News Flash : Asbestos Found in Kids’ Crayons, Toy Kits

Asbestos fibers have been found in crayons and other toys sold in the United States, according to a new report from an environmental health advocacy group.

The fibers were found in four brands of crayons and two children’s crime-scene toy fingerprint kits, according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Action Fund report released Wednesday.

“We were surprised,” said report co-author Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the Washington, D.C.-based group. “Crayons and crime-scene toys were found to have asbestos in years gone by, and the manufacturers of both had already promised to deal with the problem,” she explained.

“All the products that tested positive were manufactured in China,” said Lunder. “This makes it harder to follow the supply chain and enact and enforce pledges to have asbestos-free products.”

Lunder said that contamination with asbestos, a known carcinogen, had been spotted in several types of crayons as far back as 2000 and in certain crime-scene toy kits in 2007.

Health experts and retailers expressed concern over the findings.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes that asbestos, which is composed of long, thin mineral fibers, once was common in insulation material.

Though tiny and invisible to the naked eye, airborne asbestos fibers are easily inhaled. With time, scarring, inflammation and breathing impairment can occur, as can lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen, according to the NIH.

Asbestos is no longer widely used in manufacturing in the United States. It is banned in nearly all other developed nations, the research group said.

EWG said it purchased the crayons between February and May of this year at two national chains — Party City and Dollar Tree — in a suburban county near San Francisco. The group said it ordered the two crime scene toys through Amazon.com and Toys”R”Us.com.

EWG hired an independent company, Scientific Analytical Institute from Greensboro, N.C., to conduct so-called transmission electron microscopy tests to look for asbestos. This is said to be the most sensitive and accurate method of testing available.

In all, 28 crayon brands and 21 toy fingerprint kits were tested.

The contaminated crayons included Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crayons, Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Jumbo Crayons and Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce Jumbo Crayons and ones by Amscan, according to the new report.

Asbestos was also found in two crime lab toys: EduScience’s Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit, and Inside Intelligence’s Secret Spy Kit, the report said.

All positive results were reconfirmed by a second independent lab, EWG said.

Testing revealed higher concentrations of asbestos in the crime-scene kits than in the crayons, the group said.

Lunder said that up to one million microscopic fibers of asbestos were found in just a single crayon or sample of crime-scene powder.

“Just a couple of fibers can lodge in your lungs and be there forever,” Lunder said. “And there’s very clear evidence that asbestos leads to two forms of cancer, and thousands and thousands of Americans have been killed by fiber exposure.”

Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Richard Lemen welcomed the report.

“These are important findings, because asbestos is being placed in children’s products,” said Lemen, now an adjunct professor with Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta.

“Even if the absolute risk is relatively low, children are more vulnerable to toxic material and carcinogens,” he said. “And because they are so young they have a longer latency in which to develop these diseases, which are known to be diseases that develop over time.”

Another expert, Christopher Weis, agreed. “This is definitely not a frivolous or trivial concern,” said Weis, a senior toxicologist and senior advisor with the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

“It’s the policy of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos,” he added. “There are cases of individuals exposed to asbestos for very short periods of time who then went on to develop disease. And for kids that risk is almost certainly greater.”

A spokeswoman for Toys “R” Us, which distributes the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit, responded to the report, saying customer safety is the company’s highest priority.

With children due to return to school soon, it’s vital that we give you the information you need to protect your children.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Ask your Kids’ teachers what brand of crayons are used

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says:

There is no “safe” level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber. Asbestos exposures as short in duration as a few days have caused mesothelioma in humans. Every occupational exposure to asbestos can cause injury or disease; every occupational exposure to asbestos contributes to the risk of getting an asbestos-related disease (OSHA 2015).

courtsey: www.asbestosnation.com

courtsey: Asbestosnation

 Asbestos found in four boxes of crayons and two kids crime lab kits

Importer/Distributor Origin Lab 1 Lab 2
Crayons1
Amscan Crayons Amscan Made in China Temolite Tremolite, Anthyophyllite
Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Greenbrier International, Inc. Made in China Chrysotile Tremolite
Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons MII Inc. Made in China Tremolite Tremolite
Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce Greenbrier International, Inc. Made in China Tremolite Tremolite
Crime Lab Kits
EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit – black fingerprint powder Toys”R”Us Made in China Tremolite, Chrysotile Tremolite/ Actinolite, Anthophyllite
Inside Intelligence Secret Spy kit – white fingerprint powder Buy-Rite Made in China Tremolite Tremolite

1 – Product names may be licensed and do not necessarily reflect the name of the manufacturer.
Source: EWG Action Fund, from Transmission Electron Microscopy tests by Scientific Analytical Institute.

However, not all crayons tested positive to this, hence you can choose.

 Results for All Children’s Toy Samples
Product Purchased Asbestos Present?
12 Jumbo Crayons (unbranded) Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
48 Crayons (unbranded) Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Alex Super Sleuth Kit Amazon.com No
Alex Undercover Detective Series Fingerprinting Kit Amazon.com No
Amscan Crayons (4 pieces) Party City, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Asbestos detected and confirmed
CHALK Sidewalk Chalk (2 composites) Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Crayola Color Alive Barbie Crayons Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Crayola Color Alive Skylanders Crayons Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Crayola Dinosaur Roar Crayons Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Crayola Mermaid Shimmer Crayons Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Crayola My First Easy-Grip Egg-Shaped Crayons buybuyBaby, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Crayola My First Washable Easy-Grip Crayons Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Large Crayons Color Max buybuyBaby, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Crayons Color-Max Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Discovery Channel Science Fingerprint Kit – white fingerprint powder (2) Amazon.com No
Disney Doc McStuffins Jumbo Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Asbestos detected in one of two laboratories
Disney Jake Never Land Pirates Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 10 Jumbo Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Asbestos detected and confirmed
Disney-Pixar Monsters University 3-pack Confetti crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Fibrous talc detected by one laboratory
Disney Planes 3-pack Confetti Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
EduScience Crime Lab – fingerprint powder Toys R Us, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Asbestos detected in one of two laboratories
EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit– Black fingerprint powder Toys R Us.com Asbestos detected and confirmed
EduScience Crime Lab – plaster Amazon.com No
Grafix Secret Spy Agent Kit Amazon.com No
Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit–white fingerprint powder Amazon.com Asbestos detected and confirmed
Kidz Labs Fun Science products Detective Science Fingerprint Kit Amazon.com No
Lakeshore Animal Finger Crayons Lakeshore Learning Store, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Lakeshore Jumbo Crayons Lakeshore Learning Store, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Lakeshore Rubbing Crayons Lakeshore Learning Store, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Lynn Peavey Co. Magnetic Black Fingerprinting Powder Amazon.com No
Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man 3-pack ConfettI Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Fibrous talc detected by one laboratory
Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Jumbo Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Melissa & Doug 10 Jumbo Triangular Crayons Lakeshore Learning Store Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Minilabs Science Fingerprint Kit – white fingerprint powder Amazon.com No
Minilabs Science Fingerprint Kit – black fingerprint powder Amazon.com No
Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons (5 composites) Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Asbestos detected and confirmed
Playskool 10 Jumbo Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce 10 Jumbo Crayons Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Asbestos detected and confirmed
Science X CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Forensic Science Kit Amazon.com No
Science Time Fingerprint Analysis Kit Amazon.com No
Scientific Explorer Fingerprint Files kit Amazon.com No
Scientific Explorer Fingerprint Science kit Amazon.com No
Scientific Explorer Mystery Detective CSI For Kids Science Kit – “Mystery Powder” 1, “Mystery Powder “ 2 Amazon.com No
Slinky Science and More Fingerprint Kit Amazon.com No
Small World Science Active Detective Kit No
Smartlab Catch the Thief Kit – sand Amazon.com Asbestos detected in one of two laboratories
Smartlab Catch the Thief Kit – “Superabsorbent Powder” Amazon.com No
Spark Science In a Flash Fingerprint Detective Kit Amazon.com No
Summer Vacation Top Secret Spy Kit Amazon.com No
Thames & Kosmos Forensics Fingerprint Lab Amazon.com No
Thinx Fun and Learning Fingerprint Lab Science Kit (2 tested) Amazon.com No
Triangular Anti-Roll Crayons (unbranded) Dollar Tree, Pleasant Hill, Calif. No
Up&Up Chalk Variety Pack Assorted Colors Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Up&Up Crayons Classic Colors Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No
Yoobi Jumbo Triangle Crayons Target, Walnut Creek, Calif. No

Source: EWG Action Fund, from Transmission Electron Microscopy tests by Scientific Analytical Institute

Sources :

Asbestos Nation – EWG Action Fund

http://consumer.healthday.com

 

Toluse Francis

Toluse Francis believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone. He is a long -time volunteer with Solid Foundation Teens and Youth Ministry. He loves to care for people. Toluse Francis is a Health Coach and author He is interested in seeing people eat healthy and get productive. He believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone.

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