This week, Canada's Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq unveiled some of the toughest restrictions for lead in children's products.

The new regulations will limit the amount of lead that can be found in toys and educational products for children under the age of 3 to 90 milligrams per kilogram (0.009 percent). The regulations aim to effectively ban lead from toys for young children and other products that kids put in their mouths. The limit applies to toys as well as other products that kids put in their mouths such as pacifiers, baby bibs, straws and drinking spouts.

These new lead limits put Canada ahead of other countries when it comes to limiting lead in children's products. The current lead limit in the United States is 0.03 percent total lead on all products intended for children age 12 and under, to be reduced to 0.01 percent in August 2011.

Australia currently has a lead limit of 0.009 percent of migratable lead, but Health Canada's limit is for total lead will be tougher, and the department says is safer for kids because it takes into account the regular wear and tear of products, including those with protective coatings that children put in their mouths.

[via The Montreal Gazette]