Saw this in the newspaper (3/22/08 St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and thought I'd pass it on to you moms of girls to check out. The Post-Dispatch reported that some of the Hannah products sold at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys'R'Us are contaminated with high levels of bed. The contaminated products include vinyl backpacks, a vinyl purse, a vinyl wallet, and other products. The link at the bottom leads to a document with pictures of the items that were tested.
As a reminder, lead is a serious health risk for kids: A 2007 study led by a scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health found that lead exposure in children ages 5 to 10 was linked with lower scores on IQ tests, lower scores on standardized reading and math achievement tests, decreased attention, and memory problems.• Recent research looked at children and teens ages 4 to 15 who participated in a national monitoring program at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The study showed that lead exposure may be responsible for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in almost 300,000 children.• A study of the behavior of children and teens’ (ages 7 to 16) documented that lead exposure reduces reaction time.• Research from the State University of New York demonstrated that girls with above average lead exposure have their first menstrual period almost a year later than girls with below average exposure.
For more information, visit http://www.cehca.org/documents/hannah_montana_press_release.pdf