Cinnaminson, New Jersey, February 18th
Last month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of imported children’s wood wagons. Paint on the wood wagons, the plastic handles, and the red plastic cover contain lead levels that exceed allowable limits.
The wagons were made in China and imported by a company based in Wisconsin. The products were sold exclusively through two catalog and online retailers from September through October of last year. Consumers are advised to immediately take the recalled wagons away from children and to return them to the retailer for a refund.
It is important that these instructions are followed as exposure to lead can affect nearly every system in the body and children are especially vulnerable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even states that no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.
“In the United States and Canada there are regulations to protect children from lead and other heavy metal exposure risks in toys and other products,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Unfortunately, there are a number of these recalls each year, mainly from imported products that are found to have levels of these metals above what is allowed. This case is yet another reminder for companies that import, distribute and retail products from overseas to be especially aware of this risk.”
Helping companies avoid putting consumers at risk and the high costs associated with product recalls are the consumer product testing experts at EMSL Analytical. EMSL’s laboratory in Cinnaminson, New Jersey offers material and surface testing services for lead and numerous other regulated substances. Additionally, EMSL has laboratories across the United States and Canada that offer a variety of testing services.
To learn more about lead or other consumer product, material, environmental, health or safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.