December 2013 product testing

December 20, 2013 — HealthyStuff.org wraps up 2013 with a new study that continues to show how toxic chemicals are found in a range of consumer products. This winter screening joins a series of studies HealthyStuff.org has released in the past months showing how toxic chemicals continue to lurk in everyday consumer products.

This 2013 wrap up, which looked at over 100 consumer products from 9 national retailers, found that nearly a quarter of the products contain levels of lead that exceed 100 parts per million (ppm), the limit the Consumer Product Safety Commission has set for children's products. These high levels of lead were primarily found in holiday decorations, including holiday beaded garlands and outdoor lights. One of the products, a set of earphones purchased at Best Buy, contained 33% of lead by weight. This study also found high levels of arsenic, two of which were light fixtures containing arsenic levels above 1,000 ppm. Nearly a third of the products tested contained high levels of bromine (above 400 ppm) suggesting the use of brominated flame retardants (BFRs).

Published on December 20, 2013

Sample Listing

1-1/2 Plastic J-Bend
low
1.5 inch Chisel Scraper
high
12 ft Multicolor Garland
high
12ft Tinsel Garland (Gold)
high
1D Backpack
high
2 Silver Cone Trees
high
20 LED C3 Battery Operated Lights
high
20 Lights
high
24 in Pre-Lit Pink Tinsel Tree
high
25in Twistee Cane
none
32.5 in. LED Solar Santa Light
high
35 Piece Shatter Resistent Ornaments
high
3x4x4 Flexible Downspout Adaptor
low
40ft Tinsel Garland (Red)
high
48 ft Bead Garland (Aqua)
high
48 ft Bead Garland (Red)
high
48 ft Bead Garland (Silver)
high
50 LED Crystal C3 Lights
high
50 Mini Dome LED Light Set
high
5ft Glass Garland
medium
70 Fashion Lights
high
8 ft Garland (Gold #0477223)
high
8 ft Garland (Green, Red & Gold #0477326)
high
8 ft Garland (Pink, Aqua, Silver & Red #0477223)
high
8ft Garland (Gold Matte #0477223)
high
8ft Garland (Gold Shiny #0477326)
high
8ft Garland (Red #0477326)
high
8ft Garland (Red Wood Beads #0477343)
low
8ft Garland (White & Silver #0477223)
high
8in Shatter Resistant Ornament
high
Adjustable Wreath Hook
low
All Pro Recessed Trim Lighting
low
Animated Sledding Figure
medium
Assorted Ornaments Blue Snow Flake
low
Assorted Ornaments Red Bow
medium
Aviation Snips
high
Bath Mat
low
Beaded Garland (Aqua)
high
Beaded Garland (Red, Green & Gold)
high
Black and Silver Bracket
high
Calphalon Black Turner
medium
Ceiling Fixture with Switch
high
Chalkboard Wall Decals
high
Christmas House Ornamental Garland (Multi-color ornaments)
high
Christmas House Ornamental Garland - Silver Bells
high
Claw Grabber
low
Cool Moisture Humidifier
high
Damage-Free Hanging (Clear)
low
Damage-Free Hanging (White)
low
Decorative Mesh
low
Divided Tray
low
Dog Toy
medium
Driveway Reflector
medium
Fashion Earbuds
high
Faucet Protector
medium
Fiber Optic Praying Angel
high
Flush Mount Fixture
high
Foam Connector
high
Folding Plastic Stool
low
Fun Sword
medium
Glimmer Snow Blanket
medium
Glitter Reindeer
high
Hard Shell Knee Pads
medium
Heart Wall Decals
low
Hello Kitty Divided Plate
low
Holiday Time Beaded Garland (Gold)
medium
Holiday Time Beaded Garland (Red)
medium
Home Elements Beaded Garland (Gold)
high
Hose Clamp
medium
Jalapeno ornament
high
Jell-O Jigglers Mold
low
Jewish Star Placemat
low
Kazoo AUX Cable
high
Kids Shovel
medium
Laugh & Learn Learning Music Player
low
LED Roping Garland
high
Light-up Tree Topper
high
Lightbulb Garland #0477318
high
Lighted Candy Canes
high
Menorah
high
Merry Bite Beaded Garland (Gold)
high
Mildew Resistant Foam Bath Mat
high
NERF Armor
low
NFL Noise-Isolating Earphones
high
Non-Slip Surface Grip Bottom
high
Nylon Accent Rug
medium
On the Wings of an Angel
medium
Ornament Foam Shapes
low
Pail Opener
high
Peppermint Beaded Garland
high
Plastic Replacement Strainer Basket
low
Pop-up Sprinkler Adjustable Nozzle
high
Remote & Wired Controller Mini
high
Salt Shaker
high
Santa Boot Mug
low
Santa Holiday Soap Dispenser
medium
Sea Life Collection Squirter
low
Single Pack Ornaments - Bells
medium
Single Pack Ornaments - Drums
low
Single Pack Ornaments - Red Stars
high

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