May 26, 2024

Ci Sport Insulated Lunch Box Set Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with California Innovations, Inc., is recalling an expandable insulated lunch box because of the freezer gel pack included with the boxes, which can leak.

The packs contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, both poisons. They present a poisoning hazard if ingested. Consumers are urged to stop using the gel packs immediately; in fact, if you discard them, contact your local waste disposal authority for instructions because the packs contain poisonous material.

The recall includes 248,000 Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Pack imported by California Innovations Inc. of Toronto, Canada. The products were sold in the United States at Costo Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol, and Cost U Less stores from May 2007 through September 2008 for about $10.00. It’s very possible the lunch boxes are still being used. Another food carrier set imported by California Innovations is being recalled for the same reason.

Product details:

  • The set includes a three-piece, expandale, insulated lunch box, aluminum bottle, and freezer gel pack
  • The lunch box is made of vinyl, polyester nylon and crushed nylon
  • The code “1-61731-99-57” is printed on one of the two white labels sewn under the whtie fastener inside the main compartment.
  • The lunch box is 8″ x 5″ x 10.25″.
  • The box has a logo with the words “Ci Sport” attached to the upper left corner.
  • The box has a carrying handle on the top.
  • There’s a mesh pouch for the aluminum bottle on the side that is 2.75″ x 7.5″.
  • The gel pack is a 6″ x 4″ transparent plastic pouch filled with blue liquid gel.
  • The gel pack has the words “Cryofreeze” and “Ice Pack/Hot Pack” printed in white letters on the front.
  • The lunch box was available in navy blue, red, and denim blue.
  • This product was manufactured in China.

There have been two reports of dogs chewing on the gel; one dog died. For questions, call California Innovations at 1-800-722-2545 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST.

You can return the complete set to Costco for a full refund, or get $5.00 cash refund for the gel pack only by contacting California Innovations at the above number.

If you or anyone you know has been injured by this product, you can contact the the CPSC at Safer or call 1-800-638-2772. Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.


  1. Umm….my family has been using these lunch boxes for several years and never heard about this recall!!
    Should I throw them away?

    • Linda Larsen says

      Yes you should. Call California Innovation with questions, or return it to Costco for a full refund.

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