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Lead Concerns Spread To Household Items

Later this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies will launch a campaign to educate Hispanic communities around the U.S. about lead hazards in the home, including traditional ceramic pottery made in Mexico, The New York Times reports.

The commission also is helping to develop a voluntary standard to limit lead in vinyl consumer products used by children, such as baby bibs. And Consumers Union, a nonprofit consumer-advocacy group, is also looking at ceramic dishware and lunchboxes as part of a research project on lead hazards.

In another article, the Times reports that major American retailers, including Target, Limited Too and Dollar General, have found more lead-contaminated children’s products in their inventories but have not yet notified the public.

Last month, Mattel recalled 1.5 million toys believed to contain lead paint or other hazards. And in June, RC2 Corp. recalled about 1.5 million Thomas & Friends railroad toys that were made in China because the surfaces also contained lead.

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