Monday, April 6

Sometimes Common Sense Evades the Feds

Take a look at this article which I found thanks to this post by Shelby. Does anyone have any comments about this?

Some of the lines from this article are:

"As part of a sweeping federal measure to rid American homes of toys tainted with poisonous levels of lead, the commission is raising concerns over unsafe lead levels in books printed before 1986." Books, what do they think children do with books, eat them?

"The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told The Associated Press that lead-based ink in books poses little danger to children, rating the risk, on a scale of 1 to 10, as 0.5." Okay so a risk of 0.5 shouldn't even register on the scale of "bad" in my mind!

"That's because little Suzie would have to swallow the pages whole, lots of them, to actually expose her body to the relatively small amounts of lead there. Heard of any widespread problems with kids all too literally digesting their copies of Grimms Fairy Tales?" now that just makes me laugh!

and this one about sums up my thoughts:

"Books aren't the problem. Lead-based paint in toys is. The fact that product safety officials can't tell the difference may be the real worry here."

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At 08 April, 2009 13:09, Blogger Shelby said...

the whole thing is just so absurd I can hardly believe it - yet it is apparantly actually happening. Somobody(s) have too much time on their hands.

I'm glad you linked to this too. take care .. and happy wednesday. :)


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