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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 1994

Release # 95-001
CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell
(301) 504-0580 Ext.1191

Gerber Products Company Recalls NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers

Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gerber Products Company, Fremont, Mich., is voluntarily recalling approximately 10 million NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers manufactured between July 1, 1993 and June 30, 1994. No other Gerber pacifiers or products are involved in this recall. NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers distributed by hospitals are not involved in this recall.

The recalled pacifiers may separate into pieces. The pieces could present a choking hazard to young children. Although there have been no injuries reported, the Gerber Company has received 26 consumer reports of these pacifiers separating into their component parts.

The pacifiers have the name "NUK" embossed on the mouth shield of each product. The packages read, in part "Nipple made in Germany. Plastic parts molded and unit assembled in USA. Printed in USA. Distributed by Gerber Products Company...".    The date codes on the back of the package range from 070193 (July 1, 1993) to 063094 (June 30, 1994). The pacifiers sold in retail stores nationwide. They were sold in single and multiple packs in a price range of $1.29 to $4.99.

Gerber reports that the NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers involved in this recall have been removed from store shelves. NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers manufactured after June 30, 1994 were modified and are not affected by this recall and modified pacifiers are currently on store shelves. The packages of these newer pacifiers are date coded 070194 (July 1, 1994) and later and can also be identified by the word "NEW" on the front of the package. Any "NUK" pacifiers for which consumers do not have the packages in which the pacifiers were sold should be considered subject to this recall.

Consumers are urged to take the recalled pacifiers away from young children immediately and throw them away. Call Gerber Products Company at its toll free number 1-800-4-Gerber to receive a free replacement pacifier. News media inquiries to Gerber should be directed to Nancy Lindner at 616/928-2774.

Neither CPSC nor Gerber Products Company is aware of any injuries involving these pacifiers; this recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The potentially hazardous pacifiers were reported to CPSC by Gerber Products Company.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.


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