Toxic Toys vs. Healthy Toys: 5 to Chuck, 5 to Prize

"This is not a problem that we can shop our way out of, since manufacturers don't have to disclose their toy's ingredients on the packaging," says Mike Shriberg, Ph.D., the Ecology Center's policy director, who notes that this research is not meant to be a witch hunt aimed at blacklisting toy manufacturers. "We hope our findings will encourage parents to lobby for stronger laws to regulate the toy industry's use of chemicals and demand that manufacturers phase out putting harmful chemicals in toys."

Want to spend less time policing the toys you give your kids? Thanks to a partnership between and an organization called, you can get information about which toys should be a concern via text message. Here's how it works: Text "healthytoys" and the toy name to 41411. Within minutes you'll get a text that will alert you to that specific toy's safety rating and whether it contains low, medium or high levels of chemicals.

In the meantime, here are some toys that made the naughty list this year:

  • Two hearts Hannah Montana Necklace
    Disney's gem heart necklace was found to contain high lead levels, and similar kid's costume jewelry was found to be five times more likely to contain high levels of lead.





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