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Steam cleaners can shock, burn

July 19, 2009|Times Staff And Wire Reports

About 580,000 H2O Mop Steam Cleaners are being recalled after complaints of the power cord on the cleaners unexpectedly wearing down and exposing wiring, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The exposed wiring poses a shock and burn hazard to anyone using the H2O cleaners, the agency said.

Thane International Inc., based in La Quinta, has received 10 reports of consumers getting shocked while using the cleaners as well as eight reports of burns, the commission said. The recalled H2O mops are white with a purple water tank with the "H20" and "M" logos printed on the top of the appliance's cleaning head. The model numbers of the recalled cleaners are 808.092 and OEM-TV-001, and the recall includes only H2O mops with reference numbers 200709198 to 200803148 or H20M1000 to M-H20M1198, printed on the label on the back.

The cleaners were made in China and sold by retailers nationwide as well as by QVC on its TV shopping program, by Thane through TV infomercials and online at The electric steam mops were sold from June 2007 to December 2008 for about $100.

Information: (800) 485-0017 or

* Brea manufacturer Nature & Health Co. is recalling dietary supplements LibieXtreme, Y-4ever, Libimax X liquid, Powermania liquid, Powermania capsule and Herbal Disiac after a lab analysis by the Food and Drug Administration found that samples contained active ingredients of drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Those active ingredients were not listed on the product labels and may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, which could lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, the FDA said. The products were sold by retailers in California, Georgia, Illinois, Texas and Ohio. Information: (714) 671-0016 or

* Godiva Chocolatier is recalling "G Collection" Mother's Day and Valentine's Day gift boxes that were available for purchase earlier this year. The New York company said one chocolate piece in boxes, the praline crunch, contains a dry nonfat milk ingredient purchased from Minnesota-based Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, which has reported possible salmonella contamination on its equipment.

The Mother's Day boxes were brown with lime green trim and the Valentine's Day boxes were brown with red trim. Information: (800) 946-3482.

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