High levels of lead found in fidget spinners

13 November, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Earnest Huff
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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) issued a warning to parents Thursday that fidget spinners being sold at Target stores nationwide were found to have high levels of lead.

The fidget spinners in question are the brass and metal Fidget Wild Premium Spinners distributed by Bulls i Toy, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund.

Target added that fidget spinners are labeled as a "general use" product rather than toys. The group said tests conducted showed the items contained between 520 parts per million and 33,000 ppm of lead. On Target's website, the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Bass" is recommended for ages 14 and over, as well as, 6 and over. The federal legal limit for children's products is 100 ppm.

The toy remains on Target shelves, as the companies defend their product with the Consumer Product Safety Commission's declaration that fidget spinners are not technically "children's products" subject to legal limits for lead.

CPSC could hold the products to federal standards for lead if classified as a toy.

Target is coming under criticism this morning over some of the fidget spinners it sells.

PIRG urged customers to not purchase the fidget spinners, which sell for $19,99.

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"We are pleased to see that Target is not selling these products online anymore", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at US PIRG.

Fidget Spinners are the latest craze among kids, but certain ones may expose them to risky amounts of lead. Both test results were given to the CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all products intended for use by children contain no more than trace amounts of lead.

The AAP says there is no safe levels of lead in children, pointing to growing evidence that a child's exposure to lead can cause irreversible cognitive and behavioral problems.

"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", said Jenna Reck, senior communications manager at Target. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".

Dr. Alan Woolf, a pediatrics professor at Harvard Medical School and a member of the AAP's committee on environmental health, told ABC News the test results were concerning, especially because the spinners are attractive to young children.

While U.S. PIRG notified the CPSC, the agency held firm that the fidget spinners are not toys.

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