Lawmakers raise concerns about toxic toys, push for ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Lawmakers in the city are reigniting the push for legislation that would end the sale of toxic toys.

The Child Safe Products Act would require the state to publish a list of chemicals with high concerns, prioritize the ones used in children’s toys, and require children product makers to report their use and then stop using them.

Officials say chemicals such as Arsenic, Mercury, Formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals are currently allowed in some children’s products.

“We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect our children from exposure to toxic chemicals in children’s products and apparel.  When I signed Local Law J into law in Albany County in January, I had said I hoped it would be just the beginning and that it could serve as a template for New York State.  Within weeks after signing our county law, Governor Cuomo introduced the Child Safe Product Act. I will work with the Governor and the legislature to expand our protections of children from toxic chemicals statewide,” said County Executive, Dan McCoy.

Those pushing for the law say these can lead to serious conditions such as kidney damage, bone fragility, and certain cancers.

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