Toys containing high levels of lead has been revealed on store shelves in New York. The discovery was announced on Friday by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Schneiderman’s office said it found some jewelry-making kits supplied by CRA-Z-ART contained some parts that had as much as 10 times the amount of lead allowed by current federal limits.
The AG’s office has been testing the lead levels of children’s products sold across the state since October.
Under federal law children’s toy can not contain lead of more than 100 parts per million (ppm).
The attorney general’s office claimed its tests showed some of the wristbands in the kits had levels of 120 to 980 ppm.
Here are the kits accused of breaking federal rules for lead levels.
• Shimmer N’ Sparkle Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Ultimate Gem Machine
• Shimmer N’ Sparkle Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Gem Charm and Slider Bracelets
• My Look Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Ultimate Gem Machine
The AG says the kits were sold at K-Mart, Target, and Toys “R” Us stores across the state, as well as on Amazon.
“My office’s discovery of children’s products containing high levels of lead for sale on store shelves in New York points to an alarming breach in the safety net that is supposed to protect our kids from dangerous chemicals,” Schneiderman said in a statement Friday.
CRA-Z-ART, a New Jersey based company claims that all of its toys are tested for lead, including the ones in question.
The company’s CEO admits that the lead tests can occur outside of the United States.
Schneiderman has asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require a national recall of the products, and his office has launched a probe to find out how the toys made it onto store shelves.
“My office will investigate — and hold accountable — those responsible for allowing toxic products to reach our children. No parents should have to worry that a toy they buy may poison their child,” he said in the press release.