Contigo water bottles being recalled

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By Latrishka Thomas

Head of the Pediatric Unit at the Mount St John Medical Center (MSJMC), Dr. Shivon Belle-Jarvis, is encouraging compliance with the recommendations of the Contigo manufacturing company which has recalled its Kids Cleanable Water Bottles.

Dr. Belle-Jarvis told OBSERVER media that despite having had “no cases in Antigua and Barbuda coming through the emergency room at the Mount St. John’s Medical Center [of any persons] who have been negatively affected by use of the Contigo bottles, to include choking … we have made note of the concerns expressed via the Contigo manufacturers and the need for recall, and we are recommending that parents adhere to the counsel given.”

On Tuesday, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles are being recalled in their millions because a silicone spout can detach and pose a choking hazard for children.

This came after the Chicago-based company received 149 complaints, including 18 incidents in which the spout was discovered in a child’s mouth.

In the voluntary recall notice, the company stated that “consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles, take them away from children, and contact Contigo for inspection instructions and a free replacement lid.”

It is so far not clear if similar options are available to local Contigo consumers.

A Contigo spokeswoman emphasized that in the US “the incident rate is very low of consumers reporting any separation of the silicone spout and no injuries have been reported.”

She also said that “child safety is of the utmost importance to Contigo and we have worked quickly to correct this issue and provide a solution.”

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