A number of products sold in big box retailers like Walmart and Target have been found to contain toxic levels of lead that could cause illnesses or worse in children. The Consumerist outlines the potential fallout:
The CEH’s test of products sold at WalMart found high lead levels in a toddlers’ bean bag chairs, youth boxing gloves and toy foam beads sold for children’s jewelry (all pictured above). The items ranged from more than 3 times to more than 45 times the legal limit.
California has it lucky, with Attorney General Jerry Brown ensuring that all the products deemed unsafe by the Center for Environmental Health are off the shelves in California. But they are still available for sale in other states in the case of Walmart. Defective products like these can cause long-term damage, not just for children, but even for adults who wear jewelry listed in the brief. The fact that the sales are ongoing troubles CEH Research Director Caroline Cox, who said:
“It’s been more than two years since federal law established strict limits to protect children from these kinds of lead threats. Clearly Walmart needs to do better for our families.”
For more information, you can also visit the center’s website.
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