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Charm Accessory Recall

Girl Scouts Recall Heart-Shaped Charm With Globe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 16, 2007

New York, N.Y. – Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has issued a recall of a charm and instructed their retail customers to remove the item from their shelves, after a routine test identified the lead content in one paint color exceeded safety standards. The metal content of the charm, however, was deemed safe. The charm was sold as an accessory made to hang on backpacks or purses. It has the UPC codes 11051. Current standards indicate that metal and paint objects for children under age six must be under 600 ppm, and while the charm was not an age-specific activity award, GSUSA has made the recall of this accessory.

The charm was sold via wholesale and retail, so it is not immediately known if any of the charms were sold to girls under six years old. Anyone who purchased the charm will be given a full credit. Please contact GSUSA Customer Service to obtain Return Authorization instructions at 1-800-221-6707.

Girl Scout Merchandise has placed a hold on all shipment of the charms from our distribution facility, taken the product off sale, issued a recall to wholesale and retail customers, and will no longer take orders, or carry this product. In addition, the organization has canceled all future orders on this product, and the manufacturer will be required to test all current and future products produced for GSUSA.

The manufacturer was Shalom International Corporation. Girl Scouts number one priority is the health and safety of girls. We regularly work diligently to ensure the safety of all merchandise we distribute. This includes random lead testing procedures as a complement to the strict testing requirements of our vendors and to assure compliance with safety standards.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.

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