Cinnaminson, NJ, April 29th
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently posted information about the recall of approximately 13,000 children’s science kits. The imported kits from China were purchased by consumers from stores nationwide from August 2020 through November of last year.
According to the CPSC, paint on the red and blue magnet contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled science kits.
This is important as exposure to lead can affect nearly every system in the body and although people of all ages can be at risk of exposure, children are especially vulnerable. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that there is no safe blood lead level in children that has been identified.
As this case illustrates, there are regulations in the United States to protect children from lead in products designed for their use. However, some toys that have been made in other countries and then imported into the United States can put children at risk if they have not been tested. This can also be true for some antique toys and collectibles passed down through generations that were made back when the use of lead-based paints was quite common everywhere.
Helping manufacturers, importers, retailers, regulatory agencies, health professionals, and the public test for lead, other regulated elements, and compounds are the scientists at EMSL Analytical, Inc. Their materials testing laboratory is a leading provider of paint and surface coating testing services utilizing a wide array of techniques and advanced instrumentation. These services can be essential to help keep companies in regulatory compliance.
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