Schneiderman warns of lead-contaminated children's product

Apr 22, 2016

A children's jewelry-making kit sold by some retailers in the Buffalo area contains high levels of lead.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the Cra-Z-Art kits, manufactured by LaRose Industries, have lead levels up to ten times greater than federal child safety limits. The kits are sold at K-Mart, Target and Toys 'R Us stores in Buffalo and elsewhere in the state.

At a news conference in Rochester Friday, Schneiderman said the kits need to be immediately removed from store shelves.

“Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers all have a responsibility to ensure that products intended for use by children are safe,” Schneiderman said. “My office’s discovery of children’s products containing high-levels of lead for sale on store shelves in New York points to an alarming breach in the safety net that is supposed to protect our kids from dangerous chemicals.

"We've written the retailers...calling on them to stop selling the products immediately... and to issue recall orders."

Schneiderman says the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is launching an investigation that could lead to a national recall of the products.