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McDonald’s Recalls 2.3 Million Hello Kitty “Birthday Lollipop” Whistle Toys



( McDonald’s along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on the Hello Kitty Themed Whistles ”Birthday Lollipop” Whistles” Due to Choking and Aspiration Hazards. About 2.3 million of these were distributed in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals from October 2014 to the first week of November 2014.

The recalled whistles are red and were included in a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop.  The whistle can be removed and used to make sounds by inhaling or exhaling through the mouthpiece.  When closed, the figurine measures about 3 inches in height and width and 1 3/4 inches in-depth.  The whistle measures about 1 3/4 inches in height and width and 3/4 inches in-depth.  A picture of Hello Kitty appears on both sides of the whistle.  The text “©1976, 2014 SANRIO CO., LTD.” appears above Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle, and “Made for McDonald’s China CCW Chine” appears below Hello Kitty’s face on the whistle.  The bag in which the toy is packaged includes the text “Hello Kitty® Birthday Lollipop” and the number “6” in the upper right corner. 

The recall was issued after McDonald’s received two reports of children coughing out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths including one child that had received medical attention. McDonald’s expressed their concern on a website statement by saying, “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and this includes the toys we offer them.”

Since based on the two incidences it is apparent that the Components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children. Consumers should immediately take the whistle away from children and return it to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a bag of apple slices.

For additional information, contact McDonald’s at (800) 244-6227 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, seven days a week, or visit the firm’s website at