June 1, 2000
Children's Picnic Sets Recalled by Mervyn's
Hayward, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Mervyn's California is
recalling about 1,200 children's plastic picnic sets contained in clear bags. The clear
bag reads "AUSTRALIA" in multicolored lettering, "Down Under" in blue
lettering, and has an illustration of a koala bear face. The bag has a pink strap and
piping. The picnic set inside the bag consists of four blue cups; four light blue bowls;
four small, purple plates; four red plates with the bear illustration; and a set of
cutlery. Mervyn's stores nationwide sold the sets from April 2000 through May 2000 for
The product is being recalled because the paint on the bag contains high levels of lead
which violates the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Act. Lead poisoning in children is
associated with behavior problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and growth
retardation. there have been no reported injuries.
Consumers should stop using these bags
immediately and return them to any Mervyn's store for a full refund. For more information,
call Mervyn's at (800) MERVYN'S between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers June 1,
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