Aflac promotional duck toy recalled for ‘toxic’ lead content

About 635,000 duck toys given to insurance company Aflac customers over 15 years have been recalled for a lead issue.

The problem, stated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The buttons on the lab coat worn by the Doctor Duck contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content standard. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.”

Communicorp doesn’t know of any problems from button lickers, though agents gave out the toys from January 2005 through this past July.

The ducks were made in China, distributed by Santa Clarita, California, company Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company and got to Aflac agents via Communicorp.

Communicorp requests people toss out the ducks. Anyone with questions can call Communicorp at 800-642-3522, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern time, or go to the website.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

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