October 24, 1996
Release # 97-009
|CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Direct Source International
Announce Plastic Halloween Bucket Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Direct Source
International Inc. of Blue Ash, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling 11,700 packages of small
plastic halloween candy buckets. Dillon Stores of Hutchinson, Kan., and CPSC found
prohibited levels of lead in the black, red, and yellow paint, which peels readily from
the buckets. The lead paint can cause lead poisoning in young children, who may ingest the
paint from the banned buckets.
The buckets come in three styles: as orange pumpkins, white skulls, and green Frankenstein
heads, measuring 2.75 inches in diameter by 2.25 inches high. They are packed six to a
cellophane package with an orange cardboard header labeled on the front, "HAPPY
HALLOWEEN... 6 Halloween Buckets," and on the back, bar code number "43748
88014... Direct Source International Inc...Made in China." Some of the packages also
include "Item NO. FF-014" on the back of the label.
Various retail stores, including Dillon Stores and Kroger Company, sold the buckets from
August 1996 to October 1996 for about $1 per package.
CPSC received one report of a child who may have ingested some of the paint from the
Consumers should take the buckets away from children immediately and return them to the
store where purchased for a full refund of the purchase price. Consumers who have
questions about this recall may call Direct Source International Inc. at (513) 793-9379.
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