Buyer beware: a new report by a Washington consumer watch dog group says stores all over the state still stock thousands of toxic products.
According to reports filed with the Washington State Department of Ecology, over 5,000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive problems.
An analysis of the reports by the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States found that makers of kids’ products reported using a total of 41 chemicals identified by Ecology as a concern for children’s health, including toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, and antimony, and organic compounds such as phthalates.
An example of the products reportedly containing toxic chemicals include Hallmark party hats containing arsenic, Graco car seats containing a toxic flame retardant, cosmetics from Claire's with formaldehyde, and Walmart dolls with the hormone-disrupting bisphenol A.
Major manufacturers who reported using the chemicals in their products include Walmart, Gap, Gymboree, Hallmark, and H & M.
Washington is the first state to have a comprehensive chemical reporting program, which requires major companies making children’s products to report the presence of toxic chemicals in their products.