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One in Three Children’s Toys Tested by Ecology Center’s www.HealthyToys.org has Significant Levels of Chemicals, Including Lead, Flame Retardants, and Arsenic
- Lead is Still in Toys — HealthyToys.org found lead in 20 percent of all the products tested this year. When children are exposed to lead, the developmental and nervous system consequences can be irreversible. The Healthy Michigan, Healthy Kids platform calls for implementing the American Academy of Pediatrics threshold level of 40 ppm for toys sold in Michigan.
- It’s Not Just Lead — HealthyToys.org found that 2.9 percent, or 45 products, had bromine at concentrations of 1,000 ppm or higher. This indicates the likely, unnecessary use of brominated flame retardants — chemicals that may pose hazards to children’s health. HB 4465, pending in the state House, would severely restrict the use of one type of brominated flame retardant. Arsenic was detected at levels greater than 100 ppm in 22, or 1.4 percent, of products; 289 (18.9 percent) of products contained detectable levels of arsenic. Mercury was found above 100 ppm in 14 (1 percent) of products; 62 (4.2 percent) of products contained detectable levels of mercury. The Healthy Michigan, Healthy Kids platform calls for no more than 40 ppm of mercury or arsenic in children’s products.
- It’s Not Just China — HealthyToys.org has not found a consistent correlation between the country of manufacture and the presence of toxic chemicals in toys.
- Jewelry — Jewelry remains the most contaminated product category tested. Children’s jewelry was five-times more likely to contain lead above 600 ppm than other products tested by HealthyToys.org.
- The Good News — The good news is that 62 percent (954) of the products tested contain LOW levels of chemicals of concern, and 21 percent (324) of all products contain NO chemicals of concern. These products look and feel no different than other children’s products on the shelf. These findings show that manufacturers can and should make toys free of unnecessary toxic chemicals.
For press questions, please contact:
Mike Shriberg, 734-761-3186 x 108
Representative Rebekah Warren, 517-373-2577
***ATTENTION JOURNALISTS: B-Roll, hi-resolution photos and best / worst lists are available at http://www.HealthyToys.org/press.resources.php. A su solicitud, este informe de prensa esta disponible en español. El B-roll incluye a entrevistas en español.***
HealthyToys.org is a project of the Ecology Center — a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future.