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Ohio, Indiana continue to test for tainted toys from Libraries.

by editor2
August 11th, 2006

XENIA — Ohio and Indiana health officials continued testing toys from a summer library program, but fears subsided at the Greene County Public Library System, where toy animals containing lead were given to 70 children at Beavercreek and Yellow Springs branch libraries.

“Most parents had already thrown them (the Chinese-made cat and dog toys) out,” said children’s librarian Melissa Dabe. “There’s been no outpouring of reaction.”

There were no lead-tainted toys distributed at the Troy-Miami County Library or Dayton Metro library.

“We gave paperback books as summer reading program prizes,” said librarian Susan Harbaugh at a Troy branch.

The system had a record 1,900 kids enrolled, including those at its Pleasant Hill and Bookmobile branches, but only T-shirts and stickers were awarded.

Dayton Metro Library gave out a cloth bookbag donated by Iams Co. to kids who read at least 15 hours, according to spokesman Mark Willis. He said there were 5,000 kids enrolled systemwide .

“We also gave them a pencil. I think that’s safe,” Willis said.

Meanwhile, the State Library of Ohio announced that Highsmith Co., a vendor of novelties for the 36-state Collaborative Summer Library Program, including the bendable cat and dog toys, is having additional tests done. Highsmith now says the lead content was in compliance with federal codes.

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