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Lead Exposure Recent News

August 2, 2007: Lead Paint in Toys Leads to Recalls
Beginning in early August 2007, the presence of excess levels of lead in paint used on children's toys led to a number of recalls, from companies including Mattel and Fisher-Price. More information:

December 27, 2006: Cincinnati Becomes Fifth Ohio City to Sue Lead Paint Manufacturers
Cincinnati has become the fifth Ohio city to file a "public nuisance" lawsuit against lead paint manufacturers. The cities are asking that the paint manufacturers pay for the costs of ridding city buildings of lead paint. The Cincinnati lawsuit is likely the last lead paint lawsuit that will be filed in Ohio under the "public nuisance" legal theory. A new 2007 Ohio law will require that cases like this be brought under a "product liability" theory, which would mean plaintiffs need to show clear connections between specific paint manufacturers and paint found in homes.

December 5, 2006: Furniture Recalled Due to Lead Paint Hazard
The Land of Nod Stores (Northbrook, Illinois) announced a voluntary recall of certain Antique White furniture from its "Cottage Collection." The recall affects about 2,000 units sold between September 2003 and August 2006. Some of the recalled furniture contains paint with high levels of lead, posing a danger to children who might ingest paint chips or peelings. Consumers should contact The Land of Nod Stores immediately to determine if their furniture is affected by the recall. More Information:

December 4, 2006: Children's Necklaces Recalled Due to Lead Hazard
Really Useful Products, Inc. of Darien, Illinois announced a voluntary recall of its "Angel/Diva" and "Mood" Necklaces. The necklaces contain high levels of lead, and pose a serious risk of lead poisoning and adverse health effects in young children. Really Useful Products, Inc. in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that these necklaces be taken away from children immediately and returned to the store of purchase for credit or a refund. More information:

July 9, 2006: Mississippi Residents Allege Lead Poisoning from Apartments
Trial is set for July 17, 2006 in the U.S. District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, as five families sue NL Industries, Inc. (one of the nation's largest paint manufacturers) and their apartment owner, alleging that their apartments were contaminated with lead. Plaintiffs claim that at least thirteen children have been poisoned due to lead exposure. NL Industries will argue that the problems found in the children are genetic and not due to exposure to lead-based paint.

June 29, 2006: Group Urges States to Sue for Lead Cleanup
Four months after the state of Rhode Island succeeded in its suit against the lead paint industry, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is urging state officials across the U.S. to file lawsuits against the lead-paint industry in order to fund nationwide lead-cleanup efforts. Click here to read more about ACORN's efforts.

March 1, 2006: CPSC Announces Recall of Toy Jewelry Sold in Vending Machines
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), four toy jewelry importers announced the voluntary recall of 150 million pieces of toy jewelry sold in vending machines across the U.S. The CPSC has determined that some of this toy jewelry contains dangerous levels of lead. Although only half of the 150 million pieces of toy jewelry actually contains lead, all of it has been recalled since it is difficult to distinguish lead jewelry from non-lead jewelry. Click here to read more about the recall.

February 2006: Three Former Lead Paint Makers Found Guilty
The state of Rhode Island brought suit against former lead paint makers, alleging that lead paint created a public nuisance that has poisoned tens of thousands of children and contaminated hundreds of thousands of homes, since the early 1990s. Three companies were found liable: Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries Inc., and Millennium Holdings. The state is asking the companies to pay for a program that would include home inspections, lead paint removal or abatement, and public education. Rhode Island is the first state to sue the lead paint industry.

December 22, 2005: FDA Proposes New Guidelines Regarding Lead in Candy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concern over lead levels in candy, particularly candy imported from Mexico. These candies are more likely to contain ingredients such as chili powder and certain types of salts, all of which can contribute to increased lead levels. Candy packaged in wrappers containing lead-based ink is also a concern. Therefore, the FDA has proposed changing the standard amount of lead in candy from 0.5 parts per million (ppm) of lead to 0.1 ppm of lead. Click here to read the full FDA statement.

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