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November 3, 1994

Release # 95-019
CONTACT: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, Colgate Palmolive Recalls FAB Color-Plus Laundry Detergent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Colgate-Palmolive of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling approximately 25,000 containers, a portion of one day's production, of 50-ounce size FAB liquid Color-Plus laundry detergent sold for $3.99, marked with the date code 4213. The recall affects only certain geographical areas.

Colgate is recalling the FAB detergent that contains high levels of a chemical known as sodium hydroxide, which can cause a skin irritation or injure consumers if ingested or when coming in contact with the eyes. While other household products contain similar or higher levels of sodium hydroxide, they are marked with stronger cautionary warnings than FAB.

Colgate shipped the recalled products beginning in August to stores in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Some products may also be found in the following metropolitan areas: Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., Detroit, and Chicago.

Colgate has not received any reports of injuries from FAB; CPSC and Colgate are conducting this recall to prevent the possibility of injury.

Consumers can determine whether they have purchased the recalled FAB by checking the bottom center of the back panel for a rectangular box with an eight-digit number that begins with 4213. Consumers can return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange. For more information, consumers should call Colgate's toll-free number, (800) 327-7044.

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