July 27, 2010

Brine Recalls Gloves for Lead Paint Violation

by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Brine is voluntarily recalling all of its youth and adult VIP lacrosse gloves because of lead paint violations, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced in cooperation with the company Monday.

Retailers have been asked to stop selling the gloves and consumers can exchange them for a replacement pair and a free t-shirt from Brine.
The recall involves black and white VIP gloves sold in three sizes: 10, 12 and 13 inches. The name “Brine” is printed in white and a silver triad symbol is printed on the back of the glove on the wrist cuff.
Screen printing ink used on the silver triad logo on the back of the glove contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard, according to a joint press release by the CPSC and Health Canada.
The recalled gloves have a white tag sewn to them saying “Vietnam” or “Made in Vietnam,” along with the model numbers:  LGLVIP00WH (for the 10-inch glove), LGLVIP02WH (12-inch) or LGLVIP03WH (13-inch).
They were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide between July 2009 and June 2010 for about $50. About 7,000 pairs were sold in the U.S. and 30 in Canada.
No incidents or injuries have been reported, but consumers are advised to immediately stop using the gloves and contact Brine for a replacement or refund. More information is available at 888-542-8834 or www.brine.com/recall.
“While the silver ink patch does not come in contact with the skin in usual play, the levels of lead in the ink exceed government approved levels,” Brine stated on its Web site. “While it is unlikely the lead content would harm a person, Brine’s goal is to ensure each player’s safety, the quality of its products, and compliance with government regulations.”
The Brine site says the issue stems from one its vendors in Vietnam, which replaced a previously approved and tested batch of silver ink with an unapproved one. Subsequent tests by Brine showed levels of lead that are above those acceptable levels established by U.S. and Canadian laws.

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