Lead paint found on plastic Easter eggs

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If you haven't already filled those Easter baskets, you might want to rethink stuffing those little plastic eggs with candy. A chemistry professor recently tested a batch from the Hobby Lobby and found that they exceeded government levels for lead.

That doesn't mean, of course, that every plastic Easter egg is a lead hazard, but the professor chose these eggs and other inexpensive seasonal toys randomly, not knowing that lead paint was used in manufacturing. The risk is minimal, but real, since children have a tendency to put things in their mouths.

Easter baskets are traditionally stuffed with candy, but they don't have to be. Check out the gallery below for some healthy Easter basket ideas.

Easter basket ideas(click thumbnails to view gallery)

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.