Federal judge orders CPSC to remove all toxic toys from U.S. stores.
New York, NY (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–A New York Federal District Court judge ordered the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, (CPSC) www.cpsc.gov to have all toys, made with toxic chemicals, removed from the nation’s retail shelves last Thursday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the judge’s legal ruling further claims the CPSC, which is responsible for protecting the public from dangerous consumer products, must eliminate a government loophole which is currently in place.
The loophole allows toys manufactured with toxic chemical substances, specifically the chemical used to soften plastics called phthalates, to remain on store shelves if they were manufactured and distributed before the federal ban. Phthalates was banned by a federal law signed into legislation last summer because it can be absorbed though the mouth or skin. Phthalate exposure and toxicity has been linked to birth defects and hormone/metabolic disorders.
Two consumer safety advocacy groups had to file a lawsuit against the CPSC in federal court last December to have all the toxic toys removed from stores. Manufacturers claimed they would to remove hundreds of millions of dollars in products off retail store shelves if the court ruled in favor of overall children’s welfare. Public Citizen and Natural Resources Defense Council, the two organizations who filed the suit, won their lawsuit as a record win in children’s health and safety.
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