Agencies want stronger protection from toxic chemicals

December 2, 2009 4:10:27 PM PST
Environmental agencies from California and 12 other states today called for stronger federal laws protecting us from toxic chemicals.

The statement came out the same day a new survey found one out of three children's products for sale contain toxic chemicals.

The Ecology Center tested 700 such items for lead, cadmium, arsenic and PVC. They used an X-Ray fluorescence analyzer.

On the positive side, only three percent of the toys tested contain lead exceeding the federal standard -- that's a 14 percent improvement in just two years.

The Toy Industry Association is pleased at the improved results and says rigorous testing and inspection procedures are in place to assure toys are safe.


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