Mattel fined $2.3 million over lead in toys
One in three toys tested by a Michigan nonprofit group contained medium or high levels of toxic chemicals, according to a report released Wednesday. And U.S.-made children’s toys didn’t necessarily contain fewer toxins than their imported counterparts.
The Ecology Center tested 1,500 stuffed animals, books, games, action figures and other products. Jeff Gearhart, who led the Healthy Toys study, said one-third of the toys — about 500 — contained significant levels of lead, arsenic and other chemicals. The results showed no consistent correlation between the presence of toxic chemicals in toys and where they were made or how much they cost.
Mattel’s 17th recall in 10 years. Most recently, an infant swing made by its Fisher-Price division was taken off the market because of a risk children could be trapped in its moving parts. And in its largest consumer action involving toy safety, in 1998, the company recalled more than 10 million Power Wheels cars.
Speaking of the new recall, Nancy A. Nord, acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chairwoman, said in a statement, “These recalled toys have accessible lead in the paint, and parents should not hesitate in taking them away from children.”
“It’s not just about not knowing what’s in the toys,” she said. “As a parent, I feel like I shouldn’t have to know exactly what’s in the toys. I should know that if it’s a toy for a baby, I can give it to my baby and feel comfortable with it.”
Lead in Toys: Could It Be Lurking in Your Home?
Most lead poisoning in this country is caused by lead-based paint. Although banned in 1978, it continues to be a hazard in 25% of U.S. homes with kids under age 6. However, about 30% of the childhood lead poison cases followed by the CDC are not caused by paint. Many experts believe that the culprit is lead in toys and jewelry.
In the past the CPSC has overseen 31.7 million voluntary recalls, of which nearly 4 million were due to excessive lead in toys. The overwhelming majority of those toys were made in China, which manufactures 80% of the toys sold in this country.
he New York Times, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Consumer Reports, and the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., all recently found that dangerous products for children are still widely available. The Ecology Center has compiled a database of more than 1,200 toys it tested for lead and other dangerous chemicals at http://www.healthytoys.org/home.php.
John F. Rosen, a nationally recognized lead poisoning specialist, is angered that hazardous toys and jewelry continue to be sold to children.
“I’ve seen the devastating effects of lead and it’s horrible,” says Rosen, professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Rosen has treated more than 30,000 childhood victims of lead poisoning. “It’s horrible and it shouldn’t happen.”
your toys can kill you.
A recently published study from Cornell University showed that very small amounts of lead in children’s blood — amounts below the current federal standard of 10 mcg/dL — are associated with reduced IQ scores at 6 years of age. The CDC recently confirmed that children with lead levels of less than 10 mcg/dL can suffer lowered IQ, speech delays, hearing loss, learning disabilities, slowed or reduced growth, and behavioral difficulties that range from hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder to violence and aggression.
What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
A child who has a blood lead level of 10-20 micrograms/dL may not exhibit symptoms but the lead can cause lower IQ scored, hyperactivity, behavioral problems and slowed growth. At levels above 40 micrograms/dL, symptoms can include abdominal pain, constipation, loss of appetite, agitation, lethargy and seizures. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, children who test with 5 micrograms/dL or more of lead in their blood will require treatment in order to intervene as quickly as possible. There is no defined level of lead which is said to be safe.
Stop complaining about JUST our schools or folks with guns-what about all of this environmental poisoning we MUST factor that into our conversations, just as YOU must factor in who are you giving your money too who are you supporting?
There is a reason why our company is BANNED from every comic Con and Censored from every Comic Shop and why the word has been put out NOT to cover us-we have subject matter they do not even want us to bring up and we are talking about it, like slaver in candy and
child sex trafficking.)
We are bringing these conversations into the lime light and they despise us for it. And we are paying the price, but that’s ok, we need to help people and be good to them, that is our job and we will pay the price despite it being very difficult.
AND do not forget PVC (which contains so much other toxins)
Phthalates in rodent studies by EPA
In rodent studies the EPA conducted, rats exposed to phthalates contracted liver cancer and developed damaged kidneys; in addition, male rat pups exposed to the chemicals in utero experienced dramatic reproductive mutation, including smaller scrotums, undescended testicles, hypospadias, and reduced penis size. This cluster of abnormalities frequently results in lower sperm counts, infertility, reduced testosterone, and testicular cancer, a phenomenon scientists now refer to as “phthalate syndrome.”
– The Toxic Sandbox (2007) by Libby McDonald; pages 72 – 73
The Bad News
- Scientists call these feminizing chemicals endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the normal functioning of hormones, including estrogen and thyroid.
- Exposure to these hormone-mimicking chemicals during critical periods in a child’s development, both in utero and in infancy, can result in lifelong injury.
- Estrogen is one of the major communicators in both the male and the female body, telling cells how they should behave. When fetal cells are exposed to even a tiny amount of additional estrogen, the reproductive system can become reprogrammed, resulting in early onset adolescence, undescended testicles, enlarged prostates, reduced sperm counts, and smaller penises.
- The reproductive abnormalities associated with these chemicals set the stage for cancers later in life, such as breast cancer or prostate cancer.
- If you have these plastics in your home, their harmful chemicals spread everywhere, even accumulating in dust bunnies.
- In rodent studies, phthalates are linked to:
- Liver cancer
- Damaged kidneys
- Slightly smaller scrotums
- Undescended testicles
- Smaller penises
- Hypospadias (a birth defect where the opening of the urethra is on the base of the penis rather than the tip)
- Reduced sperm count
- Reduced testosterone
- Testicular cancer
Professor Vom Saal says on the links between low-dose BPA exposure to an array of behavioral outcomes, such as ADHD, hyperactivity, poor motor skills, and learning disabilities: “We don’t know for sure, but we see these growing health trends, starting in childhood — hyper-aggressiveness, learning problems, and difficulty with social interactions and play behavior. And, later, if not in childhood, chronic anxiety. Some of these trends are so prevalent they almost seem normal: abnormal puberty changes, fertility difficulties for both men and women, breast cancer, prostate cancer. All of these trends parallel the onset of the plastics revolution that began twenty-five to thirty years ago. Part of this is just connecting the dots.”
– The Toxic Sandbox (2007) by Libby McDonald; page 85
PVC is made from converting chlorine gas to ethylene dichloride. This is then converted to vinyl chloride monomer and then PVC. Vinyl chloride is classified by the EPA as a known human carcinogen. It causes liver cancer and damages the central nervous system. While vinyl chloride supposedly doesn’t leak from finished PVC, dibutylphthalate (DBP) and di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) definitely outgass from PVC.
Toys and so many other consumer goods are transferring these plasticizers onto our skin as we touch them.
For now MARVEL can take the lead in ensuring toys are safe for kids, they have the money and the resources, now let us see if they will hero up or be hypocrites preaching heroism while begin villains instead.
YOUR MOVE MARVEL!