Walmart and Target have taken several children's products off their shelves nationwide after testing by an environmental advocacy group found they contained high levels of lead.
Target pulled two toddler chairs and Walmart stopped selling bean bag chairs, foam beads and boxing gloves after the California-based Center for Environmental Health released test results on the products which showed levels of lead higher than allowed by federal law. At first, Walmart removed the items from its California stores, but a day later pulled the items from all its stores and web site.
According to the Center for Environmental Health's hired testing, the Walmart products had high lead levels that ranged from 3-plus times to more than 45 times the legal limit.
Walmart sent the following statement to Consumer Ally in reference to the environmental group's tests:
"We're concerned with the Center for Environmental Health's findings and are taking this very seriously. Out of an abundance of caution, we are removing the foam beads and boxing gloves from stores nationwide. We have passing test results from Consumer Product Safety Commission accredited labs for these items and will continue to investigate this matter.
"We know product safety is important to our customers-and it's important to us too. We have comprehensive testing standards in place and are committed to only selling products that meet those standards."
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