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Watch Out! Target Pulls These Popular Toys from the Shelves Due to Lead Contamination

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 6 days ago Sam Benson Smith

a sign on the side of a building © Jonathan-Weiss Lead is once again an issue in American toys. In a positively 2017 angle on the story, the lead issue is now affecting the trendy toy of the year, the fidget spinner. According to USA Today, Target has pulled fidget spinners from their shelves due to lead levels well above the federal regulations for children’s toys. (This is what child experts are saying about the popular toys.)

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A particularly disquieting part of this story is that the retail titan initially refused to pull the toys from their shelves, claiming that they were 'general use products' not intended for use by children, but for users 14 and up. Target eventually reneged and stepped away from the dubious justification after a few days.

The report that revealed the lead issue was released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) on November 8. U.S. PIRG’s research found that the two fidget spinners carried by Target had lead levels 330 times the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards for children’s toys. Both products are manufactured by Bulls i Toy, a retail company which also produces toys for popular TV shows like The Walking Dead, The Powerpuff Girls, and My Little Pony.

'Saying fidget spinners aren’t toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you,' Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, told Fortune.

The specific products to watch out for are the brass and metal Fidget Wild Premium spinners. U.S. PIRG recommends that children and adults stop using the toys. Keep the rest of your children’s toys safe with these tips to properly clean toys to remove mold.

[Source: USA Today]

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