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State health department warns of lead presence in recalled cups for toddlers

Stainless-steel cup
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The Mississippi State Department of Health is urging parents to dispose of a recently recalled product that could harm children.

On November 22, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled PandaEar children’s cups, a product sold on the popular online retailer Amazon, for the presence of lead.

The bottom exterior of the product contains an accessible solder bead with levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban.

In addition, the lid of the cup is susceptible to cracking and can break during use producing sharp edges and small parts, which pose choking and laceration hazards to children.

Lead is toxic to humans and can affect people of any age or health status. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, protecting children from exposure to the chemical element is particularly important because they are more susceptible to lead toxicity.

Most children have no obvious immediate symptoms. However, short-term exposure to lead could result in the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain/colic
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia

Consumers are instructed to immediately take the recalled cups away from children, stop using them, and contact PandaEar for a full refund.

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