Are asbestos laced crayons harming children? According to KSL, the EWG Action Fund is demanding a ban on children’s crayons and toy crime lab kits that have shown traces of asbestos. Out of 28 boxes of crayons that were tested, four tested positive for the carcinogen. EWG also had a lab test 21 toy crime lab kits and two tested positive for asbestos. There is a serious risk involved for children who have used these toys and the risk will continue if action is not taken immediately.
Breathing in asbestos fibers has been linked to serious health issues such as lung cancer, lung disease, and mesothelioma. When the particles become airborne, exposure to asbestos can occur, according to The Environmental Protection Agency. KSL stated that the infected crayons and crime kits were made in China and imported to the U.S. Those affected include Party City’s Amscan Crayons, Dollar Tree’s Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce Crayons, Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Crayons, and Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons. The contaminated toy crime lab kits were purchased from Toys R Us and Amazon.com.
The EWG has not mentioned the exact amount of asbestos found in these toys, but has reported that this is a serious issue and the powders found in the crime kits are of particular concern. Powders are said to make asbestos more available to the lungs where it can do the most damage. These asbestos laced crayons and kits could really be harming children.
The Sydney Morning Herald said that child safety is the most important thing. The asbestos laced toys could be putting children in harm’s way, so the Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into the matter. The commission takes the issue very seriously and they are following up after the report made by the EWG. The commission said that child safety is their top priority and also added that the agency has advised toy manufacturers in the past to avoid chemicals and materials that are harmful when creating products. They have launched an investigation into these toys and the potential dangers involved.
By Heather Granruth
KSL: Parents, Beware: Asbestos Found in Crayons, Other Toys
Sydney Morning Herald: Asbestos Found in Mickey Mouse, Mutant Ninja Turtle, Power Rangers Crayons
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