November 21, 2007
Release #08-096

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 533-6273
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


Children's Pencil Pouches Recalled by Raymond Geddes & Co. Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Children's Pencil Pouches

Units: About 84,200

Distributor: Raymond Geddes & Co., of Baltimore, Md.

Hazard: The paint on the pencil pouches' zipper pulls contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall includes "Stuff Keepers" pencil pouches and "Bear Pencil Pouches." The "Stuff Keepers" pencil pouches are clear vinyl, measure 9 inches by 6 inches, and have a green, orange, pink or blue-colored zipper. Style number 63525 is printed on the packaging. The "Bear Pencil Pouches" have soft fabric with a stuffed bear face, and measure 9 inches by 3 inches. Style number 67221 is printed on the packaging.

Sold by: School supply distributors in schools nationwide from September 1997 through October 2007 for between 50 cents and $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pencil pouches away from children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. If unable to return to the store where purchased, contact Raymond Geddes & Co. directly.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Raymond Geddes & Co. at (800) 533-6273 x1124 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm's Web site at, or email the firm at

Picture of Recalled Children's Pencil Pouches
Picture of Recalled Children's Pencil Pouches