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June 13, 2000 | From the Washington Post
The nation's top three crayon manufacturers have agreed to reformulate their product to eliminate an ingredient that may contain asbestos or asbestos-like fibers, after Consumer Product Safety Commission tests found small amounts of the cancer-causing material in some crayons. The findings, to be announced formally today, were not considered serious enough to warrant a recall, commission officials said.
Concerned about gum disease, Gerald Dageford decided to try an anti-tartar toothpaste. Within days, his gums bled and his teeth ached. When he stopped using the toothpaste, his painful symptoms disappeared. Dentists say Dageford's problem isn't unusual. His dentist sees one patient a week with similar ailments. "We used to see more cases," said Torrance dentist Alan Jones. "But we've taken most of our patients off the toothpaste."
November 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Two models of "Bultina" and "Redi-Match" disposable cigarette lighters are being recalled because they may flare up or could fail to extinguish, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday. The recall covers about 400,000 lighters, models 700LT and 701LT, sold since 1987.
October 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Target Corp. recalled 82,000 Chinese-made Plush Boys Rattles because they can break, releasing small beads that might choke young children. No injuries have been reported with the recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
July 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
China is investigating a state-owned trading company's role in tainted medicine that killed at least 94 people in Panama, an official said Monday, as the European Union urged Beijing to be more vigilant about product safety. The developments came as Beijing battled international mistrust about Chinese exports found to contain potentially toxic chemicals and additives.
October 16, 1987
Citing successful blitzes against unsafe toy imports in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the U.S. Customs Service and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a permanent working relationship to stop dangerous toys manufactured abroad from entering the country. In the joint "Operation Toyland," customs and product safety inspectors in the two ports seized 600,000 toys and other children's items in 70 shipments worth nearly $2.5 million.
October 12, 2000 | Associated Press
A Southland company has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine to settle charges that it sold previously recalled sweaters that were so flammable they burned faster than newspaper, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. In November 1996, AZ3 Inc., doing business as the Vernon-based BCBG Max Azria, recalled about 3,000 women's chenille sweaters made of 65% rayon and 35% nylon.
January 20, 2000 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at
High Star Toys Inc. of Los Angeles will pay a $100,000 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal safety standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had accused the company of importing toys and art materials that were not properly labeled as containing small parts and hazardous ingredients. The products, imported from September 1995 to August 1999, never reached consumers.
March 13, 1990 | United Press International
A North Carolina toy maker is recalling more than 40,000 musical crib mobiles that have parts that may pose a choking hazard to small children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Monday. The toys affected by the voluntary recall are the Musical Mother Goose Mobile and Musical Carousel Crib Mobile, imported and distributed by Stahlwood Toy Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Youngsville, N.C.
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