Lead Exposure Recent News

August 2, 2007 2007: Lead Paint in Toys Leads to Recalls

Since early August 2007, there were an excess levels of lead in the paint used on the toys of the children has results to quite a number of recalls from the number of companies such as Mattel and Fisher-Price.

December 27, 2006: Cincinnati Becomes the Fifth Ohio City to Sue Lead Paint Manufacturers

Cincinnati became the fifth Ohio City to file a “public nuisance” lawsuit against the lead paint manufacturers. The cities were having demands on paying for the costs of eliminating city buildings of lead paint. The Cincinnati lawsuit is inclined to be the last lead paint lawsuit that will be filed in Ohio under the “public nuisance” legal theory, which means that the plaintiffs would be required to present clear connections between a particular paint manufacturers and the paint at homes.

December 5, 2006: Furniture Recalled Due to Lead Paint Hazard

The Land of Nod Stores in Northbrook, Illinois declared their voluntary recall of particular Antique White furniture from its “Cottage Collection.” This voluntary recall has affected 2,000 units that were sold from September 2003 to August 2006. Some of this recalled furniture was found to have high levels of lead which posed some dangers to children who might swallow paint chips or peelings. The consumers can contact The Land of Nod Stores right away to verify if their furniture is affected by the recall.

December 4, 2006: Children Necklaces Recalled Due to Lead Hazard

Really Useful Products, Inc. of Darien, Illinois has declared that they were on a voluntary recall of their “Angel/Diva” and “Mood” Necklaces. These necklaces were found to have high levels of lead, and posed a severe risk of lead poisoning and adverse health effects in children. Really Useful Products, Inc in coordination with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC recommended that these necklaces should be removed from the children right away and should be returned to the store where they were purchased for possible credit or refund.

July 9, 2006: Mississippi Residents Allege Lead Poisoning from Apartments

The trial was set for July 17, 2006 in the US District Court in Oxford, Mississippi for the five families in sued NL Industries Inc., one of the country’s biggest paint manufacturers and their apartment owner. The families claimed that their apartments were contaminated with lead. Plaintiffs also stated that at least 15 children were poisoned because of the lead exposure. NL Industries would argue that the problems discovered in the children were genetic and not because of the lead-based paints.

June 29, 2006: Group Urges the States to Sue for Lead Cleanup

It was 4 months after the State of Rhode Island has succeeded in its suit against the lead paint industry when the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN was asking the state officials in US to file lawsuits against the lead-paint industry to fund the countrywide lead-cleanup projects.

March 1, 2006: CPS Announces the Recall of Toy Jewelry Sold in Vending Machines

In coordination with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC, there were 4 toy jewelry importers who declared their voluntary recall of 150 million pieces of toy jewelry that were sold in vending machines nationwide. The CPSC was able to determine that some of the toy jewelry has hazardous levels of lead. Even though there was only half of the 150 million pieces of toy jewelry actually have lead, all of them were recalled because it is hard to differentiate the lead jewelry from the non-lead jewelry.

February 2006: Three Former Lead Paint Makers Found Guilty

The State of Rhode Island filed lawsuit against the previous lead paint manufacturers, claiming that the lead paint has produced a public nuisance that poisoned thousands of children and has contaminated thousands of homes since early 1990’s. The three companies found to be responsible were as follows: Sherwin-Williams Co, the NL Industries Inc, and the Millennium Holdings. That state was asking these companies to pay for a program that would entail home inspections, lead paint removal or reduction, and public education. Rhode Island was the first state to charge the lead paint industry.

December 22, 2005: FDA Proposes New Guidelines Regarding Lead in Candy

The US Food and Drug Administration has aired its concern over the lead levels in candy, specifically the candy imported from Mexico. The candies were said to have tendency to have ingredients like chili powder and some types of salts, all of which could lead to increased levels of lead. Hence, the US FDA proposed the changing of the standard amount of lead in candy from 0.5 parts per million (ppm) of lead to 0.1 ppm of lead.

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