US: No Risk to Children from Synthetic Fields

July 31, 2008

A federal agency says young children are not at risk for lead exposure from synthetic athletic fields.

That is the word from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The agency evaluated various synthetic athletic fields after lead was detected on the surface of some fields.

The agency said no tested field released amounts of lead that would be harmful to children.

Regardless, the commission is asking that voluntary standards be developed for synthetic turf to preclude the use of lead in future products.

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