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Toxins in toys … scared yet?
Posted By Shay On March 31, 2008 @ 7:35 pm In Business & Economy,Kids & Family,Science, Nature & Environment | No Comments
NORWALK – The handheld device resembled a price scanner, but after it zapped his son’s Fisher Price roller vacuum toy, sticker shock wasn’t what upset state Sen. Bob Duff. The device, an X-ray fluorescence analyzer, discovered 200 parts per million of lead, far more than the 40 parts per million that pediatricians consider acceptable on toys. Worse than that, the toy’s paint contained 250 parts per million of mercury, said Damian Fox, who conducted the tests. “There should be zero mercury,” said Fox, who owns Glastonbury-based Aremytoyssafe.com, a service that tests chemical levels in toys and other items. “This is going into the garbage,” said Duff, D-Norwalk. “Actually, it’s going in on household hazardous waste day.”
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