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July 26, 1996

Release # 96-173
CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC and Kraft Issue Warning for Chillers Sticks for Jell-O Instant Pudding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kraft Foods, Inc. of Northfield, Ill., is announcing a voluntary in-store recall and safety advisory for approximately 678,000 sets of Chillers Sticks distributed in connection with a Jell-O instant pudding promotion. The plastic Chillers Sticks may break, presenting a choking hazard to young children.

Kraft has received 71 reports of the Chillers Sticks breaking. Kraft is not aware of any injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The red or purple Chillers Sticks, measuring three inches long, are used to make frozen Jell-O Pudding treats. An outside supplier manufactured the sticks, which were packaged in sets of six. Kraft distributed the sticks nationwide through an 800-number and supermarkets from early June through mid-July 1996 as part of a promotion for Jell-O pudding.

Consumers should immediately discard the Chillers Sticks. If consumers need further information, they should call Kraft at (800) 433-9363. Kraft Foods has recalled the Chillers Sticks from store shelves and will no longer distribute the sticks.

All Jell-O Instant Pudding mix is safe and is not affected by this recall. Jell-O Instant Pudding recipes can be prepared and consumed without Chillers Sticks.

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