Recall: Lion and Piggy Banks from Oriental Trading Co.

Ceramic Banks Recalled by Oriental Trading Company Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

Picture of Recalled Piggy Bank

Last week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Oriental Trading Co. announced a voluntary recall 220,000 ceramic piggy and lion banks due to the yellow surface paint on the banks contains excessive levels of lead which is prohibited under federal law.

The recalled piggy bank is shaped like a pig and the body of the piggy bank is painted yellow with floral designs. The ceramic lion bank is shaped like a lion and is painted yellow with a brown mane. The banks measure about 4 inches in length, 2.5 inches in width, and 3.5 inches in height. Only yellow banks with black plastic stoppers in the bottoms of the banks are being recalled. Banks with white or translucent stoppers are not being recalled.

Picture of Recalled Lion Bank

These banks are sold at http://www.orientaltrading.com and http://www.funexpress.com and through Oriental Trading Company and Fun Express catalogs from February 2003 through September 2010.

Consumers should immediately take these recalled ceramic banks away from children, discard them and contact Oriental Trading Company for information on receiving a refund or credit.  For additional information, contact Oriental Trading Company at (800) 723-6155 anytime.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting www.cpsc.gov.

RECALL: Children’s Big Rex and Friends Cloth Books Due to Lead Paint

Children’s Big Rex and Friends Cloth Books Recalled Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

  • Name of Product: Big Rex and Friends Cloth Books
  • Units: About 204,000
  • Importer: St. Martin’s Press LLC, of New York, N.Y.
  • Hazard: A red plastic dot sewn in the book contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
  • Description: This recall involves Big Rex and Friends cloth books. The book has a black and white striped border with a red dinosaur on the cover. The words “Big Rex and Friends” are printed on the cover. ISBN 031249260X or 9780312492601 is printed on the back of the book.
  • Sold at: Barnes & Noble, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Borders and other bookstores and retailers nationwide from May 2004 through October 2009 for about $9.
  • Manufactured in: China
  • Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled book away from children and contact St. Martin’s Press for instructions on returning the book for a full refund.
  • Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact St. Martin’s Press at (800) 347-9411 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.priddybooks.com/recall
  • Note: CPSC was alerted to this hazard by the U.S. PIRG

RECALL: Wooden Skill Ball Toys Due to Lead Paint

Wooden Toys Recalled by Kendamaspot Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban

Picture of Recalled Wooden ToyThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

  • Name of Product: Wooden Skill Ball Toys
  • Units: About 300
  • Distributor: Kendamaspot LLC, of Redmond, Wash.
  • Hazard: The surface paint coating on the ball contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
  • Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
  • Description: This recall involves Oozora and Shin-Fuji Kendama Japanese wooden skill toys. The toys have a ball connected by a string to a handle with three cups and spike on top. A Japanese Kendama Association sticker is affixed to the toy. The red and green balls on the Oozora and only the red balls on the Shin Fuji are included in the recall.Picture of Recalled Wooden Toy
  • Sold at: Kendamaspot’s Web site and cultural festivals in Washington State from July 2008 through April 2009 for about $20.
  • Manufactured in: Japan
  • Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Kendamaspot to receive a free replacement ball.
  • Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kendamaspot toll-free at (866) 903-7795 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.kendamaspot.com


High Lead Levels Found in Toys … AGAIN!

Health Group Finds High Lead Levels in Toys
By Jennifer C. Kerr (AP Writer)

Children’s toys carrying the Barbie and Disney logos have turned up with high levels of lead in them, according to a California-based advocacy group – a finding that may give consumers pause as they shop for the holiday season.

The Center for Environmental Health tested about 250 children’s products bought at major retailers and found lead levels that exceeded federal limits in seven of them. Lead can cause irreversible brain damage.

Among those with high lead levels: a Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit (pictured above) and a Disney Tinkerbell Water Lily necklace. The group said it also found excessive lead in a Dora the Explorer Activity Tote, two pairs of children’s shoes, a boys belt and a kids’ poncho.

Read more from the Associated Press at knoxnews.com.

Recall of Body Boards Due to Lead Paint

Body Boards Recalled by JGR Copa Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

  • Name of Product: 18” Kick Body Boards
  • Units: About 900
  • Importer: JGR Copa LLC, of Hollywood, Fla.
  • Hazard: The green surface coating of the screened logo “Big Lizard™ body boards” on the underside of the body board contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
  • Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
  • Description: This recall involves the 18” Kick Body Board. The boards have various designs on the front including peace signs, white hibiscus, or yellow smiley face. A green lizard and “Big Lizard™ body boards” are printed on the underside in green.
  • Sold at: Beachwear Outlet, Bargain Beachwear, Beach Village Inc., FJ Health & Beauty, Mor USA Inc., Shipwreck-Ocean Jewels, Walmart and Wilcor International Inc. from January 2009 through May 2009 for about $4.
  • Manufactured in: China
  • Remedy: Consumer should take the recalled body boards away from children immediately and return them to place of purchase or contact JGR Copa for a full refund.
  • Consumer Contact: For additional information, call JGR Copa at (800) 345-4408 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.jgrcopa.com

RECALL: Children’s Jewelry Craft Kit Contains Lead

Children’s Jewelry Craft Kits Recalled by Action Products International Due to Risk of
Lead Exposure
Picture of Recalled Abalone Necklace Craft Kit

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed

  • Name of product: Abalone and Venetian Carnevale Necklace Craft Kits
  • Units: About 2,900 in the United States and 36 in Canada
  • Importer: Action Products International Inc., of Ocala, Fla.
  • Hazard: The lobster clasps in both craft kits contain high levels of lead. The Abalone Necklace’s pendant also contains high levels of lead. Lead can be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
  • Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
  • Description: The recall includes the children’s jewelry craft kits “Abalone Necklace” (item #67117) and “Venetian Carnevale Necklace” (item #67118). Both kits contain components to assemble necklaces including charms, beads, wire and clasps. The kit’s name, model number, and “Curiosity Kits” are printed on the product’s packaging.
  • Sold at: Various retailers in the U.S. and Canada from June 2007 through April 2009 for about $6.
  • Manufactured in: China (surprise!)
  • Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled children’s craft necklaces away from children and contact Action Products International to arrange for the necklace’s return and to receive a free replacement. Shipping will be free for consumer returns.
  • Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Action Products International at (800) 772-2846 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.APII.com
  • Note: Health Canada’s press release can be seen HERE.

Recall of Educational Science Kits

Educational Craft Kits Recalled by FloraCraft Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

FloraCraft Brand

  • Name of product: Solar System Kits and DNA Kits
    Units: About 930,000
  • Manufacturer: FloraCraft Corp., of Ludington, Mich.
  • Hazard: The surface coating on the educational kit’s wires can contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
  • Description: This recall involves the “Solar System” and the “DNA” children’s educational craft kits sold under the FloraCraft and HYGLOSS brand names. (Click here to see images of Hygloss brand) The kits contain green coated wires that measure 14 ½ inches long and Styrofoam shapes. The following model numbers are included in this recall. The model number is located on the kit’s packaging:  Read the rest of this entry »

Tainted Halloween Candy

(Thank you for HF listserv member Des of Dalton for bringing this to our attention!)

Melamine-Tainted Chinese Candy Shows Up in U.S.
Suspect White Rabbit Creamy Candy found in at least two states
By Lisa Wade McCormick, ConsumerAffairs.com

[October 2, 2008] – Candy lovers beware. Melamine-tainted candy — imported from China — is now showing up on store shelves in the United States.

Officials in California and Connecticut confirm they have found White Rabbit Creamy Candy contaminated with melamine in their states.The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection said the tainted candy was primarily found in Asian markets. But officials warn the contaminated candy could be on store shelves nationwide.

Melamine is the chemical at the heart of the Chinese-milk scandal, which is blamed for the deaths of four babies and the illnesses of more than 53,000 other children in that country.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE & SEE IMAGES: Melamine-Tainted Chinese Candy Shows Up in U.S.

House Passes Ban on Lead in Toys

Tainted Toys

The Associated Press reported that on Wednesday the House of Representatives has passed legislation that would ban lead in toys and other children’s products. Following a 424-to-1 vote, it’s now up to the Senate to approve this legislation. While the White House is opposed to parts of the bill, it has not threatened a veto, yet.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a year of recalls involving millions of tainted toys, the House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to ban lead and some dangerous chemicals from toys and other items that could end up in children’s mouths.

Click here to read more of the article as published in the New York Times.

National School Lunch Program – Can We Fix It?

Getting at the Meat of the Matter
By CISA

In February of this year the United States saw the largest beef recall in its history after video footage from inside a California slaughterhouse created concerns regarding the safety of 143 million pounds of meat. Within days of the recall, word got out that roughly one-third of the recalled beef was purchased for federal nutrition programs, most notably for the National School Lunch Program. Still later it was revealed that at least 20 million pounds of that beef had already been consumed by school children across the country. Another 15 million pounds were still missing several weeks after the recall-largely because much of the meat was processed into nuggets and other pre-made meal items before being sent to schools. This news revealed some of the inner workings of our food system and left many parents with pressing questions about what their kids are eating. So how does this food get on our children’s plates? And if we know there is a problem, why can’t we fix it? Read the rest of this entry »

Product Withdrawal: Cough & Cold Medicines for Infants

Makers of OTC Cough and Cold Medicines Announce Voluntary Withdrawal of Oral Infant Medicines

Over at otcsafety.org they’ve posted, “On October 11, 2007 the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), on behalf of the leading makers of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines, announced the voluntary withdrawal of oral infant cough and cold medications from store shelves.

“The voluntary withdrawal of OTC oral infant cough and cold medicines was initiated by the makers of those medications out of an abundance of caution. This was not a mandatory recall or a medicine safety issue.

“Kids’ OTC cough and cold medicines are both safe and effective when used correctly. Very rare cases of overdose from misuse, however, reportedly have occurred, particularly in infants less than two years of age, prompting the medicine makers’ precautionary action.

“Infants under the age of two are the most vulnerable to the consequences of this misuse.
The voluntary withdrawal only affects oral infant cough and cold medications. It does not affect any other children’s medicines.”

Oral OTC pediatric cough and cold medicines affected by this voluntary withdrawal are listed below.

  • Click here to read more.
  • Click on photo to see larger image.

This announcement was sent out in October 2007, and according to Des, a concerned mother from Dalton, MA, our local Target in Hadley, MA, has chosen to not participate in this voluntary withdrawal, seeing as many of these products are still on their shelves, as of 12/16/07.

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Toxic Toys: A Consumer Action Guide

HARMFUL CHEMICALS FOUND IN POPULAR TOYS

Toxic ToyWith the holiday season upon us, many parents are justifiably concern about toxic toys. Holiday favorites, including Hannah Montana & Circo, are being found contaminated with high levels of toxic chemicals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and PVC! The good news is there is a consumer action guide now avaiable at www.HealthyToys.org where the Ecology Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, released the results of their testing of 1,200 popular children’s toys for toxic chemicals

Working with environmental health groups across the country, the Ecology Center led the development of the site to inform consumers about products they will be purchasing this holiday season. Parents and other holiday shoppers can now easily search by product name, brand, or toy type to learn how the products rate in terms of harmful chemical content.

Toxic Toy“The government is not testing for toxic chemicals in toys, and too many manufacturers are not self-regulating, so we created the nation’s first toy database to help inform and empower consumers,” said Tracey Easthope, MPH, Director of the Ecology Center’s Environmental Health Project. “Ultimately consumers need to compel the federal government and toy manufacturers to eliminate dangerous chemicals from toys.”

Researchers chose to test these particular chemicals because they have been identified by regulatory agencies as problematic, and because of their association with reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, hormone problems and cancer and because they are found in children’s products. Babies and young children are the most vulnerable since their brains and bodies are still developing and because they frequently put toys in their mouths. The testing was conducted with a screening technology – the X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer – which identifies elemental composition of materials on the surface of products.

Toxic Toy“Toxic chemicals have no place in children’s toys, period,” said Ted Schettler, MD, Science Director at the Science and Environmental Health Network. “Even low-level toxic chemical exposures can have lifelong impacts. Getting toxic chemicals out of children’s toys is a moral and medical imperative.”

HealthyToys.org tested 1,200 children’s products and more than 3,000 components of those products.

Following are highlights of the HealthyToys.org findings:

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Veggie Booty Recall

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Veggie Booty Snack Food – Risk of Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat Veggie Booty snack food, marketed by Robert’s American Gourmet, due to possible contamination with Salmonella Wandsworth, bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness.

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