Fidget spinners sold at Target contain lead, advocacy group says

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The CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys.

According to CBS, the US Public Interest Research Group found that certain fidget spinners have an extremely high lead count, way more than the allotted amount that is set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

However, the Fidget Wild Premium spinner being sold contains 33,000 parts per million.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, lead's toxicity resulted in its ban in household paints and products marketed to children in 1978.

The spinners are distributed by Bulls i Toy.

Target's website said initially that the specific spinner wasn't available in stores within 100 miles of Cleveland, but Cleveland 19 checked that and went to two stores - not finding one at the first, but finding the spinner in question at the second store. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, meanwhile, contained 1,300 ppm of lead in the center circle, and 520 ppm in its arm.

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Lead poisoning is most risky for young children.

Further, Target spokeperson Lee Henderson leans on the CPSC's classification of fidget spinners as "general use products" rather than "toys".

You may want to consider putting the fidget spinner down. "The two fidget spinners cited in their letter are clearly marked on the package as 'appropriate for customers ages 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", the statement continued. "The buck has to stop with someone". Excess levels of lead can result in brain and nervous system ailments, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure, weakness, headaches and muscle problems in adults. Now is the time for it to stand up for consumers.

When USPIRG notified Target about the lead levels it detected, the retailer said it wouldn't take the spinners off the shelves. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said national lead expert Helen Binns, MD, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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