Educational blocks pulled for high lead levels

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday announced a U.S. recall of about 18,000 blocks used for educational screening because they contain excessive levels of lead.

The recall affects blocks labelled ESI-R Screening Materials and sold through Pearson Learning Group sales representatives, catalogues, and the company's website from January 2003 through November 2007. The blocks were manufactured in China.

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

No adverse health effects have been reported.

Consumers should stop using the blocks and contact the importer RR Donnelly for a replacement.

Recall notice

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