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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 1997

Release # 97-129
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Papel Freelance Inc. Announce Recall Of Wooden Pencils w/Miniature Pacifiers

CPSC, Papel Freelance Inc. Announce Recall Of Wooden Pencils w/Miniature PacifiersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Papel Freelance Inc. of Cranbury, N.J., is recalling about 28,000 pencils that have miniature pacifiers where erasers are normally found. These miniature pacifiers detach very easily from the pencils, presenting a choking hazard to young children.

CPSC and Papel Freelance Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these pencils. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The wooden pencils, measuring 7 inches long, are available in pink and blue. The words "PAPEL/FREELANCE Taiwan" are printed on the side of the pencils. The pencils have miniature pacifiers where erasers are normally found. The pacifiers, measuring about 1.5 inches wide, are mostly cream in color.

Various retail stores nationwide, including Winn Dixie and Hallmark, sold the pencils from September 1996 through April 1997 for about $2.

Consumers should take these pencils away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Papel Freelance Inc. at (800) 634-8384.

CPSC learned of this problem from the State of Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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