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Nov. 24 US: Report Finds Toxic Toys Still Widely Sold at Toys R Us as 2010 Holiday Season Begins

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

From: YubaNet

The report, available at www.toxictoysrus.com, was commissioned by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and Teamsters Office of Consumer Affairs as part of a long-term effort by health, environmental, consumer and labor activists to hold Toys R Us to its word, and ensure that it fully labels all toys containing toxic chemicals, and phases out PVC in toys.

Key findings in the report include:

* 72.5 percent of all toys/children's products tested contained high levels of chlorine, indicating they were likely made of PVC.

* 20.3 percent of all toys/children's products tested contained tin, indicating the likely presence of organotins in these toys.

* 52.9 percent of all toy packaging tested contained high levels of chlorine, indicating they were likely made of PVC.

* 52.9 percent of all toy packaging tested contained tin, indicating the likely presence of organotins.

* In the fall 2010 testing, only one of the 60 products that we tested was labeled as containing PVC.

* 81 percent of fall 2010 toys marketed to infants and toddlers 18-36 months and up in age contained chlorine, indicating they were likely made of PVC. 19 percent of these toddler-targeted toys contained tin, indicating the likely presence of organotins in these toys.

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