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Mouth lacerations, cracked teeth reportedly caused by broken blades in food

Photos courtesy U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

East County News Service

December 15, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Here’s some bad news for holiday chefs:  the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces a voluntary recall on blades of approximately 8 million Cuisinart food processors sold nationwide from July 1996 through December 2015 and manufactured in China.

The blades can crack over time and small metal pieces of the blade can break off into the processed food. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers. Conair, the maker of Cuisinart, has received 69 reports of consumers finding broken pieces of the blade in processed food, including 30 reports of mouth lacerations or tooth injuries.

If you own one of the recalled models, you should immediately stop using the blade and call Cuisinart toll-free at 877-339-2534 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday, or go online to to request a free replacement.

This is the largest kitchen appliance recall in the federal agency’s history, CPSC communications director Scott Wolfson tweeted.

The recall includes blades with four rivets that connect two serrated arcs of stainless steel to a beige plastic center hub. Model numbers begin with CFP-9, CFP-11, DFP-7, DFP-11, DFP-14, DLC-5, DLC-7, DLC-8, DLC-10, DLC-XP, DLC-2007, DLC-2009, DLC-2011, DLC-2014, DLC-3011, DLC-3014, EV-7, EV-10, EV-11, EV-14, KFP-7 and MP-14. You can find the model number on the bottom of the food processor.

Phone lines are reported back-logged to order replacement blades, so for now, holiday cooks may want to enlist some extra help in the kitchen to hand-dice and slice up their foods.

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