Study finds summer seasonal products contain phthalates and other harmful chemicals

For this study, Healthy Stuff.org purchased and tested 121 consumer products that include common products used in the household, outdoors, and for 4th of July festivities. These products were purchased in national retailers, including Target, Walmart, Kroger, Meijers, Big Lots, Walgreens, and CVS.

About 12% of the products (15 of 121) contained lead (Pb) above 100 ppm, exceeding the CPSC limit set on children’s products. These products are popular items currently sold at major retailers for summer outdoor activities including picnic supplies, beach/pool gear and 4th of July accessories.

Published on July 4, 2014

Sample Listing

12 Pack Foam Cooler
medium
2014-2015 2-Year Planner
high
3D WorX Holographic Pencil Holder
low
4th of July Tablecloth
medium
American Flags
low
Americana Beach Ball
high
Angry Birds Dog Toy
low
Avengers Inflatable Shield
high
Baby T-Shirt with Print
high
Badminton Set
low
Banded Style Hearing Protector
medium
Barbie SkyDelta 52 Kite
high
Batman Earbuds
high
BBQ Tool Set with Black Handles
high
Bee Squeeze Bag Clip-On
medium
Beverage Coozie
low
Big Bad Boomerang
medium
Biplane Microkite
low
Black Ladle
medium
Black Plastic Slotted Spoon
low
Black Plastic Spatula and Spoon
medium
Black Quilted Tote
medium
Black Spaghetti Server
medium
Blue Flip Flops
high
Blue Junior Swim Goggles
low
Blue Kids Water Shoes
high
Blue Plastic Tablecloth
medium
Blue Tablecloth with Clips
low
Blue Toddler Solid Sandals
low
Cancun Beanie Toy
medium
Clear Plastic Favor Bags
Clear Plastic Treat Bags
low
Cultivator with Orange Handle
high
Delux Roller Shade
high
Deluxe Binder with view pockets
high
Double Chain Charm Necklace
high
E-Z Opener
low
Egg Separator
medium
Fireworks Shazam
high
Fish Shaped Squirt Gun
high
Flashing Ball Toy
low
Floating Duck Family
high
Freedom Flag Placemat
high
Froggerz Water Toy
high
Geyser Blast Sprinkler Toy
high
Girls Americana Flip-flops
high
Glitter Fuzzy Sticks
medium
Glossy Panel Ball
high
Gray Gardening Boots
high
Green Ice Cube Tray
low
Green Knee Pads
high
Green Tablecloth with Clamps
low
Green Twist Ties - 8 in
low
Grilling Extension Fork
high
Hot Pink Watch
Kink-Free Hose Saver
high
Large Crystal Necklace
medium
Large Star Necklace
medium
LED Flashing Necklace USA
high
Light Blue Spatula Set
low
Light Up American Flag Necklace
high
Light Up Flashing Star Ring
low
Light-Up Mini Googly Animal
none
Metal Patriotic Wall Decoration
low
Michigan Plastic Tablecloth
low
Mickey Mouse Easy-Wipe Vinyl Bib
high
Mickey Mouse Kids Flip-Flops
low
Multicolored Noise Isolating Earbuds
high
Multicolored Sports Ball Pack
high
Non-Slip Glove
high
Nylon Utensils
low
O-ring Washer Pack
low
Orange Corn Holders
high
Orange Fly Swatter
medium
Orange PVC Placemat
high
Pacifiers Sterilizer and Carry Box
low
Party Candle
low
Patriot Bag Fireworks
high
Patriotic Bead Necklace with Red Plastic Star
high
Patriotic Bows - Two Pack
high
Patriotic Foam Light Up Wand
high
Patriotic Plastic Star Bubbles
low
Patriotic Sequin Hat
low
Patriotic Shaped Drink Holder
low
Patriotic Star Lights - Ten Count
high
Patriotic USA Headband
high
Pink Inflatable Fabric Arm Floats
high
Pink Light-up Bracelet
low
Pink Nose Clip and Ear Plugs with Case
low
Pliers Set - Pair
high
Polka Dot Birthday Candle
low
Purple Squeaky Dog Toy
low
Red Monthly Planner 2014
high
Red, White, and Blue Bead Necklaces
low
Red, White, and Blue Metallic Bead Necklace
high
Rubber Duck with Purple Hat
high
Small Dog Body Harness
medium
Soft Fabric Swimwear Arm Bands
high
Sparklers
low
Spiderman Ball
high

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