Parents of small children may want to to check their medicine cabinets
for a recently recalled product. Dollar Tree is recalling approximately
325,000 tubes of Assured Burn Relief Gel.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the packaging
is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging
Act (PPPA). Even more concerning, the burn relief gel contains lidocaine,
which poses a poisoning risk if swallowed. Thankfully, no injuries have
For those who may be unfamiliar with the PPPA, the federal law requires
certain household products to be packaged in child-resistant packaging.
The packaging required by the PPPA must be designed or constructed to
be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open
within a reasonable time and not difficult for normal adults to use properly.
The defective burn relief gel sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar
Tree $1 Stop, Deal$, Deals and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores fails to meet
those requires. As described by the CPSC, the recalled burn relief gel
is packaged in a blue box with white letters “Burn Relief”
and red letters “Burn Relief Gel.” The brand name is Assured
TM. Inside the box is a blue and white tube labeled “Burn Relief Gel”
and measuring approximately 5 inches long by 1-inch-wide and weighs about
0.7 ounces. The packaging contains the UPC bar code: 6 39277 09311 0.
The recalled products were sold from March 2015 to October 2015 for $1.
Given the risk of poisoning, consumers should immediately stop using the
recalled burn relief gel and take the gel to the store where purchased
for a full refund.