Asbestos detected in Playskool crayons

8 Aug 2018 by under News

crayons asbestos image courtesy ACCC 100x100 Asbestos detected in Playskool crayonsCrayons are a necessary item on elementary school supply lists. But parents may want to avoid buying Playskool brand crayons, sold at , because recent testing revealed they may contain trace amounts of the carcinogen asbestos.

Testing of toys and school supplies by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in 2015 found that many major brands of crayons – including Rose Art and Crayola – contain trace amounts of asbestos fibers. Since then, most brands have reformulated their crayons to eliminate asbestos. But recent tests revealed that Playskool brand crayons still contained trace amounts of the toxic fibers.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that if inhaled or swallowed can cause lung ailments including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and other internal organs.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) acknowledged that it didn’t know if the asbestos fibers in the crayon wax could go airborne and pose a risk to children. But since sometimes kids eat crayons, parents may want to avoid brands of crayons that contain asbestos.

A spokesperson for Hasbro, which owns Playskool brand, said that the company would investigate PIRG’s findings and work with , the licensee of the product, to determine what actions to take, if any.

“We are aware of a report of trace amounts of asbestos being detected in a small amount of product testing conducted by a private group and are reviewing our own certified lab testing, which, to our knowledge, passes all regulatory requirements and had no detectable asbestos,” a LeapYear spokesperson said, adding that the company would release a form statement upon the completion of its review.

Source: CBS News

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