Pacifiers recalled over too-high lead content 0
Health Canada has issued a recall of a brand of pacifiers because they were found to contain higher-than-allowed levels of lead.
About 5,700 of the affected Small Wonders soothers, which come in packages of two, were sold in Canada between 2006 and 2011, and Health Canada said it hasn't received any reports of incidents or injuries related to their use, nor has Toronto-based distributor Tendertyme.
However, testing by the agency discovered that the mouth guard of the pacifier contains too much lead, which is toxic. Exposure to high levels of the metal can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or, in rare cases, death, Health Canada said.
Even low levels are to be avoided, as they can affect children's intellectual development and behaviour -- and there is evidence the effects occur at exposure levels lower than previously thought.
Parents are advised to stop using the soothers immediately and dispose of them. More information is available on Health Canada's website.