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Starbucks Recalls 530,000 Coffee Grinders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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: Starbucks Barista Blade Grinders and Seattle's Best Coffee Blade Grinders

Units: About 530,000

Importer: Starbucks Coffee Co., of Seattle, Wash.

Manufacturer: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co. Ltd. ("TKL"), of China

Hazard: The grinder can fail to turn off or can turn on unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 176 reports of grinders that failed to turn off or that turned on unexpectedly, including three reports of hand lacerations that occurred when the grinders turned on unexpectedly during cleaning.

Description: This recall includes the Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinders and Seattle's Best Coffee® Blade Grinders with the following colors and SKU numbers:

Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Stainless Steel, SKU# 171884
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Green, SKU# 195234
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Pink, SKU# 195235
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Orange, SKU# 220623
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Teal, SKU# 220624
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Cranberry, SKU# 242275
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Olive, SKU# 344476
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Black, SKU# 454482
Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder, Brown Metallic, SKU# 474881

Sold at: Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee stores nationwide from March 2002 through March 2009 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the coffee grinders and contact Starbucks to receive a free replacement grinder.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Starbucks toll free at (866) 276-2950 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. MT or visit the company's Web site at www.starbucks.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recall product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09244.html.

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