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Published: Tuesday, 11/13/2007

Napastyle recalls Romano Pitchers and Tumblers because of possible lead hazard

BLADE STAFF

According to the Food and Drug Administration, NapaStyle of Napa, California is recalling their Romano Pitchers and Tumblers, because they may contain high levels of leachable lead. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was a result of an FDA test that showed that the items may contain lead introduced by the manufacturing process by our supplier.

Consumption of leachable lead from the ceramicware can cause severe health problems; especially in infants, young children and pregnant women. High lead exposures can cause a baby to have low birth weight or be born prematurely, or can result in miscarriage or stillbirth. Lead can cause damage to the central nervous system, resulting in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders that could last a lifetime. Children with lead poisoning may not look or act sick.

The Romano Pitchers and Tumblers were distributed through retail stores in California and nationwide through a mail order catalog.

These pieces are roughly glazed, with streaks of dark brown clay showing through the variegated green finish.

Product Specs:

Pitcher, 44 oz., 7 1/2" h.

Four Tumblers, 145 oz., 4 1/4" h

SKU # s: 4410, 4411, 4710

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA, which revealed that the finished products contained leachable lead that exceeded FDA guidelines. NapaStyle has ceased the production and distribution of the product and will not be reordering this product in the future.

Napastyle requests consumers to return all such products to them, at their expense, for a full refund. Return all items to: NapaStyle Distribution Center, 360 Industrial Court, Suite A, Benicia, CA 94510. Once the merchandise is received consumers will immediately be given a full refund or credit. Napastle requests that the recalled items are returned within 30 days.

Customers with questions should contact NapaStyle Customer Service at 1-866-776-1600.

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