Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

High levels of lead found in fidget spinners sold at Target

High levels of lead found in fidget spinners sold at Target

Fidget spinners are one of the hottest new trends of the year, but ahead of the holiday shopping season, a new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, says testing found risky levels of lead in some.

A consumer advocacy group criticized Target for not recalling fidget spinners that contain what's considered to be excessive levels of lead. One of the fidget spinners (brass) tested for 33,000 ppm.

Another model by the same company tested at 1,300 parts per million. That's 300 times higher than the legal limit for children's products.

The watchdog group is calling on US government safety organizations to change the classification of fidget spinners so they will have to meet federal regulations for children's products. "As a result", the spokesperson wrote, "the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards". "The CPSC, Target, and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys".

Notably, US PIRG continues to test spinners sold at other stores around the country.

"While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we're removing them from our assortment", the spokeswoman said in a statement.

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Harold Chizick, spokesman for Bulls-I-Toys of Des Moines, Iowa, the items' distributor, said in a statement: "Safety is one of our top priorities".

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all products intended for use by children contain no more than trace amounts of lead.

"Alarmingly, when PIRG notified the CPSC about the elevated lead levels in the fidget spinners, the CPSC responded in an email that these fidget spinners are general use products, not children's products", the group said in its report. The toys that tested for high lead levels were re-tested to confirm the results.

Fidget spinners are quite possibly the most popular toy of the year.

Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinner near their faces.

U.S. PIRG said in a statement on Saturday that it was "pleased" Target removed the fidget spinners from store shelves. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".

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