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Lead Paint Standard Violated in Children’s Apparel

EMSL Analytical detects lead levels in consumer products and environmental samples.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of select Fleece Hoodie and T-Shirt Sets sold exclusively at Target. The surface coating on the product’s zipper contains an amount of lead paint that exceeds the federal standard.

The contaminated product is a two-piece set that includes a fleece hoodie and a t-shirt and is sold in three styles with different Disney character designs. The designs are red/white, gray/red, and black/blue combinations and are sold in sizes ranging from 12M to 5T.

The recalled apparel was manufactured in Pakistan, and approximately 6,200 units were distributed nationwide to Target stores and between October 2011 and December 2011.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in association with the product, but consumers are advised to return the apparel to any Target location for a full refund.
Exposure to lead at excessive levels can cause serious health effects in children, including brain damage, reduced IQ, and learning and behavioral deficiencies.

“Infants and young children are especially susceptible to the health effects from lead because their bodies are not fully developed, making it easy for them to absorb and retain the chemical,” states Shannon Kauffman, Metals Laboratory Supervisor at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL Analytical, the nation’s leading environmental lead laboratory, provides lead and other heavy metals testing, in consumer products and environmental samples in accredited locations across the country.”

For more information on EMSL’s lead testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, visit, or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the U.S. and Canada. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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