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January 23, 1995

Release # 95-066
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC & Doreau Designs Announce Recall of Mercury Necklaces

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Doreau Designs of Carlsbad, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 2 styles of necklaces that bear small vials or glass balls containing the metal mercury.

While these vials or glass balls pose no immediate health threat, exposure to their vapor can cause long term health problems, especially for small children and pregnant women, if the vials or balls break.

The necklaces contain either a one-inch glass vial or a dime size glass ball connected to either a 24-inch beaded chain or a 24-inch leather strand. The silver colored liquid mercury is contained within the glass vials and glass balls.

About 1,200 necklaces, imported from Mexico, were assembled and sold by Doreau Designs. The necklaces were distributed in the central and western United States through swap meets, street fairs, and the Lux Corporation doing business as a retail chain store under the name of "MR. RAGGS." The mercury necklaces were sold between January and December 1994 for $9.99 each.

Consumers who purchased these mercury necklaces should return them to the place where purchased for a refund. Consumers unable to return their necklaces to the place of purchase should mail them to Doreau Designs, 2724 Levante St., Carlsbad, CA 92009 for a refund including postage. Consumers with questions about this recall can contact Sylvain Pierre Doreau, at (619) 436-0121.

The Washington State Department of Health, Office of Toxic Substances, brought these potentially hazardous necklaces to the attention of CPSC after receiving a report that a vial had broken in a public school in Washington, which required evacuation of the students until the spill could be cleaned up.

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