McDonald's Recalls Hello Kitty Whistles

Posted on November 11, 2014

Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Whistle

McDonald's has recalled its Hello Kitty whistles due to a choking and aspiration hazard. It is a cute looking toy, but the components inside the whistle can break and detach making it a potentially dangerous item. The toy - called the Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Whistle - was included in Happy Meals. The toy was manufactured in China.

McDonald's says in a statement that it received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the whistle. McDonald's says "We have expressed our sincere apologies to them." The fast food giant is asking parents to take the whistle away from kids and return in to McDonald's. The company says it has already recovered 1.6 million of the 2.5 million whistles that were manufactured. This is about 70% of the whistles.

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has also issued a press release about the recall. The CPSC says that "components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children."

The toys were given out with Happy Meals during October and early November. 200,000 of the whistles were also distributed in Canada. McDonald's should strongly consider not using toys that are made in China for products it includes in its Happy Meals.

Photo: CPSC