Children's advocates say they hope a sweeping consumer protection law passed by Congress last week will begin a broad national effort to shield youngsters from dangerous chemicals.
The bill, which is expected to be signed by the president, will require that toys be tested for safety before they're sold. The law would ban several types of phthalates, ingredients in plastic linked to reproductive problems.
Andy Igrejas of the Pew Charitable Trusts' environmental health campaign notes that children are especially vulnerable to chemicals because their bodies are still developing. The proposed law would provide information about chemicals' effects on everything from cancer to birth defects.
Read the full article Toxic Plastic Toys Could Go the Way of the Dinosaurs
at USA Today
's Web site.Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information visit the Environmental Health Project (Kid-Safe Chemicals) on PewHealth.org.