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Attorney General Jerry Brown of California is one of several former governors seeking a return to their state's highest office.
Here at the cusp of the holiday buying spree (or what passes for a spree in the midst of this pesky recession), California Attorney General Jerry Brown issues a warning. It's okay to drop a lump of coal into Junior's stocking if you see fit, but you can't have lead in any product aimed at children.
Brown sent out letters to six big retailers, telling them to pull from their shelves a number of products testing shows contain excessive amounts of lead. California considers anything more than 300 parts per million to be excessive when it comes to lead.
All of the targeted items contain at least twice that amount of lead, according to the tests. One had more lthan 70 times the acceptable level. Lead is a toxic metal known to damage the nervous system. Lead can impair brain development, especially in children. They ingest the lead when they put these items in their mouths, or if they just put their hands in their mouths after touching the toys and clothes.
So this is what you want to know. Below is a list of the toys that should be pulled from store shelves. If you see these, the state Attorney General says don't buy them. And if you have them, you should think about returning them.
And the most leaded of them all...
Brown's office says the Consumer Product Safety Commission has also been notified. The CPSC could order a recall of the products.