On Your Side: Lead in Lunch Boxes

By: Ryan Duffy
By: Ryan Duffy

The lunch box your child carries off to school every day could be dangerous. New studies are finding many of them contain lead. 12 On Your Side shows you which are the worst offenders.

What we’re talking about are the soft vinyl lunch boxes. The Center for Environmental Health conducted tests on these lunch boxes and found levels of lead between two and twenty-five times the legal limit for lead paint in children’s products. These are all lunch boxes that tested high for lead.

One, the Angela Anaconda lunch box, tested at more than 90 times the legal limit. In most cases, the highest lead levels were found in the lining of the lunch boxes, the part that comes into direct contact with food. Because there’s no way to tell if a vinyl lunch box contains lead, the CEH is encouraging parents to avoid them all together, because it could build up over time.

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