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Government sues importers of children’s products to stop flow of dangerous toys to U.S.

The U.S. government has taken legal action against four California companies and six individuals in an effort to halt their illegal importation of dangerous children’s products containing lead, phthalates, small parts that pose a hazard to young children, and other potentially deadly defects. The U.S. Justice Department, acting on a request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), filed an injunction in California federal court against Toys Distribution Inc. (TDI International); S&J Merchandise Inc., BLJ Apparel Inc., and All Season Sales Inc. Individuals named in the injunction are identified as Loan Tuyet Thai, Lan My Lam, Paul Phuong, Cuc T. ... Read More

Chemicals in beauty products linked to diabetes in women

Chemicals in commonly used health care and beauty products may increase a woman’s chance of developing diabetes, according to a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The chemicals in question are known as phthalates, which are known to interrupt the endocrine system and have been linked in previous studies to diabetes as well as childhood obesity. Phthalates are present in soaps, nail polishes, hair sprays, perfumes and moisturizers, as well as products such as electronics, toys and adhesives. Other “endocrine disturbing” compounds like phthalates include BPA and pesticides, which have been singled out by activists groups ... Read More

CPSC announces new toy safety standards

To help educate parents about toy safety, Consumer Product Safety CommissionChairman Inez Tenenbaum held a town-hall style meeting in New York City. Discussions centered on new federal safety rules that raise the standards for toys and help protect children from unnecessary harm. As more and more toys are manufactured in China, many parents have become increasingly vigilant for toys that could potentially harm their children. Overseas toy manufacturers frequently set low safety standards for themselves. Worse, they often violate the safety standards established by the U.S. government, prompting the CPSC to issue safety alerts and toy recalls. When toy manufacturers ... Read More