Twin towers toys recalled
Toys depicting the 9/11 tragedy were found in candy bags.
MIAMI -- Small toys showing an airplane flying into the World Trade Center were packed inside more than 14,000 bags of candy sent to small grocery stores around the United States before being recalled. Lisy Corp., the wholesaler that distributed the candy bags, said yesterday the toys were purchased in bulk from a Miami-based import company.
The toys depicting the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the twin towers came in an assortment purchased sight unseen from L&M Import in Miami that included whistles and other small toys, said Luis Pedron, Lisy's national sales manager. The invoice listed the toy as a plastic swing set.
"I hate to blame the importer," Pedron said. "He probably did not know what he was getting. He brings them in 12-metre (40-foot ) containers. But whoever made it knew exactly what they were making."
Pedron said Lisy did not notice the small plastic figurines until two people complained, but there is no mistaking what the toys represent: At the bottom of each is the product number 9011.
"When we found out what happened, we recalled them immediately," said Pedron, who said the toys do not reflect the company's view. "I was offended by them."
The company's 100 distributors sent out the candy bags. Most are sold to small Hispanic and Mexican groceries, Pedron said. He estimated about 90 per cent of the bags had been retrieved.
Anna Rodriguez, who bought a bag of the candy for her grandson, said she was stunned when she saw the toy.
"It makes me angry," she told a television station. "I was offended because I couldn't believe that someone would give something like that to a kid."
Pedron said he's returning the toys to the distributor.
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Saturday, August 28, 2004
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