Government testing Cabbage Patch snacking dollDecember 30, 1996
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Responding to complaints that the Cabbage Patch Snack Time Kid doll sometimes snacks on kids themselves, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is testing the doll and expects to release a statement Monday.
The doll, manufactured by Mattel, is supposed to "chew" plastic food placed in its mouth. But at least half a dozen reports have surfaced that the doll has also latched onto children's hair. A CNN viewer in Atlanta reported that her daughter's finger got caught in the doll's mouth.
The doll does not have an on-off switch, and parents say they've been forced to remove batteries, cut their child's hair, or destroy the doll to stop it.
Mattel says its products undergo rigorous safety testing and as of Sunday night said fewer than 10 "isolated" incidents have been reported since the doll went on sale in September.
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