Study Finds Mesothelioma-Causing Substance in Children’s Toys

by Staff | July 8th, 2015

Exposure to asbestos—a naturally occurring, toxic substance—is known to cause a number of serious health conditions, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. That’s why contact with asbestos should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, the substance is found in many of the items we come into contact with on a daily basis.

One recent study determined several children’s toys that are available on the American market contain asbestos. Reports indicate the products were manufactured in China and were sold by nationwide retailers.

An article from SF Gate explains the Environmental Working Group tested 28 boxes of crayons and 21 fingerprint kits for toxic substances. The researchers found that four of the boxes of crayons and two of the fingerprint test kits that were purchased at nationwide retailers came back positive for containing talcum powder laced with asbestos. The products are currently undergoing a second round of testing to confirm the initial findings.

This isn’t the first time asbestos has been discovered in these types of children’s toys. In 2000, the discovery of asbestos in crayons prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop a toxin-free product.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen the devastating results exposure to asbestos can have. That’s why our defective product lawyers are hopeful this information can help protect you and your loved ones from coming into contact with a potentially dangerous substance.

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