More Than 100 Possibly Toxic Chemicals Found in Plastic Toys for Kids

More Than 100 Possibly Toxic Chemicals Found in Plastic Toys for Kids

Parents may want to reconsider buying plastic toys for their children. For the investigation, DTU and University of Michigan scientists collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme to examine data on chemicals found in plastic toys. Findings showed that of the 419 hard, soft and foam plastic materials used in these toys, 126 cancerous and noncancerous substances had the potential to harm children’s health. These included 31 plasticizers (chemicals used to increase elasticity), 18 flame retardants and eight fragrances. As a result, the scientists also introduced new guidelines—based on exposure and risk—to standardize the chemical contents of toy materials.

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