Dangerous Chemicals Found in Thousands of Products for Children

Pic: Muu-Karhu (CC)

Pic: Muu-Karhu (CC)

Troubling news for the parents among us: Toys and other children’s products contain low levels of a wide range of “chemicals of concern”:

Via Scientific American:

Cobalt in plastic building blocks and baby bibs. Ethylene glycol in dolls. Methyl ethyl ketone in clothing. Antimony in high chairs and booster seats. Parabens in baby wipes. D4 in baby creams.

An Environmental Health News analysis of thousands of reports from America’s largest companies shows that toys and other children’s products contain low levels of dozens of industrial chemicals, including some unexpected ingredients that will surprise a public concerned about exposure.

The reports were filed by 59 large companies, including Gap Inc., Mattel Inc., Gymboree Corp., Nike Inc., H&M and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to comply with an unprecedented state law.

Keep reading.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    if you think this is bad
    wait till you find out what’s in the “food”
    36 ingredients in a Chicken McNugget
    most of them from GMO corn

    but there is chicken stuff in there too
    hence the name Chicken McNugget
    but it would be more properly named:
    GMO Corn McNugget with Chicken Flavoring
    (babababut it looks & tatses surreal)
    SuperSeizure Me Big Homelander!

    the Cobalt in the blocks get kids ready for that shit

  • BuzzCoastin

    > Via Scientific American:

    hey, wasn’t Scientific American telling us just a few daze ago
    that being paranoid about conspiracies is nutty?

  • smooth_operator

    When I read about this kind of shit, it reminds me that an abnormal amount of us are going to experience major problems as we grow older. What a fucking disappointing way to go, all chemically inebriated and shit. And of course we’ll be prescribed a litany of even more chemicals to mask the symptoms. Hurray.

    • Chaos_Dynamics

      Currently in medical circles the silent discussion is such that an observable recognizable increase in the number of intestinal failures particularly in the colo-rectal area is already happening as a trend.

      This makes sense as the introduction of the modified products that began in the 70′s and truly emerged in the mid 90′s is taking an unfolding generational evolutionary approach since those that have consumed them are getting on in age and lifestyle choices.

      Imagine those poor unfortunate consumers that were born after 1994 and have had nothing but modified nutritionless molecularly empty food materials for consumption – with little to no organics or pure garden/farm harvest – they are now hitting their early 20′s and the path will be quite interesting to observe as their foundations have no substance.

      I would suppose it will be quite similar to the vCJD incubation factors in Europe – It gradually emerges over 20-50 years as a creeping destroyer at the core foundation of minds and bodies.

  • emperorreagan

    Modernity has a cost.

    The miracles of materials science and assembly line manufacturing are not without considerable cost.

    With every modifier (cheap, quick-to-market, lighter, etc.) you increase the costs. Maybe not the up-front capital cost to obtain a thing, but there is a cost to be borne someplace along the line.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    But, but, but… the Free Market.

  • Geoff Henry

    thank you for sharing Matt. I tried going to the database of products, but unfortunately not only is it impossible to see what specific products contain hazardous chemicals, the links wouldn’t work on an iPad. I let them know about the links so we’ll see if they fix it. THANK GOD there’s a group out there doing this work. Too bad we couldn’t get GMO labeling in CA last year (or anywhere in the US).

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