Lunch Bags May Contain Lead

Saturday, November 3rd 2007, 2:54 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Long Island county health department says lunch bags made in China and distributed for a program meant to encourage healthy eating are being recalled because they may contain lead.

A Nassau County Health Department spokeswoman says the recall is "purely precautionary" because authorities hadn't determined how much lead the bags contain.

However, she says they had confirmed the heavy metal was present in some amount in the material used in the bags.

Nassau County is recalling 169 bags given out between October 11th and 18th to participants in the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance program.

The spokeswoman says a county employee happened to spot a label inside one of the bags that said the product "may contain lead." The label also said the bags were made in China.