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American Greetings pulls confetti bags for high lead content

Cleveland-based American Greetings Corp. is recalling DesignWare Confetti Bursts because they contain unsafe levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

About 60,000 confetti bags were sold in U.S. stores from December 2003 through September 2007 for about $3 US. The products were manufactured in China.

The CPSC says lead paint on the plastic bags exceed U.S. federal standards.

High amounts of lead can harm the kidneys and other major organs. Anemia, a decline in red blood cells, can occur, as well as damage to the nervous system that may impair mental function.

Lead poisoning, though rare, can also cause seizures or death.

No adverse health effects have been reported.

Consumers should contact the company for return instructions.

Recall notice

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