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New Study Finds Toxic Chemicals On Popular Toys

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The Washington Toxics Coalition tested several toys available at retail stores like Target and Toys-R-Us. In addition to lead they found thalates and cadmium.

These chemicals are linked to potential harmful health effects. Most of these toys are made from plastic and sometimes it can be hard to tell what you're buying.

Scientists have a helpful tip for all parents.

"One is to avoid PVC products many times PVC toys are labeled that they're vinyl you can also just avoid some of the soft plastics toys, those are more likely to be PVC," said Erika Schreder, the author of the study by the Washington Toxics Coalition.

The Coalition has a web site with a full list of recall toys. Some of them include a Rubber Ducky, Winnie the Pooh play set, Baby Einstein color blocks, and several railway toys.

State legislators are already taking action to ban these chemicals from toys. We've attached a link to their web site with more information, and pictures of the toxic toys on our On-Air Links section.