|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 1995
Release # 95-157
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187
CPSC, American Harvest Inc. Announce Food
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Harvest Inc. of Chaska, Minn., is
announcing a repair program for 56,843 food dehydrators. The heating element in the food
dehydrators can overheat, presenting a fire hazard.
American Harvest is aware of three recent incidents in which the heating element
overheated. CPSC and American Harvest are not aware of any injuries involving this
The recall program involves three Snackmaster models: 2200/FD-30, 2400/FD-50, and
2400T/FD-50T. The serial numbers on the bottom of the base of the recalled appliances have
the first two digits 59 with B, C, D, F, G, H or J as the third digit, and ZB, ZC, ZD, ZF
or ZH as the fourth and fifth digits. The recall also includes Snackmaster dehydrators
with white or cream colored base covers that have been serviced since October 1994. The
Snackmaster Jr. FD-20, and Gardenmaster FD-1000 are not affected by this recall.
The round, white plastic appliances measure 13 inches in diameter with a two-inch thick
base and a white plastic lid. The base is labeled "American Harvest Snackmaster
Dehydrator." The base is stacked with two or four 1.25-inch deep trays with holes in
the center. Each tray contains a white plastic screen on which fruit, vegetables, or meat
can be dried. The Model FD-30 is packaged with 2 trays and the Model FD-50 and the Model
FD- 50T are packaged with 4 trays. The FD-30 and the FD-50 have a gray plastic dial on the
base which adjusts to various temperatures. The FD-50T has a digital read-out panel on the
base with green rubber buttons for setting drying times and temperatures.
The dehydrators were sold nationwide at leading retailers between January and August 1995
for up to $110. They were packaged in a box labelled in part, "American Harvest
Snackmaster Dehydrator... As seen on TV... Fastest Most Even Drying... Made in
To promote consumer participation in this product repair program, the company will return
each repaired food dehydrator with 2 free Jerky spice packets. In addition, each repaired
unit will have its warranty extended for an additional 12 months.
Consumers with the recalled food dehydrators should stop using them and call American
Harvest at (800) 624-2949. American Harvest will help consumers determine whether their
Snackmaster is a part of this recall and will arrange to repair the unit by replacing its
base cover for free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.