M&M’s Pint And Shot Glasses Recalled Because Lead & Cadmium Aren’t Tasty

M&M’s Pint And Shot Glasses Recalled Because Lead & Cadmium Aren’t Tasty

Did you visit one of the M&M’s World retail stores in NYC, Las Vegas, Orlando, or London earlier this year? Did you see some adorable pint and shot glasses featuring the anthropomorphic treats? Well, you might want to stop using them, as those cute candy illustrations may contain high levels of lead and cadmium. [More]

Got Lipstick? There's Probably Some Lead In It

Got Lipstick? There's Probably Some Lead In It

Back in 2007, the Food & Drug Administration did a small sample test on 33 lipsticks and found varying levels of lead in two-thirds of them. As a follow-up, the FDA requested testing of a significantly larger sampling and has now announced that it found at least trace amounts of lead in 400 varieties. [More]

Lawmakers Announce Legislation To Set Limits On Arsenic & Lead In Fruit Juice

In the wake of a recent Consumer Reports investigation that found high levels of arsenic and lead in a number of fruit juices, Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today announced the “Arsenic Prevention and Protection from Lead Exposure in Juice (APPLE Juice) Act of 2012,” which would require the Food and Drug Administration to set standards for arsenic and lead in fruit juices. [More]

High Arsenic & Lead Levels In Juice: What Parents Should Do About It

High Arsenic & Lead Levels In Juice: What Parents Should Do About It

After our wise older siblings at Consumer Reports published an investigation into apple and grape juice, finding high levels of arsenic and lead levels in a concerning percentage of samples, parents should know what actions to take to keep their children healthy. [More]

Consumer Reports Study Finds High Levels Of Arsenic & Lead In Some Fruit Juice

Consumer Reports Study Finds High Levels Of Arsenic & Lead In Some Fruit Juice

While federal standards set limits for the amount of arsenic and lead in tap and bottled water, but no such hard line exists for fruit juices, even though such drinks are dietary staples of children. Thus, our cousins-in-arms at Consumer Reports set to testing some juices, only to turn up results that should cause concern among parents and lawmakers. [More]

CPSC Chair Tenenbaum: We're Not Trying To Play "Gotcha" With Manufacturers

CPSC Chair Tenenbaum: We're Not Trying To Play "Gotcha" With Manufacturers

Regular readers of Consumerist know that we cover a lot of recalls — from faulty booster seats to wine openers with potentially bloody consequences — many of them announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We recently met with CPSC chair Inez Tenenbaum to discuss how the commission works with manufacturers on everything from the recall process to new standards on lead and drop-side cribs, and why some within the commission are attempting to scuttle its new products database. [More]

Buncha Lead Found In Ceramic Cultural Crockery

Buncha Lead Found In Ceramic Cultural Crockery

While traveling you might be tempted to pick a neat piece of handmade tableware, like a bright red spoon in a Chinatown shop or a wonderfully molded Mexican jug. But besides memories, you might be bringing back home an unexpected stowaway: lead. [More]

Toy Story 3 Bowling Set Recalled Because Kids Apparently Aren't Supposed To Play With Lead Paint Anymore

Toy Story 3 Bowling Set Recalled Because Kids Apparently Aren't Supposed To Play With Lead Paint Anymore

Considering the menagerie of toys that come to life in Pixar’s Toy Story movies — and considering the number of toys out there that are slathered in lead paint — it’s surprising that not one of them has exhibited any definitive symptoms of lead poisoning (well, maybe those three-eyed alien things). But that hasn’t stopped the makers of a Toy Story 3 bowling set from using lead paint. [More]

Even More "Toxic Waste" Candy Lives Up To Its Branding

Even More "Toxic Waste" Candy Lives Up To Its Branding

In January, the people behind the Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge candy bars announced a not-that-surprising recall for possible lead contamination. And in keeping with the company’s brand message, more candy has been recalled for the same reason. [More]

When You Call A Candy Bar "Toxic Waste," You Probably Shouldn't Be Shocked It Has Lead In It

When You Call A Candy Bar "Toxic Waste," You Probably Shouldn't Be Shocked It Has Lead In It

Unlike McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, which has angered some over its lack of real maple syrup, Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars live up to their name by containing more than twice the tolerable limit of lead. [More]

CPSC Says Lead Wizard Of Oz Glasses "Are Not Children's Products"

CPSC Says Lead Wizard Of Oz Glasses "Are Not Children's Products"

A recent study commissioned by the AP showed that dozens of decorative glasses featuring superheros (like Wonder Woman and Superman) and movie characters (like the cast of Wizard of Oz), have “up to 1,000 times more” lead than is currently allowed for children’s products. The AP asked the CPSC to issue a recall. The CPSC’s response? The glasses are not children’s products. [More]

Ridiculous Amounts Of Lead, Other Crap, Found On Decorative Glasses

Ridiculous Amounts Of Lead, Other Crap, Found On Decorative Glasses

According to a new study commissioned by the Associated Press, you might be getting slightly more than your recommended daily allowance of lead if you’ve been using some decorative drinking glasses. And by “slightly more,” we mean “up to 1,000 times more” lead. [More]

Some Reusable Shopping Bags Have Lead

Some Reusable Shopping Bags Have Lead

Scrape off the trendiness and a popular “green” choice is actually “gray” underneath; some reusable shopping bags contain lead. [More]

Walmart Removes Lead-Tainted Toys From Shelves, But Only In California

Walmart Removes Lead-Tainted Toys From Shelves, But Only In California

Recent tests by the Center for Environmental Health found lead levels in excess of allowable amounts in toys and baby products sold at Walmart and Target. But while Target has agreed to stop selling the items at all its stores, Walmart has only agreed to pull the products in question from stores in California. [More]

California Says Some Bouncy Castles Have Too Much Lead In Them

California Says Some Bouncy Castles Have Too Much Lead In Them

California’s Attorney General, Jerry Brown, has filed a lawsuit that claims too many inflatable structures used at kids’ parties come with high levels of lead in the vinyl–”sometimes dozens of times the federal limit,” reports the New York Times. One of the defendants said the lawsuit was a “witch hunt,” and warned that it would have a chilling effect on what the Times calls the “bounce-house industry.” [More]

Study: Overwhelming Number Of Kids' Drinks & Snacks Contain Lead

Study: Overwhelming Number Of Kids' Drinks & Snacks Contain Lead

In a newly released report from the Environmental Law Foundation, nearly 150 varieties of beverages and fruit snacks marketed to children were tested for lead levels — and the results were not exactly good. [More]

Want More Lead Or Pesticide In Your Body? Try Dietary Supplements

Want More Lead Or Pesticide In Your Body? Try Dietary Supplements

Lead has a deservedly bad reputation when it comes to human health and development, but because it’s classified as a heavy metal it will always be kind of awesome. Well, to me. Pesticide, not so much. If you dislike ingesting either type of toxin, you might be interested in a new study being released today by the Government Accountability Office that found trace amounts of “lead and other contaminants” in every sample of 40 health supplements tested. [More]

Cheap Jewelry Finds New, Better Way To Poison Your Child

Cheap Jewelry Finds New, Better Way To Poison Your Child

An AP investigation has found that, barred from using lead in children’s jewelry, some Chinese manufacturers have substituted cadmium — which is more dangerous. The AP tested one piece of jewelry that was 91% cadmium by weight. The heavy metal is a known carcinogen and is used in rechargeable batteries, pigments, electroplating and plastic. Children can ingest the cadmium by sucking or biting on the jewelry. They do not need to swallow it. [More]