March 13, 2003
Release # 03-094
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 659-4844
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7908


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trudeau Corp., of Woodridge, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 45,200 fondue pots sold as a part of a 17 piece set at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores. The plastic handles that are attached to the fondue pots can melt and crack during heating on a range top, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

Trudeau has received 13 reports of the plastic handles breaking or melting, which involve 6 reports of burn injuries to hands, feet, and other body parts.

The recalled fondue pots are labeled on the box as model number 82-384. The pots are brushed stainless steel, with a brushed stainless steel fork guide on the rim of the pot. The sets included six black stoneware sauce/condiment bowls and six chrome-plated forks with color-coded tips. There is a black triangular-shaped handle with a center hole on either side of the fondue pot. The fondue pot sits on a black, four-legged stand, which houses the burner. The fondue sets were sold under the brand name "Trudeau."

Bed, Bath and Beyond stores nationwide sold the fondue sets from August 2001 through July 2002 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the fondue set and contact Trudeau at (877) 659-4844 anytime to receive a replacement fondue pot with handles that will not melt or crack, and an incentive gift set of six stoneware fork rests. Consumers also can visit the firm's web site at

Picture of Recalled Fondue Set