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Bill Passed Banning Lead In Kids Products

How many recalled products do parents have to contend with week in and out? I know I’ve been bombarded with them. Perhaps the new bill passed by the U.S. Senate will finally make a difference in all this. Very simply, the bill (passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 89-3 and I wonder who those three dissenting voices were! ) bans lead in children’s products, as well as phthalates. The measure was passed by the House by a vote of 424-1, and President George Bush has stated he would sign it.

This law, when enacted, will put the U.S. as the lead in most stringent lead standards in the world.

What are phthalates? They’re used mostly to make plastic more pliable, but have been controversial recently with claims by some that they are carcinogenic.

Lead of course, has long been known to be hazardous, even in small amounts. Short-term exposure to high levels of lead cause anything from vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma, even death. Long term-exposure to small amounts can cause milder but still serious symptoms, especially to children and older people.

It will probably take some time for this bill to have its trickle effect finally eradicate lead from all the children’s products in the market today. In the meantime, visit our recall page to get updated on toys and kids products to watch out for.


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