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Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health has sent a legal complaint to Marvel Entertainment Inc., which markets the Curious George Birthday doll. Alarmed by new testing that reportedly found high levels of lead contamination in the doll, the group is brandishing California’s Proposition 65 environmental law in its drive to get lead out of the toy chest.

California has identified lead as causing cancer and birth defects. It is believed to be particularly harmful to children. Proposition 65, an initiative approved by voters in 1986 known as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, requires manufacturers or retailers to post warning notices on all such products.

In its complaint, Environmental Health accused Marvel of failing to post notices on its Curious George packaging warning that the doll had paint and plastic components that contain lead. The center said its testing showed one doll contained 6,000 parts per million of lead, more than 10 times the legal limit.

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