Yeah! What she says!

Yeah! What she says!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Cub Scouts And Lead Paint

While perusing the internet this weekend, my husband found an article that made me sick to my stomach. Here is the article:

DALLAS — The Boy Scouts of America said Thursday that a painted, plastic badge commonly worn by some of its youngest scouts is being voluntary recalled after a test revealed high levels of lead in the paint.

As many as 1.6 million of the badges, which are made in China, may be affected by the recall.

"We're doing everything we can," Boy Scouts spokesman Gregg Shields said.

The plastic totem badge is given to Cub Scouts, who are usually between the ages of 7 and 8. The badge has a yellow and blue border, includes a picture of a bear and wolf and reads "Progress Toward Ranks."

No illnesses have been reported, Shields said.

The unacceptable amounts of lead were discovered during a testing of Boy Scouts products, Shields said. He did not know the level of lead the test revealed.

The recall came the same day that the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of more than a half-million other Chinese-made products because they contain dangerous levels of lead.

The badges are supplied by Kahoot Products Inc., based in Roswell, Ga. The company is calling for a voluntary recall of the badge and asking parents to take them away from their children.

A phone message left with the company Thursday was not immediately returned.

Kahoot has supplied the badge to the Boy Scouts, based in Irving, Texas, for about eight years, Shields said. About 20,000 kits containing the badges have been sold each year since, he said.

The Boys Scouts are continuing to use Kahoot, which supplies 39 products to the organization. Shields said Kahoot has "acted responsibly in initiating this voluntary recall."

Shields said the badge was the first of 94 Boy Scouts products tested to come back positive for lead. More products are being tested, he said.

You see, Captain Dramatic is a cub scout, and he has been wearing this particular badge for a whole year. The worst part of the whole thing, is no one in our pack knew a thing about this recall. My husband sent the article he found to our Pack's Committee, and of course, our pack immediately had the boys turn theirs in, but why weren't those in our Pack notified? One of our leaders also asked after the article and recall at our local scout store, and they knew nothing as well. Not only that, but this is the first of 94 products? What are the other 93? Does this scare any body but me?

Should you feel the need, you can find the article here.


Bigsibling said...

This is very disturbing. I have been a huge support of the Boy Scouts, what they do and what they teach. The actions of the national scout council on this matter is incongruous to the Scout Oath that scouts are expected to live up to. The other thing that caught my attention is; why doesn't the Boy Scouts of America buy products that are made in America?

Ron Simpson said...

These products that keep coming back as having excessive lead levels are starting to make me think that China is doind this on purpose.