Are You Buying These: 66 Chemicals of High Concern to Children

Toxic Chemicals

Parents obviously want to buy products that are safe for their children and most consumers believe when something is manufactured and made available that it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.

But the reality is that the United States’ toxic chemical laws are so weak and ineffective that far too many harmful chemicals are present in an alarming number of products.  One state decided to take some serious action to demand that children’s product manufacturers must report if any of “66 Chemicals of High Concern to Children” are in the products they are marketing. Washington State passed the Children’s Safe Products Act in 2008 (CSPA).  Manufacturer reporting began phasing-in these tougher requirements in 2012.

Washington’s reporting law has opened the eyes of many consumers to these hazards. More states should be passing these laws so families have chemical information about products being sold where they live. Retailers should be made to remove products containing toxic chemicals from their offerings. If the public stopped buying these items, companies would phase these chemicals out of use.  We need to ask Congress to strengthen and update the federal Toxic Substances Control Act which has not had much updates to it since its inception 37 years ago. Families like yours can help bring about these changes by taking action. Growing market demand for safer chemicals and an increasing number of state laws to restrict toxic chemicals will continue to drive the need for federal TSCA reform.

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 The important facts:

1. Children’s products may expose children to chemicals linked to harmful health effects.

Washington’s 66 Chemicals of High Concern to Children were selected for reporting because scientific evidence links them to serious health effects and because children are likely to be exposed to them. The chemicals reported to Washington State over this six-month period include carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and developmental and reproductive toxicants.

2. Toxic chemicals are widespread in children’s products.

In this six-month period 78 manufacturers submitted 4,605 reports of 49 hazardous chemicals in children’s products under Washington State’s chemical reporting law. Products reported include children’s tableware, toys, clothing and footwear, bedding, and baby products. This data is extensive and there is more to come.

3. Chemical disclosure provides important information and companies are able to provide it. Chemical disclosure should spur policymakers and consumers to ask new questions about chemicals in everyday product and to identify priorities for action.

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