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Toy Safety: 9-inch high Dressy Teddy Bear with 4-oz. Chocolate Bar

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In early December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning concerning the 9-inch high Dressy Teddy Bear with 4-oz. Chocolate Bar sold by Walgreens . Consumers should not let anyone, particularly children eat the chocolate. The warning is because certain samples of the chocolate provided with the teddy bears were contaminated with melamine

The 173 recalled teddy bears with chocolate bars were sold in stores since late September 2008. Melamine is a chemical used in making plastics and fertilizer. Recently, it has been improperly used by companies to up the product’s perceived protein content.

Any findings of Melamine is significant because this summer melamine tainted milk powder sickened more than 50,000 Chinese children and led to the deaths of four babies. The World Health Organization says that melamine and cyanuric crystals, which can grow and block the tunules, have been found in the kidneys of some Chinese children.

For more information, consumers can visit Walgreens Web site at http://www.walgreens.com/images/pdfs/recalls/TeddyBear_Product_Safety.pdf or contact Walgreens Product Quality department at 847-315-2755.

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.