Illinois Gets the Lead Out – of Toys

Governor signs legislation for stricter lead limits

Illinois now has stricter limits on the sale of children's products that contain lead.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Tuesday that requires a warning on jewelry, toys or other items if one of their components
has a lead content of more than 40 parts per million.

State law already bans the sale of toys that contain more than 600 parts per million of lead.

Lead can cause learning and behavioral problems in children. The metal has been found in many imported children's products, including jewelry, plastics and in paint used on toys and furniture.

The new law also prohibits the distribution or sale of cosmetics, toiletries or fragrances containing mercury, which can cause nervous system problems.

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