Tuesday, February 20, 2007

More about lead in lunchboxes

I first reported about lead in soft vinyl lunchboxes more than a year ago. (The linked post is a moved copy of the original from late last summer.)

Now, based on an Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press (yes, because we apparently need to rely on a private news agency to protect our children by suing for information), we are finding out that the Children Please Suck Contaminants Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) manipulated their results and testing methods in order to produce results that showed lead in non-hazardous levels.

Their initially testing showed much higher levels of lead, some way above safety levels. Even the FDA blanched at their original results and decided to send a warning to the manufacturers.

If you would like to check your child's lunchbox, order a lead test kit today. Or, throw it out and go with a cloth bag.


Etta Candy said...

are we surprised? i remember when this came out and i was chuckled at for getting a lead test kit. we don't even use a lunch box at all anymore.

Hilary said...

I am looking for an alternative right now. We used to have this laptop lunch box - it's like a bento box. Too bad S lost it.