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Thursday August 16, 2007
Amid all the corporate apologies and federal calls for action in the toy recalls of the last few weeks, the message to parents left two crucial questions unanswered: Just how dangerous is lead paint in toys, and what exactly should parents be doing about it?

"I would strongly recommend that parents take this recall very seriously. Why? Because there is no safe level of lead in young children," said Dr. John Rosen, a lead poisoning specialist at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.

Federal officials have promised a crackdown."There is absolutely no excuse for lead to be found on toys entering this country -- it is totally unacceptable," said Nancy Nord, the acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety organization.

"Sources of excessive lead exposure in young children are preventable, totally preventable and inexcusable," Rosen said. "These products should have never been on toy shelves for parents in this country to have the possibility of ever purchasing in their lives."

Bob Eckert, the CEO of Mattel, spent much of yesterday explaining that Mattel issued the recall because they understood the seriousness of the situation. He said the company was determined to fix the problem of dangerous parts and paint finding their way into Mattel's production lines in the Chinese factories where all the recalled toys were fabricated Source...

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