Nestle USA, Glendale, Calif., agreed to pay $1.2 million in settlement fees to 12 states over the 1997 launch of Nestle Magic candy, said Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher. He said Nestle violated the state's Consumer Protection Law when it advertised the hollow chocolate ball that had smaller trinkets inside as "safety tested for children of all ages." The attorney general's office said there were seven consumer choking complaints during the three months of 1997 in which the product was available. A Nestle spokeswoman said: "Nestle decided to settle with the attorneys general in order to put the matter behind us and preserve consumer confidence in Nestle's good name. It didn't make sense to drag this situation through 1999 and beyond after we voluntarily removed the product from stores a year and a half ago."
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