With the holiday season around the corner, I shouldn’t be surprised that high levels of lead were found in Barbie and Disney toys by the Center for Environmental Health, as reported by The Associated Press. But I am.
I figured if there is one company that never wants to see lead again, it’s Mattel. After all, the company is about to give out money as part of a lead paint toy settlement.
But after testing about 250 toys, Environmental Health found high levels of lead in a Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit sold at Tuesday Mornings. The Barbie product had 20 times the legal limit, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The group also found 73 times the legal limit of lead in Disney Fairies Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace sold by Walgreen’s.
The five other products are: the Kids Poncho sold by Wal-Mart; MSY Faded Glory Rebecca Shoes sold by Wal-Mart; Reversible Croco Belt sold by Target; Dora the Explorer Activity Tote sold by T.J. Maxx; and Paula Fuschia Open-Toed Shoes sold by Sears.
While a national recall has not been launched, California Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr. wants the retailers to pull the products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is also investigating, reports The Associated Press.