Bills would give Michigan families the right to know about chemicals in children's products
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Michigan families would be able to find out if children’s products sold in the state contain harmful chemicals under bills introduced by Senator Rebekah Warren and Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi earlier this month.
“Right now parents do not have access to information on the chemicals used in the products they buy for their children,” Tinsley-Talabi said. “The Safe Children’s Product Act would give Michigan families access to the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions and avoid children’s products that contain harmful chemicals.”
“Michigan families’ deserve the right-to-know about toxic chemicals in children’s products,” Warren said. “We urge our colleagues in the House and Senate to support these bills, which will arm our parents with the information they need to protect our children from toxic toys.”
Advocacy groups including the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health (MNCEH), a coalition of health professional, health-affected, and environmental organizations, applauded the bills’ introduction. The Ecology Center is one of the lead organizations in the MNCEH.
“These bills are commonsense consumer protections that would complement the proposed federal legislation,” said Alexis Blizman, legislative and policy director at the Ecology Center. “Just a few weeks ago a report out of Washington State demonstrated that more than 5,000 children’s products in that state contain hazardous chemicals.”
Tinsley-Talabi announced her plans to introduce the Safe Children’s Products Act at a toy-testing event in Grosse Pointe where staff from the Ecology Center shared tips on how to reduce children’s exposure to toxic chemicals and tested consumer products participants brought for toxic heavy metals including lead, cadmium and mercury
The Safe Children’s Products Act would require the state to create a list of chemicals of concern in children’s products, based on sound science, and require toy importers and large manufacturers to disclose the presence of chemicals of greatest concern in their children’s products.
EcoLink — June 2013 Ecolink An online publication of the Ecology Center