Bentex children’s clothing has been recalled due to lead paint, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to Bentex, the costume sets feature Disney characters and were sold at TJ Maxx, Ross, DD’s Discount, Burlington, Army & Airforce Exchange Service, and other retailers nationwide.
Also available on Amazon from November 2021 to August 2022.
About 87,000 sets have been recalled as of Nov. 23, according to the CPSC. Ventex produced several sets of tops and leggings or shorts featuring nine different characters, including Minnie his mouse and Baby Yoda. The design is screen printed onto the garment.
The set contains levels of lead that exceed either the Federal Lead Paint Ban or the Federal Lead Ban, and poses a risk of lead poisoning, the CPSC warns.
Ingesting lead is bad for your health. High levels of exposure can attack the brain and central nervous system, leading to coma, convulsions, and even death, according to the World Health Organization. there is.
Children who experience lead poisoning can develop health problems that are considered irreversible, including intellectual and behavioral impairment, anemia, and reproductive toxicity.
Lead was once common in paint, but in 1978 the United States banned the use of lead-based paints in homes. However, according to the CDC, homes built in the United States before 1978 may still contain lead-based paint.
In an Instagram post, Ventex said it was urging customers who purchased the clothing to stop using it immediately and contact the company. Thank you for your understanding.
The Safety Commission also announced a recall of the Sippy Cup brand on November 23rd.The base could break and expose the child to the leash.
Both recalls came shortly after a report on the recalled products was released by the US Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit advocating for consumer protection. In many cases, recalled toys are still available for purchase months, weeks, and even years after they would have been removed from online sellers and stores, reports said.
“Not only does the high number of recalled products show that the CPSC is aggressively looking for unsafe products, but it has also been recalled for lead, a toxic substance that has been banned since the 1970s. It shows that more dangerous products are being marketed, including children’s products that have been sold,” said Dev Gowda. , assistant director of the product safety nonprofit Kids In Danger, said in a release about the report.
CBS News has reached out to Bentex and Green Sprouts for more information and is awaiting a response. According to the commission, customers who purchased these products from Green Sprouts and Bentex will be refunded.