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         Troy-Bilt String Trimmer Sold at Lowe’s 
             Recalled for Laceration Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily con-
ducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers 
should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise 
instructed.

Name of Product: Troy-Bilt 4-Cycle Gasoline String Trimmers

Importer: MTD Southwest Inc., of Tempe, Ariz.

Hazard: The blade that trims the excess string of these 
weed trimmers can detach from the plastic shield covering 
the trimmer head. The blade can be thrown outward, hitting 
the user or bystander, resulting in a laceration.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description and Models: The recalled handheld string 
trimmer is powered by a 4-cycle gasoline engine. The 
trimmer functions to cut grass or weeds through the use 
of a spinning yellow trimmer head containing a spool of 
orange filament line. Model numbers TB425CS and TB525CS 
and “Troy-Bilt” are printed on the body of the muffler 
housing.

Sold at: Lowe’s stores nationwide from January 2006 
through March 2006 for about $170.

Manufactured In: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the trimmers 
immediately and contact Troy-Bilt for a free repair. 
Lowe’s will mail free repair kits with instruction to 
owners of registered equipment directly.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact 
Troy-Bilt toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. 
and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the 
firm’s Web site at www.troybilt.com.

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                  Robertshaw Controls Co.
                   Recalls Gas Controls 
       Installed in Commercial Cooking Appliances
                      for Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, 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. 

Name of Product: Robertshaw FS Flame Switches and FM 
Automatic Safety Valves (installed in commercial cooking 
appliances)

Manufacturer: Robertshaw Controls Co., of West Plains, 
Mo.

Hazard: These controls are designed to prevent gas from 
flowing when the pilot light is out. The recalled controls 
can remain on after the pilot light is extinguished. If 
this happens, gas can continue to flow to the main burner 
of the appliance, which poses a risk of a gas explosion 
and fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Robertshaw Controls Co. has received 
one report of a gas ignition incident, which resulted in 
two minor injuries.

Description: The FS Flame Switches and FM Automatic Safety 
Valves being recalled are installed on natural and liquid 
propane (LP) gas commercial cooking equipment, such as 
ranges, pasta cookers, deep fat fryers or griddles. The 
recalled FS Flame Switches were installed on the following 
commercial cooking equipment brands: Keating (of Chicago), 
PMI Food Equipment Group, Vulcan, Southbend, Blodgett, 
Toastmaster, and Wolf Range. The recalled FM Automatic 
Safety Valves were installed on the following commercial 
cooking equipment brands: Bari (Restaurant and Pizzeria), 
Southbend, and Blodgett. The model and/or serial numbers 
can be found on the cooking appliance identification plate 
located on the appliance. For a list of appliances with 
recalled switches and valves, visit www.robertshaw.com.

Sold by: Original equipment manufacturers and food service 
equipment dealers to commercial food service providers 
(such as restaurants) nationwide from August 2005 through 
June 2006 for the FS Flame Switches and from April 2006 
through June 2006 for FM Automatic Valves. Consumers who 
had cooking equipment installed or serviced before August 
2005 are not affected.

Manufactured In: United States

Remedy: Consumers who believe they could have recalled 
safety valves on their cooking appliances should contact 
Robertshaw Controls Co. who will arrange for a free 
replacement, if necessary. If you smell gas near the 
appliance or in the building, immediately leave the area 
and call your gas company or a certified gas technician
to investigate the cause.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Robertshaw 
Controls Co. toll-free at (800) 232-9389 between 8 a.m. 
and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, or visit the 
firm’s Web site at www.robertshaw.com to review a list 
of the appliances with recalled switches and valves. 

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           FDA issues hydrogen peroxide warning

WASHINGTON, -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is 
warning against purchasing or using high-strength hydrogen 
peroxide products. The FDA said its warning includes a pro-
duct marketed as "35 Percent Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide." 
Officials said such products can cause serious harm or death
when ingested. The federal agency recommends consumers cur-
rently using high-strength hydrogen peroxide stop immediately 
and consult their healthcare providers. FDA officials said 
they are also working to stop companies selling high-strength 
hydrogen peroxide from making illegal medical claims about 
their products. Such claims are illegal because the products 
do not have FDA approval and are, therefore, being sold 
illegally for medical indications without any proven clinical 
value, the agency said. As part of its efforts, the FDA said 
it issued warnings last week to two companies illegally sell-
ing "35 percent hydrogen peroxide" products on Web sites for 
the treatment of AIDS, cancers, emphysema and other serious 
and life-threatening diseases. "No one has presented any 
evidence that hydrogen peroxide taken internally has any 
medical value," said Dr. Steven Galson, director of the 
FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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