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EPA to reduce lead hazard in kids' products

EPA Agrees To Reduce Lead in Products for Children Because of Health Hazard

April 16, 2007 — By John Heilprin, Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Companies that make or distribute toys, zippers and other eco-friendly toys, nontoxic toyschildren's products will face tougher government scrutiny to keep out any lead that could poison and kill children or harm their brain development.

The Environmental Protection Agency agreed in response to legal pressure to write up to 120 importing and manufacturing companies by the end of the month, instructing them to provide health and safety studies if any lead might be found in the products they make for children.

"Parents still need to be vigilant about the recalls on products marketed to children that might contain lead, and take those products away from children as soon as they are recalled," Jessica Frohman, co-chair of the Sierra Club's national toxics committee, said Sunday.  Full story...


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