Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children's Products
Article published in Environmental Science and Technology, 2010, by Rachel Massey of TURI, Sally Edwards of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Monica Becker, Monica Becker & Associates Sustainability Consultants. The authors note that in June the United States government recalled 12 million promotional drinking glasses sold at a fast-food restaurant chain because the painted coating contained cadmium, a toxic metal. Since 2007, the government has recalled more than 17 million toys due to high levels of lead. The report says that these and other incidents have raised concern about the problem of toxic substances in toys and other children’s products, many of which are made overseas. The substances include ingredients either suspected or recognized as potentially damaging to children’s health. Although government, industry, and advocacy groups have taken significant actions to solve the problem, including restricting the use of certain substances, that response remains inadequate, the scientists say.