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  QUESTION: Use of lead in PVC Lunch Boxes, 18 Mar 2006, USA

Hello. I'm concerned about the use of PVC with a lead additive in lunchboxes, especially those sold by the Gap. Below is the email I received from the Gap when I questioned the lead content of their lunchboxes.

Dear Ms. Lindner,
Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding our lunch boxes and lead content. We certainly understand your concern given current litigation regarding this issue. Gap Inc. maintains high standards with regard to testing for lead and restricting lead in children's products. Please know that we have confirmed that lunch boxes sold through our GapKids and Old Navy stores are made with PVC that has been tested and found to contain no detectable lead.
Historically, Gap Inc. has established testing protocols with standards that are at least as strict, and often stricter, than what the CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) dictates.
Thank you again for contacting us and for your patience while we researched the issue thoroughly. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us at 1-800-GAP-STYLE, options 4, 4 and then option 2.
Sincerely,
Kristi
Customer Service Consultant.

Do you have any information on this subject? Thank you.
Beth Lindner

ANSWER: 10 Apr 2006

Dear Beth
Apologies for the delay in replying.
We have got some articles with the related topic "Lead in Lunchboxes", which may prove useful for you to extract the required information.
I am listing the websites below for you. However, was not able to get particular information about the products (Lunchboxes) sold by Gap.
For information on testing lunchboxes for lead, photos of lunchboxes, and other information, see http://www.ceh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39&Itemid=54.
For general information about PVC used in Lunchboxes and steps taken by ceh, see http://www.ceh.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=155&Itemid=166

These websites have some interesting facts published and i hope it all helps you to answer your query.
Regards
Hasibah Keriwala
Volunteer Information Researcher/ Office Manager

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