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Canada recalls potentially lethal Chinese-made pencils

AFP , MONTREAL

Canada has recalled tens of thousands of children's pencils made in China over fears they contained dangerous levels of lead in their coating, Health Canada said in a statement on Saturday.

The health body agreed, along with the Canadian subsidiary of the US firm which distributes them, on "a voluntary recall of Favor Set brand pencils due to a high lead level in the coating of the pencils," it said.

"As a precautionary measure, Amscan is recalling all 16 models of Favor Set brand pencils sold in various stores across Canada since January 2007," approximately 140,000 units, it said.

The pencils were made in China.

"Pencils that have already been purchased should immediately be taken away from children," Health Canada warned.

No incidents linked to the hazardous products have been reported.

But the announcement was the latest of a series of recalls and consumer scares involving Chinese-made products in North America.

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