ToxicToys - 1 in 3 tested found toxins
A study done this past week has found that 1 in 3 popular toys on our store shelves this holiday season have significant levels of toxic chemicals including lead, flame retardants, and arsenic.
Some products will be illegal to sell in February, according to the new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Children's jewellery remains on the top of the most contaminated products list.
(Ann Arbor, MI -- December 3, 2008) - The Ecology Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, and partners across the country today released the 2nd annual consumer guide to toxic chemicals in toys at www.HealthyToys.org. Researchers tested over 1,500 popular children's toys for lead, cadmium, arsenic, PVC and other harmful chemicals in time for this year's holiday shopping season. One in three toys tested were found to contain "medium" or "high" levels of chemicals of concern.
Levels of lead in many toys were significantly above the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended ceiling of 40 ppm of lead in children's products. Children's jewelry remains the most contaminated product category, maintaining its spot at the top of HealthyToys.org’s "worst" list.
The CPSC regulations, which go into effect in February 2009, would make certain products on the shelf this holiday season illegal to sell two months from now. Experts insist that these new regulations, while a good first step, do not go nearly far enough to protect our children.
"There is simply no place for toxic chemicals in children's toys," said Ecology Center’s Jeff Gearhart, who led the research. "Our hope is that by empowering consumers with this information, manufacturers and lawmakers will feel the pressure to start phasing out the most harmful substances immediately, and to change the nation’s laws to protect children from highly toxic chemicals."