On July 31, 1997, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Zeneca Pool Products announced a recall of approximately 17,000 boxes of Baqua Plus Oxidizer Increaser tablets, due to defective packaging that poses a risk of contact with the chemicals in the product.
The company has received 20 reports of the tablets degrading and expanding beyond the original protective packaging at high temperatures. The chemicals in the tablets, sodium perborate and sodium bisulfate, can cause eye burning and irritation of the skin, respiratory passages, and mucous membranes upon contact.
The recall affects all Baqua Plus Oxidizer Increaser tablets, packaged in a blue cardboard carton with 16 individually-sealed pouches. The pouches each contain two large white tablets, measuring 3-5/6 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Baqua Plus Oxidizer Increaser is used to maintain the clarity of swimming pool water.
The tablets were sold at authorized Baquacil dealers nationwide from March 1997 through June 1997. Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled tablets immediately and inspect the product for any signs of degradation, such as a slimy appearance, expanded pouches or cartons, or moist cardboard.
The company can be contacted at 888-203-7726 for more information about how to dispose of degraded tablets. Consumers with recalled tablets can return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund or exchange.