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Lead in promotional lunch boxes

California officials widely distributed lunch boxes in recent years to promote healthy eating, including throughout Placer County, but Department of Public Health officials are recalling the canvas bags because they are a potential health hazard.Recent tests found elevated levels of lead in three bags.In Placer County, the lunch boxes were distributed throughout the western portion of the county and in Kings Beach.The lunch boxes are made of green canvas and have a logo reading Eat Fruits & Vegetables and Be Active. Nearly 60,000 of these lunch boxes were distributed throughout California at health fairs and other events.Placer Health and Human Services staff are asking their clients to return the bags where staff will then dispose of the lunch boxes.No known cases of lead poisoning related to the lunch boxes has been reported, officials said in a release Friday.For further information from the State of California about this recall and lead poisoning in general, check out the following Web sites at http://www.cdph.ca.gov or http://www.dhs.ca.gov. Sun staff reports

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