Are your children at risk for lead-posioning from their own play-toys? Nicole Pence has more about a toy recall parents and child-care agencies need to know about.
As if fears over poisoned pet food, tainted chili-sauce, and contaminated peanut butter weren't enough this last year, the latest recall by the world's largest toy maker has parents and day-cares removing "Big Birds" and "Dora the Explorer" from toy chests.
Shannon Gauge/Parent: "It's my baby's favorite. She's two. Elmo, is her favorite. When I looked at the list I saw a lot of the things that she had in her room. I really had to look at the dates and examine if it was safe for her."
Last Thursday, Mattel's Fisher-Price brand recalled 83 types of toys because their paint contains excessive levels of lead.
John Silcox/Health Department: "Lead can be toxic if it's ingested by children."
Nicole Pence/Indiana's NewsCenter: "The recall involves almost a million plastic pre-school toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the US between May and August. Replacing the tainted toys with ones that parents trust are safe will be hard, as more than eighty percent of toys are made in China."
Sherry Janek/Director, Early Childhood Alliance: "When I first heard about the recall, it was a little scary. I thought, oh my gosh, it is such a big list. And, so, we wanted to inform our parents immediately about it."
With almost one-hundred children cared for daily by staff at the Early Childhood Alliance, Directors posted copies of the recall list and sent copies home with parents. They also checked all toy bins for tainted Big Birds, Elmos, Doras, and Diegos.
Sherry Janek/Director, Early Childhood Alliance: "We are pretty confident we don't have anything that's on the list."
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, no injuries have been reported from the recalled toys. But parents and child care facilities should still be on-guard.
John Silcox/Health Department: "Sometimes lead poisoning there aren't any noticeable symptoms so that's why the only real way to know for sure is to have the blood-lead level testing."
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Free Lead Tests for Children
Phone: 260 449-7561
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