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Asbestos reportedly discovered in children's toys by the CPSC

Exposure to asbestos is commonly linked to certain types of industries such as home interiors, shipping and automotive companies. Families in Minnesota may be shocked and appalled to hear about a report by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund that indicated traces of asbestos being found in children's playthings. The asbestos traces were discovered in crayons and fingerprint kits, which were crafted in another country and were then sold in the United States.

This is now the third time in the last 15 years that asbestos has been found in toys that were intended for children. The asbestos was allegedly found in the talc used to create the products. The U.S. Surgeon General indicated that although the asbestos was only found in trace amounts, it is still a toxic substance and should not be accessible to children.

If asbestos occurs in a product, it is not necessarily added intentionally as it occurs naturally in talc deposits. Regardless, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was instructed by senators to be given the proper resources to ensure that the contaminated products were recalled and that the sales of the products were stopped. Statements were released by Dollar Tree Inc. and Toys R Us explaining their concern for the safety of their consumers and that they will make sure that they check all products for safety.

An illness resulting from asbestos exposure usually does not manifest itself until many years after the exposure. It will be difficult to see the lasting results on the children who used the asbestos-containing toys, if any. The biggest concern could be for the workers who could have potentially inhaled the fibers while crafting the products. Minnesota workers should be protected from hazardous substances like asbestos in the workplace. Those who have contracted an illness that may have been caused by asbestos exposure have the right to pursue legal recourse against the parties believed to be negligent.

 

Source: fairwarning.org, "Asbestos Found in Imported Crayons and Toy Fingerprint Kits", Myron Levin and Stuart Silverstein, July 8, 2015

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