Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Vendor Recall Issued on Toys Given by Library's Summer Reading Program

A vendor recall from Highsmith due to lead content has been issued on bendable toys that many public libraries across the country, including those in Buena Park, used as prizes during Summer Reading Programs for children.

The toys, a bendable dog and cat (image right), were found to have 0.4 and 0.24 percent of lead. The maximum safety limit is currently 0.06 percent. The toys are roughly 3.75 inches long and are similar in shape to a lollipop.

“We’d like all children and parents to return these toys ASAP to the Buena Park Library District for safe disposal,” said library director Louise Mazerov. “We’ve got other reading prizes available in exchange for these bendable toys. We’ll be happy to replace them.”

According to The Star Press newspaper website, the Indiana State Department of Health has sent a letter to the Indiana-based distributor of the bendable toys to urge a voluntary recall. Stamped “Made in China,” no other identifying information is available. The matter has been referred to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for further investigation and follow-up.

For more information, please contact the Children’s department at 714-826-4100 x126.

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