Report: Toxic toys being sold in Erie County

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A report detailing toys found in Erie County that contain chemicals like arsenic and mercury was unveiled Tuesday morning.

Clean and Healthy New York and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund stood alongside Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz at the Rath Building, where they displayed some of the "toxic" toys they found being sold in area stores.

The groups tested 12 children's toys purchased at six separate retail stores. The tests revealed:

  • arsenic in two products: toy flashlight and earrings
  • antimony in two products: toy flashlight and doll
  • cadmium in eight products: toy train, toy cars, clothing, and jewelry
  • cobalt in six products: toy train, hair clips, clothing, and jewelry
  • lead in one product: toy train
  • mercury in one product: jewelry

The groups are calling on Erie County legislators to ban chemicals in toys and children’s products. They argue children are more susceptible to chemicals because they are still developing and need to be protected.

Legislation passed the State Assembly in 2014, but stalled in the State Senate. The groups say Albany County has moved forward with a law banning chemicals as a result and several other counties in New York State are considering legislation.

The groups say the products were bought in stores in Erie County last month and only a fraction of the available toys were tested. They say the report is not meant to be a comprehensive report on the safety of any product or brand.

The products were purchased at Target, Macy’s, Spencers, Party City, Justice and The Dollar Store. You can see the full report here.

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