Tuesday, November 4, 2008


This message consists of the following:

1. Claire's Recalls Children's Metal Necklaces Due to Risk of Lead Exposure (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09039.html)

2. CPSC Public Calendar Vol. XXXVI No. 6 (http://www.cpsc.gov/calendar.html)


1. Claire's Recalls Children's Metal Necklaces Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

November 5, 2008
Release #09-039

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 859-9281
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Claire's Recalls Children's Metal Necklaces Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Best Friends Yin Yang Necklaces Sets

Units: About 67,000

Importer: Claire's Boutiques Inc., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Hazard: The recalled necklaces contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves a set of two necklaces that have a silver-colored metal bead type chain and a lobster-claw clasp. One of the necklaces has a single, metal pendant with the word "Best" attached to a black, yin metal pendant. The other necklace has the word "Friends" attached to a white, yang metal pendant.

Sold at: Claire's stores nationwide from April 2007 through August 2008 for about $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these recalled products away from children and return them to any Claire's store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Claire's at (866) 859-9281 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web sites at www.claires.com

Note: CPSC was alerted to this hazard by the Illinois Attorney General.

To see this release on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09039.html


2. CPSC Public Calendar Vol. XXXVI No. 6

CPSC Public Calendar
Vol. XXXVI No. 6

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

November 5, 2008

Commission Agendas

There are no Commission briefings or Commission meetings scheduled for the week of November 10, 2008. For a recorded message concerning the latest agenda information call (301) 504-7948.

Meetings Between Commission Staff and Outside Parties

All meetings listed below are open to the public unless otherwise stated. For information on a specific meeting or to attend a meeting, please call the contact person listed for that meeting.

Abbreviations: we use asterisks (*) to identify meetings for the current week which have not appeared before in the printed Public Calendar. If the meeting involves discussion of a "substantial interest matter," defined by CPSC's Meetings Policy, we show the date when we posted notice of the meeting on the Master Calendar. The Master Calendar is in the Office of the Secretary, Room 502, telephone (301) 504-7923. We indicate whether a meeting is of substantial interest by the symbol (S); we use the symbol (N) to indicate non-substantial interest meetings. The Commission offices are located in the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland.

Under the Meetings Policy, a staff person holding or attending a substantial interest meeting must file a log of the meeting with the Office of the Secretary within 20 days.

Week of November 10 thru November 16

Wednesday, November 12

Bob Ochsman and Tonya Smith-Jackson, Directorate for Engineering Sciences/Human Factors; Richard O'Brien and Laurie Hopkins, Office of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs; and Andy Stadnik, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, meeting with Eric Shaver, Senior Consultant with Benchmark Research and Safety of Boise, Idaho to discuss Mr. Shaver's recent meetings in China as a representative of the Idaho Governor's Trade Mission; Bethesda Towers, room 717 and CPSC Lab. For additional information contact Bob Ochsman, (301) 504-7686.

Thursday, November 13

*Patricia Pollitzer, Office of the General Counsel, John Murphy, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and John Boja, Office of Compliance and Field Operations, meeting with representatives from the Portable Fuel Container Manufacturer's Association (PFCMA) to discuss new requirements for child resistant portable gasoline containers; 10:00 a.m., Bethesda Towers, room 715. The meeting was requested by the PFCMA. For additional information contact John Murphy, (301) 504-7541. Posted on Master Calendar 10/30/08. (S)

Thursday, November 13

*Kristina Hatlelid, Directorate for Health Sciences, giving a presentation to a University of Pennsylvania environmental studies class on regulation of chemicals in consumer products; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. For additional information contact Kristina Hatlelid, (301) 504-7254. (N)

Thursday, November 13

CPSC staff from the Directorate of Engineering Sciences attending a meeting with Ian Thomas from the Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia to discuss the role of location on the effectiveness of smoke alarms; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Bethesda Towers, room 410 B/C. For additional information contact Arthur Lee, (301) 504-7539 or email: alee@cpsc.gov. (S)


Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18-19

Acting Chairman Nancy Nord, Gib Mullan, Director, Office of Compliance and Field Operations, and Richard O'Brien, Director, Office of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs, attending and participating in the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization's (ICPHSO) 4th European Meeting and Training Symposium; Brussels, Belgium. For additional information contact Frederica Clair, (301) 504- 7522. (S)

Thursday, December 4

This meeting will review the new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) with regard to phthalates, including, but not limited to, the scope of products covered, test methods to determine phthalate levels and the use of phthalates in children's products more generally; 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Bethesda Towers, 4th Floor Hearing Room 420. Pre- registration is required. The meeting will also be available live via webcast. For registration and additional information visit, http://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/phth.aspx


Meeting notices printed in this section did not reach the Office of the Secretary in time to meet the Tuesday noon deadline for the previously printed Public Calendar. Under the CPSC Meetings Policy, however, staff persons, including Commissioners, can meet the seven-day notice requirement by placing notice of the meeting on the Master Calendar at least seven days before the meeting. The Master Calendar is in the Office of the Secretary, Room 502, Bethesda Towers Building.

In addition, the policy allows the Office of General Counsel to waive the seven-day notice requirements of meetings of the staff personnel, and individual Commissioners can waive the requirements for themselves and their personal staff.

Friday, October 31

Acting Chairman Nancy Nord spoke before the National Association of Manufacturers regarding the new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA); 11:00 a.m., 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. The invitation was extended by Jim Neill. For additional information contact Autumn Moore, (301) 504-7040 or e-mail: amoore@cpsc.gov. Posted on Master Calendar 11/4/08.

To see the public calendar on the website, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/calendar.html


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

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