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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 1999

Release # 99-070
CONTACT: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

The Body Shop U. S. Recalls Scented Jewel Candles

The Body Shop U. S. Recalls Scented Jewel CandlesWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Body Shop, of Wake Forest, N.C., is recalling approximately 25,000 scented "Jewel" candles. The glass pots of these candles can explode or break, causing possible cuts to nearby consumers, and posing a fire hazard. The outer decorative covering of these pots can melt or catch fire.

The Body Shop U.S. has received five reports of these candle pots exploding, breaking, melting or burning. No injuries have been reported.

These Jewel candles are about 3 inches high and come in two fragrances: mulled berries and brandied apples. The mulled berries candles have purple resin covering its glass pot. The brandied apple candles have red resin covering its glass pot. On both types of candles, tiny glass-headed decorative beads are imbedded in the resin. A dozen three-quarter-inch "jewels" of various colors also are set around the outside of the pot, inbedded in the resin. A sticker on the bottom of the candle reads, "THE BODY SHOP." A clear, plastic disk that is around the wick when the candle is sold reads, "fragranced jewel candle" . . . "POT MADE IN CHINA FILLED IN UK."

The Body Shop stores nationwide sold these candles from September 1998 through December 1998 for about $10.

Consumers should immediately stop using these candles and return them to any Body Shop store for a refund. For more information, contact the Body Shop at (800) 661-2154 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

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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