In an effort to promote healthy eating habits among children in California, the California State government distributed about 56,000 lunch boxes. Like everyone else, they wanted to save some money, and so they purchased the lunch boxes from China.
The lunch boxes contain unsafe levels of lead, which can cause brain damage if ingested by young children or over long-term exposure.
We (as in the people) only just learned about this recall today, yet the lead testing was done in July and proved that the boxes did contain lead in several parts, including the logo and lining.
An investigation in February by the Associated Press found that the government has been testing children’s lunchboxes and found that many of them DID contain lead. Nearly all of them were made in China.
These recalled lunch boxes were green canvas and imported from China by T-A Creations of Los Angeles.
China and the United States have agreed to keep lead out of toys imported into the US. Read more about it here.