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Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

"We're publishing the results of our test with the hope that we can urge the government to do this kind of thing themselves."
-Tracey Easthope, director of the Environmental Health Project at the Ecology Center

December 7, 2007 —

The Ecology Center recently completed testing on around 1,200 children's products in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. More than a third of those products were found to contain unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals like mercury, arsenic and lead. Most of these toxic toys are still on the market, with no plans in place to recall them any time soon.

It's not yet clear why the Ecology Center's findings varied from those of the companies that manufactured the toys or those of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Tracey Easthope, director of their Environmental Health Project says the point of the tests was to raise awareness so that a uniform government testing process can be established.

For the Ecology Center's full toy safety database, click here.

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