A non-profit organization tested 28 brands of childrens' crayons and discovered asbestos fibers in 4 brands.
Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) bought crayons at two national chains, Dollar Tree and Party City, and the fibers were found in the Chinese made crayons featuring the names: Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Jumbo Crayons and Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce Jumbo Crayons and ones by Amscan. Up to 1 million microscopic fibers were found in just a single crayon.
Asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye but when airborne are easily inhaled. Over time, inflammation and scarring can occur, as can lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos is no longer widely used in the U.S. and is banned in nearly all other developed nations. These particular products were made in China, and a spokesperson for EWG said, "this makes it harder to follow the supply chain and enact and enforce...asbestos-free products."
The group also found asbestos fibers in the crime-scene powder of two crime lab toys ordered on-line from Amazon and ToysRus: EduScience's Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit, and Inside Intelligence's Secret Spy Kit.
Even if the absolute risk is relatively low, children are more likely vulnerable to carcinogens and toxic material and these types of known toxic elements certainly should not be in their play toys. More about this story here.
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