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November 30, 2007 9:54 AM
Asbestos Found in Toys Still Being Sold

Asbestos, a know cancer causing agent, has been found in toys still being sold in the US. The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit and two brands of children's play clay along with many household products still in stores for sale have been reported by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The ADAO, a non-profit organization, hired 3 independent laboratories to conduct testing. The sale of asbestos products is not banned in the US.

In 1983 the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled Fibro-Clay, a product manufactured by Milton Bradley, which was used throughout the country in schools for paper mache art projects. The discovery of the presence of raw asbestos fiber then was reported by Irving J. Selikoff, MD, of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Wayne, NJ elementary school children were found to be using it to craft snowman.

The findings of the ADAO have been made available to the US EP and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The products were reportedly manufactured in China.

Asbestos has long been known to cause a rare and fatal form of cancer, mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Legislation is pending before Congress to ban asbestos in the United States.

References:

Asbestos turns up in toys, children's clay
Seattle Post-Journal Nov. 27, 2007
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/341381_asbestos28.html

Asbestos Found in Household Products
CSI Fingerprint Investigation Kit Among Suspect Products
The Daily Green – Nov. 29, 2007
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/csi-asbestos-47112903

CPSC and Milton Bradley Co. Recall "Fibro-Clay"
US Consumer Product Safety Commission - March, 1983
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml83/83012.html

"Pure White Snow"
Asbestos was used as snow in such movies as The Wizard of Oz
http://i17.ebayimg.com/02/s/06/ee/a4/df_2.JPG

 

 

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