Michaels Stores, Inc. Announces Recall of Children's Jewelry Items



    IRVING, TX, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Michaels Stores, Inc., in cooperation with
Pure Allure Inc., is voluntarily recalling 29 jewelry items previously carried
at Michaels under the Crystal Innovations brand name. Some of the recalled
jewelry items contain unsafe levels of lead and are not suitable for use by
children.
    No injuries have been reported in the U.S. or Canada because of these
products, but Michaels has announced this voluntary recall as part of a
proactive effort to protect consumers from a possible health risk. Previously,
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of
the same items sold in the U.S., as part of an investigation begun by New York
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
    "Michaels Stores, Inc. is committed to providing the finest quality arts,
crafts and home decor products and we are vigilant in ensuring product safety
for our customers," said Jeffrey Boyer, President of Michaels Stores. "As soon
as we learned of potential problems with these products, we acted promptly to
remove from our store shelves all Pure Allure products with suspected lead
content, consistent with our safety policy."
    The recalled products are Crystal Innovations Jewelry Crafting Components
that were sold by Michaels Stores in the U.S. and Canada from April 2006 to
September 2007 for about $5. All of the products were manufactured in China
and provided to Michaels by an outside supplier, Pure Allure Inc. The
following Crystal Innovations products are included in the recall. The SKU
numbers can be located on the products' packaging above the barcode:

    
    ITEM                                            SKU No.

    Butterfly Charm                                 10369903
    Flip Flop Charm                                 10369909
    Heart Crystal Closure                           10391027
    Heart Princess Closure                          10391029
    Seabreeze Clasps                                10391040
    Flower HK Crystal/AB Closure                    10391046
    Flower HK Princess Closure                      10391048
    Flower Rope Seabreeze Toggle                    10391050
    Toggles w/Heart Crystal AB                      10391052
    Toggles w/heart Princess                        10391054
    Princess Earring Set                            10391076
    Slider Metal Rectangle Abalone                  10369900
    Charm Open Flower                               10370038
    Earring Set Drop Crystal/AB                     10391065
    Earring Set Drop Seabreeze                      10391067
    Flower Charm                                    10369907
    Purse-Sunglasses Charm                          10369910
    Heart Seabreeze Closure                         10391028
    Crystal/AB Clasps                               10391039
    Princess Clasps                                 10391041
    Flower HK Seabreeze Closure                     10391047
    Flower Rope Crystal/AB Toggle                   10391049
    Flower Rope Princess Toggle                     10391051
    Toggles w/heart Seabreeze                       10391053
    Crystal/AB Earring Set                          10391074
    Seabreeze Earring Set                           10391075
    Toggle Bracelet                                 10370037
    Charm Open Cross                                10370039
    Earring Set Drop Princess                       10391066
    

    Consumers should immediately take these jewelry pieces away from young
children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.
Michaels estimates that around 20,000 pieces of recalled jewelry were sold at
the 65 store locations in Canada.

    Michaels Stores, Inc. is the world's largest specialty retailer of arts,
crafts, framing, floral, home decor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist
and do-it-yourself home decorator. As of November 29, 2007, the Company owns
and operates 960 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada, 168 Aaron Brothers
stores, 11 Recollections stores, and four Star Wholesale operations.

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For further information:

For further information: Chris Mumma, (646) 805-2805, for Michaels 
Stores, Inc.

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