Toxic Toys: Always As Many Harmful Substances

According to the results of the tests carried out by NGOs and scientists, some toys for children would be always toxic as they contain chemicals.

Gifts probably poisoned your children at Christmas? It’s possible! NGOs and scientists looked at the toxicity of toys available to children. The results are surprising and chilling: phthalates, bisphenol A, formaldehyde and xylene are toxic chemicals and far from harmless, scientists have found in toys very trivial such as dolls, the dinettes or puzzles. How to inform the public? The best is still open air tests: it is so close to the electronic toys in Estaterealest, that a network of 100 organizations from 40 countries, the WECF (Women in Europe for a common future, women in Europe for a common future) made an operation of tests of toys for children. The Guinea pig for the first test subject? A puzzle for children. Julie Langlet, Quad-Lab (a laboratory specialized in the study of indoor air) has tested the toy wooden laminated and glued. The results reveal the presence of formaldehyde, a classy product CMR (carcinogen, mutagen, reprotoxic) and volatile at 20 ° C. The origin of this chemical: the glue used. Second test, a doll that smells like vanilla. It gives off, in addition to its scent, xylene, an aromatic hydrocarbon derived from benzene, which causes allergies. “She’s going to end up in the trash” says the mother who comes to bring the toy of his daughter. Several toys are thus passed to sift through, and even though most of the french toys are controlled and meet European standards, this isn’t the case of imported toys. The game consoles for example, stars of Christmas sales are part of these toys built in Asia especially. After the results, WECF rebelled so against the low level of control over the games and toys and inadequate regulations. “The CE, it is a sham, since it is affixed by the manufacturer itself and not by an independent certification body,” said Anne Barre, President of WECF France, addressing journalists in Maxisciences. To avoid unnecessary risk, prefer toys from Europe, as a European directive was adopted in 2008 on the safety of toys. On the other hand, the provisions on chemical substances will be mandatory from 2013. Meanwhile, the organic cotton or crude wooden toys successful!