The biggest Halloween scare–lead-laden stuff
By Consumers Union on Friday, October 26th, 2007
Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 142,000 plastic buckets with a green witch design because the green paint contains excessive levels of lead. Before that, the agency called for the return of 55,000 white skull pails, also designed for kids to carry on their Halloween trick-or-treat outings. And on October 14th, Dollar General and the CPSC pulled down 63,000 green, skull shaped drinking cups due to excess lead in the paint used for the eyes.
So what should you do in the few days before Halloween? Well, you can use the best home lead test kits to check the items your kids will use on Halloween. Or your kids can trick-or-treat using items unlikely to be encumbered by lead-laden paint, like paper grocery bags.
And of course, you should take a moment to help us pass real safety reforms that will stop the unsafe imports from reaching our store shelves in the first place. Just click on “Take Action” above. If you have already sent your letter to Congress, tell your friends and family to visit www.notinmycart.org so they can help out, too!
Spelling correction made, 10/29/2007–thanks to our good readers for pointing it out! 🙂