Lead found in re-usable cloth grocery bags

Katherine - posted on 11/15/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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There was lead found in cloth grocery bags, because, guess what? They're made in China. Where there are no FDA regulations. Thought I would share with everyone. The paint can wear and cause lead poisoning after several uses. This includes, CVS brands, Walgreens, Kroger, any bags you have gotten.



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Sorry--the source for the lead in the vinyl with the kid's Jumpy Castles is: "Bottom Line" the December 1, 2010 issue. It says:
"Inflatable bounce houses have high levels of lead. In lab tests by a California advocacy group, the vinyl used to make hte houses, commonly used at children's parties, was found to contain more than 70 times the federal limit for lead in children's products. Self defense: Be sure that children wash their hands and faces with soap and water after using bounce houses to avoid getting lead in their mouths. Just using sanitizer won't get rid of the lead. Once you get home, have children change clothes and then put hte clothes right into the washer." Study by the Center for Environmental Health www.ceh.org

Dana - posted on 11/28/2010

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You can buy lead testers at Home Depot if you need to make sure for your safety as welll as your family especially kids.

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I also just read today that the vinyl on Jumpy Houses and Jumpy Castles have lead in the vinyl. The recommendation listed to wash kid's clothes immediately after a jumping fest and then have them shower. To read more about finding safe products and avoiding unnecessary harmful exposures, take some time to read info at www.EWG.org The Environmental Working Group is a third party non-profit organization. They are an incredible resource. Also check out SafeCosmetics.org to see how your personal products rate on a safety level. If your shampoo or lipstick show up as RED or High Hazard, then don't use them anymore! SafeCosmetics.org is part of EWG. Great info!

Debbie - posted on 11/30/2010

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That is why we must stop buying China made products and bring jobs back to the USA we may pay more but we will be paying higher wages to our own citizens, paying taxes where we live to get our cities back up and running. Unemployment is so high because there are no good manufacturing jobs left here in the USA who can support a family at walmart wages, or fast food joint thatwhy we now need 2 or 3 jobs or give up and go on welfare. but with no jobs welfare will run out also.

Kat - posted on 11/28/2010

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Oh my Gosh, thanks for posting this! Of course, we should have splurged on the organic cotton totes. Of course you can't trust anything in conventional stores. Is there no oversight at all for American consumers? The FDA is absolutely useless.

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Sneaky - posted on 12/09/2010

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If anyone is interested in the Australian situation I can post the email I got from the Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health at the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association - Aussie version of the FDA). I won't post it now because basically it is two pages of their classification process for products but basically comes to the conclusion: "This means that paints containing lead are restricted in Australia, but if an article is painted with lead paint overseas, and it is the article that is latter supplied in Australia, then scheduling (e.g. adherence to Australian standards) would apply to the article, not to the paint used on the article".

Sigh, I am wondering if I should just throw all my bags out now and make my own?

Tammy - posted on 12/09/2010

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@Marina Gallegos, I have been trying to find affordable cloth bags.. no luck, any suggestions? I don't want to spend $20/bag... looking for something less than $3/bag...

Kathleen - posted on 11/28/2010

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I have been sewing my own bags. I can make them bigger or smaller depending on what I want to use them for. Might go check the ones I did buy to see where they come from. Who wants to bet they were NOT made in Australia?

Leslie - posted on 11/27/2010

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My 19 month old son has been testing high for lead since his 12-month bday so I've become pretty knowlegable about sources but didn't know this one. It's everywhere, phone/computer/electrical cords, plastic window blinds, dishes (made for kids), lunchbox liners. Can't be too careful.

Tiffanie - posted on 11/27/2010

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Tammy, Thanks for posting that news article about the Publix bags. I will bring it to work on Monday!

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Shop on-line, there are many items made in US, but you need to get direct from factory. Some you can request a catalog. Or make it yourself, then you know what is in it. Sewing is making a comeback!

Fern - posted on 11/27/2010

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Okay I am really confused. How would the lead get into your food? Do you eat off the bags? Does your food actually touch the bag? My food is all in its own bags and boxes and does not come into direct contact with the bags, so I am not sure what the danger is!

Plus there are bags made here in the US that do NOT contain lead. You must do your research if you want to know which bags have lead and which ones do not.

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Oh yeah, also, we as Americans pay to have Fluoride added our water which the FDA recently announced causes cancer (even thought they've known about the studies that proved it for three years!). We then use that water to shower and water our lawns then spend more money buying water filters so we can drink the water Fluoride free...

Celeste - posted on 11/27/2010

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Ya try and be "environmentally concious" and that' s what we get. Hmmm, made in America anyone?

Shannon - posted on 11/27/2010

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My advice is to be mindful of what you are buying. China is not the only country creating products that are harmful to us. The FDA approves questionable products all the time just to have them recalled when people get sick or hurt.
Consuming paper bags in abundance isn't necessarily the best choice for the environment. Even though they are biodegradable, they require the unsustainable consumption of trees.
Try looking for bags made of cotton or other natural fibers like hemp...or even things made of post consumer recycled materials.

Sue - posted on 11/26/2010

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I think the rip-stop fabric idea is great. Also, I'll bet cute bags could be made from old jeans, too. I also think any company who has non-toxic bags should advertise that fact. I live in Utah, so there are no Publix markets here, but I would be interested to know which other stores have non toxic bags.

Tiffanie - posted on 11/26/2010

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I work for Publix Supermarkets and they sent out a letter to our stores stating that all bags sold at our stores are compliant with gov't. regulations concerning lead and other chemicals. It also states that they performed their own individual testing on the bags to be sure.....just FYI :)



PS - Someone else posted below that these bags were included so I will talk to my Store Manager about it on Monday....sorry for any misinformation.

Michelle - posted on 11/26/2010

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I use the reusable bags called, Baggu. They are 100% ripstop nylon and are machine washable. They are solid color with no writing or pictures on them. I get them from amazon or endless but you can also buy them from Baggu's own site. They fold up small to keep in your purse.

Sue - posted on 11/26/2010

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Since I don't have any little kids, I guess it doesn't bother me personally, but I hate, hate, hate that all of the toys for my grandkids are made in China. It's so stupid that our country doesn't make any toys anymore. I know that there are a few companies, but not many.

Tammy - posted on 11/26/2010

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And did you also know that the receipts you get, the thermal ones, usually contain BPA, so when you touch them the BPA gets into you through your skin and it gets in even better if you touch the receipt and then use soapless handwash, the alcohol based handwash helps it absorb into your skin more readily.

Suzie - posted on 11/25/2010

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I can't believe this is happening. I finely get my husband on board about the bags and now this. I like Ink Ette's idea..Make our own. Old clothes or scrapes of fabric. I love it. Guess I will start this...It will save me more money. You can't go wrong there. Can't we just make our own products here and employee our own people? This would work in eveyones favor. Well, almosr everyone.

Allison - posted on 11/19/2010

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Well you can't shop at Wal-Mart and expect ANYTHING to change. They are the ones that make it seem like cheap crap is more important than anything. They are the biggest importer or Chinese goods.

Katherine - posted on 11/17/2010

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@ Ink Ette, Oh for SURE the Dollar Tree/store ones are bad. That cracks me up. I mean not really. It's not funny.

Tracy - posted on 11/17/2010

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Yes, it's a shame there's lead out there in our bags. But what about all the chemicals in our food that we eat. More and more brain gurus are detecting ADHD and ADD and... and ... and.... in our children. Well, look at the food we eat.

As for the bags, Sherri has a point. Paper bags are biodegradable and recycleable. Rather than buying those pretty stretchy book covers, that don't help our childrens' creativity, use the paper bags. Kids can decorate til the cows come home, then replace with another paper bag.

Katherine - posted on 11/17/2010

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You know what I didn't check was there are some they sell at CVS that claim to be "organic", wonder if those are made in China? Wouldn't that be something?

Julie - posted on 11/17/2010

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I've got some that are mostly blank, save for 2 small (~1" x1") logos on it. I may try to cover them with a patch or something ... BUT do they know that ALL paint on ALL such bags from China contain lead? ... or do we have to submit our own samples?

PS Lately, most stores have online surveys on the receipts, where you can win something if you take them. If there's a space, I make it clear that I find it disappointing that there is minimal "Made in the USA" available at their store.

PPS If you are interested: http://www.allamericanclothing.com/

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This tickles the SNOT outta me!

There is a girl at our local Family Dollar store who tries DESPERATELY to shove these canvas bags down our throats. I have even had her ARGUE with me..."the whole INDUSTRY is going to these" "go home and GOOGLE IT"
Now I want to print out all of these newspaper articles and go SHOW her...I GOOGLED IT!!!!!!!!!!!

I believe I am just going to have to sew my own bags to be completely SURE they are safe.

Sneaky - posted on 11/16/2010

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Sigh - anyone know if this affects bags in Australia too? I have looked and all the ones I have were made in China :o(

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I'm glad I didn't spend a bunch of money on them yet, and I was totally planning on it. I think now what I'll do is buy some plain canvas beach bags. They cost a little more but they're bigger and hold more anyhow.

User - posted on 11/16/2010

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GREAT! When is this going to end? When will we get the big picture and manufacture our own goods? Why isn't this on the news? I try to find toys for my daughter made in America...none.

Heather - posted on 11/16/2010

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In canada you have to pay 5cents per a paper or plastic bag, so you kinda have to use these kinda errr

Sherri - posted on 11/16/2010

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I don't understand why people are paying for these bags in the first place. Ask for paper bags they are just as good they are biodegradable, reusable or used for paper to start those nice winter fires.

Rachel - posted on 11/16/2010

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Isn't the paint on the outside of the front of the bags?? How is this going to cause us lead poisoning? Most of what we buy and put in these bags come already in a box or bag or some kind of packaging, so I'm confused why we can't still keep using the bags.

Megan - posted on 11/15/2010

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annoying, i have a few that now I need to check, but I was going to buy more in a couple weeks at payday, so at least this happened now.

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