One of the last things you might have thought you were getting from your local craft store is exposure to toxic mold. Recently Michaels Stores recalled two holiday craft items due to mold being present. Both items were sold on store shelves from October through November 2015.
Ashland Poinsetta Stems and Bushes
One of the products could be found in the fake flower section during the 2015 holiday season. Ashland Poinsetta Stems and Bushes sold for about $4.00 (stem; SKU: 426830) and $7.00 (bush; SKU: 424066 ). The poinsettia has red leaves, green stems, and gold-centered accents in the center of the leaves.
Ashland Holiday Paper Boxes
Another product discovered to contain mold at Michaels Stores was the Ashland holiday paper boxes. The products consist of cardboard boxes covered in decorative paper. The boxes were sold in nine themes and have ribbon, burlap, and other embellishments. Each of the three shapes of boxes, circle, square and rectangle were sold in three sizes, small, medium and large. Boxes with the following SKU numbers are included in the recall: 434397, 434398, 434399, 434458, 434459, 434460, 434465, 434467, 434468, 434470, 434471, 434472, 434474, 434475, 434476, 434479, 434480, 434481, 484483, 434484, 434485, 434487, 434488, 434489, 434490, 434492, 434493.
Mold poses a risk of respiratory and other infections in consumers with comprised immune systems, damaged lungs, or an allergy to mold. Consumers should immediately stop using the products and return them to any Michaels store for a full refund.