Just when we thought it was safe to chew on pencils and go to toy stores, lead-paint pulls us back into fear. MSNBC revealed that 35% of 1200 tested toys contained lead-paint. Unfortunately, most of these toys are still on the shelves. Mattel Inc ran tests to find some of their own recalls had levels up to 200 times the accepted limit.
According to the MSNBC article:
Easthope said 17 percent of the children’s products tested had levels of lead above the 600 parts per million federal standard that would trigger a recall of lead paint. Jewelry products were the most likely to contain the high levels of lead, the center said, with 33.5 percent containing levels above 600 ppm. Among the toys that tested above that limit was a Hannah Montana Pop Star Card Game, whose case tested at 3,056 ppm.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a level of 40 ppm of lead as the maximum that should be allowed in children’s products. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible learning disabilities and behavioral problems and, at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death.
Those of you thinking kids don’t behave like they used to or everyone has ADD/ADHD might want to research toxic and toxins. Lead-paint kits are available online for testing products at home. I haven’t tried a lead-paint kit, but if I do I will let you know my results.