LEAD Action News

LEAD Action News Vol 2 no 3 Winter 1994.  ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.

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How Can We Be Sure Customs Are Checking For Lead

A couple of cases from the files of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) point up gaps in Australian practice with regards to imports. Nesting dolls from Russia were seized by US Customs, because the dolls violated the CPSC lead paint regulation.

Painted armadillos, made from gourds, and imported from Mexico, were recalled by the importer in the USA, when the paint was found to contain excess lead (more than 0.06% by weight). Approximately 5000 armadillos were involved.

The LEAD Group Inc. has not heard of a single case since 1991 of a painted product being seized by Australian Customs because of excess lead. What are the guarantees here Are the products being tested by Customs We know, for example, that lead-soldered food cans continue to be imported, with very little, if any testing of the lead content of the food in those cans. And we know that crayons were tested for lead by the NSW Health Department but the results were never published. Elizabeth returned from the US with the US CPSC's procedure for testing lead in crayons and assessing the hazard. So now all we need is a body to test crayons and publish the results. Over one million boxes of imported crayons containing lead have been sold in the US since 1990 and the CPSC has begun a massive recall. The list of importers is available from the CLIC on request.

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