AFP reports that you may be giving your kids a stocking full o’ cancer and developmental defects this Christmas:
A third of the most popular children’s toys in the United States this year contain harmful chemicals including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury, a US consumer group said Wednesday.
The Ecology Center tested nearly 700 toys ahead of the Christmas shopping season and found that 32 percent contained one or more toxic chemical.
Lead levels in toys varied, with seven percent containing more than 40 parts per million (ppm), the highest level recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2007. Another three percent of the products tested had levels exceeding 300 ppm, the federally-mandated limit.
Among the toys with detectable lead levels were the Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit, the Dora the Explorer Activity Tote and the Kid’s Poncho sold by Wal-Mart stores.