About Travelin’ Chef Expandable Thermal Food Carrier

Recall Date: 1/23/2012

The recalled product is a four-piece food carrier set, which includes a light blue thermal carrier with black carrying handles, a medium plastic food container, a large plastic food container and a freezer gel pack. The recalled thermal carrier has the code “1-38018-69-07” printed on a white label on the inside of the main compartment on the left hand side. The thermal carrier is 18 inches wide, 10.5 inches deep and 4.7 inches high and made of vinyl and polyester. The medium food container measures 9.75 inches by 6.25 inches by 3.5 inches. The large food container measures 11.75 inches by 8.75 inches by 3.5 inches. The gel pack is an 8.5-inch by 8-inch, opaque blue plastic pouch filled with liquid gel. The words “Cryofreeze” and “Ice Pack/Hot Pack” are printed in white letters on the front of the pouch.

Consumer Contact

For additional information, call California Innovations at (800) 722-2545 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.californiainnovations.com


  • Walmart between August 2008 to December 2011 for about $22.

Made In

  • China


  • California Innovations Inc., of Toronto, Canada

Category ID: 68146

Number of Units Sold: About 55,000


  • Gel that contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs, posing a poisoning hazard if ingested by children or adults.


  • None

Resolution, Remedy, Fix

Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and dispose of them according to federal, state and/or local regulations. It is recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions. Consumers may return the gel pack to Walmart for a refund of $6 or contact California Innovations customer service at (800) 722-2545 for the same refund.

Resolution Options

  • Dispose
  • Refund

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Sources: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2012/Food-Carriers-Recalled-by-California-Innovations-Due-to-Freezer-Gel-Pack-Ingestion-Hazard