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Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children’s Products: Limitations of Current Responses and Recommendations for Government and Industry

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es1009407
 This article was 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.

The authors are quoted in a number of articles:

ACS PressPac:

http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=223&content_id=CNBP_026044&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=213ecdb0-ea99-469b-94ab-0ea3906d32bb
ACS International Year of Chemistry Virtual Journal:
http://iyc2011.acs.org/virtual-journal/environment/
Consumer Affairs:
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2010/11/despite-recent-recalls-many-toys-still-contain-toxic-chemicals.html
Time Healthland:
http://healthland.time.com/2010/12/15/christmas-shoppers-rejoice-toys-are-safer-or-are-they/
Terra Daily:
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Toxic_Toy_Crisis_Requires_Fresh_Solutions_999.html
EmaxHealth:
http://www.emaxhealth.com/1020/toxins-toys-prompts-new-recommendations
HighBeam Business:
http://business.highbeam.com/435147/article-1G1-244855828/toxic-toy-crisis-requires-fresh-solutions
TopNews:
http://topnews.net.nz/content/29823-repeated-recalls-toxic-toys-indicates-need-better-regulation
PhysOrg:
http://phys.org/news/2010-11-toxic-toy-crisis-requires-fresh.html

CBC News:
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/11/11/toxic-toys-us-study.html?ref=rss

ScienceDaily:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101110123941.htm

Medical News Today:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/207555.php

Do Your Part for Everyday Green Living:
http://doyourpart.com/eco-news/environmental-paper-examines-toxic-us-toys-situation/

Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-safe-toys-20101122,0,2027895.story

The Baltimore Sun:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/la-he-safe-toys-20101122,0,3851442.story