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Parenting => Health and Safety => Health => Topic started by: CareDC on December 08, 2008, 12:02:48 PM

Title: Canada still sells toys banned in Europe
Post by: CareDC on December 08, 2008, 12:02:48 PM
 Despite a decade-old voluntary ban in North America, Health Canada tests found three-quarters of soft plastic toys and items on sale for young children in Canada contained toxic chemical additives known to cause reproductive harm in children.

Phthalates, a chemical family used to soften plastic toys, were found at elevated levels in the department's sampling of 54 of 72 products made of the widely used plastic known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

The toys, for children ages three and under, included soft vinyl ones likely to be mouthed, like bath toys, and items designed for infants to help in feeding or sleeping .

The levels ranged from 0.2 to 39.9 per cent by weight of the PVC in the products.

All these toys and children's products with added phthalates for sale in Canada have been banned by the European Union since 1999. In the United States, a ban modelled on the European prohibition comes into effect in February. In these jurisdictions, phthalates concentrations cannot exceed 0.1 per cent.