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« on: September 16, 2009, 07:27:45 PM »

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/09/toxins.html

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Report Finds Toxins Common in Products for Children, Pets
Car seats, backpacks, pet toys contaminated with lead, PVC, arsenic, other toxins
 
By Lisa Wade McCormick
ConsumerAffairs.com

September 17, 2009

Hundreds of common household products -- including children’s backpacks, car seats, and even pet products -- are tainted with lead, arsenic, and other toxins, according to test results released by a national environmental group.

Tests conducted by HealthyStuff.org -- part of the Michigan-based Ecology Center -- also found toxins in lunch boxes, pencil bags, purses, and several new and used vehicles.

http://www.healthystuff.org/departments/stuff/press.releases.php

(PDF link on the press release page didn't work when I tried it --- hopefully it will soon)
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 07:40:23 PM »

Ugh. That's truly discouraging.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 09:52:44 PM »

“With that kind of chromium in there you have what can be an extremely toxic toy if they (animals) put it in their mouths,” he said. “And dogs put things in their mouths. If a dog puts this in his mouth, he runs a big chance of getting some type of metal toxicity that may shorten his life.

"however, no government standards for levels of lead or other toxins in pet products."

48% of the tennis balls tested contained lead. Tennis balls intended for pets were much more likely to contain lead, the group found. Sports tennis balls, however, contained no lead.  I wonder why?Huh?

This is ridiculous!  
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 06:22:05 AM »

It's beyond outrageous. Thanks, shadowmice
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 07:43:36 AM »

Thank you for posting this, Shadowmice.

I can get to the info for pets here:

http://www.healthystuff.org/departments/pets/
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 08:09:52 AM »

From HealthyStuff.org press release:
Tested 400 pet products in total. 1/4 all pet products tested have detectable lead, 7% w levels higher than 300 ppm – current CPSC standard for lead in children's products http://bit.ly/Q2Clh

The pet products listed on HealthyStuff's website, by levels of concern, brands, etc. Messy to get to, though

You have to wonder what this is doing to kids and pets.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 09:34:58 AM »

One of the saddest things is that this does not surprise me at all. Sad
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 10:38:53 AM »

Let me guess where most of this stuff was made- China??
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 11:47:04 AM »

I only buy a certain brand of USA made tennis balls for my dogs.  They don't smell like chemicals like the MIC ones do. Guess I better check on that brand again. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2009, 08:41:05 PM »

did anyone else notice that most of the yellow stuff had toxins?  Especially the woman's handbags but even in the toys.  In the toys that had different colors, the yellow color more than likely had a toxin.
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