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Study reports traces of asbestos in children's crayons, toy crime lab kits

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Traces of asbestos, a known carcinogen, have been found in children's crayons and toy crime lab kits according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund. The tests found asbestos in four of the 28 boxes of crayons tested. Two of the 21 tested crime scene fingerprint kits were also tainted with asbestos. The EWG Action Fund report does not list the exact amounts of asbestos that were found in the products but the results are still important to note because even trace exposure to asbestos can cause cancer and other fatal lung diseases. The toys were tested by two government-certified laboratories.

The report indicates that the brands containing asbestos were all made in China and imported to the United States. The crayons that tested positive for the substance included Amscan Crayons purchased at Party City as well as Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons and Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce boxes purchased at Dollar Tree.

The two toy crime lab kits affected included the black fingerprint powder in the Edu Science Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit, found at ToysRUs.com, and the white fingerprint powder from the Inside Intelligence Secret Spy kit, found on Amazon.com.

According to the EWG web page, asbestos kills up to 15,000 Americans every year but is still legal to use in consumer products. EWG Action Fund has launched an Asbestos Nation campaign to raise awareness about the threat of asbestos.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that asbestos exposure only occurs when asbestos-containing material is disturbed causing the particles to become airborne.

There are no current regulations in the U.S. pertaining to asbestos in children's products. According to CNN, "In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a ban on most asbestos-containing products. However, this regulation was overturned in 1991, leaving bans on only a few products."

The EWG Action Fund is is advocating for policy changes and regulations for asbestos in consumer products to protect the public and especially children.

Read their full report here: http://www.asbestosnation.org/facts/tests-find-asbestos-in-kids-crayons-crime-scene-kits/

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