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WA lawmakers push to get toxins banned from toys

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Associated Press - January 20, 2008 1:25 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Some state lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would ban lead and other toxins from children's toys.

A bill that would require companies to disclose what chemicals their products contain is on the agenda for a Wednesday hearing before the House of Representatives' select committee on environmental health.

Sen. Debbie Regala, a Tacoma Democrat, says the average consumer wrongly assumes that if a product is on the shelf, it's been tested and cleared as safe.

Millions of toys have been recalled in the past year because they contain lead, which is illegal in paint, but commonly used as a stabilizer in plastics and an additive to metals.

Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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