Target's Fidget Spinners Could Be Poisoning Kids

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PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores.

A consumer advocacy group said they found fidget spinners sold at Target contained more than 300 times the lead levels allowed in children's toys. Laboratory tests performed last month showed that the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass contained 33,000 ppm of lead in its center circle, and 22,000 ppm in its arm, according to U.S. PIRG.

But, this particular fidget spinner, isn't technically a toy.

Currently, the toxic fidget spinners are still available both in toy aisles at Target stores and on its website.

CBS News reported Thursday that Tamara Rubin, a Portland, Oregon, mother who runs the Lead-Safe Mama Facebook page, tests products that parents send to her, including lots of fidget spinners.

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The two brands of fidget spinners identified by USPIRG were the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal.

In this photo illustration, a man spins a fidget spinner. The group says parents should check for the age recommendation on the package - anything for children under 12 are subject to a range of tests, including for lead. New research shows they can also be risky. Children products must not contain more than 100 parts per million (ppm) of total lead in "accessible parts", according to federal requirements.

Exposure to high levels of lead can cause developmental problems in children, organ damage and other long-term health issues. "CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission", Kara Cook-Schultz, the nonprofit's toxics director, said in a statement.

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said national lead expert Helen Binns, MD, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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