Kid Halloween Costumes Seized for Lead Contamination
October 17, 2012
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With Halloween approaching, we expect tricks, but not a trick this dirty.
Federal inspectors have seized nearly 1,400 Chinese-made little girl pirate costumes that were on their way to a Seattle retailer. Authorities found they contained 11 times the legal limit for lead.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission tested the costumes for lead after they were singled out for inspection by customs due to a past violation, reports MSNBC.
The harmful substance was in the buttons and trim of the Halloween costume, which could have posed a major health threat if an unsuspecting child had put those pieces in their mouth. High levels of lead in a kid's blood can cause vomiting, coma or convulsions, while low levels can cause difficulties with learning and paying attention.
“We consider any kind of a children’s product that has violative levels of lead to be significant,” said Craig Mabie, a commission compliance investigator in Seattle.