Concerned Consumers Take on Vinyl Forum
Boston, MA - Leaders in the vinyl industry are convening in Boston's Copley Marriot this week to discuss the future of plastics manufacturing. Scientists, parents, and concerned consumers will also be there, saying the future is in safety. They'll hold their own news conference at the World Vinyl Forum today, to display more than 50 products still being sold in Boston with dangerous levels of lead. Doctor Sean Palfrey, pediatrics and health professor at Boston University, is deeply concerned that there are no federal requirements to screen children’s toys for lead.
"Lower levels of lead have been shown to have significant behavioral and developmental effects. Products that should meet these standards are coming in from outside the country with much higher levels than that."
A bill in the State Legislature would phase out ten harmful chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives.
Palfrey worries that lead can be found in all types of products from dishes to earrings, and believes the concern over children's toys is warranted.
"Kids in general are at greater risk for a variety of reasons. Children absorb more toxic material, get more dust on themselves, and ingest more through their hands and their breathing."