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Axis Imex Recalls Outta Hand Ceramic Porcelain Cocktail Plates Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Stacy Perry
925-447-5368

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Livermore, CA - August 5, 2004 -- Axis Imex Inc., is recalling Outta Hand Ceramic Porcelain Cocktail Plates because they may contain high levels of leachable lead.

Consumption of leachable lead from the ceramicware can cause severe health problems; especially 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.

Product was distributed to retail stores in the following States: FL, DE, CA, MI, PA, NY, GA, CO, AL and IA.

Each package of the Outta Hand Ceramics Porcelain Cocktail Plates distributed by Axis Imex, Inc. consists of a round box containing four cocktail plates and has a UPC numbers of 17433 98001 or 17433 98003, item numbers: 09-8002A or 09-8003A.

No illnesses relating to this product have been reported to date.

Axis Imex Inc. discovered the problem during a routine FDA product sampling of the Outta Hand Ceramics product line. Testing revealed that only the Outta Hand Ceramics Porcelain Cocktail Plates contained high levels of leachable lead.

Consumers who have purchased the product should not handle these Cocktail Plates and are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or you may call 1-800-877-5447 for additional information.

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