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Survey Shows Some Toys Unsafe

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

California Public Interest Research Group, or CALPIRG has released its 25th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report. Researchers tested more than 200 toys and found potentially unsafe levels of toxins and small parts that could choke young children.

Austin Price is with CALPIRG.  He highlighted some of the toys that were flagged in the report at a Sacramento-area daycare:

"These are plastic handcuffs, and they had antimony, which is a carcinogen used in surface covering at 1200 parts per million, which is 20 times the safety standard."

Price says they also found a kids' book with illegal levels of antimony, as well as toys with phthalates (THAH-laytes), which are used to make plastics softer.  Some phthalates are banned in products meant to be put in the mouths of small children. Price says since CALPIRG first started doing its toy survey more than two decades ago, the number of unsafe toys has dropped significantly. 
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