Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout pins should be taken away from kids due to lead concerns

Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout pins should be taken away from kids due to lead concerns
The rhomboid-shaped pin is silver with a gold animal paw painted on a blue background. (Source: CPSC)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Boy Scouts of America asked parents to take Cub Scout activity pins away from kids.

The amount of lead in about 78,000 pins sold across the nation between April of 2016 and January of 2020 exceeds federal guidelines.

Boy Scouts of America is offering a full refund, including shipping, or merchandise credit.

Follow up on that offer by returning pins to any Boy Scouts of America retail store or contacting Boy Scout of America’s National Distribution Center by calling 800-323-0736.

Lead is a toxic substance that can cause adverse health issues when ingested, especially by young children.

Louisiana health officials say most children who have been exposed to lead do not present with any symptoms. However, at increased lead levels, lead poisoning can present in the following ways:

  • Fussiness 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Weight loss 
  • Loss of energy 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Vomiting 
  • Constipation 
  • Seizures 
  • Coma

Long-term exposure to excessive levels of lead is associated with growth delays, learning disabilities,attention disorders, andbehavioral problems.

Click here to report a typo.

Copyright 2020 WAFB. All rights reserved.