Posted by: cedarsurf | March 22, 2010

Holy Toxic Hockey Sticks Batman!

Fascinating story in the Globe Saturday about toxic levels of lead in hockey sticks. No not pencils silly -hockey sticks!

After testing a junior stick, the Nike Bauer Supreme One50, Health Canada discovered the yellow paint contained a lead level of 23,000 milligrams per kilogram, about 40 times above the allowable limit. Subsequent tests over a three-week period by Bauer on its remaining 200 models of junior and youth sticks revealed that 12 others, made in a Chinese facility, were above the allowable lead limit of 600 milligrams per kilogram.

Bauer Hockey, one of the largest makers of sports equipment, promptly recalled 100,000 sticks worldwide, including 67,000 in Canada, this week.

As one comment noted: I’m not sure which is sadder, the fact that most hockey sticks are made in China now instead of Canada, or that these companies that are attempting to profit by moving all the domestic production to China are not even responsible enough to verify the quality.

For a related story of when sticks began to be sick check Holy Exploding Hockey Sticks here at Sports Crap.

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