Oregon Lead Poisoning
September 24, 2003
PORTLAND- Over 1.4 million toy necklaces were recalled after a child in Deschutes County contracted lead poisoning from the toy. The voluntary national recall was announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The medallions are round, measure 7/8 inch in diameter, and are grey in color with a symbol on one side. The recall announcement is available online at www.healthoregon.org/lead/alerts.com and includes photos of various versions of the medallion.
The child was hospitalized in August with lead poisoning after swallowing the lead medallion on a necklace purchased from a vending machine. The medallion was 39 percent lead, according to Michael Heuman, epidemiologist at the Oregon Department of Human Services. Later laboratory analyses of two similar medallions found 37 percent and 44 percent lead, respectively. Ingesting or breathing even small amounts of lead can be harmful, experts said. The danger is especially great for children because it can slow their growth and development.
“Parents should check their child’s toys at home for these
items,” Heuman said. “If you find one of these medallions,
discard it and wash your hands after handling.”
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