Recall: Sterno Recalls Tea Lights Due to Fire and Burn Hazard

January 5, 2012
Alert #12-710

Sterno Recalls Tea Lights Due to Fire and Burn Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: 5 Hour Tea Lights

Units: About 10,000 cases

Distributed by: The Sterno Group LLC, of Des Plaines, Ill.

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

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

Description: 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.

Sold through: 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.

Manufactured in: Thailand

Remedy: 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.

Contact: 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