California Orders Products Off Shelves for Excessive Lead

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has ordered Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, TJ Maxx, and other retailers to pull products from their shelves after the state said it found illegal amounts of lead in items. Brown said that seven toys and other products tested by the Center for Environmental Health were found to have more than the maximum lead amount of 300 parts per million (ppm) allowed by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.

The items in question include the Disney Fairies Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace sold by Walgreens and manufactured by Playmates Toys, which was found to have 22,000 ppm; the Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit sold by Tuesday Morning, licensed by Mattel, and manufactured by Bell Sports, which the state reported had a lead amount of 6,196 ppm; and the Dora the Explorer Activity Tote sold by TJ Maxx with 2,348 ppm. Spokespersons from Disney, Bell Sports, and Mattel told the Los Angeles Times that the items were previously tested for lead and passed applicable standards at the time. The discrepancies will be investigated.

The Center for Environmental Health tested the toys by using a grant from the Public Health Trust. The Public Health Trust hands out funds California received after a 2008 settlement with toy companies regarding excessive amounts of lead in products.

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