CLEVELAND - In 2007, more than one in seven Halloween and holiday products purchased in Ohio, and tested by Ashland University Professor Jeff Weidenhamer, contained unacceptable levels of lead contamination.

On Monday, Dr. Weidenhamer will join U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to release the results of products tested in 2011, showing major progress.

Weidenhamer tested 75 Halloween items this year, looking for things like lead. The progress to be revealed, according to a news release from Senator Brown’s office, follows major reforms in 2008, of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

In 2007, Brown requested that Dr. Weidenhamer test Halloween and holiday items purchased in Ohio for levels of lead. Approximately one in every seven items was found to contain high lead levels. According to guidelines set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at the time, acceptable levels of lead were 600 parts per million (ppm), or 99.97 percent lead-free.

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