Health Highlights: July 24, 2013
Baby Einstein 'Musical Motion Activity Jumper' Sets Recalled Antioxidant Claims, Vitamin E Removed from 7Up Products
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Baby Einstein 'Musical Motion Activity Jumper' Sets Recalled
More than 400,000 Baby Einstein "Musical Motion Activity Jumper" sets have been recalled following dozens of injuries.
The voluntary recall was announced by Kids II after the company received more than 100 complaints, including 61 cases in which children suffered injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to face and skull fractures, according to Medical Daily, FoxNews.com reported.
The baby jumper has an assortment of colorful toys attached to its base, and the injuries resulted from faulty springs on the yellow sun attachment. The toy sun "can rebound with force and injure the infant, posing an impact hazard," the U.S. Consumer Production Safety Commission said.
Kids II said consumers with the baby jumper should immediately stop using it and contact the company for a replacement attachment, FoxNews.com reported.
For more information, call 877-325-7056 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Antioxidant Claims, Vitamin E Removed from 7Up Products
Vitamin E will no longer be added to regular, diet cherry, mixed berry and pomegranate 7Up flavors, and the drinks' labels will no longer make antioxidant claims under a legal agreement reached between Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The consumer nutrition and health advocacy group sued the company in November 2012, saying it was making false claims by placing pictures of cherries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries and pomegranates on its 7Up beverages and claiming the products contained antioxidants. However, the nutritional benefits came from additives like vitamin E, not fruit itself, CBS News reported.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not permit vitamins to be added to carbonated soft drinks and junk food.
"Soda is not a health food, and should not be marketed as a healthy source of antioxidants or other nutrients," CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner said in a news release. "It's to the credit of Dr Pepper Snapple Group that it carefully considered these concerns, and worked collaboratively to resolve the dispute without further litigation. The end result is a big plus for consumers."
Under the settlement, the company will pay $5,000 to the Center for Science in the Public Interest and $237,500 for its attorney's fees, CBS News reported.