The Latest Lead-Tainted Disney Product: Reusable Bags

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Disney brand plastic reusable grocery bags

Hold on to your groceries folks—there’s a new lead-tainted Disney product discovered by the Center for Environmental Health: Disney “Cars” and “Toy Story” reusable plastic bags from Safeway. An independent lab tested the bags and found more than 15 times the federal limit for lead in children’s products.

Previously CEH has found high lead levels in numerous Disney-branded products, including baby bibs, diaper bags, children’s jewelry, lunchboxes, Hannah Montana products, and other items.

CEH has sent legal notices to Disney, Safeway, and Advanced Publisher, the maker of the bags, informing them that their products violate California consumer protection law.

A front-group for the plastic bag industry, calling itself the “Center for Consumer Freedom” [link] claims that high lead levels and bacteria in reusable bags suggest that proposals to ban disposable plastic bags are misguided and driven by “junk science.”  But in fact, our testing confirms the opposite.  The vast majority of reusable bags do not pose lead hazards, but those few that do are made of plastic.

For more on this story, watch the CBS news story on our findings:*

*Please note that the video incorrectly identifies CEH’s Ryan Nestle as a staff member of the Environmental Working Group.

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Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.