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"Toxins in Toys Prompts new Recommendations"
Recent recalls of toys from harmful chemicals such as lead and other toxins have created a “toxic toy” crisis, according to Monica Becker, Sally Edwards and Rachel Massey, sustainability consultants writing in the ACS' Environmental Science & Technology publication. Toxins found in children’s toys and recent recall of jewelry containing cadmium have prompted the analysts to call for new recommendations from the government and the manufacturing industry. The authors cite the June 2010 recall of 12 million toxic cadmium coated glasses from a well known fast food chain. In the past three years, the government has issued 17 million toy recalls from lead that can cause neurodevelopment disorders and is still found in our soil, posing potential hazard to children... The authors recommend the government and toy industry ban or restrict toxins in children’s toys, label harmful chemicals in toys and develop an accessible database, require chemical manufacturers, rather than the government, to disclose chemical toxicity information and promote design and development of safer toys by providing incentives. They also suggest the government support green chemistry and research in addition to expanding the EPA’s Green Chemistry and Design for Environment programs.