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Harmful Chemicals In Toys Subject Of Ban

POSTED: 11:24 AM ET, 07/29/2008 by Derek Kravitz

A ban on a family of toxins found in children's products is the latest Congressional reform in a growing movement to to remove harmful chemicals from toys.

The ban would take effect in six months. The rare action by Congress reflects a growing body of scientific research showing that children ingest the toxins by acts as simple as chewing on a rubber duck, The Post's Lyndsey Layton reports.

Harmful chemicals in children's toys have been a hot topic among investigative reports in recent years.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Chemical Fallout" series examined dangerous chemicals found in the packaging, surfaces or contents of many products.

The newspaper reviewed more than 250 scientific studies written over the past 20 years; examined thousands of pages of regulatory documents and industry correspondence; and interviewed more than 100 scientists, physicians, and industry and government officials and found that federal agencies failed to regulate potentially harmful chemicals, despite repeated promises to do so.

A yearlong Chicago Tribune investigation into hazardous children's products, "Kids at Risk," a series that led to significant congressional reforms in regards to consumer-product safety and a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

By Derek Kravitz |  July 29, 2008; 11:24 AM ET
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