Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:
- Dangerously high lead levels in kid’s toys and jewelry: According to the New York State attorney general Mr. Schneiderman, his office had opened an investigation into toys with dangerously high levels of lead sold in stores such as Target, Kmart and Toys “R” Us. He indicated that jewelry-making sets from the arts-and-crafts brand Cra-Z-Art contained as much as 10 times the amount of lead permitted by federal child safety limits. He called on all the retailers to immediately remove such products from their shelves. Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement: “Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers all have responsibility to ensure that products intended for use by children are safe. My office’s discovery of high-lead products on store shelves in New York points to an alarming breach in the safety net that is supposed to protect our children from dangerous chemicals.” The VP for advertising at Cra-Z-Art, Charlie Zakin, said the company was unaware of the attorney general’s investigation and added: “However, the safety of our products is our highest priority, all of the items in question had passed “rigorous” safety testing and “conform to all regulatory standards.” Walmart reacted that it required suppliers to meet “all applicable” safety standards.
Playground concussions are increasing: According to a new government study, playground concussions are increasing and children’s equipment such as monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Although most injuries studied were mild, all concussions can have potentially serious consequences, and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) evaluated national 2001-2013 data on playground injuries of children aged 14 and younger who received emergency-room treatment. About 10 percent of these children, corresponding to about 21,000 annually, had traumatic brain injuries including concussions. Only nonfatal injuries were included. As the researchers concluded: “The rise may mean parents are becoming increasingly aware of the potential seriousness of concussions and the need for treatment. It’s also possible more kids are using playground equipment.”