What Products Still Contain Lead?

Toni Houston
November 12, 2017

U.S. PIRG Toxics Director Kara Cook-Shultz told CBS News that the Target website described the two spinner models for ages "6 and up" on the retailer's website, but the product page now reflects a "14 and older" description.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, and the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million of lead.

Business Insider says that the legal limit for lead in a children's toy is 100 parts per million. Additionally, online the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" is labeled for ages "six and up". Henderson noted that their product safety team reviewed the findings and determined that the products were safe to stay on the shelves.

"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said Kara Cook-Schultz of the research group, in a statement.

In a statement, Henderson said: "The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes clear that any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe and since the effects of lead exposure can not be reversed, it is important to prevent lead exposure to children in the first place.

The group also has a petition calling on Target to issue a recall of the toys and remove them from stores.

The retailer and manufacture both said the items are still for sale because they are being marketed to children 14 years and older, and are not subject to the stricter lead standards of toys for younger children.

PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores.

"At least here in Marion County we can allow (parents) the peace of mind to have their toys tested if they want", Johnson said. "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards". "Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers".

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