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Toy Products Recalled Due To Lead Levels

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The Rockland County Department of Health announces that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and their manufacturers are recalling children’s toys due to lead poisoning.

The recalled product(s) contain high levels of lead and should be taken away from children. “Lead is toxic and a health risk to young children who have a tendency to put things in their mouths,” said Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Joan Facelle. “As an overall prevention strategy to protect children from lead poisoning, children should have their blood lead levels checked by their pediatricians at ages one and two.”

Name of Product: DesignWare Sport Balls

Units: About 90,000 packages in the United States and 1,900 in Canada

Importer: American Greetings Corp., of Cleveland, Ohio

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Hazard: The surface coating on the basketball contains excessive levels of lead, in violation of the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves DesignWare Sport Balls party favors. The package contains four mini sport balls: a basketball, a football, a baseball and a soccer ball. The model number is SPBL 1821 and is printed on the packaging.

Sold at: Various retailers in the U.S. and Canada from August 2004 through April 2009 for about $3.50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled sport balls away from children and contact American Greetings to receive a coupon for a replacement product.