Mom alert! And please pass this on to anyone with children. Does your little one have an expandable lunch box made by California Innovations? If so, they say take out the gel pack that keeps the stuff cold IMMEDIATELY. I mean right NOW. It's poisonous.
A quarter million kids may be carrying around these "made in China" lunch boxes. And the gel packs inside may have some chemicals in them (diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol) that are used in antifreeze.
The expandable lunch boxes will say "Ci Sport" on them, and the "Cryofreeze" gel pack says 'non-toxic' -- but, in fact, it is SO toxic, the company says you should not even throw these in the trash because it's toxic waste. You should contact your city or county to find out a safe way to dispose of them.
Thankfully, at this point the company doesn’t have any reports of kids getting hurt, but there are two separate reports of dogs eating the gel from the packs, and one of those dogs reportedly died. The other recovered after getting veterinary care.
You can get more information from the Consumer Products Safety Commission website, or the recall information page at CaliforniaInnovations.com, along with how to claim a $5 refund for the gel pack. By the way, "California" Innovations is based in Toronto.
But the most important thing is, get these things away from your kid! You know kids love to squish these, play with them, and if they break it could be a very serious situation.