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Vinyl Plastic Baby Products Found To Contain Large Amounts of Lead

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A handful of well-known baby products made out of vinyl plastic, such as baby bibs and lunchboxes, have recently been found to contain high levels of lead. Some other baby products were also found to contain high amounts of lead: a Medela-brand cooler used to store breast milk, a carrying case sold with the First Years breast pump made by RC2, a Playtex baby bottle cooler, and a vinyl pacifier carrying case manufactured by Skip Hop. The Center for Environmental Health, the organization that conducted the investigation, found the products to have from 1,100 parts per million of lead to 5,500 parts per million of lead. Medela, RC2 and Skip Hop are conducting their own investigations about the organization’s findings. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/business/11toy.html?_r=2&ref=business&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

The findings of this investigation are going to come under harsh criticism since the manufacturers of the products do not believe lead in plastic is a health concern due to the lead not being accessible in the plastic. There is also no federal law to ban the use of lead in children’s products other than toys. However, legislators are working to pass a law that would limit the total amount of lead that can be found in children’s products. This law, if enacted, could forbid lead in plastic at the levels found by The Center for Environmental Health. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/business/11toy.html?_r=2&ref=business&oref=slogin&oref=slogin