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Recall: Sterno 5 Hour Tea Lights


On 2012-01-05, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Sterno 5 Hour Tea Lights due to a potential burn and fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in April 2011 for about $36 to $50.

About 10,000 units are involved in this Sterno tea light recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Restaurant Candles category in 2012.

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Sterno 5 Hour Tea Lights
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: (877) 478-3766

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What is the problem?

The tea light wax can overheat resulting in the wax catching fire, posing a burn and fire hazard.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recall involves Sterno Bulk Pack 5 Hour Tea Lights, item numbers 505TL and 505S. The tea lights are standard sized, white wax tea light candles contained in small aluminum cups with no additional identification markings. The tea lights were sold in cases containing 500 tealight candles. Each case contains 10 boxes with 50 individual tea light candles. This recall only involves tea lights with codes ranging from 11060 to 11151 which can be found printed on both the outside of the case and on the back of the box of 50.

These items were sold new+ at Food service distributors and other restaurant supply stores nationwide from April 2011 through October 2011 for between $36 to $50 per case. The recalled tea lights were not sold to retail consumers.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Stop using these candles immediately and return any unused candles to the place of purchase for a full refund. Food service distributors and restaurant supply stores have been directly notified about this recall by mail.

For additional information, contact Sterno toll-free at (877)478-3766 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

Sterno has received several reports of the flame from the tea lights catching the wax on fire. No reports of injuries have been received.

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