High Lead Levels Found in Barbie & Disney Toys

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Shades of 2007, as lead-contaminated toys have been discovered by a California advocacy group. To make matters worse, the lead was found in two children’s favorites: Barbie and Disney toys.

The Center for Environmental Health tested about 250 children’s products purchased at major retailers and found lead levels that exceeded federal limits in seven of them. You may recall the 2007 toy recalls, several of which involved Chinese-manufactured toys with lead paint.

The retailers involved include high-profile and high-volume retailers Target and Wal-Mart. They weren’t alone, though; other retailers were included in letters sent by California Attorney General Jerry Brown warning that children’s goods on their store shelves were found to contain illegal levels of lead and should be pulled immediately.

Among those toys found to have high lead levels: a Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit and a Disney Tinkerbell Water Lily necklace. The group said it also found excessive lead in a Dora the Explorer Activity Tote, a boys belt, two pairs of children’s shoes, and a kids’ poncho.

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