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Minnesota Lawmaker: “Ban “Toxic Toys”

September 12, 2007

Washington D.C. - Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says she's introducing legislation to ban "toxic toys." She says it would get the lead out of children's products, and make it easier to identify, and illegal to sell, all recalled toys.

"I just find it totally unacceptable that these toys that are containing a known toxin are continuing to make their way into our kids hands. This is truly getting serious, and we need to do something about it."

Klobuchar says her plan marks the first time lead standards for children's products would be set by federal law. It was prompted by this summer's recalls of millions of Chinese-made toys after toxic substances were discovered in their paint.

"The legislation provides that lead in any children's product should be treated as a banned, hazardous substance. The bill would set a ceiling for a trace level of lead, and gives the Consumer Product Safety Commission the power to lower levels even further through rulemaking as science and technology allow."

The legislation calls for an immediate ban, including removing the products from store shelves. It also would make it easier to find out which toys contain hazardous substances, and which have been recalled.

"Parents have approached me to ask how they can possibly identify a toxic toy. As a mother, I can tell you, it's hard to tell one Barbie from another. A simple stamp added to the packaging and the toy itself, will make it easier for parents to pick up the toy and match the stamps and recognize and remove the unsafe toy from their children’s hands."

Yesterday, China announced it would stop using lead paint on toys.

Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN