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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
July 1, 1991 (301) 504-0580
Release # 91-090

E. Fomil & Sons, Inc. Recalls Comic Zoo Animals and Magic Milk/Juice Bottles Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), E. Fomil & Sons, Inc., Burlingame, CA is voluntarily recalling approximately 31,000 units of the combined toys, "Comic Zoo Animals," item number 31170, and "Magic Milk and Juice Bottles," item number 1703. The toys present small parts which pose a potential choking hazard for young children.

The Comic Zoo Animals package consists of six small (less than three inches) plastic zoo animals: a blue horse, a peach donkey, a yellow lion, a pink turtle, a peach giraffe, and a brown hippo. The blister card package is labeled in part: "Comic Zoo Animals, EFS BURLINGAME, CA 94010; MADE IN CHINA." The pink turtle is a small part.

The Magic Milk & Juice Bottles package consists of two plastic bottles one with disappearing milk and the other with disappearing juice. When the bottles are tilted upside down the fluids disappear. The bottles measure approximately 3-3/4 inches tall and one inch in diameter. The blister card package is labeled in part: "Magic Milk & Juice Bottles . . . EFS BURLINGAME, CA 94010, MADE IN HONG KONG." The bottles' nipples are small parts.

The toys were sold in a variety of retail stores in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington from January 1990 through December 1990 at prices ranging from $1.49 to $1.99 each.

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving these toys. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The potentially hazardous toys were identified at the Port of Oakland during a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs Service surveillance program.

Consumers are urged to take the toys away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund of the purchase price. For more information about this recall, consumers may call E. Fomil & Sons, Inc., at 1-800-248-8697.

The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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