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U.S. Probes Lead in Children's Drinking Glasses

U.S. federal regulators have launched an investigation into lead levels in drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters. They are declaring them children's products, and therefore subject to stricter standards.

A number of glasses have been cited in an ongoing investigation into dangerous metals in children's merchandise. One company that imported Chinese-made glasses depicting Superman, Wonder Woman and characters from The Wizard of Oz announced that it would voluntarily recall them, while at the same time insisting that they were marketed to adults.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

“In all, about 160,000 glasses were recalled by two companies since ... laboratory tests ... showed that colored designs in a range of glasses contain high levels of lead ... Warner Bros said, ‘It is generally understood that the primary consumer for these products is an adult, usually a collector.’ However, on Warner Brothers' website, the superhero glasses were sold alongside a lunch box and children's T-shirts with superhero images.”