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Health Canada issues 2 baby pacifier recalls due to risk of choking

Fred & Friends is recalling 200,000 pacifiers because of the risk that a baby using one could choke. Courtesy of Health Canada

TORONTO – Health Canada listed two separate baby pacifier recalls this week, both tied to risk of choking.

Fred & Friends is recalling about 200,000 baby pacifiers across Canada and the United States because of a choking hazard. In another instance, Petite Creations is recalling another 1,271 pacifiers that were sold in Sobeys stores only. The recalled rattles were sold from February 2013 to January 2014.

Health Canada says the Petite Creations recall involves a type of rattle called Baby Cubes feeders that can help introduce kids to foods placed in the silicone pouch.

Young kids should stop using the pacifiers immediately, the federal agency warns.

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“The handle of these rattles can enter and become lodged in a child’s throat which poses a choking/suffocation hazard to young children,” the recall notice says.

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The latch can also break and detach from the rattle, posing another choking hazard. Health Canada says the latching system can also open, and kids can potentially choke on the food placed in the silicone pouch.

In one case, the latching system broke but no injuries were reported.

About 1,272 units were sold in Canada in Sobeys stores only.

Fred & Friends is recalling 200,000 pacifiers because of the risk that a baby using one could choke.

READ MORE: Fred & Friends pacifiers recalled in Canada and U.S.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said three different pacifiers are involved in the recall. The Chill Baby Artiste Pacifier has an attached moustache and beard, which can break off. The Chill Baby Volume Control Pacifier has a volume knob that can detach and the ventilation holes are smaller than federal regulators require. The Chill Baby Panic Button Pacifier also has vent holes that are too small.

About 183,000 pacifiers are being recalled in the U.S. and 17,000 in Canada. The pacifiers were sold in department stores, toy stores, hospital and museum gift shops, and other retailers from last April through December.

Fred & Friends, a unit of Garden City, N.Y.-based appliance and housewares company Lifetime Brands Inc., has received one report of the knob on the volume pacifier coming off.

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