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Fidget spinners pose danger with high lead levels, consumer group says

Fidget spinners pose danger with high lead levels, consumer group says

If you're planning to gift a fidget spinner this holiday season, take heed - the US Public Interest Research Group has found dangerously high levels of lead in some spinners sold at Target.

Lab results showed that two fidget spinners now sold at Target contained extremely high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million. The center circle of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, the group said.

Lead poisoning is most risky for young children. A CBS News report details results from a consumer advocacy group who tested the devices (after catching wind of a potential issue from the Lead Safe Mama Facebook page).

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", said Dr. Helen Binns, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in the PIRG news release.

PIRG Education Fund provided photos of the fidget spinners alongside Star Wars and My Little Pony toys as evidence that while they may be labeled "14-plus", they are sold alongside children's toys in stores. The CPSC, Target and Bulls i Toy need to acknowledge the obvious - that all fidget spinners are toys. The Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass is also being sold on Target's website.

A spokesman for Bulls-I-Toy sent a statement to the Post-Dispatch saying "Safety is one of our top priorities".

Exposure to children is damaging because it can impact development, and any amount of lead in a child's blood is unsafe. "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards".

Fidget spinners are supposed to be calming and fun, especially for students struggling to focus.

He went on to say that Target has received the lead testing results.

U.S. PIRG publishes an annual report on toy safety, which has led to more than 150 product recalls and regulatory actions over the past 30 years.

Target did not immediately respond to request for comment.

"Target's VP of corporate responsibility told BI that the two fidget spinners are ".clearly marked on the package "appropriate for customer's 14 and older" and are not marketed to children".