September 8, 1997
Release # 97-186
|CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC, Camil Corp. Ltd. Announce Recall of
Aguarras Floor Cleaner
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Camil Corp. Ltd. of
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, is recalling 1,000 bottles of Aguarras floor cleaner, which
contains turpentine. The product's packaging is not child- resistant; not labeled with the
necessary warnings, cautions for use and instructions for appropriate first aid in case of
ingestion; and resembles a liquor flask. The packaging violates the Federal Hazardous
Substances Act and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Turpentine presents a serious
poisoning hazard, possibly causing chemical pneumonia, pulmonary damage and death.
CPSC and Camil are not aware of any injuries
involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of
The turpentine is labeled in Spanish and some
English. The packaging is a glass bottle that is about 7 inches high, holds 7 fluid
ounces, and has a white and green label. The word "AGUARRAS" is in a green block
on the top of the label in white letters, with "LAVADO DE PISO" written
underneath in green.
The entire 1,000-bottle lot was sold at Almacenes
Topeka Loiza, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, from December 1996 through July 1997 for 89 cents.
Consumers should stop using the product
immediately and return it to Almacenes Topeka Loiza for a full refund. For more
information, consumers should call Camil Corp. Ltd. at (787) 753- 3634 between 8 a.m. and
5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Operators will be available that speak both English and
The turpentine packaging violation was discovered
by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Department of Consumer Affairs as part of an ongoing
joint enforcement program with CPSC.
Consumer inquiries in Spanish can be directed to
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772. Media inquiries in Spanish can be directed to Jesus
Chairez, CPSC, at (214) 827-6239.
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