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Cribs Recalled after Child Is Poisoned by Lead Paint

Annys Shin

If you haven't noticed, I've taken a hiatus to help cover the economic crisis but will sometimes resurface here when news warrants.

What has lured me back today is a recall of 3,000 "Newport" cribs and 6,000 matching furniture pieces made by Munire Furniture of Piscataway, N.J. for having lead paint in excess of federal limits.

The paint in question was a red paint underneath a darker top coating--still accessible of course, especially by teething babes and toddlers who like to gnaw on the rails.

The cribs cost about $600 a pop and the matching furniture had price tags between $700 to $1000. They were sold between April 2006 and November 2008 in specialty children's furniture stores.

The company says it has received one report of a child having ingested lead and being diagnosed with lead poisoning.

What I found interesting is that the Munire site contains the following statement:

You can have peace of mind that all Muniré products are coated with finishes that are in compliance with Federal Regulation 16CFR1303 for lead content and have been certified as such by Intertek, a testing laboratory recognized by both the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Consumer Products Safety Commission. In addition, we meet or exceed every federal safety standard and are approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).

So how did they all miss the lead paint, then? I'd be curious to know how many samples were tested, how those samples were chosen, and more about who wielded the lead paint brush.

Independent testing and certification are also a big part of the new product safety law.
In fact, the CPSC is collecting comments right now on the matter

Go to www.cpsc.gov for more info on the recall. You can read the request for comments here.
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By Annys Shin |  December 23, 2008; 4:30 PM ET Annys Shin
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oh, how can our consumers detect this poisonous appliance, food, clothes. we appeal govement service like JPMA, FDA to guide them for us in time, you are the most people we can trust.

Posted by: peaceglobe | December 29, 2008 1:07 AM

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