Conn. Yanks Lead-Ridden ‘Punky Witch’ Costumes

Law360, New York (October 23, 2009, 7:38 PM EDT) -- Some children in Connecticut who were planning on donning witch attire this Halloween will have to restyle their costumes, after the state’s consumer protection watchdog recalled Walgreen Co.’s “Punky Witch” costumes on Friday for violating federal lead standards.

Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. said Friday that the rivets decorating the outfit have twice as much lead as allowed by law, qualifying them as a banned hazardous substance.

“These costumes are scarier than they should be,” Farrell said. “These costumes are now banned from sale...
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