Why would a toy manufacturer ever use lead paint?

THANK YOU Christopher Beam of Slate magazine for an answer to this question. It has been bugging me every time I heard about the recent toy recall because no one would ever explain in their reporting what would motivate someone to intentionally put children at risk of lead poisoning. The basic answer is that it is “…bright, durable, flexible, fast-drying, and cheap,” and the most surprising part of the article is that the yellow stripes on our roads are loaded with the stuff.

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2 responses to “Why would a toy manufacturer ever use lead paint?

  1. yes, this continues my thought that importing all our stuff from China may be cheap, but lately, it seems we pay the price in other ways (like dead pets!)

  2. OMG! I’ve been pulling over while I’m driving to lick the yellow stripes! You’d be amazed, but they add lemon extract as well and they’re absolutely delicious! This must be why I’m experiencing temporary blindness, paralysis, coma, and death.

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