I have tested this “Latches Board” by Melissa & Doug with an XRF instrument and found all components to be lead-free! This is a great example of how brass does not have to contain lead (even though most brass does!) This toy is a terrific choice for your little ones looking to explore latches and hooks! Click the image below to see more images and the full product description on Amazon.
All of the modern / newly manufactured Melissa & Doug products I have tested (manufactured after 2010) have been lead-free.
Note: Please avoid making your own activity board out of recycled housing components! Old (and new!) building components (hinges, switches, knobs, latches, hooks) can be made of leaded brass, leaded glass, or plastic with high levels of lead in it. These things can also be contaminated with visible (or invisible) lead paint residue. It just takes a microscopic amount of lead to poison a child and it is not worth the risk.
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Mother of lead poisoned children