Laceration Hazard Prompts Recall by Starbucks of Coffee Grinders; Made by Tsann Kuen

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2009 - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's web site at:

Name of product: Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinder and Seattle's Best Coffee® Blade Grinder.

Units: About 530,000

Manufacturer: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co. Ltd. ("TKL") of China.

Retailer: Starbucks Coffee Company and Seattle's Best Coffee both of Seattle, Washington.

Hazard: The grinder can fail to turn off or can turn on unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 176 reports of grinders that failed to turn off or that turned on unexpectedly, including three reports of hand lacerations that occurred when the grinders turned on unexpectedly during cleaning.

Description: This recall includes the Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinders and Seattle's Best Coffee® Blade Grinders with the following SKU numbers:

Sold at: Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee stores nationwide from March 2002 through March 2009 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the coffee grinders and contact Starbucks to receive a free replacement grinder.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Starbucks toll free at (866) 276-2950, or visit the company's web site at

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