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Kellogg Recalls Cereal Toys That Could Choke Children

December 28, 1988

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) _ Kellogg Co. said today it is recalling the ″cool flute″ and binoculars toys packaged in some boxes of cereal and toaster pastries because small children could choke on them.

Tests showed the plastic toys could break into small parts that could pose a hazard to children under 3 years old, Kellogg said.

The company said about 30 million of the promotional toys have been distributed in the past year.

The voluntary recall includes the ″cool flute″ - a musical toy with two tubes connected to a mouthpiece - found in Corn Pops cereal, but not versions of the ″cool flute″ found in other products, the company said.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission received a report of a choking incident involving one of the flute toys that did not result in serious injury, Kellogg said. The company itself said it has received no complaints of injuries related to the toy.

The binoculars - two plastic lenses in a cardboard holder - were distributed in marked boxes of Fruity Marshmallow Krispies, Cocoa Krispies and Rice Krispies, as well as in 12-count boxes of Pop-Tarts toaster pastries. No complaints of injuries involving the binoculars have been received, Kellogg said.

Customers were urged to take the toys from children under 3 years old and either discard them or contact Kellogg’s consumer affairs department for reimbursement. The department can be reached at 616-961-2277 or 616-961-2278.

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