82,000 teethers recalled over bacteria fears

Health Canada has announced the recall of about 82,000 teethers because their fillings may be contaminated with bacteria.

The recall affects the Fun Ice Chewy Teether by Munchkin Inc., which is filled with gel, and comes in the shape of a hand, foot or animal.

The affected teethers can be identified by the UPC number 735282740015 and item number 74001.

Testing by Health Canada indicated the gel in the recalled products, sold at retailers across the country between 2001 to June 2009, may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.

This bacteria can cause severe nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea if the teether is punctured and the filling from the teether is ingested. Those with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to adverse reactions.

There have been no reports of injuries associated with use of the teethers.

Health Canada noted it only found the bacteria in one batch of teethers – lot number 0199 – but Munchkin has voluntarily recalled all lots.

Consumers are advised to take the affected teethers away from children. Those seeking more information can contact Munchkin at 1-800-344-2229.