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Target selling fidget spinners with potentially unsafe levels of lead

10 November 2017, 12:40 | Kenneth Drake

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A report by PIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit, found that two types of fidget spinners sold by Target have risky, illegal levels of lead in their making - almost 330 times more than the federal legal limit.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) said Wednesday that two variants of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner products surpassed the federal legal limits for lead in toys. The center circle of the brass Fidget Wild Premium Spinner, distributed by Bulls-i-Toy, contains 33,000 ppm of lead, researchers found.

The center circle tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as 'general use products.' They are not defined by the CPSC as toys", said Target spokesman Lee Henderson, per CBS News.

The federal legal limit for lead in children's products is 100 parts per million (ppm).

CBS News reported Thursday that Tamara Rubin, a Portland, Oregon, mother who runs the Lead-Safe Mama Facebook page, tests products that parents send to her, including lots of fidget spinners.

The consumer group called this an "absurd and unsafe conclusion". The consumer advocacy group is pushing for a recall because of "how Target markets the spinners - in the toy aisle and also on its website", the latter actually says for ages 6 and older. "As a result, 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 (the manufacturer) need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys".

Exposure to high levels of lead can cause developmental problems in children, organ damage and other long-term health issues.

He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.

"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of labeling", said Cook-Schultz. However, even as the holidays approach, Target is not backing down on its stance to sell the product both in its stores nationwide, and on its website.

U.S. PIRG Toxics Director Kara Cook-Shultz told CBS News that the Target website described the two spinner models for ages "6 and up" on the retailer's website, but the product page now reflects a "14 and older" description.



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