After reading this latest recall notice from U.S. Product Safety Commission I have to begin to wonder if China isn't being cheap and stupid by shipping us products contaminated with lead, but is rather using Wal-Mart to ship all of its toxic materials out of the country. (OK, no, I don't really believe that, but there sure seems to be a lot of this going on, doesn't it?)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: "Hip Charm" Key Chains Units: About 39,000 (firm previously recalled 12,000 key chains in April 2008) Distributor: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. Importer: FGX International Inc., of Smithfield, R.I. Hazard: The charms on the key chain can contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects. Incidents/Injuries: There have been no injuries reported with the additional key chains included in this recall. The Illinois Attorney General informed Wal-Mart and CPSC in April that the previously recalled key chain was found in the home of a 9-month-old child who was discovered to have high blood levels of lead. The child was observed mouthing this key chain. Description: The recalled key chains have several charms including a button, clover, leaf, and heart. The charms hang from a silver-colored chain. The words “Hip charm” and the following UPC numbers are printed on the products packaging: 03156811032, 03156811029, 03156811019, 03156811016, 03156811018, 03156811028, and 03156811030. Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from April 2005 through June 2008 for between $ .50 and $6. Manufactured in: China Remedy: Consumers should not allow children to handle the key chain and return it to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund.
Is anything safe to buy at Wal-Mart? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.


  1. UncleBob says:

    This shouldn’t be read as an attempt to minimalize this, but take a good look at those keychains…

    Seriously, scroll back up the page and look at them again…

    Now, who the hell lets a 9 month old baby put one of these in their mouth? Lead Poisoning is probably just the start of the challenges this kid is going to have to face growing up.

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Bob,

    That’s true. You’re absolutely right.

    Now I’m starting to wonder about all those cheap plastic crap souvenirs people will be bringing back from the Olympics in August. Are we going to have to stop them at the border?



  3. Harry Potter says:

    It makes you think, doesn’t it? If i had never learned all my skills at Hogwarts then I would of never been able to stand against Voldemort. Or was it the lead in my magic wand that poisened him to death?

  4. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Harry,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to write a comment and join the dialog. Building community is all about our conversations.

    Perhaps you might have paid closer attention in Professor Snape when he discussed base metals. Surely the lead in your pencil wand is graphite and not the source of the philosopher’s gold.



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