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McDonald's recalls Kitty whistle in Happy Meals

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday,

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, that two children have reportedly coughed out pieces of the whistle from a Hello Kitty Happy Meals toy that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention. Credit: AP

McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in its Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that two children have reportedly coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention.

The safety agency said that parts of the 3-inch-tall Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop  whistle can detach and be inhaled, posing a risk to small children.

McDonald's said about 2.5 million whistles were manufactured in China but the majority had not been distributed. The toys that were handed out in the United States and Canada in October and November were in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.

The fast-food chain said it has already recovered about 1.6 million of the whistles.

Consumers can return the whistle to any McDonald's for a free replacement toy.

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