Federal judge bans toys with chemicals

February 5, 2009 6:51:15 PM PST
A federal judge upholds a ban on a toxic chemical in children's toys and products.

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of toys will have to be removed from store shelves by Tuesday, February 10, 2009. That's when products and toys made with phathlates takes effect.

The plastics softener has been linked to reproductive problems and cancer.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission had tried to allow the sale of the banned products beyond Tuesday as long as the products were manufactured before now.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Public Citizen argued against that loop hole and on Thursday a New York agreed.

"Kids are always playing with toys, they put them in their mouths. There is a lot of exposure for kids playing with toys and since we're talking about these chemicals in toys, it can really affect their development. It's really important that we keep it out of children's hands and make toys safe for them," said Avinash Kar, with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Kar says parents will no longer have to guess if a product contains phathlates before buying them.