Group warns of lead in turf

June 23, 2008 10:41:47 AM PDT
A California watchdog group is warning that exposure to lead from artificial turf poses a risk to children. The Center for Environmental Health is sending legal notices to 14 companies whose products show high lead levels.

Charles Margulis, a spokesman for the watchdog agency, says the lead content in turf from sports fields, indoor/outdoor carpeting and other products was compared against the standard for lead in paint.

The agency says a subsequent test showed lead could be wiped off turf with a cloth or a child's hand.

The latest tests show potential exposure from new products.

A message left with the Synthetic Turf Council, an industry group, was not immediately returned.

The concern over possible lead exposure from turf was first raised by New Jersey health officials who found excessive levels in synthetic sports fields.