Friday, December 5, 2008

Survey: 1 in 3 toys have toxic chemicals

Researchers for the JustGreen Partnership -- a coalition of children's safety, public health and environmental groups -- recently tested more than 1,500 toys and found one in three contained medium or high levels of chemicals such as lead, cadmium and arsenic.

Lead was detected in 20 percent of the toys, and the group says levels in some far exceed the 600 parts-per-million standard set by the federal government for a recall.

The group said it selected toys and children's products that attempted to represent a cross section of the most popular items used by U.S. children.

A group representing the toy industry was critical of the report."The Toy Industry Association finds the report from is misleading to consumers, at best," according to a statement on the company's Web site.

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