Health Department warns of lunch tote recall

PLATTSBURGH The Clinton County Health Department has been advised of a voluntary recall of lunch tote coolers due to lead contamination. These coolers, purchased from the Produce for Better Health Foundation, have been distributed at a variety of venues in Clinton County, including the local Plattsburgh Farmers Market, over the summer months. The Health Department estimates approximately 150 coolers may have been provided to area residents. The lunch coolers, imprinted with the "Fruits and Vegetables, More Matters" design, were produced in red, blue and green colors. Independent testing has confirmed the inside lining of the coolers may contain lead in levels that exceed the federal lead limit of 600 parts per million. Although there is no immediate health risk, lead exposure should be avoided due to the potential of risks associated with chronic lead exposure. The Health Department is requesting consumers in possession of these coolers stop using them immediately, keep them away from young children, and return them to the Health Department at 133 Margaret St. The coolers will be then be shipped back to the distributor. Additional information, along with a photograph of the coolers, can be obtained from the company Web site at www.pbhcatalog.com. Specific questions related to this local recall may be directed to the Health Department at 565-4840, or by visiting www.clintonhealth.org on-line.

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