Get the lead out! Holy Holiday Lighting.

December 10th, 2010

Lead poisoning is a serious problem that is caused by exposure to contaminated air, water, soil, food, and consumer products. In this case holiday lighting.

So why the heck do retailers keep buying and manufacturers keep making products like holiday lighting that can make so many sick. According to ecology center HealthyStuff.org found that over 50% of holiday lighting tested in the U.S. has excessive levels of lead. An excuse me the answer to every issue we have in product safety is not to wash your hands once you have touched something.

According to Wikipedia, Lead poisoning (also known as plumbism, colica Pictonum, saturnism, Devon colic, or painter’s colic) is a medical condition caused by increased levels of the heavy metal lead in the body. Lead interferes with a variety of body processes and is toxic to many organs and tissues including the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, and reproductive and nervous systems.

Buyers; this is a simple issue. One question determines whether or not you buy these products. Do the holiday lights you are selling us contain lead?  An answer of yes or I don’t know means that vendor does not get the business. An answer of absolutely not gets that vendor all of the business and also creates a great advertising opportunity for you.

According to HealthyStuff.org their tests showed that 4 out of 5 light sets contained detectable lead and that 28% contained lead at levels which make the product illegal to sell in Europe (greater than 1,000 parts per million.

Apparently the EU is ahead of the U.S. Maybe the new food safety bill needs to be expanded to include products beyond food. Check out the test results.

SafeSourcing would not let this happen if we were your e-procurement solutions provider.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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