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QUESTION: When will pet products receive lead content tests? 05 Oct 2007 Indiana, USA

 544K items recalled for lead, which came from China, for products aimed at human consumers.  When will the investigation shift to products sold for animals?  I cannot find pet toys on store shelves from any country other than China.  I know that the lead safety standard for pets is likely to be different than the standard for humans, but humans handle pet toys.  Humans must also deal with the health consequences of the items and substances that their pets are exposed to. When will pet products receive lead content tests?

ANSWER: 23 Jun 2009

Dear Len,

You are absolutely right regarding pets toys and lack of research. I believe there should be regulations regarding lead content in pets' toys, as there is for children's toys, for the sake of the pets and the human beings. Although the CPSIA lowered the amount of lead that can be in children's products, I do not think they included pets' toys which children often handle. Check this site for more detail: www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/sect101.html The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, Section 101. Children's Products Containing Lead; Lead Paint Rule

I have also attached an article about lead in pets' toys that I hope you find interesting.

Regards, Iman Hegazi MBBS, MD. Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Volunteer

Who is monitoring the amount of lead in imported pet toys? ASPCA

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