WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. here said it has recalled a line of reusable bags after tests found elevated levels of lead.
CVS was among retailers whose reusable bags had been found to have traces of lead in an investigation earlier this month by the Tampa Tribune. The chain said that its own “thorough re-testing” found lead levels “exceeding 100 parts per million” in its 99-cent reusable green-colored bags.
“There is no evidence that the use of this bag is harmful to consumers,” a CVS spokeswoman told SN. “It is being voluntarily recalled as a matter of precaution.” She said customers can return the bags for a refund, and noted that the chain continues to offer other reusable bags with no lead content or content below 100 parts per million. The Consumer Product Safety Commission sets a limit of 90 parts per million for lead in paint used on consumer products.