Recent Large Recall of Toys Due to Lead Hazards
August 27, 2007
Concerned about the recent large recall of toys due to lead hazards, the Contra Costa Lead Poisoning Prevention Project (LPPP) has set up drop-off sites where parents can safely dispose of the recalled toys at its office and at Contra Costa County Supervisors' offices throughout the county.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for a large group of Fisher-Price & Mattel toys on 8-2-07 because of a lead paint hazard, and there continues to be additional recalls. Lead poses a serious health risk, especially to young children. Since lead can leach into the ground, it is important the toys be properly disposed of. The recalled toys should either be returned to the toy company following recall instructions or taken to the drop off sites.
When & Where
Most drop-off sites are open during business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Fri.):
Contra Costa Lead Poisoning Prevention Project
597 Center Ave., Martinez, 1-866-349-5323.
District 1 Supervisor John Gioia
11780 San Pablo Ave., Suite D, El Cerrito, 510-374-3231
District 3 Supervisor Mary Piepho
309 Diablo Road, Danville, 925-820-8683
1200 Central Blvd., Suite B, Brentwood, 925-240-7260
District 4 Supervisor Susan Bonilla
2151 Salvio St., Suite R, Concord, 925-521-7100
District 5 Supervisor Federal Glover
315 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg, 925-427-8138
For more information on the recall and pictures of the recalled toys, the drop off sites or lead poisoning prevention and testing for lead exposure, visit the Contra Costa Health Services at www.cchealth.org/topics/lead_poison) or call 1-866-349-5323.
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- Joanne Genet