“There is No Crying in Baseball, and There Shouldn’t Be Any Lead Either”

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 03:04 PM
posted by mrscaz

“There is no crying in baseball, and there shouldn’t be any lead either,” said Caroline Cox, Research Director at the Center for Environmental Health, in a recent press release by CEH. I just about died laughing when I saw that quote. But the problem of lead in kids belts is no laughing matter. I wrote (well, co-wrote really, with help from my amazing assistant. Okay…she did most of the writing…you happy? lol) a press release about it and here it is:

Walmart and Rawlings Warned about Lead-laden Kids Belts

little league baseball kids beltsPort Orange, FL April 12, 2011 — The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) recently issued a press release concerning high levels of lead detected in Little League Baseball uniform belts. Well-known name brand, Rawlings, is among the offenders named in this report and includes belts sold in Walmart, Sport’s Authority, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Some kids belts were found to contain 280 times more lead than federal safety standards set for children’s products by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).  Their concern is for children being exposed to high levels of lead any time they touch the belts and through hand-to-mouth contact.

Lead is a neurotoxin that causes a myriad of problems including brain damage, learning disorders, hearing problems and stunted growth.  However, it is our littlest ones that are most vulnerable because their rapidly developing nervous systems make them especially sensitive to the affects of lead.  Even the smallest amounts of lead exposure may cause children to appear hyperactive, unable to focus and irritable. At higher levels, lead exposure can cause permanent brain damage, even death.  Scientists and doctors commonly agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure, especially for young children.

Inventor and distributor of Dapper Snapper kids belts (http://DapperSnappers.com), Michelle Cazella, expressed her own concern over this matter both as a mother and as a business woman. “When I read about this in the news, my first concern was for my son.  Jacob plays tee-ball and we recently purchased a sports belt for him.  Parents should be able to purchase kids belts and other children’s products without having to worry about putting their children at risk of lead exposure.  I go to great lengths to make sure that our Dapper Snapper kids belts are kid-friendly and lead-free.  At Toddler Tech USA we undergo stringent lead testing to certify that our products meet the standards set by the CPSC.  I am surprised that bigger companies, like Rawlings, aren’t doing the same.”

Legal notices have been served by the CEH alerting retailers and the state that the belts violate California consumer protection law.  CEH also notified the CPSC. Parents purchasing sports uniform kids belts for their children from large chain stores should be aware of the possibility of a recall. Michella Cazella further remarks, “It is the responsibility of well-trusted companies like Walmart and Sport’s Authority to ensure that parents are not only getting the best price, but also products that are safe for our children.” Dapper Snappers kids belts, are not sold in large chain stores, but in over 200 children’s boutiques and online stores nationwide.


About Toddler Tech USA
Toddler Tech USA is the manufacturer of Dapper Snappers kids belts. Toddler Tech aims to provide time-saving, high-quality, affordable products and amazing customer service. Toddler Tech also manufactures Dapper Snappers Mitten Clips, Dapper Snappers Belts for Moms, as well as provides add-on clips for pants without belt loops. Find out more about the company at: http://www.dappersnappers.com/About-Kids-Belts-Baby-Accessories-Toddler-Belt.html.

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