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Calcium Hydroxide in Children’s Toys

Posted Jun 18 2008 7:09pm

If you’ve bought the toy below, watch out for the white powder comes in the kit. This toy is called: “Animal Tracking Explorer Kit”, with is a fun toy for kids’ science explorations.

Animal Tracking

This kit contains nature study tools and equipment (field lens, specimen jars and bags, labels, puff bottle, plastic gloves, spatula, cardboard strips, paper clips, mixing pot, tweezers, spoon, notebook) and an Explorer Guide. It includes a bag of white powder marked “plaster of paris” which is actually calcium hydroxide.

Calcium Hydroxidecan cause skin and eye irritation to children using the product. This toy is recentlyrecalled by CPSC.

From Wiki, these are the risks of Calcium Hydroxide to health:

An overexposure to calcium hydroxide can have life threatening effects:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Internal bleeding
  • Hypotension
  • Skeletal muscle paralysis, interference with actin-myosin system
  • An increase in blood pH, which is damaging to the internal organs
  • Calcium Hydroxide is also a cancer suspect agent
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