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Lead in Lunchboxes
An Oakland group found lead in 27 soft vinyl lunchboxes in a recent study, a quarter of the products tested. The lead was on the surface of the plastic, where it could easily leach onto children's hands or food. Lead poisoning can cause behavorial and developmental problems in children, and no amount is considered safe. Parents can get lead test kits for around $3 online or in hardware stores.
LA Times has details.