Department of Health Alerts Pennsylvanians about possible lead exposure in children’s craft buttons

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is alerting parents and caregivers about the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall of Creativity Street Assorted Craft Buttons that are marketed to children because of lead levels that exceed the federal lead content ban. This recall is for buttons with a Lot Code of 02129171221.

The buttons were sold nationwide between May 2022 and July 2023 in one-pound clear plastic bags. The cardboard label on the bag is yellow, orange, and blue with the words “Creativity Street” and “Assorted Craft Buttons,” printed on it.

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“Lead can be harmful if ingested, especially for a young child,” said Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen. “Young children often place toys, fingers, and other objects in their mouth. When lead is present in consumer products, such as these buttons, children may ingest it through their developmentally normal hand‐to‐mouth activity. We want to get the message out to help protect and prevent potential harm to children.”

According to CDC recommendations, all young children should be tested for lead exposure at least once and when elevated, the tests should be repeated. Early identification of elevated lead levels can prevent the most serious effects so that all children can reach their full potential.

The Department maintains a toll-free lead information hotline (1-800-440-LEAD) to provide information about lead poisoning prevention, testing, follow-up, and local resources.

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Information about lead can also be found on the Department of Health’s website. The recalled buttons were sold in-store at Staples and Blick Art Materials, as well as through online retailers, including: dickblick.com, staples.com, quill.com, schoolspecialty.com, sprichards.com, and aquaphoenixsci.com.

Parents and caregivers of children who may have played with Creativity Street Children’s Assorted Craft Buttons should contact their child’s health care provider about getting a blood lead test.

The Department of Health has shared a health alert notice to further communicate this recall among state and local public health agencies, health care providers, hospitals, and emergency management officials.

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