Canada Limits Lead in Children’s Products

In a groundbreaking move on Monday, the Canadian government put strict limits on the amount of lead that can be contained in children’s products. The new rules will cut the current limit from 600mg/KG to 90mg/KG for any product that comes in contact with a child’s mouth – including toys, baby bottle and drinking components such as straws, mouthpieces on musical instruments and mouthguards for sports. It also applies the limits to paints used in childrens’ items such as furniture. The move has been welcomed by consumer and children’s groups alike due to the potential for damage that lead products carry.

While the average levels of lead found in the blood of Canadians has dropped dramatically over the last 30 years, still, 100% of Canadians tested were found to carry lead in their systems. In children, lead can cause significant developmental issues including neurological symptoms and regression in already achieved milestones. 
While most Canadian manufacturers of children’s goods are already avoiding lead, the new regulations are intended to target both domestic and imported children’s goods. Many high-profile recalls on goods made in China in 2007 highlighted the difficulties with the regulations on imported goods. The good news from these recalls, however, is that many people became far more aware of the origin of the toys their children play with and have become far more discerning shoppers.

How can you avoid lead in your child’s products? Consumer reports has an excellent list of things parents can do to ensure lead safety, including checking to see if a specific toy has been recalled and being discerning about what you choose to buy.

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Warren Webber
Warren Webber6 years ago

Way to go, Canada!

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago

limiting is not enough, there shouldn`t be any in there to begin with

Kaye S.
Rev. Dr. Kaye S7 years ago

Sounds like Canada needs to make some changes.

Donald MacDonald
don MacDonald7 years ago

" * Walter G. says
* Dec 3, 2010 12:35 PM

" history appears to be repeating itself, be it Rome or the third Reich. "

You said a mouthful there Walter...its the same inbred elite bloodline all the way up to today.


Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

I wonder if anyone has considered these lead/melamine/counterfeit products sold as genuine products as a sort of test to see what we can detect. For example, do the agencies screening toys or food test for radioactivity, arsenic, biological agents, etc? Think about mysterious childhood conditions being reported on now, many times sources unknown. Now think about a simple baby bottle, already leaching carcinogenic chemicals into the contents, also adding some sort of isotope by the same method. The world, in the financial state it appears to believe itself to be in today, cannot afford non-Chinese products, everyone else's prices are not competitive. How can our government justify removing us from the depression we are in by digging the hole deeper? Our links with our allies are fraying, weakening, and being called into question. history appears to be repeating itself, be it Rome or the third Reich.

Anastasia F.
Anastasia F7 years ago

Thank you, Canada, for being a good role model. Hopefully the US will follow suit--- with some real teeth!

Lala D.
Lala D.7 years ago

Go Canada!!!!!!

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare7 years ago

Sorry, but limiting is nothing like ending or stopping. Not enough.

Elaine H.
Past Member 7 years ago

In 2007 numerous Chinese-made products were taken off the shelves in what may be a record year for toy recalls. U.S. regulatory agencies and companies instituted numerous recalls for defective, dangerous or toxic products, such as toothpaste, children's jewelry, toys, tools, dog food, baby bibs, tires and computer batteries. The common link between many of these products: They were made in China and contain lead paint.

David M.
David M.7 years ago