Okay, so HealthyToys.org just released a list of the toys they've recently tested for harmful chemicals, which of course the industry is all hopping mad about, but whatever.
The item in question isn't a toy, but it's actually worse than that. Way worse.
The table there notes that there is 151 parts per million of lead in the metal parts. Of eating utensils. For babies. The demographic most at risk for lead exposure.
I can't say at all that I'm surprised this is a Wal-Mart product. Which, of course, meets the demographic of people at the lower end of the economic scale, those least likely to have any kind of healthcare, those most likely to be exposed to lead everywhere else too. And they call their product Parent's Choice, as if parents really decided lead exposure was a good thing for their children.
And, by the way, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 40 parts per million is the recommended maximum anything should ever have in it, let alone FUCKING SPOONS!
I can't even begin to put a finger on how infuriating this kind of thing is, how completely irresponsible, selfish, and, yes, evil. Someone should go to jail for this kind of negligence.
Of course, no one will.
And don't even get me started on the PVC business.