Health Department Alerts Pennsylvanians About Possible Lead Exposure from Children’s Stainless Steel Cups

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is alerting parents and caregivers about the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall of PandaEar, LAOION, and Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Bottles and Cups because their lead levels exceeded federal content ban.

“Lead can be harmful if swallowed, especially by a child,” said Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen. “With a product that holds food or drink, like the recalled cups, there is an increased risk of getting lead from the product into the body. We want to issue the recall message to help protect and prevent potential harm to children.Product recalls like this are another example of why all children should be regularly screened for lead exposure.

PandaEar eight-ounce Stainless Steel Toddler Cups, LAOION eight-ounce Children’s Cups, and Green Sprouts six-ounce and eight-ounce Stainless Steel Straw Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Sip & Straw Cups are being recalled. The PandaEar eight-ounce stainless steel toddler cup and the LAOION eight-ounce Children’s Cup lid can also break during use and expose children to sharp edges and small parts, which are a you are at risk of being cut and strangled.

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PandaEar cups are sold online at Amazon.com from May 2023 to August 2023. LAOION cups are sold online at Amazon.com from March 2023 to May 2023. Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Straw Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Sip & Straw Cups are sold at Buy Buy Baby and Whole Foods stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, buybuybaby.com, and bedbathandbeyond.com from January 2020 through September 2022.

PandaEar cups are sold in sets of two. The sets are available in pink and gray or blue and gray colors with matching silicone straws, without markings on the outside of the cups, as shown in the picture below:

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The insulated LAOION cups are sold in packs of four different colored cups – lilac, green, salmon, and blue – with matching silicone straws, spill-proof lids, and a straw brush. “LAOION” is printed on the front bottom of the cups, as shown in the picture below:

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Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Straw Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Sip & Straw cups have tracking numbers 29218V06985, 35719V06985, and 33020V06985, which can be found on the bottom of the base. The recalled double-walled stainless steel bottles are sold in aqua, pink, green, and navy colors with one of three closure options: (1) a silicone sippy spout with colored plastic lid, collar and handle; (2) a silicone sippy spout and a straw spout with a colored plastic cover, collar and handle; or (3) a silicone straw with a plastic screw-on flip cap. The bottles are sold in one of two sizes as shown in the images below:

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According to CDC recommendations, all young children should be tested for lead exposure at least once, and if elevated, the tests should be repeated. Early detection of high lead levels can prevent the worst effects so that all children can reach their full potential.

The Department maintains a toll-free lead information hotline (1-800-440-LEAD) to provide information about lead poisoning prevention, testing, follow-up, and local resources.

Information about lead can also be found on the Department of Health website.

Parents and caregivers of children who may have used recalled cups or bottles should contact their child’s health care provider about getting a blood lead test.

The Department of Health has shared a health alert notice to further inform state and local public health agencies, health care providers, hospitals, and emergency management officials of this recall.