35% of toys contained lead, mercury, cadmium or arsenic and only 23 % of the toxic toys had been recalled.

Posted on December 6, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game

Green group tests toys for toxins, publishes results online

You may remember that a child’s plaything or two has been recalled for high lead levels recently — and by a plaything or two, we mean millions. So it’s a tad troubling that in testing 1,268 toys, the Michigan-based Ecology Center found that 35 percent contained lead, mercury, cadmium, and/or arsenic — and only 23 of the toxic toys had been recalled. Seventeen percent of the tested toys exceeded the federal recall standard for lead, including a Hannah Montana card-game case with five times the safe lead level. “Plenty of toys don’t have these chemicals in them,” says the Ecology Center’s Tracey Easthope. “This is a problem we can solve and it’s a problem we should not have. It’s something parents should not have to worry about.” Perturbed parents can check out the Ecology Center’s full searchable results of the testing at HealthyToys.org.

sources:  The Detroit News, Hartford Courant, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, The Washington Post

Main Source: grist.org


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