August 18, 1997
Release # 97-172
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
CPSC and Kreiner Imports Announce the Recall of
Kinder Chocolate Eggs Containing Toys
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kreiner Imports
Inc. of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,000 Kinder chocolate eggs,
which Kreiner imported into the United States and which contain a surprise toy within a
plastic capsule. Some of the toys have small parts that present a serious choking and
aspiration hazard to children under three years of age.
CPSC considers the toys within the eggs as presently imported and sold to violate CPSC's
small parts regulation with respect to children under three.
The Ferrero Group, the manufacturer of Kinder chocolate eggs, does not market this product
in the United States. Ferrero said that it markets the product in other countries solely
for children three and older and designs these toys to be assembled by older children.
Ferrero considers the product safe for children three years and older. Ferrero said it is
working with Customs and CPSC and is pursuing legal action against parties involved in
CPSC and Ferrero are not aware of any injuries in the United States involving these toys.
This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury to children under
three years of age.
The Kinder eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen's egg in an
orange, white and blue foil wrapper. The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped
plastic capsule. The toy requires assembly and each egg contains a different toy. The
labeling is in German. The foil wrapper of the egg is labeled in part, "Kinder
Kreiner Imports Inc. imported and distributed Kinder eggs from March 1997 through August
1997 through the following small candy and specialty stores in the South, Midwest and
17115-E West Bluemound Rd.
Rosemarie's Restaurant & Deli
2445 Ridge Rd.
136 W. Northwest Hwy.
Van Nuys German Delicatessen
16155 Roscoe Blvd.
North Hills, CA
Geier's Sausage Kitchen
7447 S. Tamiami Trail
2019 S. Lumpkin Rd.
Heinz Bavarian Bakery
3419 Noland Rd.
Ehmer's Chef's Market
7804 Fairview Rd.
Himmel Haus Imports
3444 Main St.
515 N. Western Ave.
2732 7th St.
Deutsche Ecke Bakery & Cafe
451 N. Wilson Blvd.
12113 S. Dixie Hwy.
CPSC and Ferrero believe that other companies have imported and sold additional Kinder
eggs in the United States -- without Ferrero's knowledge or authorization -- under the
Kinder Surprise label. These eggs are labeled in English and other languages. The foil
wrapper of the egg is labeled in part, "Kinder Surprise...Containing Surprise
Toy...MADE BY FERRERO."
Consumers should take these toys away from children under three years of age immediately.
If purchased at the above listed stores, consumers should return the toys to the store for
a full refund. Otherwise, consumers should call Ferrero U.S.A. Inc at (888) 393-2849 for
instructions on returning the toys for a full refund and a bonus premium.
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
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