Families were urged to immediately discard the recalled products. The kids' clothes, which were manufactured in Egypt, were distributed by major retailers all over the United States, including TJ Maxx, DD's/Ross, Burlington and Amazon between November 2021 and August 2022.
The recall involved children's clothing sets in nine different Disney-themed styles, with pictures of popular characters Yoda, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh. They were priced between $5 and $25.
Bentex issued an apology via an Instagram post: "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and appreciate your understanding in this matter."
The New York based-company has published a list of styles included in the recall and advised all consumers to check the item and batch numbers printed on the clothing neck or side label. Affected families can contact the company and request a full refund.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been no reports of injuries yet. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that high levels of lead exposure in children can cause irreversible brain damage, comas, convulsions and even death.
"Children who survive severe lead poisoning may be left with intellectual disability and behavioral disorders," the WHO added.
As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no level of lead is considered safe in children, with even low levels in blood hurting a child's ability to learn, pay attention and do well in school. (Related: Lead is harmful at any dose; push is on to lower lead limits for Americans.)
Federal laws have banned the use of lead in paints or inks beyond trace amounts since 1978. Lead has already been replaced with other substances.
The admission that children's clothes contained dangerous amounts of lead has infuriated parents.
"I am so angry about this. You don't accidentally have lead products. I purchased a few of these products," a parent posted online. "What the h*ll! How does this even happen?" said another parent.
Another one said: "So, our children are getting exposed to lead and you are just offering a $20 refund? How does that in any way make poisoning our kids right?"
The children's sleepwear recall came after tens of thousands of sippy cups and stainless-steel baby bottles were pulled out from the market as they contained a hazardous amounts of lead.
"Healthy and natural" baby products manufacturer Green Sprouts also announced last week that they are recalling thousands of stainless-steel bottles and sippy cups because the base of the products can break off, posing a lead-poisoning risk to children.
According to CBS News, the recall involves about 10,500 cups and bottles sold at Buy Buy Baby and Whole Foods stores nationwide and online at amazon.com, buybuybaby.com and bedbathandbeyond.com from January 2020 through September 2022 for between $14 and $19.
Included in the recall were the six-ounce sprout ware sippy cup, six-ounce sprout ware sip and straw cup and the eight-ounce sprout ware straw bottle. The recalled products were all made in China, with tracking numbers 29218V06985, 35719V06985 and 33020V06985 at the bottom of the base. Consumers were urged to discard the recalled products and contact Green Sprouts for a refund or store credit.
The company further said in a separate statement that the products were sold online at babyhaven.com, drugstore.com and target.com.
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