Company recalls children's cosmetic bags after Health Canada advisory
Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, August 29, 2008
About 55,000 Bonne Bell Children's Cosmetic Accessory Bags - sold in Canada between September 2007 to August 2008 - are being recalled, it was announced on Thursday.
According to the company the recalled cosmetic accessory bags, which were produced in China, are made of plastic and have a zipper and carrying handle. Testing by Health Canada and The Bonne Bell Company found some of the metal clasps on the bags' handles contain lead in excess of a safe limit.
Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects, according to Health Canada.
As a result the company is asking that all recalled bags be taken away from young children immediately.
Health Canada said Thursday it has received no reports of illness related to the use of the bag.
A consumer in Alberta kick started the process when, after breaking the clasp on the purse, she noticed that she could write on paper with it.
Items with a high concentration of lead often leave a greyish mark when rubbed against a piece of white paper, said Health Canada spokesman Paul Spendlove.
Subsequent testing determined the clasp contained lead in excess of a safe limit.
Health Canada then contacted The Bonne Bell Company in the United States, which resulted in Bonne Bell testing all their products for lead.
The Model Names and UPC Code Numbers of the products involved in the recall include:
. Smackers Sweet Treats Collection - 0 50051 50575 7
. Smackers Sparkle & Shine Collection - 0 50051 50576 4
. Smackers Glam It Up Collection - 0 50051 50577 1
. Bonnebell Natural Neutrals Collection - 0 50051 22640 9
. Bonnebell Pretty Pinks Collection - 0 50051 22641 6
. Bonnebell Fresh Pinks Collection - 0 50051 22642 3
. Bonnebell Glamorous Neutrals Collection - 0 50051 22643 0
The cosmetic accessory bags also contain Smackers and Bonnebell Style Gift Collection marketed to children and young adults. The company said the cosmetic products contained within the bags do not pose any health risks.
Consumers are asked to contact the company - at www.thebonnebellcompany.com/recall
- for a free replacement bag.