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WILSONS LEATHER RECALLS LEATHER PROTECTOR PRODUCT

 MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Wilsons Suede & Leather company today announced that it is recalling its Wilsons Leather Protector spray product from some 600 stores nationally after a report Sunday from Oregon of customers who reported shortness of breath and coughing after using the product.
 The five-ounce can is a new product manufactured with a petroleum distillate used as a substitute propellant to replace chlorofluorocarbons, according to Wilsons Vice President Paul Tomlinson.
 "We have pulled both the five-ounce cans and the old formulation seven-ounce can until we've had a chance to analyze the situation," Tomlinson said. "Only the five-ounce size is being recalled, but we are removing both sizes from shelves until we have more information."
 The company heard Sunday from the Oregon Health Sciences Poison Center in Portland of complaints from customers who said they had suffered shortness of breath or coughing after using the product.
 "We've been working with the Portland officials while we investigate the matter," Tomlinson said. "Until we've completed that investigation we are voluntarily pulling the product from all Wilsons, Bermans, Pelle Cuir, Snyders Leather Outlet, Bermans Leather Outlet and Tannery West stores."
 Tomlinson said the directive to remove the product from shelves went out immediately after hearing from Portland officials.
 "We will continue to work with officials in Oregon to learn more about the incidents there," Tomlinson said.
 Customers should return the product for a full refund, Tomlinson said. In addition, customers with questions may call the company collect at 612-541-3561.
 The Leather Protector product is sprayed on coats, boots and other items to improve the look and performance of the products.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Tomlinson of Wilsons Leather, 612-541-3422/


CO: Wilsons Suede & Leather ST: Minnesota, Oregon IN: REA SU:

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