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Vegetable chopper recalled after blades come off

Consumers are advised to stop using the Pedrini

Consumers are advised to stop using the Pedrini Pro Chop Professional Multipurpose Chopper (model 5061050 and universal product code number 024131114849). The U.S. Consumer Products and Safety Commission says that the device poses a risk to consumers because pieces of the chopper?s metal blades can break off during use and fall into food being prepared in the chopper. (Undated) Photo Credit: Handout

Garden City-based Lifetime Brands Inc. has recalled a vegetable chopper after three people reported its blades came off during use, a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report said.

One consumer's mouth was cut when a piece of the blade broke off and became lodged in food sliced by the chopper, the company said.

"Pieces of the chopper's metal blades can break off during use and fall into food being prepared in the chopper, posing a laceration hazard to consumers," the agency said.

Consumers should stop using the machine, the Pedrini Pro Chop Professional Multipurpose Chopper with model number 5061050 and universal product code number 024131114849, the agency said. Lifetime Brands could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

The company imported about 6,000 of the Pedrini choppers, which were made in China and sold nationwide through Sam's Club stores from October to November 2009 for about $25, the agency said. The ID numbers are on the chopper's packaging.

Consumers should return the choppers to Sam's Club stores for a full refund; the stores are also contacting those who bought them.

Lifetime Brands cooperated with the recall. For additional information and a company statement, contact Lifetime Brands Inc. at 800-471-3986 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or e-mail the firm at foodchopper@ lifetimebrands.com.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products, is interested in receiving incident or injury reports either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Contact the agency at cpsc.gov.

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