Lunch Boxes May
Contain Lead – FDA Says No Danger Yet but Asks Soft Sided Vinyl Lunch
Pail Manufactures to Change
July 22nd 2006
Government officials say that soft lunch boxes lined with Vinyl contain
lead, however do not pose an immediate danger. This has prompted the US
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ask companies to look for a
manufacturing technique that does not use lead. Research has been shown
that lead can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
So far there is no evidence that shows that lead from the lunch box can
migrate to the food. Since food is usually stored inside bags,
potential for contamination is minimized. Mitchell Cheeseman said that
if officials were able to prove that lead is contaminating the food they
would step in. Cheeseman is associate director of the FDA's Office of
Food Additive Safety.
The FDA sent a letter to lunch box manufacturers and suppliers on
Thursday; they said tests by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
drew its attention to the lead content of some lunch box linings. This
was reported by Townhall.com.