State: Kids’ toys recalled

CHICAGO—Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in alerting consumers about two recent recalls of children’s costume jewelry products that were found to contain high levels of lead.

Madigan announced that approximately 145,000 Disney Princess Bracelet Keyrings and 455,000 Dollar General Necklace and Earring Sets have been voluntarily recalled. The bracelet keyrings were being sold at various retailers nationwide, including Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and the necklace and earring sets were being sold at Dollar General stores nationwide.

Madigan said consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately, and contact the product distributors for a refund. For the Disney Princess Bracelet Keyrings, consumers should contact Monogram International at 1-800-736-1941. For the Dollar General Necklace and Earring Sets, consumers should contact Dollar General at 1-800-678-9258.

“It is crucial that children’s products containing dangerous amounts of lead be taken off the shelves and out of the hands of young children,” Madigan said.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood lead poisoning is considered to be the most preventable environmental disease impacting young children. While children are most commonly exposed to lead from lead-based paint in older homes, tainted toys, food, water or other items also can be significant sources of lead exposure for children ages 6 and younger.

Earlier this summer, new amendments to the Children’s Product Safety Act were signed into law to help consumers in Illinois by requiring manufacturers and retail merchants to post recall notices both in their stores and on their Web sites. The recall notification process is further strengthened by requiring manufacturers and retail merchants to alert, by e-mail or mail, Illinois consumers who purchased recalled children’s products online. Illinois is the first state to enact such comprehensive child safety notification measures.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Web site also provides a direct link to, where citizens can find up-to-date recall information about past and current recalls.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, issue

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