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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of three products containing excessive levels of lead. The products, which are being voluntarily recalled, include tabletop puppet theatres, bookmarks, and Halloween skull pails.

The CPSC warns that paint used on parts of these products contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard and that consumers should immediately take these products away from children.

According to the National Safety Council, children under 6 are most susceptible to lead poisoning. High levels of exposure can cause numerous complications up to and including death. Continued exposure to low levels of lead can also cause a number of health problems including IQ and learning problems, stunted growth, behavioral and attention problems, hearing problems and kidney problems.

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