Thursday, 6 December 2007

How Safe Are Your Childrens Toys?

Breaking News! Nearly a third of 1,200 children's toys tested contained lead and other toxic chemicals like arsenic! What are the dangerous chemicals and what can you do about it ?
The main ones are lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic.

Why be alarmed ? Well, babies and children frequently put toys in their mouths and these toxic chemicals have been linked to reproductive problems, learning disabilities, hormone problems and cancer.

"Toxic chemicals have no place in children's toys, period," said Ted Schettler, MD, Science Director at the Science and Environmental Health Network. "Even low-level toxic chemical exposures can have lifelong impacts. Getting toxic chemicals out of children's toys is a moral and medical imperative."

The good news is that safe toys are possible. 28% of the products tested did not contain any lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury or PVC, including many made in China. Examples of healthier toys include: Amazing Animals Hippo by Fisher-Price (made in China); Caterpillar Grasping Toy by Melissa and Doug (made in Vietnam); and B.R. Bruin Stacking Cups (made in China).



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