Baby bottles recalled due to lead contamination

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LOS ANGELES (KNX) — A recall has been issued for glass baby bottles after they were found to contain excessive levels of lead.

The recall involves NUK-branded First Choice glass baby bottles with a latex nipple intended for children up to 6-months-old.

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The bottles were manufactured for sale in the United Kingdom, and were unintentionally sold to customers in the United States through Amazon, according to a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. NUK estimates about 100 bottles were sold in the U.S.

The bottles were sold online exclusively through Amazon.com third-party seller Astir Care from January 2018 to May 2022 for about $20.

The eight-ounce bottles are marked with white and gray stars, a graduated volume scale, and "NUK" printed in white letters.

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The markings on the outside of the bottles contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban, according to the CPSC. Under the ban, paint and similar surface coatings in children's products must not contain a concentration of lead greater than 0.009 percent (90 parts per million).

No illnesses or injuries associated with the bottles have been reported.

Childhood exposure to lead can cause long-term harm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lead poisoning can damage the brain and nervous system and lead to speech problems, behavioral issues and slowed development. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to negatively affect a child’s intelligence, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement.

"Our products are rigorously and routinely tested for consumer safety and are in full compliance with industry standards set by different global regions," NUK said in a statement. "[The] First Choice Glass Bottle was intended for sale in the UK market and is compliant with UK regulations (different than North American regulations). The U.S. tests and regulates for overall lead content levels on the bottle while in the UK, they test and regulate for lead migration, meaning they test to make sure the lead stays put on the bottle, that it does not leach and cannot be absorbed during use."

Consumers with the recalled bottles should stop using them immediately. NUK says it will only provide refunds to customers who return the bottles. To obtain a refund, register for a kit to return the bottles for free at recall.nuk-usa.com.

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