CPSC and Milton Bradley Co. Recall "Fibro-Clay"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
March 1983  
Release # 83-012
 

CPSC and Milton Bradley Co. Recall "Fibro-Clay"

Washington, D.C. -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Milton Bradley Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, have been advised that asbestos has been found in packages of Milton Bradley's "Fibro-Clay", a school art modeling compound used to make paper mache'. The company is voluntarily recalling the product.

The Commission is taking immediate action to assure that manufacturers have not resumed using asbestos in this or any similar school art supplies and to assure that no additional lots of the old products containing asbestos exist. This will be accomplished through a nationwide sampling and testing program of distributors of this type of product.

Milton Bradley made Fibro-Clay from 1967 until 1975, when it ceased manufacture of the product. The firm stated that no asbestos has been used in the formula since 1972, and that the quantity sold by its Educational Division was relatively small.

Schools and consumers are advised to stop using Milton Bradley Fibro-Clay, even through the presence of asbestos may be limited to only a small percentage of this product. The Commission recommends placing the product in a plastic bag , trying to disturb the product as little as possible, and cleaning any areas contacted by the Fibro-Clay with water.

Asbestos has been shown to cause cancer of the lung and other organs according to studies of workers and others exposed to asbestos. The Commission is concerned that children in schools where Fibro-Clay is used might be exposed to airborne asbestos in view of the powdered composition of the product. School authorities in Wayne, New Jersey, recently identified asbestos in Fibro-Clay.

The Commission has been alerted to this matter by a WCBS-TV broadcast in New York City and by a letter from Dr. Irving J. Selikoff, a Professor at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, describing recent tests of the product he conducted.

For further information, consumers may call the Milton Bradley Company (413) 525-6411, or the Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free Hotline on 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.