The state Department of Public Health is urging consumers not to use approximately 56-thousand lunch boxes that were distributed as part of an effort by the department to get people to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Department officials say tests found elevated levels of lead in three of the boxes.
The green canvas lunch boxes were given out at health fairs and other events and carry a logo saying eat fruits and vegetables and be active.
A department spokeswoman says the boxes contain lead-based paint.
Department officials say the boxes were obtained from a Los Angeles company that has factories in Canton, China.