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Lead paint toys retailer agrees to pay fine for failing to abide by Federal safeguards!


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10/16/2009
James E. Ballidis
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this week that Target Corporation has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty for allegedly violating the federal lead paint ban on toys. Even though the lead ban has been in place since 1978, the agency has stepped up its commitment to protecting the safety of children due to the massive recalls in the last few years.
The CPSC alleges that Target knowingly imported and sold various toys with paint or other surface coatings that contained lead levels above the legal limits. Target failed to take adequate action to ensure that the toy products sold in their stores were safe for children.
Lead paint on toys, even in very small amount has been known to expose children to adverse health effects.
The commission and Target announced voluntary recalls of toys such as “Kool Toyz Products”, “Bamboo Collection Games”, and others. In agreeing to the settlement, Target denies any allegations that it violated the law.
Target stores are nationwide, including many here in Orange County. The CPSC’s website, www.cpsc.gov has a full listed of all recalled toys and products that may be harmful to you and your family.

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