- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2003

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) — Random House Inc. is recalling about 360,000 children's board book sets because plastic snaps on the lid of cardboard boxes can come apart posing a choking hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The New York publisher had not received any reports of injuries involving the books and said the recall was a precaution. Each book set has four board books inside.

The boxed book sets have children's characters on the front of the box and were sold in book, discount department stores and online nationwide from August 2002 through January 2003 for about $10.

Titles recalled include "Monsters to Go!," "Disney Princess — Disney the Princess Collection 2," "Disney's Winnie the Pooh - A Very Merry Christmas," and "Barbie - My Barbie Fun Box."

Book sets with metal snaps are not included in the recall.

Consumers should immediately cut the lid off the box with the plastic snaps and discard the rest of the box. The lid with the plastic snaps can be mailed to Tri-State, c/o Anthony Armetta, 325 Rabro Drive, Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788 for a free replacement or consumers can call Random House at 800-805-8534, or visit the company's Web site, randomhouse.com.

Separately, Campbell Soup Co. of Napoleon, Ohio, recalled about 56,000 pounds of canned soup that might contain undeclared cheese that could cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals.

The soup is 18.6-ounce cans of "Campbell's Select, Ready to Serve Soup, Italian Sausage with Pasta and Pepperoni, NEW" packed four cans to a carton. Four-packs of a similar chicken soup were not recalled.

The recalled soup has the identification codes "51000 14909" under the bar code and "15699" next to the bar code. The lid is stamped with the establishment code "EST4D" and a date code of 12112.

The undeclared cheese was discovered by company inspectors who notified the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The soup was distributed to Costco warehouse stores in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Consumers can call the Campbell's Hotline at 800-737-7698.

Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., recalled half pints of whole milk, half pints of reduced fat milk and half pints of low-fat chocolate milk because of possible salmonella contamination. The recalled milk has an expiration date of March 10 and the manufacturing plant number "17-167" at the top of the carton.

The potential bacterial contamination was discovered during a routine state inspection of Prairie Farms plant in Granite City, Ill. The recalled product was sold to consumers and food service institutions in Illinois and the St. Louis area and can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers can contact Prairie Farms Dairy at 800-654-2547.




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