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Study: Vinyl Lunchboxes May Be Toxic

Study: Vinyl Lunchboxes May Be Toxic

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(KSL News) -- Vinyl lunchboxes that kids frequently take to school may be toxic.

The Center for Environmental Health tested 100 different vinyl lunchboxes and found a third of them contained lead.

And 17- percent of those had levels higher than federal safety standards.

Scientists have linked high levels of lead in children to developmental disorders and other problems.

The good news is Environmental epidemiologist Ed Norman found that the dust levels -- the stuff that sloughs off the product and can get onto fingers and into mouths -- did not test high enough to cause severe lead poisoning with normal use.

Ed Norman, Environmental Epidemiologist: "That is the one semi- reassuring thing from the results they shared with us-they haven't at this point seen excessively high levels of dust lead on the surface of the product."

To see if your child's lunchbox was tested by the Center for Environmental Health, click on the link to the right.

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