Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-049
CPSC, Concord Enterprises Announce Recall
of Certain Crayons Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard
PRODUCT: Certain crayons imported from China by
Concord Enterprises, Los Angeles, California, sold in a plastic box, bearing the labels
"12 Jumbo Crayons," "Made in China," and "Non-Toxic."
PROBLEM: The yellow and orange color crayons contain enough lead to present a lead
poisoning hazard to young children who might eat or chew on the crayons. While other
sources such as lead paint are major causes of lead poisoning, it is important to
eliminate other contributors to lead poisoning, such as these crayons.
WHAT TO DO: Take the yellow and orange crayons away from children and discard them or take
them back to the store for a refund. Buy only crayons and other children's art materials
that have this label: "Conforms to ASTM D-4236" (or similar words) which means
that a toxicologist has reviewed the art material for chronic hazards. Retailers should
stop sale and return crayons to Concord Enterprises.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Concord
Enterprises announces the recall of certain crayons imported from China because of a lead
poisoning hazard. CPSC tested the crayons and found hazardous amounts of lead in the
yellow and orange color crayons. If a child eats or chews on the crayon, lead poisoning
could occur. Therefore, CPSC urges consumers to take the crayons away from children and
discard them or return them to the store for a refund. Retailers should stop sale and
return the crayons to Concord Enterprises. Parents should buy only crayons and other
children's art materials that have this label: "Conforms to ASTM D-4236," or
similar words. This label means that the crayons and other art materials have been
reviewed by a toxicologist for chronic hazards and are labeled appropriately. No art
materials lacking the conformance label or bearing hazard labeling should be given to
CPSC Chairman Ann Brown said, "While there are other major causes of lead poisoning,
such as lead paint, we want to eliminate any additional lead sources, such as crayons.
Throw these crayons in the trash can or take them back to the store for a refund."
Lead has long been recognized as a hazardous substance, especially to young children,
fetuses, and infants. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair
mental functioning. It can retard mental and physical development and reduce attention
Concord Enterprises imported and sold approximately 430 cases of crayons. They were sold
in a plastic box with the following markings on the box: "12 Jumbo Crayons,"
"Made in China," "Non-Toxic," and "Distributed by Concord Ent.
Los Angeles." The crayons are approximately 6 inches long and about half an inch
thick. CPSC is investigating other crayons to see if they contain hazardous lead.
The Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) bans children's products containing hazardous
amounts of lead. In addition, the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act amendments to
the FHSA require that all art materials be reviewed by a toxicologist for chronic hazards
and be labeled appropriately. Crayons that contain hazardous lead levels are banned
hazardous substances and crayons without the conformance label are misbranded art
materials under the law.
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