U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Around 87,000 Disney-themed clothing sets were recalled after 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 play wear and layettes for babies and toddlers that are character-licensed.
According to the recall notice the garments that posed a risk of lead poisoning were distributed between August 2022 and November 2021. If lead is ingested by children, it can cause serious health problems.
The Bentex Group advises consumers to remove the items immediately from their children. They can then use the batch numbers or the neck label printed on the garment to check if it is part of the recall.
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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in May plans to reduce the lead content in fruit juices to help children avoid further exposure.
FDA proposed a draft action to lower this limit to 10ppb for apple juice and 20ppb all other 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.