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California Sues Artificial Turf Makers Over Lead Hazard

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Monday, September 08, 2008 1:16 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Artificial Turf, Ersatz Grass, Lead Hazard, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Major Medical, Toxic Substances, Lead Poisoning


IMAGE SOURCE: © iStockphoto / soccer field / author: Filipp Bazlutskiy

California Attorney General, Jerry Brown, has taken legal action against three makers of imitation grass, alleging the companies have violated California’s Proposition 65 environmental laws by knowingly failing to disclose lead contained in their products.

The lawsuit names Beaulieu Group of Georgia, Astro Turf of Georgia and Field Turf USA Inc. of Florida.

The companies each said they have and will cooperate with California officials to settle the lawsuit and claim their products are indeed safe.

Turf is less dangerous when new, however, as it ages it begins to break down to dust which contains lead, according to the attorney general.

Lead, commonly used to give a natural green hue to artificial turf, has been linked to brain and kidney damage, especially in children. Lead exposure can also damage the nervous system and reproductive system.

Children and adults can ingest the lead through contact with skin through dust, contact with the turf or through hand-to-mouth contact, contends the lawsuit.

Excessive levels of lead were found in samples tested from each of the three companies, said the state attorney general’s office.

In another story, a CDC Health Advisory recommends that fields should be tested that contain old, worn, or faded turf blades that are made from nylon fibers. #

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