FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 3, 1994

 

Release # 95-019


WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC, Colgate-Palmolive of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling approximately 25,000 containers, a portion of one day's production, of 50-ounce size FAB liquid Color-Plus laundry detergent sold for $3.99, marked with the date code 4213. The recall affects only certain geographical areas.

Colgate is recalling the FAB detergent that contains high levels of a chemical known as sodium hydroxide, which can cause a skin irritation or injure consumers if ingested or when coming in contact with the eyes. While other household products contain similar or higher levels of sodium hydroxide, they are marked with stronger cautionary warnings than FAB.

Colgate shipped the recalled products beginning in August to stores in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Some products may also be found in the following metropolitan areas: Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., Detroit, and Chicago.

Colgate has not received any reports of injuries from FAB; CPSC and Colgate are conducting this recall to prevent the possibility of injury.

Consumers can determine whether they have purchased the recalled FAB by checking the bottom center of the back panel for a rectangular box with an eight-digit number that begins with 4213. Consumers can return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange. For more information, consumers should call Colgate's toll-free number, (800) 327-7044.