High Levels of Lead Found in Toys
Following several weeks of recalled toys due to lead levels that exceed Canadian government regulation, Health Canada has decided to head a study into the long term effects of lead exposure.
Previous studies show that pregnant women and young children are at the highest risk when exposed to lead, which can cause coma and death in extreme cases, and brain damage in less dramatic cases.
The $500,000 pilot study is aimed at measuring the long-term accumulation of lead in people's bones, something that cannot be determined by more commonly used blood tests, but that still poses a potential health risk.
Canada has recently found high levels of lead in toys imported from Asia.
Just in the past two weeks, the regulator publicized recalls of 35,000 plastic charm bracelets, 2,200 necklaces, 770 pendants and 575 sets of doll clothing, all imported from East Asia and all containing lead above the allowable limit. Such items are considered a danger to smaller children who might put them in their mouths.