Saturday, August 18, 2007

Did you know that lead is used as a stabilizer in recycled vinyl?

Doesn't excuse China though:

San Francisco, CA (AHN) - A California environmental group on issued warnings Wednesday against the use of vinyl baby bibs made in China and sold at Toys "R" Us stores after it was found they contain lead levels as high as three times the level allowed in paint in the bibs.

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) in Oakland conducted safety tests on bibs with "Winnie the Pooh" characters and store-brand bibs sold under the Koala Baby and Especially for Baby labels. The bibs that were bought at San Francisco Bay-area Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Stores were found to have the concentration of lead well above federal safety limits for lead in paint.

Associated Press quotes Caroline Cox, the center's research director as saying, "I don't think we should be exposing children to this toxic metal unnecessarily."

Following the reports, CEH now issued warning against Toys "R" Us, the country's second-largest toy seller, to take legal action to get vinyl baby bibs off store shelves.

California is a state with especially strict rules on lead exposure. However, Cox also added that lead is sometimes used as a stabilizer in vinyl. It can also occur unintentionally when recycled vinyl used for other purposes becomes part of a new product.

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