Recalls of Imported Crayons Because of Lead Poisoning Hazard

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Product

Crayons imported from China by the following companies:


"12 Jumbo Crayons", Concord Enterprises, Los Angeles, CA
"Safe 48 Non-Toxic I'm a Toys "R" Us Kid!  Crayons,"  Toys "R" Us, Paramus, NJ
"12 Crayons, Glory" and "18 Crayons That Paint, Conforms ASTM D-4236," Glory Stationary Manufacturing Company Limited, Los Angeles, CA.
"64 Crayons, School Quality, No. 8064, " A.J. Cohen Distributors,  Hauppauge, NY.
"64 Crayons, #CR 64-64 CT," Baum Imports, New York, NY.
"12 Super Jumbo Crayons," Dynamic Division of Agora International, St. Albans, NY.
"8 Crayons, No 5 CL 850," Dynamic Division of Agora International, St. Albans, NY.
"Fun Time 72 Crayons, No. B541," Overseas United, New York, NY.
"64 Crayons, Kidz Biz," Bargin Wholesale, Los Angeles, CA.
"64 Crayons, SKU#51-02600," Universal International, Minneapolis, MN.
"Feido, 12 Crayons, No. CC8812,"  Kipp Brothers Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
 

Problem

All of these crayons contain lead.  The first three (Concord, Toys "R" Us, and Glory) contain enough lead to present a lead poisoning hazard to young children who might eat or chew on the crayons.  While sources such as lead paint are major causes of lead poisoning, it is important to eliminate other contributors to lead poisoning, such as these crayons.  The other eight brands do not contain enough lead to increase the blood lead level above the threshold level for lead poisoning, assuming a typical scenario of a child chewing on small pieces of lead-containing crayons over a span of time.  However, CPSC is very concerned about these crayons because they add to  the overall "lead load" to children who may eat them. If a child ate an entire lead-containing crayon over the same span of time, the lead poisoning threshold for these crayons would be exceeded.

 

What To Do

Take the crayons away from children and discard them or, for most of the brands, take them back to the store for a refund.  The crayons sold by Bargin Wholesale and by Universal International are being recalled from the importers' retail chains.  Only buy crayons and other children's art materials that have this label:  "Conforms to ASTM D-4236" (or similar wording), which means that a toxicologist has reviewed the formula of the art material for chronic hazards.

 

For More Information

For the complete CPSC press release, telephone the Commission's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or write the CPSC at: Office of Information and Public Affairs, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.

 

Art Hazard News, Volume 17, No. 2, 1994

This article was originally printed for Art Hazard News, © copyright Center for Safety in the Arts 1994. It appears on nontoxicprint courtesy of the Health in the Arts Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, who have curated a collection of these articles from their archive which are still relevant to artists today.