According to an investigation of AsianInspection, 25% of toys made in China are still not phtalate free. AsianInspection announced the results of an inspection of 35 randomly selected toys on their website today. These toys were destined for European and American markets.
Phthalates are chemical compounds used primarily to enhance the flexibility and durability of plastics like plasticized PVC. In response to consumer health concerns, phthalates are being phased out of toys in the United States (CPSIA), Canada, and the European Union (REACH). At high level of exposure, the toxicological properties of phthalates present a risk of cancer and can lead to adult infertility.
Phthalate contamination is extremely widespread. In one case, a toy first aid kit was found to contain more than 130 times the allowable limit of phthalates under REACH regulations. Results like these make it clear that toy importers buying from China and Greater Asia take the greatest risk with children, the most vulnerable consumers. Lab testing your product mitigates this risk before juvenile bodily injury and criminal liability can become factors.
Read the full story: Phthalate Free Products: Testing Phthalate Toys Made in China | AsiaInspection.com.