Came across this on News12... Brayden has the Spiderman back pack:(
I don't have news 12 so I can't view the article, can someone copy and paste it?
Here you go.
Quoting Habibti812:I don't have news 12 so I can't view the article, can someone copy and paste it?
(08/29/12) EDISON - Many of our viewers are weighing in after a recent Kane in your Corner investigation revealed that low levels of toxic chemicals can be found in some popular back-to-school items.
Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastics. According to the
Center for Health, Environment and Justice, low levels of these
chemicals were found in 75 percent of school supplies they tested,
including lunch bags and backpacks.
At high levels, these chemicals have been linked to reproductive birth
defects and asthma. The chemicals are banned in toys, but because school
supplies aren't considered toys, the same rules do not apply.
While some of you say the rules that govern phthalates in toys should
extend to school supplies, others agree with the plastic industry, which
insists the products are safe.
Here's the original article, Joni.
Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastic, and the Center for
Health, Environment and Justice found low levels of the chemical in 75
percent of school supplies they tested, including lunch bags and
At high levels, phthalates have been linked to some serious health risks, such as reproductive birth defects and asthma.
If those items were toys, they would be illegal. But school supplies aren't considered toys, meaning the rules do not apply.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the health effects from
low levels of phthalates are unknown. Other experts say there’s no
reliable evidence that the chemicals have caused harm.
Some researchers are pushing manufacturers to place a warning label on products that contain phthalates.
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Full report on toxic chemicals inside back to school supplies
Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet on Phthalates
American Chemistry Council
Plastics industry response to Phthalates report
Thanks for posting Lynn! That is scary :-/
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