Investigation finds asbestos in kids' toys and crayons

Asbestos Poisoning

A recent investigation that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund commissioned revealed the presence of asbestos in several brands of crayons and certain toys.

Asbestos is a dangerous carcinogen which is extremely harmful for humans when prolonged inhalation of its fibers occurs. According to Time, the material is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths worldwide a year.

According to the investigation report "The tests found asbestos in four of the 28 boxes of crayons tested, several marketed under the names of popular fantasy characters Mickey Mouse, Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Two of the 21 [toy] crime scene fingerprint kits were tainted with asbestos."

The label of the crayons and toys stated that they were originally made in China and imported to the U.S.

Time reached out to some of the distributors of such products containing asbestos and Toys "R" Us was the only one that replied saying that they are: "reviewing the referenced report, along with supplier test reports, to ensure full compliance to our strict safety standards."

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