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Product Recalls due to Lead

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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Washington, DC 20207

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
 [LAST UPDATE TO THIS PAGE: FEB. 8, 2016]


August 2017, NYS Ag & Markets Class 2 recalls

Please be advised that NYS Department Agriculture & Markets has issued a Class 2 Recall [for the following products] and that no additional action is needed by the regional offices or local health departments. Below is the protocol for any product recall authorized by Ag&Markets:

In any recall, the responsible party is expected to remove the violative product (for that particular Lot #, UPC code, mfg. date) from sale. If it is adulterated, and the issue cannot be corrected, as is the case with lead, the product must be destroyed. The product may be destroyed at each account (each retailer) or returned to the distributor for them to dispose of, but either way, the wholesaler must contact each account and notify them of the problem and give them instructions as to what to do with the product. NYS Ag&Markets classifies product recalls at 3 levels (read more at Ag&Markets Food Safety). A Class 2 recall does not require the firm to issue a press release, however Class 1 recalls are posted to the public webpage due to higher lead contamination and greater risk of adverse health effects.

    
[Click photos for larger image] Tartufi Di Fassia, Grey Salt with Black Summer Truffles. Acquired at a Whole Foods in NYC, sampled July 2017.

  
[Click photos for larger image] Toros, Curry Powder. Acquired at a Halal market on Long Island, sampled June 2017.


May 2017

(USCPSC, 5/23/17) — Pier 1 Imports Recalls Temani Wicker Furniture Due to Violation of Federal Lead Paint Standard (Recall No. 17-164)
Temani ivory wicker chair, settee and ottoman. The paint used on the wicker furniture can contain excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal lead paint standard. This recall involves the Pier 1 Imports Temani collection, which includes a chair, settee and ottoman. They are ivory colored, made of rattan wicker, and were sold without a cushion. The chair measures 29 inches wide, 29.5 inches deep and 35.5 inches high, the settee measures 51.5 inches wide, 29.5 inches deep and 35.5 inches high, and the ottoman measures 27 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 16 inches high. The furniture has a Pier 1 Imports logo on the underside of each chair, settee and ottoman. The recall involves only the ivory-colored Temani collection.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled furniture immediately and return it to any Pier 1 Imports store for a full refund or a merchandise credit.
Consumer Contact: Pier 1 Imports toll-free at 855-513-5140 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday, or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Sunday or online at www.Pier1.com and click on “Product Notes & Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.


August 2016

(USCPSC, 8/25/16) — Mars Retail Group Recalls M&M’S-Branded Jewelry Due to Violation of Lead Standard
This recall involves all M&M-branded jewelry, including some children’s jewelry. Recalled items include earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces sold between May 2015 and July 2016. Jewelry items included in the recall have the M&M’S logo “M” as a charm or other feature. The jewelry can contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

July 2016
(FDA, 7/28/16) — Gel Spice, Inc. Issues Alert on Elevated Lead Levels in One Lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder
Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder because the product contains elevated lead levels. The recalled “Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric” is packaged in 3.75 oz. PET jars. It has a code of B/B 03/08/19 and B/B 05/18/19 on the neck of the container.The package also has a UPC code of 81026-01230.
The product was distributed at Big Lots Stores throughout the United States. Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the elevated level of lead. No Illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. More info: [FDA website] [Food Safety News website]

(USCPSC, 7/19/16)—Things Remembered Recalls Children’s Jewelry Due to Violation of Lead Standard. Silver bracelets and charm necklaces. The clear surface coating on the bracelets and necklaces contain lead in excess of the allowable limit. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.
This recall involves silver heart bracelets and sweet charm necklaces for children. The 6-inch, silver-plated bracelets have 10 silver hearts and circle links, a lobster claw clasp, and one silver heart-shaped charm. The necklaces are gold plated on a 13-inch box chain with a 2-inch extender, a lobster claw closure and three charms – a pink ice cream cone, a pink crystal cupcake and a gold-plated tag with “SWEET” engraved. Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and contact Things Remembered for a full refund, including shipping charges, or a replacement gift of equal value.
Things Remembered toll-free at 866-902-4438 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at customerservice@thingsremembered.com or online at www.thingsremembered.com and click on “Product Recalls” under “Company Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.


March 2016

(NYC DOHMH, 3/17/16)—NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Warns of Elevated Lead and Mercury Levels in a Chinese Supplement Called “Emperor’s Tea Pill.” NOTE: This is an Advisory from the NYC DOHMH, not a recall from the CPSC.
In January 2016, DOHMH identified elevated levels of lead and/or mercury in a dietary herbal supplement called Emperor’s Tea Pill purchased over-the-counter in NYC. According to the product packaging, this supplement, manufactured in China by Lanzhou Traditional Herbs, could be used to “help maintain body’s natural balance.” The levels of heavy metals found in Emperor’s Tea Pill ranged from being slightly elevated with up to 3.7 parts per million (ppm) lead, which is approximately two times the permissible limit for lead for certain food additives, to 200 ppm mercury, which is 200 times the permissible limit for mercury. http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/lead/emperor-tea-pill-advisory.pdf

February 2016

(CPSC, 2/4/16)—KHS America Recalls Children’s Musical Instrument Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard.
Monkey Glockenspiel: The pink metal note bar on the glockenspiel may contain excessive levels of lead in the paint, violating the federal lead paint standard. If the paint is scraped off and ingested lead can cause adverse health effects. Consumers should immediately remove the pink bar from the glockenspiel and contact KHS America for information on getting a free replacement pink bar. Contact KHS America Green Tones at 800-283-4676 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.gogreentones.com and click on “Contact Us” for more information.

September 2015

(NYSDOH, 9/9/15)—Anhing Corp. Recalls ABC Shaped Cookies Elevated Lead Levels Anhing Corporation of Los Angeles, CA is recalling ABC Cookies Banh Chu it imported due to an elevated level of lead. Anhing Corporation learned on August 12, 2015, from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that the ABC Cookies contained lead in excess of the California State requirements and as such could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women.
The ABC Cookies Banh Chu is contained in a plastic jar shaped and painted as a cat's face. The bottle has a red lid that contains a paper label with a picture of the cookies the name "ABC Cookies Banh Chu" the Caravelle brand logo, the ingredient declaration, the net weight, and the name and address of Anhing Corporation. Each jar contains 7 ounces of cookies.

(FDA, 9/17/15)—Butala Emporium, Inc. Recalls Eleven Ayurvedic Dietary Supplements Because of Elevated Levels of Lead and Mercury Butala Emporium, Inc of Jackson Heights, NY, is voluntarily recalling eleven Ayurvedic (dietary) supplements (listed below) because the products were found to contain elevated lead and mercury levels which may cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, pregnant women, and those with underlying kidney disorders if consumed.The concentration of lead exceeds the recommended daily lead exposure for children less than 6 years of age and women of childbearing age and would likely be injurious to health.

(CPSC, 9/2/15)—Imagine Nation Books Recalls Pink Giraffe Animal Purse Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Recall Number: 15-229. Hazard: The red paint on the zipper contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Remedy: Refund. Consumers should immediately take these recalled purses away from young children and contact Imagine Nation Books for instructions on returning the purse for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Imagine Nation Books at 800-917-0213 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, by email at productinfo@booksarefun.com or online at www.booksarefun.com and click on the Recall tab for more information.

May 2015
(CPSC, 5/8/15)—Baby’s Dream Recalls Cribs and Furniture Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Hazard: The vintage grey paint on the cribs, furniture, and accessories exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested, lead can cause adverse health effects.
Remedy: Replace. Consumers should immediately contact Baby’s Dream to arrange for an exchange.
Consumer Contact: Baby’s Dream Furniture at (800) 835-2472 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.babysdream.com and click on the recall image for more information.

October 2012
(CPSC, 10/17/12)—Children's Apparel Network Recalls Fleece Hoodie and T-Shirt Sets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold Exclusively at Target. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13008.html

September 2012
(CPSC, 9/27/12)—Captain Cutlass Pirate Toy Guns Recalled by Dillon Importing Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12285.html

February 2012
(TCHD, 2/9/12)—Lead poisoning cases related to use of Chinese medicinal products PDF, 31KB. NOTE: This is a Provider Alert, Not a CPSC recall.

January 2012
(CPSC, 1/24/12) — Mexican Wrestling Action Figures Recalled by Lee Carter Co. Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12092.html

(CPSC, 1/5/12) — Children's Chairs and Stools Recalled by Elegant Gifts Mart Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12081.html

 



December 2011
(CPSC, 12/22/11) — Target Recalls Circo Childrens' Travel Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12064.html

September 2011
(CPSC, 8/28/11) — LM Import & Export Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11335.html

August 2011
(CPSC, 8/4/11) — Build-A-Bear Workshop Recalls Lapel Pins Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11298.html

July 2011
CPSC Announces New, Lower Limit for Lead Content in Children's Products
WASHINGTON, D.C.(July 15, 2011) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (3-2) that there was insufficient evidence to make a determination that manufacturers of children's products sold in the United States could not meet a total lead content limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for a product or product category. The new total lead content limit, which is called for in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), goes into effect on August 14, 2011 for manufacturers, importers, retailers and distributors of children's products.

To see this release on CPSC's web site, including links to statements by CPSC Commissioners, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11278.html


June 2011
(CPSC, 6/30/11) — Cost Plus Inc. Recalls Wooden Animal Drum Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11263.html

(CPSC, 6/7/11) — EKSuccess Brands Recalls American Girl Crafts Jewelry Kit Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11239.html

May 2011
(CPSC, 5/5/11) — G.A. Gertmenian and Sons Recalls Toy Story 3 Bowling Game Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11217.html

April 2011
(CPSC, 4/12/11) — Girl's Clothing Recalled by My Michelle Due to Risk of Lead Exposure, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11195.html

This recall involves girl's tops and dresses sold in sizes small to extra large and 7 to 16. The garments were sold in various styles including: tops with beaded necklaces attached to the collar and tops with metallic beads attached to the collar. All styles of the tops and dresses have a black tag on the collar with pink print that reads "mymichelle." The jewelry and decorative trim attached to the girl's garments contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. Sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES), K & G Fashion Superstore and other retail stores nationwide from January 2011 through March 2011 for about $38.

February 2011
(CPSC, 2/2/11) — CPSC Extends Stay of Enforcement for Testing and Certification of Lead Content in Children's Products Until December 31, 2011. Starting on December 31, 2011, manufacturers and importers of children's products that are subject to the lead content limit must have the appropriate certificates that indicate that their products have been tested by a CPSC-approved third party laboratory, in order for their products to be sold in the United States. Full press release at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11116.html.

January 2011
(FDA, 1/28/11) — Candy Dynamics Expands Recall to all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Products all flavors and all sizes. Circle City Marketing and Distributing, doing business as Candy Dynamics, Indianapolis, IN, is issuing a voluntary recall of all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® products, all flavors, 0.3 oz (8 g) size pieces. The product is imported from Pakistan. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm241359.htm

  • Products:  All Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Products
  • Distributed: Distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders
  • Why: Contain elevated levels of lead
  • Illnesses reported: None
  • For more information:  Call Eileen O’Neal at 317-228-5012 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm EST)

(FDA release, 1/13/11) — Candy Dynamics Recalls Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars all flavors -- Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g) package. A recent test performed by the California Department of Public Health has indicated that a lot (#8288A) of the cherry flavor of the above-listed product contains elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm) that potentially could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women. . http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm240012.htm


 

December 2010
(CSPC, 12/22/10) — Ceramic Banks Recalled by Oriental Trading Company Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11077.html

September 2010
"S T U F F" and Paw Wall Hooks Recalled By Midwest-CBK Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (9/29) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10357.html

Children's Mood Rings and Necklaces Recalled by D&D Distributing-Wholesale Due To Risk of Lead Exposure (9/21) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10350.html

August 2010
No recalls reported by CPSC email list. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

July 2010
Tween Brands Recalls Children's Metal Jewelry Due to High Levels of Cadmium (7/13) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10297.html

Daiso Recalls Children's Coin Purses and Jewelry Due to Risk of Lead Exposure (7/1) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10292.html

June 2010
Children's Jewelry Recalled by SmileMakers Due to High Levels of Cadmium (6/30) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10287.html

Youth Tiara Recalled by Wilton Industries Due to Lead Exposure Hazard (6/24) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10279.html

Target Recalls Children's Belts Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (6/17) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10268.html

McDonald's Recalls Movie Themed Drinking Glasses Due to Potential Cadmium Risk (6/5) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10257.html

May 2010
Claire's Recalls Children's Metal Charm Bracelets Due to High Levels of Cadmium (5/10) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10227.html

April 2010
Jo-Ann Stores to Pay $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban (4/28) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10207.html

Hammary Furniture Recalls Chests and Tables Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (4/7) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10191.html

Bauer Recalls Children's Hockey Sticks Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (4/1) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10189.html

March 2010
Do It Best Recalls Bicycle Bells Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (3/18), http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10174.html

Children's Bracelets Recalled by Chandigarh Fashion Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (3/3) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10153.html

Daiso To Pay $2 Million Civil Penalty for Violations of Federal Safety Laws and to Stop Importing Children's Products and Toys Into U.S. (3/2).  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10151.html
These violations include, but are not limited to, importing, distributing and selling toys with illegal levels of lead content, illegal levels of lead paint and phthalates, small parts on toys intended for children younger than three years old, and products that lack required warning labels.

February 2010
Allreds Design Recalls Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips Due to Risk of Lead Exposure (2/18) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10139.html

Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass. to Pay a $200,000 Civil Penalty for Violation of Lead Paint Ban and for Failure to Report. (2/5) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10133.html

Children's Greeting Cards with Bracelets Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (2/2) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10128.html

Children's Toy Jewelry Sets Recalled by Playmates Toys; Charms Violate the Total Lead Standard (2/2) http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10131.html

January 2010
FAF Inc. Recalls Children's Necklaces Sold Exclusively at Walmart Stores Due to High Levels of Cadmium (1/29). http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10127.html

Horse Toy Figures Recalled by Blip Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (1/26)
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10120.html

Jide Trading Recalls Toy Military Figure Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (1/7)
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10098.html


 

December 2009
CPSC Extends the Stay of Enforcement on Testing and Certification Requirements for Many Children's Products; New Flexibility Granted on Component Parts Testing Policy for Lead http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10083.html

Timberland Recalls Children's Boots Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10076.html

Toy Trucks Recalled by Variety Wholesalers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10061.html