Mold in Baseball Gloves

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Baseball and softball gloves manufactured in Vietnam were recalled this week due to mold. According to this press release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Mizuno Supreme Series and Ballpark Pro baseball and softball gloves

Units: About 131,000

Importer: Mizuno USA Inc., of Norcross, Ga.

Hazard: Some gloves were found to contain a variety of molds that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems, or in individuals who have impaired immune systems.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled items are leather Mizuno baseball and softball gloves. The gloves have a sewn-in white label on the heel of the glove with the words “Made in Vietnam” and the model number. Supreme Series gloves affected are further identified by the date code imprinted on the heel of the glove near the thumb opening.

Sold at: Walmart and Target stores nationwide from April 2010 through May 2011 for between $24 and $60.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the gloves and contact Mizuno USA to receive a full refund.