FDA Orders Recall
Of Italian Pottery LineAn expensive line of pottery dishes imported from Italy was ordered recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because some contain enough lead to damage the central nervous systems of children.
The imported line of hand-made dishes by Giovanni DeSimone, including the designer's distinctive fish-shaped plates, are sold in leading department stores and specialty boutiques.
The FDA warned some samples have shown levels of lead leaching into foods at 50 or more times the agency's safety levels.
"Foods served or, worse, stored in some of these dishes could develop levels of lead that could irreversibly damage the central nervous systems of children, causing learning impairment or behavioral problems," said FDA Commissioner Frank E. Young.
Importers, who are taking steps to retrieve the pottery, are Nordstrom Inc., Seattle; Seagull Imports, Torrance, Calif.; Country Floors, New York; and Gumps, San Francisco, the FDA said.
Mitsubishi to Produce
Memory Chips for Intel
TOKYO - Japanese electronics giant Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has signed an agreement with Intel Corp. of the United States to produce erasable programmable read-only memories, known as EPROMs, for computers, a company official said.
Under the original equipment manufacturing, or OEM agreement, Mitsubishi will produce 256-kilobit (a kilobit is roughly 1,000 characters) and 512- kilobit EPROMs under Intel's brand name, said the Mitsubishi Electric official, who requested anonymity.
The memory chips are used in semiconductors, the tiny silicon wafers that are the heart of today's computers.
OEM arrangements are usually made when a company is unable to produce items needed and turns to another firm to fill the demand.
Ecuador Will Resume
Foreign Sales of Gold
QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador will resume gold exports by selling 5,940 pounds of the precious metal for $37.5 million, Mining Undersecretary Manuel Horras said.
The quantity to be exported represents 30 percent of the country's annual production, he said.
The central bank has been buying gold directly from miners since last September, and Inemin, the Ecuadorean Institute of Mining, authorized the bank to sell the gold abroad after determining that the country's jewelers had received a sufficient supply.
Inemin Director Horacio Rueda Jacome has said Ecuador could become the world's second-largest gold exporter by the end of the decade by increasing output through technological improvements. South Africa currently is the leading exporter of gold.
In 1986, Ecuador produced 9.9 metric tons of gold, putting it in ninth place worldwide.
Russ Berrie Acquires
OAKLAND, N.J. - Russ Berrie and Co. said it completed acquisition of Phil Papel Imports Inc., a North Hollywood, Calif.-based giftware company.
Papel, which began operation in 1955, is best known as an importer and unique designer of mugs, ceramics, glassware and gift products. The company's sales in 1986 exceeded $10 million.
Russ Berrie designs and markets an extensive line of plush, gift, stationery, collectible and impulse gift items that it sells to 90,000 retailers. The company has 11 distribution centers in the United States, one in Canada, and one in the United Kingdom, in addition to a global network of distributors.
Gets Jail Sentence
SAN DIEGO - A former U.S Customs inspector at the San Ysidro, Calif., border checkpoint was sentenced to four years in prison for allowing shipments of marijuana to be smuggled into the United States.
Victor Lopez, who was accused of waving 200-pound loads of marijuana through his inspection lane in 1984, pleaded guilty last month to charges of conspiracy to import marijuana, accepting gratuities and filing a false tax return form.
U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster sentenced Mr. Lopez of Chula Vista to four years for the two counts of accepting gratuities.