American Greetings Corp. sport balls recalled due to violation of lead paint standard

Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling DesignWare sport balls imported by American Greetings Corp. The surface coating on the basketball contains excessive levels of lead.

This recall involves DesignWare Sport Balls party favours. The package contains four mini sport balls: a basketball, a football, a baseball and a soccer ball. The model number is SPBL 1821 and is printed on the packaging.

The balls were sold at various retailers in the U.S. and Canada from August 2004 through April 2009 for about $3.50 US.

About 1,900 of the 90,000 packages were sold in Canada.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled sport balls away from children and contact American Greetings to receive a coupon for a replacement product.

Recall notice

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