Scientific American has reported that toys containing toxic phthalates may still be on shelves in the United States because the federal government has yet to enforce the new Children’s Safety Product Act.
This disturbing possibility has been documented by The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Public Citizen, who
charge in the complaint filed in Manhattan Federal Court that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is flouting “the will of Congress” by allowing retailers to stockpile and continue to sell products from dolls to rubber ducks containing the chemicals after Feb. 10—the date a federally mandated ban on their production and sale is set to take effect—as long as they were manufactured before the deadline.
Let’s review: we know that phthalates could be dangerous in toys, but retailers are still allowed to sell them through the busy holiday season.
To learn more about the issue of phthalates, visit this information center.