Lead in children’s toys has become a hot topic with parents everywhere. Because of that, it might seem that this problem would have been remedied by now. No so in China. A recent study that was reported today in China Daily indicates that around ten percent of all children’s toys still contain dangerous amounts of lead.
Conducted by Greenpeace, the study was performed by purchasing five hundred items throughout China’s largest cities. In addition to uncovering large concentrations of lead in a number of toys, the study also revealed that around thirty percent of the toys purchased also had excessively high concentrations of five other metals. All of the metals found, including lead, can have severe adverse effects on children which may inhibit their physical and cognitive development.
While countries like the United States and Canada have imposed more stringent regulations on these substances in children’s toys, China’s regulatory scheme lags behind.
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