FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (800) 4-GERBER

July 2, 1999

Gerber Contact: Malesia Dunn, (908) 598-7037

Release # 99-136


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gerber Products Co., of Summit, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 300,000 LIL' SPORT Spill Proof Sport Bottles. A valve inside the cap can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Gerber and CPSC have received over 30 reports of valves detaching, including three reports of valves found in children's mouths. There have been no reported injuries.

The bottles that are part of this recall are the Gerber LIL' SPORT Spill Proof Sport Bottles. These are colored plastic bottles for children 18 months and older. The bottles can be identified easily by their flip-top lids. The LIL' SPORT Spill Proof Sport Bottle is a 12-ounce plastic bottle with a curved body shape similar to that of an adult sport bottle. A separate screw-top cap sits on the body and features a spill proof spout covered by a flip-top lid. The Gerber name is featured on top of the lid. The bottle body comes in solid colors as well as one Baby Looney TunesTM design.

Mass merchandise and grocery stores sold these bottles nationwide from February 1999 to July 1999 for about $4 (individually) to $8 (twin-pack).

Parents and caregivers should stop children from using these bottles immediately, and return the bottles to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Gerber at (800) 4-GERBER anytime or visit their website at www.gerber.com.

Other Gerber spill proof cups are not part of this recall.

                                                                             

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