Jo-Ann Fabric to pay $50,000 for toys with lead paint

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores has agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, settling allegations the company was selling children's toy watering cans and gardening tools that had high levels of lead paint.

The China-made Robbie Ducky toys were sold in Jo-Ann stores nationwide in 2007. In all, about 97,000 of the toys were recalled that year. The beak of the watering can contains lead in the paint, which breaks the federal ban on lead paint in children's toys. In the gardening tools, the lead paint was on the handles.

Large amounts of lead can be toxic if eaten by young children and can also cause serious health problems including brain damage.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft couldn't be immediately reached for comment on the settlement.
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