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Lead Found in Bibs Sold in United States
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Aug 16, 2007
According to reports by the Center for Environmental Health, the New York Times, and the Canadian Broadcasting Association, baby bibs imported from China and available for purchase at Toys 'R' Us stores in the United States contain high levels of lead.
According to test results by the Center for Environmental Health, the vinyl bibs in question contain up to three times the amount of lead that is allowed in paint.
The potentially dangerous bibs are also sold at Babies 'R' Us stores; they feature soccer balls, baseball bats, and Disney's Winnie the Pooh characters. The bibs are imported from China by Hamco Baby Products and sold in the States under various labels, including "Especially for Baby" and "Koala Baby." It appears that the affected bibs are not available for purchase outside the United States.
According to the New York Times, Toys 'R' Us claims that lab tests that were conducted this past May found that the bibs in question complied with safety standards. Representatives from the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicated to the Times that their lab tests found that the amount of lead in the bibs is not high enough to give a dangerous dose to a child that chews or rubs one.
"The bibs would only pose a risk if ripped or if the vinyl were cracked," officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
Lead can get into vinyl in the following ways:
- Through dyes
- Through recycled vinyl which may have contained lead
- As an inexpensive stabilizer
The Center for Environmental Health is calling for Toys 'R' Us to take these bibs off their shelves immediately.
Parents are encouraged to test their children's bibs with an inexpensive lead testing kit that is readily available in most hardware stores. Metal jewelry and other children's products made with vinyl should also be tested for lead.
Unborn babies, infants, and young children are especially at risk because exposure to even small amounts can lead to permanent damage. Lead can be absorbed through the placenta and breast milk.
The most common symptoms of gradual, long term lead poisoning are as follows:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Mental impairment
- Hearing problems
- Stunted growth
Short-term exposure to high levels of lead can result in diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, coma, and even death.
For more information on lead poisoning, including specific steps that can be taken to prevent and address lead poisoning, view the following article:
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