U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Around 87,000 Disney-themed children’s clothing sets were recalled after the textile ink used for printing the items contained levels of lead exceeding federal limits.
The toxic chemical was found on nine kid-friendly designs that were distributed by the Bentex Group to stores nationwide like T.J. Maxx, DD’s/Ross, Burlington, Army & Air Force Exchange Service, and online through Amazon. The companies in the coalition produce playwear for girls and babies that is character-licensed.
The recall notice states that the garments that were a danger to lead poisoning were distributed between November 2021 – August 2022. Young children can get adverse health effects from lead poisoning if they ingest it.
The Bentex Group advises customers to immediately remove the items from their children.
The brand will refund the full price of any item that poses a danger to the consumer if the product is found to be unsafe.
The brand issued a public apology and asked consumers to check if their items were affected.
In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans for lowering the level of lead in fruit juices. This is in the hope of further reducing the danger to children.
FDA released a draft that would lower the limit to 10ppb in apple juice, and 20ppb for all juices. According to the FDA, this change would reduce lead exposure in children by 46 percent from apple juice and 19% from all other juices.