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RecallsHealthyToys Finds Hundredsof Dangerous Items on Market

Posted Aug 26 2008 12:30pm

As more and more toys are found to contain lead and other dangerous contaminants, consumer and environmental groups are beginning to fill in for the mostly absent federal government. The latest team, which includes EcoCenter.org and The Washington Toxics Coalition, has discovered that about one-third of 1,200 tested items contain lead or other dangerous metals, reports The Associated Press via the Los Angeles Times.

Of the items tested, 17 percent exceed the federal safety limit of 600 parts per million for lead in paint. Most of the toys on this list have not been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is the primary agency responsible for product safety.

So far, I haven’t found any of our toys in the database of tested toys, which you can find at HealthyToys.org . Because the list is so long and the database is running slow, I will have to spend more time on the site at a later date. Perhaps HealthyToys, which is a consortium of over 25 organizations, was not expecting such a large response.

While it’s impossible for me to publish all the toys on this list, here’s the Worst Top 10 (I apologize in advance for this table looking funky in Firefox and the huge gap of space in I.E.):

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