POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 10:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — "When they screened these shoes, it came out with a high level of lead," said Staudt.
The shoes registered 300 parts per million of lead. Three times the U.S. legal limit. CPB said the shoes were destined for a local distributor and likely store shelves after that.
Agents, who test all sorts of children's items from the Far East, are not surprised by the lead levels on Chinese made products.
"We've had a lot of different violations with health and safety with Chinese products: pet food, drywall," said Staudt.
Erika Schreder of the Washington State Toxics Coalition isn't shocked either.
"It's not a big surprise that another item contains lead," said Schreder.
She's been using an XRF analyzer for years, the same tool custom agents used at the port to scan for toxic pollutants.
"We're concerned about lead exposure because lead harms the development of the brain," said Schreder.
She said lead often pops up in Chinese made products with PVC plastic, but shoes are a new step, which will require feds and parents to stay vigilant.