Products Liability Law Daily Lead poisoning hazard prompts Communicorp to recall over 635K plush Aflac promotional Doctor Ducks
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Lead poisoning hazard prompts Communicorp to recall over 635K plush Aflac promotional Doctor Ducks

By Susan Engstrom

The buttons on these giveaway items violate the federal lead content ban.

Communicorp Inc., of Columbus, Georgia, is recalling about 635,500 6" Plush Aflac Promotional Doctor Ducks because the buttons on the lab coat worn by the Doctor Duck contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content standard. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 20-173, August 26, 2020).

Incidents and injuries. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Product description. This recall involves the six-inch plush Aflac promotional Doctor Duck. Doctor Duck is white with a yellow beak and feet. It is dressed in a white lab coat with buttons and a stethoscope. "Aflac" is printed on the front of the duck’s lab coat. The plush ducks were distributed by Aflac to consumers as a promotional item.

The Doctor Ducks, which were manufactured in China, were sold directly to Aflac employees and licensed agents from January 2005 through July 2020 for between $3 and $5 and distributed as a promotional giveaway item to customers.

Remedy. Consumers should immediately dispose of the recalled plush Doctor Duck. Communicorp is contacting Aflac employees and licensed agents who purchased the Doctor Duck directly.

Important CPSC Recall Remedy Notice Due to COVID-19. CPSC is advising consumers that because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall notices may not be currently available. Consumers should check with the recalling companies for further details. Moreover, the agency notice reminds consumers that CPSC and the recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Communicorp at 800-642-3522 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, or online at and click on "Recall" at the bottom of the page.

Companies: Communicorp Inc.

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