Two US companies have recalled Chinese-made toys, saying they include paint with dangerous levels of lead, according to a report on BBC News Online this morning.
The items include SpongeBob Squarepants spiral address books and diaries, Thomas the Tank Engine spinning tops and some toy buckets which are sold in the US. Ohio toy firm Martin Designs and Schyllings Associates of Massachusetts issued the recall through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The BBC report says that about 250,000 of the books were sold between June 2006 and July 2007, while the spinning tops and buckets were in shops between 2001 and 2002. Parents are being advised to take the items away from children.