Certain fidget spinners found to have high amounts of lead

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels               Tamara Rubin

Tamara Rubin tests a fidget spinner for lead levels Tamara Rubin

The report found the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested at 33,000 parts per million for lead, while the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million.

PIRG has listed the two spinners on their website as unsafe and has even started a petition to get the toys removed from stores.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group tested the "Fidget Wild Premium Spinner" and found the brass version contains up to 300 times the lead allowed in children's toys.

Due to its harmful effects on child development, federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 ppm of total lead content. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards".

However, after Target and the manufacturer were provided the results of US PIRG's findings, they decided not to pull the toys from their shelves or from their website.

USPIRG said it wasn't aware of any reported cases of lead poisoning that can definitively be traced to fidget spinners, but the Centers for Disease Control says there's no such thing as a safe level of lead.

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However, according to Target (tgt), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the spinners' distributors-a company called Bulls i Toy-the spinners aren't toys.

"Safety is one of our top priorities", said a Bulls i Toy spokesperson in an email to the Washington Post. "Framed as a toy, the fidget spinner is also a great stress-relief tool", the online description reads.

Lead-based paint, old toys, imported ceramics, alternative medicines and spices were the major culprits of the 1,200 reported cases of elevated lead levels in Minnesota past year.

"Saying fidget spinners aren't toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you", said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxic director at PIRG. The group says parents should check for the age recommendation on the package - anything for children under 12 are subject to a range of tests, including for lead. A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.

Mary Stringini is a digital reporter for ABC Action News.

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