October 25, 2007 / 4:48 PM / 13 years ago

US recalls more China-made products for lead in paint

(Recasts, adds Dollar Tree recalls, list of recalls)

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) - A slew of products made in China ranging from children’s jewelry to cake decorations were recalled on Thursday because they contain excessive amounts of lead.

The recall of roughly 665,000 items announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) includes about 38,000 Go Diego Go Animal Rescue Boats from Mattel Inc’s MAT.N Fisher-Price division.

The boats were sold at retail stores nationwide from June through October, and the CPSC said surface paint contains excessive levels of lead.

Also recalled were about 142,000 Halloween pails sold at Family Dollar Stores Inc FDO.N from August through October. The CPSC said green paint on the pails contains amounts of lead that violate U.S. standards for lead paint.

More than 20 million toys made in China were recalled worldwide over the past four months due to potentially dangerous levels of lead and hazards posed by small magnets that can be swallowed.

Retailers and manufactures have stepped up product testing, which some companies have said should result in more recalls as they try to clear problematic items off shelves and out of warehouses.

Dollar Tree Stores Inc (DLTR.O) is recalling about 198,000 units of Beary Cute, Expressions, and Sassy & Chic children’s jewelry with item numbers 855589, 873091, 873097, and 903950.

The jewelry, which the CPSC said contains high levels of lead, was sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks and Only $1 stores from December 2005 through July.

High levels of lead have been linked to brain damage in children and other health problems.

Here is a list of other product recalls announced on Thursday by the CPSC:

— DecoPac Inc is recalling about 80,000 plastic miniature football bobble heads with green bases that were sold to be placed on cakes because of too much lead in paint on the decoration. The items were sold at bakeries and ice cream stores from January 2006 through October.

— Jo-Ann Stores Inc JAS.N is expanding the recall of children’s toy garden tools because of excessive lead in surface paint. The products were sold at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores from January through September.

— WeGlow International is recalling about 110,000 children’s flashing rings sold in Shrek the Third and Spider-Man 3 designs. The rings have item number 920422 printed on back of the packaging and were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks and Only $1 stores nationwide from December 2005 through August. (Reporting by Nicole Maestri, editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Toni Reinhold)

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