Dec 10, 2008

Toxic chemicals found in three-quarters of soft plastic toys in Canada.

Despite a decade-old voluntary ban in North America, Health Canada tests found three-quarters of soft plastic toys and items for young children for sale in Canada contained toxic chemical additives known to cause reproductive harm in children.

Phthalates, used to soften plastic toys, were present at elevated levels in the department's sampling of 54 of 72 products for children ages three and under made of the widely used plastic known as polyvinyl chloride. They included toys that are likely to be mouthed, like bath toys, and items designed for infants to help in feeding and sleeping.

The levels ranged from 0.2 to 39.9 per cent by weight of the polyvinyl chloride in the products.

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