gum ball machine trinket safety

United States
August 3, 2012 3:34pm CST
Remember a few years back when it was all over the news about the levels of lead found in jewelry you'd get from gum ball type machines at the store. Well my 6yo blew a bird in the store today declaring she had to put a coin in one of the machines. So I got the joy of a temper tantrum out to the car. Now of the machines at the store they still had ones with the lil jewelry trinkets. Are these now considered safe that they are still selling the trinkets? Or are they still questionable?
2 responses
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
6 Aug 12
Honestly I have to say that it is something that I really don't know the answer to. I would assume that by now they would be considered to be safe as there were a lot of different kinds of toys and trinkets that were recalled due to the high levels of lead in them that are again available today. The thing that would really leave a little bit of question in my mind is the fact that when it comes to things that are purchased from vending machines, you don't honestly know how long those things have been sitting in the vending machines.
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• United States
10 Aug 12
One truly has no idea on what anything is made of as it is, let alone an unmarked lil plastic ball that may or may not say "made in china" on it.
• United States
5 Aug 12
I would consider them to be questionable. The fact is, all of those little trinkets are made in China. Consider this, many lipsticks that are on the market in the U.S. contain lead. This is a product that women ingest on a routine basis. Over a lifetime, the average woman will ingest somewhere between four and 9 pounds of lipstick. Also, consider that artificial coloring has negative effects on health. However, food products actively marketed to children generally contain artificial coloring. The fact is, money is more important to most companies than the health of the people buying the products. If that weren't the case, companies that make processed food would spend the extra few pennies and use iodized salt in their products.
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• United States
10 Aug 12
Very true! I wish we had the European standards here as they are more strict. Sadly it seems as long as lobbying is allowed, things like this will stay under societies radar. As money talks and morals walk!