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Even a Little Lead Exposure Not a Good Thing for Kids' Test Scores

kids who ingest even small amounts of lead do worse later on in school tests than kids who stick to a strict lead-free diet. Credit: Getty Images
Let this be lesson to you, kids. Stop eating all those lead-based snacks.
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Eat lead? Not such a good idea if your plans include college (and life).

Is Any Baby Product Safe Enough?

Grab your babies out of their Gracos! The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just declared Graco's Harmony high chair a hideous hazard to humanity. How hideous? Of the 1.2 million units sold, the Commission has received -- sit down (and try...

Target Faces Fines for Lead Toy Sales

Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
It's hard to believe the frenzy that sent parents shuffling through their kids' toy bins in search of playthings covered in lead-based paint was two years ago. The massive recalls that prompted a...

New Law May Eviscerate Libraries

What if you walked into your local public library and there were no books for kids? Or, worse yet, what if your children simply weren't allowed in the library? I don't know about you, but the public library was an integral part of my childhood. We're...

Toxic Toy Report Released

Just in time for your holiday shopping, the Ecology Center and Healthy Toys have released their 2nd annual consumer guide to toxic chemicals in toys. That such a guide should even exist is disturbing, but the findings are even more so. After testing...

New toy safety bill in the works

It seems like a day doesn't go by that we don't hear about another recalled toy -- lead paint, dangerous chemicals, magnets -- but that will, hopefully, become less common, due to legislation making its way through congress. It's been hailed as the...

Product Recall: Wal-Mart lip gloss and jewelry sets

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 30,000 "Faded Glory" Lip Gloss, Locket, and Bracelet Sets due to high levels of lead found in the clasps of the bracelets. These were made in China, imported by F.A.F....

Product Recall: Parragon Books children's necklaces

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about half a million Children's Necklaces with Ballet Shoes Charms. The solder on the necklaces and charms may contain high levels of lead, which can cause adverse health effects...

Product Recall: Shoelace and necklace charms

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 18,500 Children's Crafts Charms due to high levels of lead in the clasps. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. The recall...

Product Recall: Tinkerbell Wands

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 8,000 Disney Tinker Bell Wands due to excessive levels of lead paint on the pearl beads in the flowers on the wand. The wands were made in China and sold at Disney stores...

Product Recall: Pirates of the Caribbean Sleeping Bag

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 4,100 Disney Pirates of the Caribbean Sleeping Bags. The zipper pull on the bag has been found to have high levels of lead in the paint, which can be hazardous if ingested....

Product Recall: Wal-Mart charm key chains

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 12,000 "Hip Charm" Key Chains due to excessive levels of lead in the paint. As you are well aware, lead is toxic and if ingested can cause adverse health effects. A...

Product Recall: Toy Puzzle Vehicle Sets

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 198,000 Toy Puzzle Vehicle Sets due to excessive levels of lead in the paint. These puzzles were imported from China for Merchant Media Corporation of Framingham,...

Lead paint found on plastic Easter eggs

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. ...

Reebok to pay $1 million penalty for lead paint violation

Blaming China for all the lead-contaminated products they send to the U.S. is fair, I think. After all, they made the stuff, right? But what about the U.S. companies they make it for? The Consumer Product Safety Commission has promised to make these...

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