Thousands of Toddler Cups, Bottles Recalled Over Poisoning Risk

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Stainless Steel Sip & Straw Cup Bottle – Photo credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

In order to prevent lead poisoning hazards, Green Sprouts, a manufacturer of reusable baby goods, is recalling its stainless-steel cups and bottles for toddlers.

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) disclosed this in a statement via its official website.

The recall applies to the Green Sprouts 6-ounce Stainless Steel Sippy Cup, Sip & Straw Cup and its 8-ounce Stainless Steel Straw Bottle.

Following the discovery that the bottles and sippy cups contained lead, Green Sprouts said it voluntarily recalled all of its goods. When children consume lead, a dangerous metal, they risk poisoning.

Lead is a naturally occurring metal that is abundantly found throughout the earth. It has been used in a wide variety of products including gasoline, paint, plumbing pipes, ceramics, solders, batteries and even cosmetics. It remains a significant public health concern because of persistent lead hazards in the environment.

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Despite progress in reducing lead exposure in different communities, elevated blood lead levels remain an issue for children, particularly those living in poorer areas.

According to the CPSC, the items’ bottom base has a chance of breaking off, exposing a lead-filled solder dot.

No injuries have been recorded, agency said, despite receiving complaints of seven cases in which the base detached and exposed the solder dot.

“Testing of this component was omitted by the CPSC-approved third party lab because this part of the product is inaccessible under normal use. As we approach the redesign of these products, whose benefits for keeping drinks cold safely have made them a popular choice for parents, we will ensure that lead is not used as a soldering material,” the company said on its website.

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According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, lead is dangerous to people of all ages, but young children are more vulnerable to the metal’s effects. Learning problems and developmental delays are only two of the harmful health impacts that lead exposure in children may bring about.

The tracking codes written at the bottom of the recalled goods are:  35719V06985, 29218V06985, and 33020V06985. The company stated that they were sold between January 2020 and September 2022.

 

 

 

 

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