Michael's recalls pens for unsafe lead levels
- April 11, 2008 10:25 AM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
About 310,000 pens sold in Michael's store are being recalled because they contain unsafe levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
The recall affects the Flower Writer, Christmas Writer, Easter Writer and Spooky Writer pens sold in stores from August 2007 through March 2008 for about $1 US.
The pens 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 well as damage to the nervous system which 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 pens and return them to the store for a refund.
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