Baby soother teething ring safety recall

On November 26, 2010 Health Canada recalled the Chan Pie Gnon "Cool-it Soother" by Vulli for not meeting product safety standards.

The recall involves the Vulli brand Chan Pie Gnon "Cool-it Soother" liquid-filled teether, distributed exclusively in Canada by Bug in a Rug.

The teether is the character of "Gnon", which is one of the "Chan, Pie and Gnon" characters. It has a green handle with a head shaped like a mushroom. Attached to the "mushroom head" is a liquid-filled ring.

The teether is marketed as being BPA and phthalate free and intended for ages three months and up. It can be identified by UPC 3056560102026.

What is the danger?

Under the Hazardous Products Act, infant teether fillings must not contain any living micro-organisms.

When tested by Health Canada, samples of the Chan Pie Gnon "Cool-it Soother" has revealed that the liquid filling was contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia as well as mould.

These bacteria generally do not cause illness in healthy individuals. However the bacteria can affect children with weakened immune systems, causing stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea if the teether is punctured and the liquid from the teether is ingested or enters open wounds.

At time of the recall neither Health Canada nor Bug in a Rug has received reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of the teethers.

What do I do?

You should immediately take the recalled teethers away from children and dispose of them in their regular household garbage.

About 496 of the recalled teethers were sold at various specialty baby shops across Canada from 2008 to 2010. The recall product was manufactured in France. The distributor is Bug in a Rug of Rockwood, Ontario, Canada.