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Atico recalls holiday rattle baby slippers

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Atico International USA issued a voluntary recall of 57,000 holiday rattle baby slippers amid a choking hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC reported that the soft shoes with built-in rattles were imported from China by Atico International USA of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and sold nationwide at Walgreens stores from October 2010 through January 2011 for about $5.

Atico received one report of a 7-month-old baby that was found beginning to turn blue with the slippers’ stuffing in the child’s mouth. The baby’s father removed the stuffing. Two additional reports of babies wearing the slippers who pulled on the rattle/stuffing and the stuffing came out also were reported. No injuries were reported.

Consumers should stop using the slippers immediately and should return them to any Walgreens location for a full refund.

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Report: Hy-Vee makes checkout lanes healthier

BY Alaric DeArment

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Among the best real estate in a supermarket is the checkout line, where customers usually can find shelves of candy, gum and other small items. But a supermarket in Albert Lea, Minn., is offering healthy choices to a captive audience, according to published reports.

The Albert Lea Tribune reported that the Hy-Vee store there has unveiled its Blue Zones checkout lane. Instead of junk food, the lane features granola bars, dried fruit, soy nuts and string cheese.

The store’s dietitian told the newspaper that sales of those products at the store had increased by an average of 42% since the lane’s introduction, saying it would be a good place for parents to send children looking for snacks.

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CVS Caremark’s charitable arm donates funds to support relief efforts in Japan

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has announced the donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts under way in Japan following last week’s tragic earthquake and tsunami, with a potential total donation of up to $300,000 through the matching of CVS Caremark employee donations.

"With the impact of this terrible event still occurring, and given the potential for serious long-term health challenges across northeastern Japan, we are providing support to the American Red Cross as it helps the Japanese Red Cross provide first aid, emotional support and relief items to those who have been displaced," stated Eileen Howard Boone, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust VP.

CVS Caremark stated that it is working with the Red Cross to establish a dedicated online donation portal for any of its approximately 200,000 employees who want to contribute. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will match employee donations up to $100,000.

"This contribution from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is critically important as we work to provide help and hope to survivors of the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami," added Michael Brown, VP corporate and foundation giving at the American Red Cross. "In times of disaster, assistance from our corporate partners is key to our ability to fulfill our humanitarian mission."

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