Valentine’s Day isn’t even here yet and it’s already causing people grief.
Target (Stock Quote: TGT)recently announced that they would be removing its Valentine’s Day “Message Bears” from stores after tests showed the toys have too much lead in them.
According to the Associated Press, there are two bears in question, “One a pink stuffed bear with ‘XOXO’ across the chest and the other a brown stuffed bear with ‘I Love U’ across the chest, with ‘love’ represented by a heart.”
The bears were manufactured in China, and are just the latest group of toys coming from that country with traces of lead in them.
The Huffington Post reports that the health hazards came to light thanks to a non-profit watchdog. “Investigators from the Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit watchdog, found that the bears' inflated vinyl letters contained well over federal limits for lead in products for children under the age of 12.”
Even small amounts of lead in toys is particularly dangerous for young children because they have a tendancy to put things in their mouths, which makes it easier for them to get sick. According to the New York State Department of Health, " Lead poisoning can cause problems with a child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn."Worst Valentine’s Day gift ever, although it does have some stiff competition from these terrible items.
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