The Daily Outrage: Artificial turf could lead to poisoning 

Today's daily outrage is about fake grass and its potential for lead poisoning.

WHO: Artificial turf manufacturers

WHAT: Three top makers of fake grass allegedly violated state law by knowingly failing to disclose that their products contain lead, according to a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Jerry Brown this week.

WHY THEY’RE DOING IT: The lead is used to add a natural green color to the turf. The manufacturers say their products are safe.

WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA: There is potential for lead poisoning if kids roll in or touch the grass and then touch food or their mouths, the lawsuit alleges. And the danger increases as the turf ages and starts to break down.

WHERE TO VENT: The state is hoping to negotiate a legal settlement that would require the products to be reformulated so that no lead is used in their manufacture.

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