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Bamboo torches recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Atico International USA Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has announced a voluntary recall of bamboo torches that it says may pose a laceration hazard to users.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately, the commission said in a statement. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

About 324,000 of the torches were sold at CVS, Rite Aid and Dollar Tree/Deals$ stores from February 2008 through March 2010 for between $3 and $5, the statement said.

It said the fuel canister that holds the wick of the torch has a sharp edge inside the lip of the opening that poses a laceration hazard when consumers try to remove the wick.

Atico has received five reports of lacerations to fingers, including one that required stitches, the statement said. Four of the injuries occurred when consumers were trying to retrieve a wick that had fallen into the canister.

The bamboo torches have a black metal canister with a smooth black metal lid, the statement said. They are used to light outdoor gatherings.

For additional information or instructions on obtaining a full refund, contact Atico International USA toll-free at (866) 448-7856 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fort Wayne time Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website at www.aticousa.com.

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