The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, and the Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Metal tested for 1,300 parts per million of lead.
PIRG Education Fund is calling for the toys to be pulled from stores and for a recall to be issued.
Target said on Thursday it would continue to sell this brand of fidget spinner, which the packaging says is intended for ages 14 and up. "As a result, the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children's products and are not required to meet children's product standards". The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 essentially banned lead in children's toys and jewelry by limiting it to a trace amount of 100 ppm.
A spokesman for Bulls-I-Toy sent a statement to the Post-Dispatch saying "Safety is one of our top priorities". "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards".
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The CDC says there is no such thing as a safe level of lead in the bloodstream, and that lead poisoning in children can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems such as ADHD and criminal behavior, and hearing and speech problems.
Target added that fidget spinners are labeled as a "general use" product rather than toys. Additionally, online the "Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass" is labeled for ages "six and up".
That may come as news to parents who have been seeing the gadgets on toy shelves since early this year. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, common sense dictates that these are toys". A spokeswoman for the CPSC said she could not comment specifically on the products being sold by Target.
"The two fidget spinners cited in your letter are clearly marked on the package 'appropriate for customers 14 and older, ' and are not marketed to children", a Target official wrote in an email shared with Business Insider.
Bulls-i-Toy, based in Iowa, supplies Target with the fidget spinners.
Mary Stringini is a digital reporter for ABC Action News.
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