Health Canada issues recall of lead-tainted pencils

The Windsor Star

Published: Saturday, September 01, 2007

Health Canada and Amscan Canada announced Saturday the voluntary recall of 140,000 units of Favor Set brand pencils due to a high lead level found in the coating of the pencils. The pencils were manufactured in China.

These pencils should immediately be taken away from children, as sucking or chewing on a such lead-tainted pencils can cause adverse health effects, especially in young children. There is no risk of lead exposure from holding a pencil with a coating that contains lead.

In its news release, Health Canada did not identify the level of lead contained in the coating other than to say it is "high."

Under the Hazardous Products Act, pencils with more than 600 mg/kg of lead in the applied coating are prohibited from being sold, imported or advertised in Canada.

To date, Health Canada says it has not received any reports of incidents or injuries from use of these pencils.

If you suspect lead poisoning, contact your family physician who can order a blood test to measure a child's blood lead level.

For more information, contact your nearest Health Canada Product Safety office by phone at 1-888-662-0666 (toll-free) or email at cps-spc@hc-sc.gc.ca .

Amscan Canada advises that pencils that have already been purchased should be returned to the following address for a refund:

Amscan Canada

60 Lindsay Avenue

Dorval, Quebec

H9P 2T8

Phone 1-800-363-6662

The recalled sets include:

275034 Prehistoric Party Favor Set

275049 Keep on Truckin Favor Set

277037 Championship Baseball Favor Set

277042 Championship Soccer Favor Set

277721 Championship Basketball Favor Set

277751 Championship Football Favor Set

278128 Camouflage Favor Set

278222 Pirate Party Favor Set

279756 Hearts & Flowers Favor Set

279760 Unicorn Magic Favor Set

279763 Frogs & Lizards Favor Set

279765 Princess Favor Set

279766 Shimmering Butterfly Favor Set

279780 Underwater Friends Favor Set

279781 Safari Party Favor Set

349949 Glitzy Girl Favor Set

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