Monday, April 16, 2007

US Cuts Lead in Toys

The US government has issued a notice that companies that make or distribute toys or other children's products that include lead will face increased scrutiny as a part of a move to avoid lead poisoning in children.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now be making contact with up to 120 importing and manufacturing companies by the end of April to instruct them to provide health and safety studies if any lead might be found in the products they make for children.

The risks posed by lead poisoning have been known for decades and are so severe that in the 1980s the petroleum industry was forced to eliminate lead from gasoline - and it's certainly not every day that the oil industry changes its product line in the face of social and health concerns.

So the question is, why is there any lead in children's products in the first place?

Making children's toys from lead is about as intelligent as allowing mercury into the food chain or dumping sewage into drinking water sources. Rather than patting the government on the back for this move, its time to get aggressive with the companies that are placing known poisons in children's toys in the first place.

5 comments:

Karl Lindgren said...

Hi Odiyya, this is to let you know I have nominated you for a "Thinking Blogger Award". This, of course, is a sign of my appreciation of your blog - consistently great! All the details are available on my blog:

http://ldesign.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/memes-awards-and-the-50-post-milestone

Enjoy if you so care!

Karl

WindWhisperer said...

I just don't understand the justification for use of lead in toys...why lead?

E. R. Dunhill said...

Odiyya,
I am reminded of one of the central themes of Cradle-to-Cradle: Don't make poisonous crap in the first place. That way you won't have to mitigate health effects when you poison people, or waste time and money trying to figure out how to "get rid of it", once it is trown away.
Second on the Thinking Blogger Award. This is a quality establishment.

-erd

Odiyya said...

Wind, i can only assume because its cheap to do so.

Karl, thank you for the nomination, and ERD for the seconds. I humbly accept and will be writing my post to that effect in the next couple days.

WindWhisperer said...

Hi Odiyya...I'm with everyone else on your Thinking Blogger Award. Your blog site is a source for important information and opinion about this Earth we live on, and I and others clearly appreciate the value of that.