Lead Found In LunchboxesNaturally, this caught my attention. What cruel and uncaring corporation would knowingly produce lunchboxes that will have devastating effects on the little tykes that eat out of them? It has to be those Enron bastards!
(CBS) When 5-year-old Henry Smith sat down for his lunch at Berkeley's Monteverdi pre-school his mom was certain he was getting a healthy meal until she did a home test and found his Spiderman lunch box had lead in it, CBS News correspondent Sandra Hughes reports.
"I can't believe there might be lead in my kid's lunch box. After all we know about lead, why is that still being part of our products sold in the U.S.?" Silas asks. (link)
But then I sifted through the information being broadcast and the word "Berkeley" leaped out. Berkeley. Liberal paranoia-think. Delusion. Fear. Could there be something else going on here? But the report provided some startling facts.
Two in ten. Evil sunsabitchas.
The two moms found out about potential lead in children's soft vinyl lunch boxes after a local group called the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) did independent testing on the popular new lunch totes with faces of super heroes and pretty princesses. The group says two in 10 turned up positive for lead.
The Angela Anaconda lunch box has 90 times the federal limit for lead in painting on toys. "This one's the highest one," Micheal Green, CEH's executive director says.
But wait. Paint I understand. It can be injested. But a vinyl lunchbox? And this CEH. Is the Center for Environmental Health one of those whacked-out leftist groups that finds a "problem" with every product ever produced by mankind? The possibility exists.
So this turns out to be a non-story. More scaremongering from CBS. There are probably trace elements of arsenic in the lunchboxes too, but you'd have to eat two tons of lunchboxes before you'd notice the effects.
But, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency that regulates lead, ... recently did its own testing of vinyl lunch boxes.
"We found consistently less than one microgram of accessible lead in these vinyl lunch boxes. That is not a toxic level and it is a low level," safety commission spokeswoman Patti Davis says.
Interestingly, it was this same CBS News that broke that other famous "there's poison in our childrens' lunchboxes" "story" in 1989. That time the calamity of choice involved apples and a substance called Alar. Before that environmental disaster was proven to be a hoax, apples were being pulled from grocery store shelves, mothers in Berkeley were freaking out and locking their children in their bedrooms, a host of apple farmers was bankrupted, and Meryl Streep had her fifteen minutes of infamy.
All this came to mind as the lunchbox pandemic story ended. It took me less than a minute to take into account the sources of the information and the bizarre nature of the allegation. And to shake my head in disgust and disbelief. I turned the TV off and went to work.
Evil sunsabitchas is right.