Thursday, November 03, 2005

Eat Lead!

I wonder what the lead content of my old lunch pale was:

Chicago health officials issued a warning today about high levels of lead in children's vinyl lunch boxes, urging parents instead to use hard plastic boxes, reusable cloth bags or brown paper bags, CLTV reported.

The interior plastic linings for three of 23 soft vinyl containers recently tested by the Department of Public Health were found to contain lead levels 6 to 12 times greater than that allowed in children's products. Tests also detected some lead dust inside the containers, CLTV reported.

The legal limit for lead in kids' products is 600 parts per million (ppm), officials said. But the city found lead in concentrations of 7,700 ppm for a "Sub-Zero" lunch box, 4,500 ppm for a "Hello Kitty" lunch box, and 4,100 ppm for a "Spider-Man" lunch box.

I used to rock a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lunchbox. It was pretty sweet. In fact, my mom still has it in her room. She uses it to hold her sowing stuff. In conclusion, the lunchbox is in pretty good shpe.


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