A while back I bought a bargain-bin, shiny, toy car for my grandson, a
toddler, only to learn within the next few days two disheartening
facts: First, the bright colors painted on cheap toys are often spiked
with lead dust to add luster. Worse, toys plucked from the shelves of
the very chain where I bought the car had been found to contain lead. I
knew, too, the toy car would inevitably end up in his mouth at some
point. I’ve never given him that little gift.
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