July 14, 1997
Release # 97-157
|CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC, Pfaltzgraff Issue Safety Alert
Concerning Pizza Stones
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Pfaltzgraff Co. of York, Pa., is warning
consumers about a potential fire hazard with about 123,500 Pfaltzgraff pizza stones and
deep dish pizza stones. If consumers use oil on the stones and clean them using a 550
degrees Fahrenheit oven or using the oven's self-cleaning cycle, as currently recommended
in the instruction booklets accompanying the stones, the stones can catch on fire.
Pfaltzgraff is providing consumers with new instruction booklets for the safe use of the
pizza stones. The revised instruction booklets will inform consumers of the following:
- Use the stones only for making pizza or bread.
- Do not cook at temperatures exceeding 425 degrees
- Clean the stones by placing them on the bottom rack
of a 425 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 4 hours and scouring them, after cooling, with baking
Pfaltzgraff has received two reports of pizza
stones catching on fire due to incorrect cleaning instructions. No injuries were reported.
The Pfaltzgraff pizza stone and deep dish pizza stone are made of unglazed clay, which is
designed to give a characteristic "brick oven" quality to pizza and bread. The
pizza stone is a flat disk about a half inch thick and 13 inches wide. A floral design and
"Pfaltzgraff USA" are molded into the bottom of the stone. The deep dish pizza
stone is a pie plate about 2 inches deep and 11 inches wide. "Pfaltzgraff USA"
and "Baking Stone" are molded into the bottom of the stone.
Pfaltzgraff outlet stores and department stores nationwide have sold both pizza stones for
about $20. The pizza stone has been sold since 1993 and the deep dish pizza stone has been
sold since 1995.
Consumers should destroy the instruction booklets accompanying the pizza stones
immediately. Consumers can receive new instruction booklets by calling Pfaltzgraff at
(800) 999-2811 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers who want to
return their pizza stones for a full refund should call Pfaltzgraff to obtain shipping
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