While plastic toys containing phthalates are supposed to be banned starting on February 10th, it appears that toys already on the shelves will not be pulled. Consumer groups are not happy over what they say is an attempt by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to get around a Congressional ban on toys containing amounts of phthalates that are considered dangerous. These are chemicals that soften plastic and make it more flexible. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Public Citizen filed a lawsuit in a New York federal court seeking to force the CPSC to enforce the ban and get all such toxic toys off store shelves.
Phthalates can cause a number of adverse health affects, particularly when young children are exposed to amounts over recommended limits. But, the CPSC is interpreting the ban in a way that creates a loophole to keep from applying it to all toys that might have been involved. The CPSC says the ban means manufacturers have to stop making such toys by the February deadline, but the agency says toys that have already been produced by then can be sold as long as supplies last. That apparently could take years. It appears Congress intended to make such toys unavailable on the deadline date. Parents should avoid products with phthalates and hope the CPSC will change its position and ban the products on February 10th.
Source: CBS News
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.