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Reeves International pulls holiday ornaments for unsafe lead levels

Reeves International, based in Pequannock, N.J., is recalling about 36,000 ornaments because they exceed U.S. lead paint limits, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The recall applies to:


  • The 2006 Snow Princess Stirrup ornament.
  • The 2007 Wintersong Stirrup ornament.
  • The 2007 Photo Frame Horse Shoe ornament.

The ornaments, which were made in China, were sold in U.S. stores, and through the JC Penney catalogue and website from July 2006 through October 2007 for between $15 and $18 US each.

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 stop using the ornaments and return them for a full refund.

Recall notice

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