Beware Lead-Laden Christmas Decorations

Consumers are getting a shock as they stock up on holiday supplies: it’s not just Christmas cheer they’re spreading, but lead. The back of many decorations are sporting this label:

“Handling the plastic used in this product exposes you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Wash hands after use.”

The label is required on any product sold in California with enough lead or toxic ingredients to cause cancer or birth defects. Since it’s cheaper just to print the label on all the products, residents in other states are seeing the label as well.

Guess the kids won’t be helping hang the trimmings this year. And if they do, spend some quality family time in a group hand washing.

Deck the halls with … poison? [St. Petersburg Times] (Thanks to Therese!)
(Photo: ZekeDMS)