Crackdown on Use of Illegal Lead-Based Paint on Products

November 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The state attorney general announced a crackdown on the use of illegal lead-based paint on retail products. Jerry Brown has sent out a warning letter to six major retailers-- including Sears and Target.It notifies them that a number of children's products on their store shelves were found to contain "illegal levels of lead" and to pull the products from their stores immediately.

Brown has reported his findings to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which could order recalls of the lead-laced items.

According to California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, any children's product that contains more than 300 parts per million (ppm) of lead is considered a hazardous substance and therefore illegal to sell in the state. The following products were found to contain excessive levels of lead:

  • Kids Poncho sold by Walmart, 677 ppm
  • MSY Faded Glory Rebecca Shoes sold by Walmart, 1331 ppm
  • Reversible Croco Belt sold by Target, 4270 ppm
  • Dora the Explorer Activity Tote sold by TJ Maxx, 2348 ppm
  • Paula Fuschia Open-Toed Shoes sold by Sears, 3957 ppm
  • Disney Fairies Silvermist's Water Lily Necklace sold by Walgreens, 22000 ppm
  • Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit sold by Tuesday Morning, 6196 ppm

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