IN BRIEF : Kellogg Recalls Toys in Cereals

<i> From Times staff and wire reports</i>

Kellogg Co. said today it is recalling the “cool flute” and binoculars toys packaged in some products because small children could choke on them.

Tests showed the plastic toys could break into small parts and pose a hazard to children under 3 years old, Kellogg said.

The company said about 30 million of the promotional toys have been distributed since early 1988.

The recall includes the “cool flute"--a musical toy with two tubes connected to a mouthpiece--found in Corn POPS cereal, but not “cool flute” toys found in other products, the company said.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission received a report of a choking incident involving a “cool flute” which did not result in serious injury, Kellogg said. The company said it has received no complaints of injuries related to the toy.

The binoculars--two plastic lenses in a cardboard holder, were distributed in marked boxes of Fruity Marshmallow Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, Rice Krispies and 12-count Pop-Tarts toaster pastries. No complaints of injuries involving the binoculars have been received, Kellogg said.

Customers were urged to take the toys away from children under 3 years old and either discard them or contact Kellogg’s consumer affairs department for reimbursement.