Thousands of children’s clothing sets that were sold at major retail stores nationwide and feature characters including Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and Baby Yoda have been recalled for lead paint, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall involves about 87,000 Disney-themed clothing sets manufactured by Bentex, with nine different styles sold at TJ Maxx, Ross, DD’s Discount, Burlington, Army & Airforce Exchange Service and Amazon between November 2021 and August 2022.
“The textile ink painted on the recalled clothing sets contains levels of lead that exceed either the federal lead paint ban or the federal lead content ban, posing a lead poisoning hazard,” CPSC stated.
High levels of lead exposure and ingestion can causes adverse health issues to the brain and central nervous system. Lead poisoning symptoms in children can range from abdominal pain and vomiting to developmental delays and learning difficulties, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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Bentex told customers to immediately stop using the clothing and contact the company in an Instagram post.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and appreciate your understanding in this matter,” the company’s post said.
Bentex’s website describes the clothing as “value-priced” and “trend-right fashion” for newborns and boys 4-7.
USA TODAY has reached out to Bentex for comment.
Another lead-related recall was announced earlier this month for Green Sprouts’ sippy cups.
Can customers get a refund?
Consumers are advised to contact Bentex for a refund at (800) 451-0285 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, or via email at email@example.com.
Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team.
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