Seems like Chinese imports are yet again under the gun, this time for dangerously high levels of lead found in children’s shoes!
Customs officers at the Port of Tacoma in Washington state recently seized some $2,300 worth of children's shoes which had reportedly been “tainted with lead” and headed for shoe stores all across America...
Customs and Border Protection officer Judy Staudt said that the shipment was “targeted for exam” and tested at 300 parts per million of lead, which is three times the legal limit in the United States.
Not surprisingly, many other items are a cause for concern say Customs Agents, who test all sorts of children's items from the Far East, because lead levels tend to be very high in Chinese-made products!
That concern for safety extends to products like pet food, drywall and even food items like honey and tea.
Agents use XRF Analyzers at the port to scan for other toxic pollutants besides lead, but they’re particularly concerned about lead content as exposure to the heavy metal harms brain development.
Lead is often found in Chinese products made of PVC plastic. But how can lead be detected in Chinese products by consumers who are afraid of its harmful effects?
Lead poisoning, especially in children, can be difficult to detect but symptoms can range from irritability to gastro intestinal problems such as constipation, abdominal pain, weight loss, as well as learning difficulties.
On the up side, this recent seizure is renewing efforts to trace for lead in Chinese-made products but with so much of what we consume today being produced in China, it’s difficult to avoid harmful products, which apparently do not have to meet stringent quality requirements in their country of manufacture!