Saturday, March 8, 2008

Contact Your Senator Today to Vote YES on Toy Safety Amendment

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I never think about toys being toxic, but they can be and you can help. From a recent BCF email:

"What started with lead in children's toys has become much more—and forced us all to look more critically at the toys and teethers we buy for our kids.

Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced an amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act that would ban six toxic chemicals called phthalates from children's toys and child care articles. A vote on the amendment is expected this week.

Phthalates, a family of industrial chemicals used to make plastic soft, have been linked to birth defects in baby boys, testicular cancer, liver problems and early onset of puberty in girls—a risk factor for later-life breast cancer.

The European Union and 14 other countries, including Japan, Argentina and Mexico, have already banned these toxic chemicals from children's toys. In October 2007, California became the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on phthalates in children's toys, and now about a dozen states are following suit.

Urge your senator to vote yes on the Feinstein amendment, and to oppose any weakening amendments.

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