lbr/ter 3/10/09

Which one of these toys is poisonous?

One of the toys below tested 5000 ppm (five thousand parts per million!) lead, the other tested “0 ppm” - not even a trace of lead.  Can you guess which one is which?  The new CSPCIA guideline mandates that toys need to be under 600 ppm lead to be considered safe for children. Other agencies recommend children’s items should not test higher than 40 ppm lead.

At the end of February I was loaned a Niton XL3T XRF analyzer from ThermoScientific to test toys and household items for lead.  I tested and photographed over 300 items and will post the results here by March 17th.  Please check back on March 17th to see the (shocking!) results.  Thank you!

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This set of green Fisher Price poppit beads is from my children’s toy box.  It was purchased sometime in the last 6 years. It seems to be identical to the yellow one above.  These (the green ones) are the toy that tested zero ppm lead. These have the words “Fisher Price Toys Mexico” imprinted on them.