September 10, 2003


L.M. Becker & Co. Inc. Announces Recall of Toy Necklaces

Name of product: Toy Necklaces

Units: 1.4 million

Manufacturer: L.M. Becker & Co. Inc., of Kimberly, Wis.

Hazard: The necklace's pendant contains high levels of lead, posing a risk of poisoning to young children.

Description: The necklaces consist of a 10-inch black cord with a 7/8- inch-diameter gray metal pendant. The metal pendant has assorted symbols on one side.

Sold from: Vending machines in malls, discount department and grocery stores nationwide from March 2002 through April 2003 for about 50 cents.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should contact the company for instructions on how to get a refund.

Consumer Contact: Call L.M. Becker & Co. Inc. at (888) 869-6569 between 8:30 and 4:30 CT Monday through Friday, or go to the firm's Web site at