August 29, 1997
Release # 97-179
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
CPSC Announces Test Results of Nestlé
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,
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