Amazon told to stop selling kids' school supplies that contain over 80 times the legal limit of lead

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This pencil pouch has over 35 times the legal limit of lead, 29 times the legal limit of cadmium.


Do they want another rise in crime like the one from the 1960’s to 1990’s? Because extra lead is how you get another rise in crime like the 1960’s to 1990’s.


To add to the list:

Children’s makeup products are classified as “toys” rather than “cosmetics” and thus are not tested by any governmental regulatory agency. There are often huge amounts of lead and other lovely toxins in them as well. Better to buy adult makeup (on sale) for them, which is regulated.


…was not aware of this “little” loophole, thank you for bringing it up!


Where are those toys sourced? For some time now, many things made overseas have not been subject to the same testing and regulation as US items. You can import them for your business, but better check them if you don’t want a large lawsuit (melamine-laced pet chews, engineered flooring that outgasses formaldehyde, etc.)

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Or just not put make up on little kids?

[I was going to download a photo of a children’s beauty pageant so I could insert it here but I don’t even want that on my computer briefly.]

I know, I know, stop sounding old.

My family was surrounded by extended family members and long-term family friends who were horrified that my daughters were not being brought up in conventional girly mode. They would give gifts – without checking with me first – directly to my daughters with things like makeup and Barbies in them. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who has had to deal with this, so I provided a PSA for others.

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Sorry, I didn’t mean to rant at you. Just at the bigger cultural situation.

I know what that is like. Growing up my daughter preferred short “boy” haircuts and no make-up and my son preferred to wear dresses. I saw my job as givng them a safe space to discover themselves without being told how or who they have to be. Relatives didn’t see it that way and would bombard us with gender specific stuff.

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From the cadmium safety data sheet:

Hazard statement(s)
Toxic if swallowed.
Fatal if inhaled.
May cause genetic defects.
May cause cancer.
May damage fertility or the unborn child.
Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.

Not trying to be alarmist, but >1000 ppm cadmium is really toxic. The OSHA limit for occupational exposure is 5 ppm. The products were definitely not made in the U.S. or E.U.

The most recent thing has been asbestos in makeup from Claire’s and Justice…

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