CPSC Announces Halloween Recall of Fake Teeth Over High Lead

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an 11th-hour recall Wednesday to warn consumers that fake Halloween teeth sold by the tens of thousands since last year contain excessive amounts of lead.

The $2 packages of "Ugly Teeth" are only the latest in a long line of Chinese-made toys and novelty items recalled because of lead. The CPSC announced the recall on Halloween, in a late-morning news release.

Since January 2006, the CPSC estimates retailers nationwide have sold about 43,000 eight-piece packages of the party favors. There were no immediate reports of injuries or illness.

Amscan Inc., of Elmsford, N.Y., imported the fake teeth. A message left with the company was not immediately returned. A CPSC spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Millions of Chinese-made toys have been recalled in recent months, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call this week for CPSC head Nancy Nord to resign. Pelosi said Nord has failed to see the gravity of the situation and continues to oppose Democratic efforts to double her agency's funding and give it more authority. Nord, meanwhile, said she has no intention of resigning.
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