Lead in Toys

The amount of lead allowed in toys will be reduced from 300 parts per million to 100 parts per million next month. This follows a 3-2 vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, split along party lines.

Lead poisoning causes “impaired intellect, memory loss, mood swings, infertility, nerve, joint and muscle disorders, cardiovascular, skeletal, kidney and renal problems and possibly cancer” (link).

I suppose the new standard is good news, but still I am frustrated. There is no known safe level of lead exposure. Why should we accept any amount of lead in children’s toys?

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