Oriental Trading Recalls Ceramic Banks for Lead Paint

A large recall of about 220,000 Ceramic Piggy and Lion Banks, has been implemented by the Oriental Trading Company, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using these banks immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The yellow surface paint on the banks contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported; however, it is imported to note that reactions to lead exposure and lead poisoning often take time to manifest.

Exposure to lead in children and unborn children can cause brain and nervous system damage, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Lead is also known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. Of particular concern is the developing brain because negative influences can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond. Once poisoned, no organ system is immune.

Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, headaches, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—generally without diarrhea—and constipation, and changes in activity level. A child with lead toxicity can be iron deficient and pale because of anemia and can be either hyperactive or lethargic. Lead exposure and poisoning can show up dentally, for instance, lead lines on gingival tissue. In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive disorders, aggressive behavior, and other maladaptive affective disorders as well as problems with sexual performance, impotence and infertility, and increased fetal wastage and sleep disorders, either. They may be over sleeping or have difficulty falling asleep.

The recalled piggy bank is shaped like a pig and the body of the piggy bank is painted yellow with floral designs. The ceramic lion bank is shaped like a lion and is painted yellow with a brown mane. The banks measure about four inches in length, 2.5 inches in width, and 3.5 inches in height. Only yellow banks with black plastic stoppers in the bottoms of the banks are being recalled. Banks with white or translucent stoppers are not being recalled.

The recalled Ceramic Piggy and Lion Banks, which were manufactured in China, were sold online at www.orientaltrading.com and www.funexpress.com and through Oriental Trading Company and Fun Express catalogs from February 2003 through September 2010 for between about $7 and $20 a dozen.

Consumers should immediately take these recalled ceramic banks away from children, discard them, and contact Oriental Trading Company for information on receiving a refund or credit. Oriental Trading Company can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.723-6155 anytime or at the firm’s website at www.orientaltrading.com.

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