Toxic toys no fun for anyone but still common

untitled.jpgWhile the number of toys containing lead has greatly decreased since 2007, The Ecology Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, released its 3rd Annual Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals today (available at, showing toxic toys are still a big problem. Of nearly 700 popular 2009 children’s products tested, one in three contained at least one harmful chemical, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and PVC. “The toxic chemicals that we find are a fraction of the thousands of chemicals that can be present in everyday products, including those intended for children,” said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center’s lead researcher and founder, in a release. “We need a major overhaul of our chemicals policies immediately to start phasing out these dangerous substances.” But there are some measures you can take to ensure your kids' products are safe. Before doing your holiday shopping, consider heading to and searching toys by product name, UPC code, product type, manufacturer, or retailer to find out their chemical levels, and check out nontoxic toys for tots for the top questions to ask when doing your holiday shopping. Also, look for products from these natural companies: Melissa & Doug, Oompa Toys, Rich Frog, The Soft Landing, Green Toys, and ImagiPLAY and Clementine Art's nontoxic children's art supplies.

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