Retailers limit lead use in accessories

June 2, 2010 1:41:14 PM PDT
More than 40 major retailers and apparel makers have now agreed to limit the use of lead in handbags and other fashion accessories.

The companies will set new industry standards for lead use in their products, as part of a nearly $2 million legal settlement filed in Alameda County Superior Court this week.

The agreement settles a lawsuit filed against the companies last year by the Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health.

Retailers that signed onto the settlement include Macy's, Target, JC Penney and Victoria's Secret.