State Pulls Lead-Tainted Toys From Shelves

SACRAMENTO (CN) – Target, Wal-Mart, Sears and other major retailers sold toys with dangerous levels of lead, and state has ordered them taken off the shelves, Attorney General Jerry Brown said. Walgreens, Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx also were warned.

     The highest lead content was found in a Disney Fairies Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace sold by Walgreens. It contained 22,000 parts per million of lead, well over the maximum 300 ppm allowed by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, the state said on Tuesday.
     The Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit sold by Tuesday Morning was the next highest, with 6,196 ppm.
     Target sold a children’s belt with 4,270 ppm; Sears a pair of shoes with 3,957 ppm; and TJ Maxx a Dora the Explorer tote with 2,348 ppm.
     The Center for Environmental Health uncovered the violations using a grant from the Public Heath Trust, which dishes out the funds from a 2008 settlement Brown reached with big toy makers, also involving lead in their products.
     Children are especially susceptible to lead poisoning, which can cause damage to the nervous system and other organs.

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