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Hundreds of thousands of company-used promotional ducks recalled due to phthalate and lead issues

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Last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of approximately 600,000 stuffed ducks used by an insurance company to promote its business. The ducks, imported from China, were distributed by the company and authorized agents to consumers as promotional items from February 2009 to March 2021.


According to the recall notice:


The components of the recalled promotional ducks contain levels of certain phthalates that exceed the federal phthalate content standard. A component of the promotional fishing duck also contains a level of lead that exceeds the federal standard for lead content. Phthalates and lead are toxic if ingested by young children and can cause health problems.


“Exposure to high levels of lead or phthalates is a concern for everyone, but this is especially true for children,” said Joe Frasca, senior vice president of marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The Exposure to lead can cause lead poisoning and while the health effects of various exposures to phthalates are not completely understood, some are strongly suspected to be endocrine disruptors. Federal regulations restrict their use in certain items. childcare products and toys, as children can easily be exposed to these chemicals by handling and chewing items containing them.


EMSL Analytical, Inc. scientists are dedicated to helping manufacturers, importers, retailers, regulators, and health advocates across North America test for phthalates, lead, and other controlled substances. Their product testing services protect consumers and can also be essential in helping businesses comply with health and safety regulations to avoid these types of costly product recalls.


To learn more about phthalates, lead or other consumer products, environmental, health or safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220 -3675 or email [email protected]


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.


EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories in the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized provider specializing in rapid laboratory results for mold, bacteria, legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, anthrax and ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environment, industrial hygiene, radiological products, food, beverage and consumer products, and materials testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL is at the service of professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulatory agencies, including but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and several other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete list of accreditations. Additionally, EMSL offers a wide range of sampling equipment and survey products for environmental professionals.

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