Retailers Respond to Asbestos in Children’s Products

The Hill reported on August 7, 2015 that, four retailers responded to Senate Democrats calls to remove children’s products that tested positive for asbestos fibers from store shelves. Last month, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund found fibers of asbestos in four brands of crayons that were purchased at Party City and Dollar Tree, and two crime lab kits that were purchased from Toys “R” Us and Buy-Rite.

According to the article, two Democratic Senators responded by sending letters asking the retailers to voluntarily stop selling the contaminated products, remove any remaining stock from their store shelves and allow customers to return products that have been purchased. On August 7, 2015, all four companies responded to the requests and several took additional steps to retest the products themselves and call on their suppliers to reformulate products without substances that could cause asbestos contamination.

At the conclusion of the article, the two Democratic Senators made a joint statement regarding children’s toys and asbestos: “In order to ensure toxic products never again reach the hands of America’s children, the [Consumer Product Safety Commission] CPSC should ban talc from children’s products and issue a rule on asbestos modeled on the existing rules for lead or phthalates in toys.”

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