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Test My Toys – New Website Offers One Stop Toy Safety Search

Posted Aug 26 2008 1:46pm

The buzz on Wednesday was about the launch of a new site, Healthy Toys.org which promises to be a one stop shop for parents seeking safe toys this holiday season.

I wanted to check out the site that day but the strong publicity program they launched meant heavy traffic all day. That should continue since this is a very comprehensive site that enables parents to check by name, brand or type of toy to see if it is safe. And, they are certainly getting the word out!

If the toy in question isn’t listed, you can request that your toy be tested.

Now that’s cool!

Tests by the group on more than 1,200 children’s products, most of them still on store shelves, found that 35 percent contain lead — many with levels far above the federal recall standard used for lead paint …so, as we suspected, it’s probably a good idea to check every single friggin’ toy you own or want to own.

On this site you can do it! Maintained by The Ecology Center , working with a large consortium of non-profit groups to compile information, Healthytoys.org bills itself as “The Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys”.

The site also features a list of the top ten WORST TOYS

Top 10 with Lead

Top 10 with Cadmium

Top 10 with Arsenic



And it goes on…and last year I only worried about “small parts”!



Update: One thing I actually forgot about was mentioned by Christy Matte at Family Internet at About.com. Even if you do find your suspect toy at Healthy Toys.com , you may not find out if the toy you own is safe because different batches of toys can use different raw materials...sigh!



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