According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, children’s clothing manufactured by Bentex has been recalled because of lead paint. According to Bentex, the clothing sets feature Disney characters and are sold at TJ Maxx, Ross, DD’s Discount, Burlington, Army and Air Force Exchange Service and other retail stores across the country.
They were also sold on Amazon between November 2021 and August 2022.
According to the CPSC, about 87,000 unit sets are being recalled as of November 23. Bentex produced several top and legging or short sets featuring nine different characters including Minnie Mouse and Baby Yoda. The designs are screen printed onto the fabric.
The sets contain lead levels that exceed either the federal lead paint ban or the federal lead content ban, which poses a risk of lead poisoning, the CPSC warns.
If ingested, lead causes adverse health problems. According to the World Health Organisation, high levels of exposure can attack the brain and central nervous system, causing coma, convulsions and even death. Low levels can cause injuries without obvious symptoms.
Children who experience lead poisoning may develop intellectual disabilities and behavioral disorders, which are thought to be irreversible, and experience anemia as well as toxicity to the reproductive organs and other health problems.
Lead was once commonly found in paint, but lead-based paint was banned in the US in 1978 for residential use. However, according to the CDC, homes built in the US before 1978 may still contain some lead-based paint.
Bentex said in an Instagram post that it is encouraging customers who have purchased the clothing to stop using the clothing immediately and contact the company. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to you and appreciate your understanding in this matter,” the company’s post said.
The Safety Commission also announced that a brand of sippy cups had been recalled on 23 November. Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Straw Bottles, Sippy Cups and “Sip & Straw” CupsThe base may break and expose the child to lead.
Both recalls come shortly after the release of a report about the recalled products by the US Public Interest Research Groups, a group of nonprofits that advocates for consumer protection. In several reported cases, the recalled toys are still available months, weeks or years after purchase, even after they were supposed to be removed from online sellers and stores.
“The high number of recalled products indicates not only that the CPSC is actively looking for unsafe products, but also that there are more dangerous products available for sale — including those recalled for lead,” Deve Gowda said. children’s products — a toxic substance that has been banned since the 1970s.” the assistant director of product safety for the nonprofit Kids in Danger said in a release about the report.
CBS News has reached out to Bentex and Green Sprouts for more information and awaits a response. According to the commission, refunds will be given to customers who buy these products from Green Sprouts and Bentex.