Government OK'd lead-laden lunchboxes!

United States
February 18, 2007 1:42pm CST
One of the top stories on CNN ( link below) discusses how a government agency, The Consumer Product Safety Commission, told the public "they found no instances of hazerdous levels" when in actuality tests demonstrated that one in five vinyl lunchboxes tested had levels of lead considered unsafe and some had 10 times the unsafe level! These are lunchboxes used by school children! What do you think?!
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@shywolf (4523)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Wow, that's pretty scary. It makes me glad that I don't have any children with school lunchboxes. I would definitely throw those out if i found out that they had a higher level of lead in them than was acceptable, even if the government is considering it to be 'safe'. To me, it doesn't sound safe at all. But then, i am the type that also thinks that we are slowly poisioning ourselves with a lot of things that we use everyday that are filled with chemicals, including (more and more by the year) our food... and my body is very sensitive to all kinds of things, including some chemicals that really set me off. So I guess that I am just more sensitive to issues like this when I hear about them.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I am so glad you posted so soon, thank you! I forgot to put the link in the original post. I'll put it here under yours and hope that those interested can find it! I so wish we had an edit button! Link to article: http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/02/18/lunchbox.lead.ap/index.html
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19 Feb 07
Nearly everything we cosume is wrapped in some sort of plastic. It wasn't like this when we were kids. I remember I has a satchel, not a plastic lunchbox. I also read that we should not keep refilling plastic water bottles. Supposedly everytime we do it breaks down the plastic and we are taking in more toxins. It does make me wonder sometimes why so many of us are getting more allergies and illnesses with the amount of toxins flying around!!!
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I just recently read this too about the water bottles. It is really scary all the ways that we are poisioning our bodies.
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• Ireland
19 Feb 07
That's just charming!!! They do that sort of thing, and then they have the nerve to call people 'paranoid' or 'conspiracy nutters' when they don't trust the government! It's no wonder everyone is so confused about vaccines and the MMR etc. and stuff like that - how are the public supposed to know what to believe if the government blatantly lies about things like this?!
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@villageanne (8555)
• United States
18 Feb 07
The government is not looking out for the safety of the people which they represent. They never have. I dont trust the government when it comes to any safety decision. We as parents must look out for the safety of our children because, lets face it, nobody else will. This article just proves that we are on our own. It is not just things like this but also the things that they have approved to be used on vegetables and in our food. It is not right at all but now at least we all are alert to this problem.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
23 Feb 07
It amazes me they will let that go through but they harp on other things that may be dangerous. Talk about being hypocrits. I'm really glad now that my neice either brown bags it or buys at school. I think we still have some bags here and they just might end up in the trash.
• United States
19 Feb 07
WOW! My son has 3 of these lunch boxes! It seems like just about everything is considered bad for us. Makes ya wonder, what IS safe?
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Now that's downright scary! I would think any amount of lead would be unacceptable, especially in something for children, and something that food goes into. That's disgusting, they are supposed to keep watch on unsafe products and they let something like this happen.
@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
19 Feb 07
That is just awful. I have always been suspicious of using plastic to store food and never assume that just because plastic and vinyl is sold for a particular purpose, that it is safe to use for that purpose. I have switched to glass containers for everything now. I don't care if they're heavier.
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Wow, this makes fast food look healthy. I use one for work and I throw fruit and stuff in there, I would that not much lead would be absorbed. But it certainly does not seem right, not since we know about the dangers of lead. But I guess in my case the brain damage has already occured.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
1 Mar 07
I'll bet every polititians child has one too! (sarcasm) What is up with that anyway. Must be a friend of a senator who got that contract.