard UK

    TK Maxx – urgent recall

    DW-Candles with Wood Wicks, found in TK Maxx and other supermarkets have been urgently requested for a recall after Trading Standard UK discovered the candle releases excessive amount of smoke.

    The candles pose a chemical safety risk.

    The following notice was issued by the European Commission: “The candle releases an excessive amount of smoke.

    “A person could inadvertently breathe in the toxic smoke, which might lead to poisoning or asphyxiation through carbon monoxide exposure.”

    All scents across the DW wood wick candle range have been affected.

    The advice provided by the Trading Standard UK is to not use the product, instead return to nearest TK Maxx or where the product has been purchased for a full refund.

    Matalan – urgent recalls

    Matalan has issued an urgent product recall on their best selling, “Girls Elsa Light Up Jumper – age 2-3,” due to safety concerns possessed by the product.

    A Matalan spokesperson stated: “It has come to our attention that the Elsa Light Up Jumper is not suitable for children under three years old due to small parts included in the jumper.

    “As a precaution, we are immediately recalling the age 2-3 version of this jumper which is intended for use by a child under three.”

    However the spokesperson reassured customers that the jumper was suitable for children above the age of three, they said: “The Elsa Light Up Jumper meets the required safety standards for children aged three and above.”

    However, if a customer has purchased the jumper for someone under the age of three do not use the product.

    Instead, the spokesperson urges to return the product back to the store. Customers will not need to produce a receipt to claim a refund.

    “If you’ve bought a size 2-3, or if you have bought the Elsa Light Up Jumper for a child aged under three, please do not use the product and return it at your earliest convenience to your nearest Matalan store where our staff will be happy to give you a full refund,” they said.

    The spokesperson issued an apology, which read: “We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused however customer safety is our highest priority and we pride ourselves on delivering great quality at great prices.

    “Please note this recall does not affect any other Matalan product and does not affect Frozen Light Up Jumpers intended to be worn by children aged three-plus.

    “If you have any queries, please contact 03330 044444, email us at [email protected] or write to the address set out below.

    “We wish to thank you for your cooperation and we once again apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. We look forward to welcoming you back to Matalan soon.”

    Another product urgently recalled by Matalan is the Alphabet, Mermaid, Shark and Unicorn hot water bottles due to not meeting standards for quality and safety.

    These products were on sale from 1 September 2019 to 19 November 2019.

    The products affected are; the Alphabet Hot Water Bottle with product code – M854932, the Mermaid Hot Water Bottle with product code – M854938, the Unicorn Hot Water Bottle with product code  – M854940, the Shark Hot Water Bottle with product code – M854936.

    A statement was issued by the retailer, it read: “It has come to our attention that the above hot water bottles do not meet our usual high standards for quality and safety. As customer safety is our highest priority, we are immediately recalling these hot water bottles.”

    The issued the following advice: “If you’ve bought any of the above hot water bottles, please do not use the products and return them at your earliest convenience to your nearest Matalan store where our staff will be happy to give you a full refund. You will not need to produce a receipt to claim a refund.

    “If you have bought the above for someone else or know someone who has one then please let them know immediately about this notice,” the notice added.

    Superdrug – urgent product recall

    Superdrug has also issued an urgent product recall on their Superdrug B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Spritz over labelling mishaps causing allergy concerns across the nation.

    A statement released by the retailer revealed that “peppermint” has been mistakenly added to the product meaning anyone with an allergy or intolerance to peppermint could be affected by the product.

    The statement issued read: “We are recalling the Superdrug B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Spritz and kindly ask that our customers return the product to a Superdrug store for a full refund.

    “Superdrug has taken this decision as we have been made aware that peppermint has been mistakenly added to a batch of the product. We take transparency of our product ingredients and labelling very seriously so we have begun an investigation into how this happened and will reintroduce B. Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz back to our shelves in 2020.”

    The advice provided by Trading Standard UK is for customers not to use the product but instead return it in store: “If you have bought Superdrug B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Spritz and have an allergy or intolerance to peppermint, please do not use this product and instead return it for a full refund.” 

    No other Superdrug B. Skincare products have been affected.



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