Target Corp. is pulling its Valentine’s Day “Message Bears” from store shelves after California’s attorney general raised concerns that the toys have illegal levels of lead.
The announcement Tuesday comes after a letter sent by Attorney General Jerry Brown said that testing revealed lead levels that violate federal law.
Target spokeswoman Beth Hanson says the Minneapolis-based company will pull the bears, which were made in China, from store shelves while it investigates.
Hanson says Target’s initial investigation indicated the bears “had compliant testing results” when the toys shipped.
The products were identified as a pink stuffed bear with “XOXO” across its chest and a brown stuffed bear with “I Love
U” across its chest, with the word “love” represented by a heart.
Brown’s letter says an investigator for a nonprofit watchdog group bought the toys at stores in California.
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