Well, this one’s no fun. In case you missed it, Conair, the parent company of Cuisinart, issued a recall of faulty Cuisinart food processors two days ago across the United States and Canada. Yikes. It’s an alarmingly large product recall: there are 8 million units being yanked from stores in the States alone, along with 300,000 from Canada.
The models were sold as far back as 1996 and as recently as 2015, for price points ranging from $100 to $350. The culprit? The riveted blade in the food processors. Conair received 69 reports of consumers finding broken blade bits in their freshly-processed foods. Of the incidents reported, 30 were for mouth lacerations and tooth injuries. Conair is offering for customers to contact Cuisinart for free replacement blades as recourse. I don't mean to be alarmist, but you may want to check if you've got any of the 22 models listed here in your possession. Throw those blades out!
My suspicion is that this number of incidents is a bit higher than was initially reported, though—that's what tends to happen with food recalls! In fact, it's already happening. Consider the plight of this poor denizen of Virginia, unaffiliated with Conair or Cuisinart, who’s being inundated with unwanted calls from miffed Cuisinart customers who misdial the company's helpline.
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Don't call this woman. Instead, here's a question to ponder: got a Cuisinart horror story of your own? Please share—whether it's related to this recall or otherwise. Food processors can be tricky little beasts. Food flying everywhere! Why add to the fuss with a wayward blade? Ridiculous. But if you've got a story, hopefully laceration-free, I'd love to hear it.
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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.