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Christmas ornaments, children's toys found to be heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals, heavy metals

12/21/2014 - 'Tis the season to be leery. Experts have issued a series of warnings about several holiday decorations and children's toys which have been found to be heavily contaminated with heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, the items aren't just limited to one small store; instead, they're linked...

Federal government sues California companies for unsafe toxin levels in children's toys

3/2/2014 - Leaded gasoline for vehicles and lead-based paint for homes used to be the norm, as the dangers of lead went unnoticed. While the public has become aware of lead's health dangers, there remains concern for high levels of lead persisting in children's toys. These toys, typically imported from China,...

Toys that develop creativity and intelligence

11/14/2013 - This holiday season is fast approaching. There are avenues that enhance the creative, intelligent, emotional and spiritual development of children other than expensive toys and/or caving in to slick marketing advertising that convinces parents to purchase the latest toys and gadgets. As a psychologist,...

Halloween and specialty stores nationwide may be selling lead and cadmium poisoning to your child

10/24/2012 - Sneaky importers and foreign manufacturers really do not care if they poison your child. Federal inspectors in September diverted a load of Halloween costumes from China for testing and found 11 times the acceptable level of lead, according to Mike Milne, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

San Francisco passes law banning toys in Happy Meals

11/4/2010 - San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to crack down on the dubious practice of fast food companies luring children into eating unhealthy meals by giving away gimmicky toys. "Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color," said...

McDonald's threatened with lawsuit over toys in Happy Meals

6/28/2010 - The Los Angeles Times recently reported that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is planning to sue fast-food giant McDonald's if the company does not comply with its demands to remove toys from "Happy Meals". CSPI claims that marketing unhealthy food with toys is contributing to the...

More Children's Toys Contain High Levels of Heavy Metals, Dangerous Chemicals

7/24/2008 - More than a third of toys tested contain toxic chemicals, according to a report released by the Ecology Center's Environmental Health Project and the Washington Toxics Coalition. The groups tested 1,200 toys and other children's products using an X-ray fluorescence analyzer that reveals objects'...

Many Toys Sold in U.S. Still Contain High Levels of Lead

5/28/2008 - In spite of federal regulations, many toys sold in the United States continue to contain lead, according to reports released by two different non-profit organizations. The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) conducted tests on 100 toys purchased in the San Francisco Bay Area, and found that nine...

Protecting Our Children From Toxic Toys

4/11/2008 - Protecting one's children is of utmost important to parents. Unfortunately, it is now necessary to educate ourselves about how to keep our children safe from potentially harmful chemicals in their toys. Parents should be striving to limit their children's exposure to chemicals found in many toys on...

China manufacturers lace children's toys with liquid ecstasy

11/15/2007 - The next time you see your infant enjoying a new made-in-China toy, you might want to check to make sure he's not having too much of a good time: A recent discovery reveals that toys called "Aqua Dots" are coated with a chemical similar to liquid ectasy. When children eat the Aqua Dots (which they're...

Top 20 things that are more dangerous to children than lead paint in Mattel toys

9/5/2007 - The mainstream media is amusingly irrational when it comes to reporting scare stories. The latest example involves the lead content of Mattel toys made in China. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a third recall of Mattel toys involving over 700,000 toys containing unacceptably high levels...

San Francisco to ban children's toys made with toxic chemicals; bisphenol A and phthalates targeted

11/23/2006 - Beginning Dec. 1, the city of San Francisco will begin enforcing a ban on the sale, distribution and manufacture of baby products that contain any level of the toxic chemical bisphenol A or certain levels of phthalates. Both chemicals -- which are used to harden or soften plastic products -- can...

Adding Weight to Toys May Help Improve Children’s Fitness (press release)

8/23/2006 - Adding weight to toys may serve as a way to improve children’s fitness, according to research at Indiana State University. Professor John Ozmun and graduate student Lee Robbins conducted the study with 7- and 8-year-old children, who carried 3-pound weighted and unweighted cardboard blocks while...

Kellogg's caught in mercury controversy; New York bans mercury toys in childrens' breakfast cereals

7/13/2004 - In a previous article, I reported how Kellogg's was shipping boxes of childrens' breakfast cereal with Spiderman toys containing mercury batteries. I pointed out the insanity of including a highly toxic heavy metal (mercury) in boxes of cereal, not just for the health danger to children, but also the...

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