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Bachmann have had a "lead free" reassurance on the front page of their websites for a couple of weeks now.

Adherence to CE standards probably comes under the jurisdiction of local authority Trading Standards departments. Whilst I am sure that they all have teams dedicated to checking product compliance, I suspect the volume of goods being traded makes it difficult to catch everything. Even so they still take a lot of product off the shelves each year.

The constant pressure to reduce costs will always lead some manufacturers or sub contractors into the temptation of cutting corners such as the lead content in paint. Those who complain vocifierously about high prices should remember that sometimes these calls will tip suppliers over the edge into taking those short cuts.

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