Distributor Recalls John Deere T-Shirts
Testing Showed Green And Yellow Logos Contained Amounts Of Lead Higher Than Legally Allowed
The Michael Walker Advertising Co. (asi/354640), an Ontario-based distributor, in conjunction with regulator Health Canada, has voluntarily recalled 122 youth T-shirts imprinted with the logo of equipment manufacturer John Deere. The recall was issued because testing showed the inks used in the screen-printed green and yellow logos contained amounts of lead that are higher than legally allowed. "We did our own testing and discovered the lead," said Karl Walker, vice president of Michael Walker Advertising, in an interview with Counselor. "We contacted Health Canada within 24 hours. We also made contact with our customers and let them know what happened."
According to Health Canada, the T-shirts were sold by Canadian John Deere dealers and at the John Deere head office in Canada between May of 2010 and April of 2012. The shirts were manufactured in Mexico, decorated by Roban Screenprint of Hamilton, Ontario, and distributed by Michael Walker. The distributorship first became aware of the elevated levels of lead in June of this year. No injuries or illnesses have been reported from use of the recalled shirts. "You would have to ingest the T-shirts for there to be any problems," Walker says.
Health Canada is telling consumers who own the T-shirts to contact The Michael Walker Advertising Co. and return the items for a full refund. The distributor can be contacted toll-free at 800-668-6693 or through the company website, www.michaelwalkeradv.com.