FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2010
Release #10-348
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 832-5323

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: Tea Sets

Units: About 1,600

Retailer: International Coffee & Tea, LLC, dba The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Importer: Formation Brands LLC, of South San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: Sparking from the metallic decorations on the tea sets can result if used in a microwave oven, posing a risk of fire.

Incidents/Injuries: International Coffee & Tea has received one report from a consumer of a tea cup sparking when used in a microwave oven. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the Tea for One "Flourish" design tea pot set, which includes a stackable teapot and cup. The teapot and cup are white ceramic with matching metallic foil decorations on each. The tea cup is marked "Dishwasher and microwave safe" and "Made in China" on the bottom, in English and French.

Sold exclusively at: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores in California, Arizona and Nevada for about $12, and online at www.coffeebean.com for about $10 from March 2010 through August 2010.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should return the tea sets to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the product on-line can contact The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf company for instructions on returning the tea sets by mail.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® at (800) 832-5323/(800) TEA LEAF between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.coffeebean.com

Picture of recalled tea set