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Consolidated Stores Corp. Recalls Manual
French Fry Cutters
PRODUCT: French Fry Cutters, item 11010403 sold in
450 Odd Lots/Big Lots stores and All for One stores.
PROBLEM: Eight razor sharp cutting blades in the device are insecurely attached and
present a laceration hazard.
WHAT TO DO: Return the French Fry Cutter to any Odd Lots/Big Lots store or All For One
store for a refund.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Consolidated Stores Corporation, of Columbus, OH is voluntarily recalling 37,656 manual
French Fry Cutters. The cutting blades of the device are not securely attached and may
present a laceration hazard.
The French Fry Cutter consists of a plastic frame measuring four inches long and 2-3/4
inches wide. Eight razor sharp cutting blades are mounted in the frame. The person using
the cutter places it on top of a raw potato and presses down on the sides of the cutter's
plastic frame, causing the cutting blades to slice through the potato. The cutting blades
are not securely attached on the bottom of the frame, and if the device is used upside
down, the cutting blades will be driven out of the frame and into the user's hands as the
cutter is pushed down onto the potato. The cutter is not marked to indicate which side is
There have been five reported injuries associated with the French Fry Cutters. The
injuries were hand lacerations. One injury reportedly required 11 stitches to close. The
CPSC learned of the problem through a consumer complaint to its toll- free hotline.
The French Fry Cutter sold in 450 Odd Lots/Big Lots stores and All For One stores in March
and April of 1992. These stores were located east of the Mississippi River and in
Missouri. The French Fry Cutters were sold attached to a blister card that was marked on
the back of the card, "Dist. by: Midwestern Home Products, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware
19803 item No. 11010403 Made in Taiwan." There were no labels or markings on the
cutters. The French Fry Cutters sold for $1.00. The French Fry Cutter may have been sold
by a number of other retailers throughout the United States, however, they would not have
borne the name "Midwestern Home Products".
Consumers are urged to stop using the French Fry Cutters and return any bearing the name
"Midwestern Home Products" to any Odd Lots/Big Lots store and any All For One
store for a refund. Consumers may also call Consolidated Stores Corporation toll free at
1-800-877-1253, extension 6767.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as a part of its
mission to protect the public from unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with
consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million
injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of
consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
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 email@example.com.