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|Release # 94-017
Lead Paint Hazard: Midwest
Importers Recalls Children's Necklaces & Bracelets
PRODUCT: Children's necklaces and bracelets
imported and distributed by Midwest Importers of Cannon Falls, Inc. The products are made
of wooden blue, pink, purple and yellow colored beads with white wooden rabbits and orange
wooden carrots strung on elastic strings. Approximately 26,000 necklaces and 39,000
bracelets were sold at retail stores nationwide from December 1992 through October 1993.
PROBLEM: The paint on the beads contain levels of lead that exceed government standards,
presenting a safety hazard to children.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately take the necklaces and bracelets away from
children and return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. For
more information, consumers may call Midwest Importers at 1-507-263-4261.
WASHINGTON, DC --- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Midwest Importers of Cannon Falls, Inc., Cannon Falls, MN is voluntarily recalling about
26,000 24-inch children's toy necklaces and 39,000 6-inch children's toy bracelets.
Testing by the company revealed that the levels of lead in the products' paint exceeds
government standards, presenting a safety hazard to children. Even though CPSC and the
company know of no poisoning incidents, this recall is being conducted to prevent the
possibility of poisoning. Both the necklaces and bracelets are constructed of wooden blue,
pink, purple, and yellow colored beads with white wooden rabbits and orange wooden carrots
strung on elastic strings. Each product is packaged in an 3-inch by 3-inch cardboard box
with a transparent plastic lid. The boxes are not labeled except for a small adhesive tag
attached to an elastic string which says "Made in China" and bears the Cannon
Falls copyright. The products were imported from China and sold at retail stores
nationwide from December 1992 through October 1993. The necklaces sold for approximately
$3.00 each and bracelets sold for approximately $1.00 each.
Consumers are urged to immediately take the necklaces and bracelets away from children and
return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. For more
information, consumers may call Midwest Importers of Cannon Falls, Inc. at (507) 263-4261.
CPSC is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from
unreasonable risks 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.