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Target Corp. denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty to resolve claims that it knowingly violated the federal lead paint ban on toys.

The tenative penalty would resolve CPSC claims that from May 2006 through August 2007, the company knowingly imported various toys (Kool Toyz Products and others) with paint or other surface paint that contained lead levels about legal limits.

The agency asserts the company failed to take the proper steps to ensure that no toys or children’s products would have lead-containing paint, thereby creating a risk of lead poisoning and other adverse health concerns to children.

“This penalty should remind importers and retailers that they have always had the same obligation to meet the strict lead limits as the manufacturers,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

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