California Watchdog Group Finds Lead in Toys, Jewelry and Other Products

Hello Kitty visits the Sanrio Store  lead-free toys
Hello Kitty visits the Sanrio Store lead-free toys

Some of the nation's biggest department stores, including Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Sears and Walmart have been selling lead-tainted jewelry, and others are offering contaminated toys, including the Hello Kitty brand, a health advocacy group reports.

The Center for Environmental Health, a California-based non-profit that crusades against the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, says at least three retailers that sell children's products carry items with lead. The stores -- Sanrio, T.J.Maxx and Big Lots -- were notified by the California Attorney General's office that a Hello Kitty doll dress-up set, an NFL lunchbox, and a backpack that they've been selling violate federal consumer product safety laws.