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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 1997

Release # 97-179
CPSC: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193

CPSC Announces Test Results of Nestlé MagicTM Toys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in response to several state agencies' concerns, announced today that the Nestlé MagicTM chocolate-covered ball, containing a Disney toy figure, does not violate federal safety regulations.

CPSC closely monitors toys for children under 3, and requires recalls when toys violate the law or present a serious risk. CPSC recently issued a recall of Ferrero's Kinder chocolate eggs brought into the U.S. by Kreiner Imports. Each egg contains a toy with small parts that do pose a choking hazard.

Based on the size and shape of the Nestlé product, CPSC concludes the toys do not pose a choking hazard. CPSC examined all 24 toy figures found inside the Nestlé chocolate-covered balls. It was determined none of the figures violates the CPSC small parts regulation. This regulation prevents the sale of items that pose a choking hazard to young children. CPSC tests on the Nestlé product included an evaluation of sharp point hazards and simulation of the use and abuse to which toys are likely to be subjected. No violations were found.

"U.S. federal safety regulations are among the toughest in the world, and do not allow for the importation or distribution of any toy that presents a choking hazard to young children," said David Schmeltzer, CPSC Director of Compliance.

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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