Wal-Mart is recalling "realistic-looking" toy animals made in China because of excessive lead levels. The company’s independent testing revealed excessive levels of lead in the base material, not the surface coating. The animal sets were labeled "Farm Animals," "Dinosaurs," and "Jungle Animals." Wal-Mart says it thinks the manufacturer has sold them through other outlets as well.
I’m pretty sure this is true, as I bought some identical animals from a dollar store recently as props for this blog. I don’t chew on them, so I am not concerned, but those of you with kids might want to make sure they’re not being used as teething rings. You can return them and get your 88 cents back — if not your peace of mind.