Researchers from Clean and Healthy New York, and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, have released a report which found toxic chemicals hidden in a dozen popular children toys for sale in Monroe County, officials from the organization stated.
Representatives from the organizations held a press conference Tuesday, urging county legislators to support the Child Safe Products Act, a measure which passed the New York State Assembly in 2014, but subsequently had stalled in the state Senate.
“No parent wants to find out that the clothes, jewelry or toys they give their children contain chemicals that could hurt them,” said Bobbi Chase Wilding, deputy director for Clean and Healthy New York. “Yet our testing confirms this reality. Companies are able to make children’s products without toxic chemicals – that means they have no excuse for not doing so, and the law should require it.”
Carrie Andrews, Democratic Minority Leader of the Monroe County Legislature, said she would support the measure.
“The health and safety of the children in our community is a top priority,” Andrews stated. “We are planning to lead a community conversation regarding toxic toys, and explore introducing local legislation to protect children in Monroe County. We encourage our colleagues in the state Senate to support pending state legislation on toxic chemicals in children’s products.”
Chase said similar legislation passed in Albany County in 2014, and that other counties, including Westchester and Suffolk, were considering the measure.
According to a press release, the study found arsenic, antimony, cadmium, cobalt, and mercury in various toys tested in the report. In addition, some of the products contained multiple chemicals, such as a Hot Wheels set containing mercury and cobalt, and a girl’s hair clip which contained mercury, arsenic and cobalt, the report stated.
According to the report, the chemicals have been linked to cancers, cognitive impairments and hyperactivity in children.
However, the press release said, “only a tiny fraction of the children’s products for sale in Monroe County were tested, and the report’s author said that it was not intended to be a comprehensive report on the safety of any product or brand.”
In addition, “all products in the report were bought from stores in Monroe County, New York, in March 2015,” according to the report.
The full report is available online at www.nylcvef.org/publications .