With all the recall notices here and elsewhere for toys etc., I would like to add that I read in the Los Angeles Times that the lead exposure in the paint in such toys is extremely limited. Although lead is always serious, it's even more vital to check on lead exposure from old lead paint found in many homes. If your child is exposed to the dust or chips from such leaded paint, that could be significant lead exposure, and this has in fact, contributed to most of the serious lead exposure problems.
Virtually all house paint applied before 1950 contained lead, and the practice continued into the 70's.
The only way to determine the presence of lead in paint is to have the paint tested.
-------------THIS OLD HOUSE magazine on GOOGLE
ask questions of experts, etc. if in doubt. Best to cover with fresh paint if you suspect this is what was on there. Paint meant to seal. Also, grandma's house was built in the 1950s and has asbestos ceiling tiles. They, too, cannot be washed, etc. Must be sealed in a paint. Used Kilz.
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