A recent study indicates that several types of kids’ crayons, as well as certain toys, still contain asbestos. Although the amounts of asbestos found in these products weren’t especially high, it’s important for parents to know which products contain a mineral associated with life-threatening illnesses.
The EWG Action Fund reports that it obtained 28 types of crayon products from popular chain stores, both online and in person. The crayons were tested in two different laboratories, both of which confirmed that four different brands contained asbestos, including the following:
- Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Crayons
- Amscan Crayons
- Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce Crayons
- Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons
In addition to crayons, the organization also found two toy kits that contain asbestos, which include the Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit and the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit. The kit showed higher amounts of asbestos than the crayon products, yet the organization states that the crayons may be more dangerous since as much as 1 million microscopic asbestos fibers can be found in a single crayon.
The EWG Action Fund indicates that the products are easy to obtain, and since there are no warning of asbestos, parents are unknowingly buying products that can put their children at risk.
“EWG Action Fund purchased the crayons that tested positive for asbestos between February and May 2015 at two national chains, Party City and Dollar Tree, in a suburban county near San Francisco. The fund ordered the two crime scene toys that contained asbestos through Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com. Scientific Analytical Institute of Greensboro, N.C., tested the products for asbestos using transmission electron microscopy, or TEM, the most precise method available. A second analytical laboratory examined all samples that tested positive.”
In the past, other crayon products, such as Rose Art and Crayola, were also found to contain asbestos. However, those companies have since replaced asbestos with a safer alternative.
No Safe Levels of Asbestos
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as the American Cancer Society (ACS), there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, however, asbestos still remains legal in the United States as long as it stays under certain levels. According to Dr. Philip Landrigan of Mt. Sinai Hospital, although asbestos is legal, it still poses risks to children, regardless if its within the acceptable levels of use.
“Asbestos in toys poses an unacceptable risk to children, today as it did in 2000 and 2007, the last time tests found the deadly substance in these children’s products. Clearly some toy manufacturers haven’t done enough to protect children and others from asbestos in consumer products. Therefore, it’s high time the federal government bans asbestos in consumer products.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fought to change the laws in the U.S., but so far have been met with resistance when trying to get asbestos completely banned. In the meantime, however, you can educate yourself on the dangers of asbestos and what products to look for.
Additionally, you can sign the EWG Action Fund’s “Keep Asbestos Away From Our Children!” petition, which aims to stop asbestos from used in any children’s products, regardless of how small the amount is.
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