Report from Safer States & Washington Toxics Coalition
Over 5,000 children’s products such as clothing, toys, and shoes were reported in Washington State between June 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013 as containing a chemical on the State’s list of 66 Chemicals of High Concern to Children. These products were reported by manufacturers in compliance with requirements under Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Act of 2008. A total of 41 chemicals were reported and included toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, cobalt, antimony, and molybdenum, and organic compounds such as methyl ethyl ketone and ethylene glycol as well as phthalates. Washington’s first-in-the-nation reporting requirement provides previously unavailable information to consumers, retailers, and policy makers. Manufacturers complying with the reporting requirements are exhibiting transparency and responsibility. This reporting shows that thousands of children’s products currently contain toxic chemicals, underscoring the need for stronger regulations at the state and national level.