Lead is an extremely dangerous substance and terrifying that we continue to find it being used in toys. Lead exposure can cause all kinds of learning and developmental issues for growing children which is why most countries have taken such a hard stance to eradicate it from paints and anything kids would would come in contact with.
But more bad news came recently about toys with unacceptable levels of lead shipped from China arriving right here at the Seattle waterfront.
According to an article in the Seattle Times, thousands of toys seized last month at the Seattle waterfront were found to contain harmful amounts of lead, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday.
Officers from Border Protection and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) seized two containers holding 17,592 Fox Cleatus Robot action figures on Jan. 12. The toys, which originated in China, are valued at more than $96,000.
The toys were destined for a distributor in the Seattle area.
Samples were taken from the toys and tested by CPSC. The toys were found to contain unacceptable levels of lead in violation of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Laboratory analysis found the toys contained 1,800 parts per million (ppm) of lead; the acceptable level is just 300 ppm.
“While our priority mission is to prevent terrorists and their weapons from entering the country, we are also responsible for keeping a wide variety of harmful products from reaching the American marketplace,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Roland Suliveras Jr. said in a news release. “Lead-contaminated toys are one such product.”
Cleatus is the name of the robot featured during the Fox network’s NFL broadcasts.
SYMPTOMS OF LEAD POISONING
- Abdominal Pain
- Weight Loss
- Poor Attention Span
- Noticeable Learning Difficulty
- Slowed Speech Development
EFFECTS OF LEAD POISONING
- Reading and Learning Disabilities
- Speech and Language Handicaps
- Lowered I.Q.
- Neurological Deficits
- Behavior Problems
- Mental Retardation
- Kidney Disease
- Heart Disease
If you are worried about your child having any of these symptoms contact your doctor.
To read more about lead exposure in children, here is a good source.