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Friends of Mel Announce Recall of Jewelry Due to Lead
Date:9/21/2007

ready carries a warning to keep the products away from children because of the potential for a choking hazard due to small parts."

Pauline Alighieri, Executive Director for Friends of Mel, said "I am heartsick over this situation. We worked long and hard to build our reputation as an upstanding foundation that helps people, and now, thanks to a supplier having lied to us, we are faced with a very difficult situation. We extend our sincere apologies to all those who have purchased our jewelry and we are working on a replacement program involving lead-free jewelry. However, as a small foundation this may take quite some time."

Alighieri added that the Foundation has minimal staff, but it will do its best to manage this situation by implementing a Plan of Action. In addition to contracting with an outside testing lab and retaining a lead expert, the plan will consist of the following:

-- Establishing a lead free jewelry replacement program.

-- Obtaining lead free jewelry.

-- Posting information on the Foundation's website.

-- Reaching out to all affiliate and partner organizations.

-- Contacting all supporters and consumers whose addresses are on file.

-- Alerting media organizations.

-- Ceasing acceptance of new orders or filling current orders until lead

free jewelry can be obtained.

Alighieri said, "We appreciate everyone's patience and support as we work through this very challenging situation. We hope that friends of MEL will emerge even stronger from this ordeal."

If you wish, please return your bracelet to The Friends of Mel Foundation, Post Office Box 1660, Wakefield, MA 01880. As soon as we have the replacement jewelry, we will send it to you and reimburse your postage.

For more consumer information, please visit the Friends of Mel website at: http://www.melsbracelets.org.

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