Now there is a lead scare, but the lead was not found in food, it has been found in children's toys.
Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, is recalling nearly one million toys in the United States today because the products are covered in lead paint. - NY Times
“This is a vendor plant with whom we’ve worked for 15 years; this isn’t somebody that just started making toys for us,” Robert A. Eckert, the chief executive of Mattel, said in an interview. “They understand our regulations, they understand our program, and something went wrong. That hurts.”
Mattel requires the factories it contracts with to use paint and other materials provided by certified suppliers. Mattel executives said they did not know if the contract manufacturer substituted paint from a noncertified supplier or if a certified supplier caused the problem. - NY Times
Here is the list of products. Do check it if you have bought any child toys recently. I had one of these items in my hand last weekend, debating whether to buy it. (I didn't.)
Oh, look who has a fact sheet on what you need to know about lead poisoning, the US. Here is the EPA page containing information sheets on lead. Click the image below for a Chinese language PDF factsheet. If you know anyone in China, be sure to send it to them. You can bet that the country is probably covered in it.
Chinese Food and Lead - 8 June 2007