Crayons Tested Positive for Asbestos

Recently, it was discovered that toxic levels of asbestos were present in popular brands of crayons sold by Dollar Tree, Amazon.com, and other retailers. Exposure to asbestos, a toxic mineral, has been known to cause mesothelioma and lung cancer if inhaled or digested. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund, 36 packs of Playskool crayons that were purchased from a Dollar Tree store in Chicago were tested and each pack contained dangerous amounts of tremolite asbestos fibers.

As part of U.S. PIRG’s “Safer School Supplies: Shopping guide,” a variety of back-to-school products were tested, including six other brands of crayons from Houston, Denver, California, and Chicago. Tremolite asbestos was only found in Playskool crayons. Crayola, Target’s Up & Up, Cra-Z-Art, Disney Junior Mickey and the Roadster Racers, and RoseArt were all asbestos-free.

As a result of these findings, U.S. PIRG is now pressuring Dollar Tree and online retailers like eBay and Amazon to stop selling the Playskool crayons that tested positive for this toxic chemical.

Asbestos Also Found in 2015

Asbestos was previously found in several crayon brands, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund, in 2015. Their study revealed crayon sets and toy fingerprint kits imported from China contained talc that was contaminated with asbestos fibers.

The four crayon brands that were named in the report include:

  • Saban Power Rangers Super Megaforce Crayons
  • Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Crayons
  • Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Amscan Crayons

Identify Product Safety

In its guide, the U.S. PIRG advised parents to look for Art and Creative Materials Institute-certified product seals when purchasing art supplies, including markers and glue. This seal signifies that a qualified toxicologist tested the products for any acute or chronic hazards. In regards to other school supplies, such as lunch boxes or water bottles, parents should look for a manufacturer’s label called a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC), which signifies that the product complies with applicable children’s product safety rules.

According to the U.S. PIRG’s guide, it was difficult to find products without these certifications in big box stores like Target. On the other hand, Dollar Tree did not have a single product with a CPC label. Unfortunately, asbestos is only banned in certain products and regulated in others. Until better laws are put into effect, the U.S. PIRG is advising parents to look for certain labels to protect their children.

Asbestos Exposure Attorneys

If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and developed a harmful medical condition as a result, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation. At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., our team of asbestos attorneys is dedicated to representing those who have been exposed to this dangerous and toxic chemical nationwide.

Get started on your case today and contact our law office at (844) 256-8685 to request your free initial case evaluation.

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