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Well, I am not sure where to put this so I'll try here. With two chalk recalls in the past few weeks, both due to high lead recalls, I am wondering about the safety of chalk generally.

Does anyone know? I mean, does all chalk contain some amount of lead? If not, how did the lead get into the recalled chalk?

Sigh, yet another thing I didn't know we had to worry about -- and now have to research.

Thanks for any insight!
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I want to know this too - my girls chalk outside just about every day and my toddler constantly puts them in her mouth. I stop her when I see it, but had never really worried about it. Now I'm
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Chalk is usually just calcium carbonate- perfectly harmless. I believe the chalk that has been recalled was colored chalk- more likely than not it was the pigmentation that contained the lead. This would make sense to me.
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But sidewalk chalk is usually colored, right? So it usually contains some lead? This really has me worried, as well!
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Thanks for the info. I guess I should have remembered what chalk is, but my memory has tanked recently.

So now I have to wonder about the pigments -- which, when you mentioned it, I did have some vague recall about lead and pigments but it is *very* vague.

But, crayons and many children's paints are often labeled non-toxic, which to me means no lead. So why would we all of a sudden run into problems with chalk?
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It has to do with being manufactured in other countries. There were recalls of crayons manufactured elsewhere (China???) a few years ago due to lead, and kids wooden handled brooms manufactured in Mexico that had lead paint on the handles.

Anything colored or painted is really a risk. You can buy a lead paint tester kit at the hardware store. I had dh check the painted chairs after my ds ate some of the paint. It's scary- my kids play with colored sidewalk chalk as well- I think I'll look for just white- but then- it could be in the white pigment - ugh.

I had dh check all the paint on our walls as well, since our house was built in the 1960s and anything before 1978 can contain lead...

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