Friday, August 27, 2004

This Just In: It's a Sick World

Hialeah, Fla., candy seller recalls toy that recreates terrorist attack
By Gregg Fields
The Miami Herald

Aug. 28 -- A Hialeah company that sells 99-cent bags of Mexican candies recently recalled thousands of the packages after discovering, to its horror, that a free toy included inside re-created the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York.

"We were offended by it," said Luis Padron, national sales manager for Lisy Corp. "We're Cuban-American owned, very thankful to this country."

Padron said his firm became aware of the situation when a customer complained. He said he launched an immediate recall six weeks ago by sending distributors into the field to retrieve the bags.

... While the toy's two towers have tiered roofs, rather than the flat tops of the World Trade Center's twin towers, Padron noted that the bottom of the toys was stamped "9011."

Connecting the toy towers is a plane.

Padron said the toys were purchased from L&M Importing and Exporting in Miami. A receptionist there said she knew nothing of the subject and hung up. A message left in a follow-up call went unreturned.

... In the order that included the twin-tower models, an invoice described the toy, which is about 1-1/2 inches tall, as a plastic swing set, Padron said.

... The toy was made in China, he said, and he intends to investigate exactly where. He said a caller told him that it was widely distributed in Asia.

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