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Group co-opts Barbie for anti-lead message

Nov. 24, 2007 at 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Barbie and Ken have been co-opted by a group fighting against the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, starring in an online critique of lead in toys.

Campaign for America's Future released a video on YouTube that shows Barbie getting lead poisoning after a reunion with Ken. "Toxic Toys: A Poisonous Affair" has Barbie complaining of symptoms after the couple's one-night stand.

In a news release this week, the group said that the CPSC's annual list of safety tips for parents and others buying toys for Christmas fails to include making sure they do not contain lead.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown sued Mattel, which makes Barbie, and other toy manufacturers and retailers, claiming that they have failed to warn consumers of hazardous levels of lead in some toys. A number of Democratic legislators have also called for the departure of Nancy Nord, head of the CPSC.

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