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Kmart Covers Up Lead Warning Labels On Halloween Masks
A St. Louis woman has a warning about certain Halloween masks. She said the company she worked for, Kmart, told her to hide the warnings about lead.
Cathy Warren said, "The store manager told me to take a black magic marker go over the warning and then put the black label over it and that's what I did." Warren worked as one of the department managers at the Kmart on Manchester. She said she was fired 2 weeks ago over a different issue.
NewsChannel 5 took a hidden camera into K-Mart. On the shelves, we found Halloween masks that had the black stickers. NewsChannel 5 bought some to see what the stickers were covering. When we peeled it off, it revealed the warning for the lead.
The store manager told NewsChannel 5 he didn't know why the lead warnings were covered up. But a corporate spokesperson said this is simply a mislabeling issue and the company is not trying to hide anything.
Chris Brathwaite is the spokesperson for Sears Holdings which is the parent company for Kmart. Brathwaite said the warnings are "not needed." Brathwaite said each product was tested by a certified lab and passed. When asked what passed meant, he said the products "do not have dangerous levels of lead." But he could not say whether the masks contain lead.
We showed the mask to Julie Weber with Missouri Regional Poison Center. Weber said children can get lead poisoning if they are repeatedly exposed to it over time. Weber said, "Just a one or two hour period should not pose a risk. But if they are daily playing with this, ingesting, chewing on it, that's where we come up with a risk for lead poisoning."
California is the only state to require warning labels if there is lead in a product.
Originally posted by Valhall
Why in Sam Hill would there even be any lead in a mask?
Test results back on Halloween masks
NEWS 10NBC wanted to know just how much lead, so we had them tested at Paradigm Environmental Services, which specializes in hazardous materials. They broke each of the masks into pieces and tested them individually. The results showed the lead content is so low it is not even detectable.