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EcoWaste Coalition warns against ‘toxic toys’ this Christmas

Buyers should not purchase soft plastic toys that are not certified “phthalate free” as these have potential health risks to children

Pro-environment group EcoWaste Coalition warned people against buying toys that may have toxic contents during the holiday season.

The coalition issued its warning after the Food and Drug Administration released an advisory against buying a certain product called “Bathtub Dog Playset,” which reportedly contains toxic components at concentrations beyond the allowed limit.

Aileen A. Lucero, EcoWaste Coalition national coordinator, said buyers should not purchase soft plastic toys that are not certified “phthalate free” as these have potential health risks to children.

“Phthalate exposure has been linked to genital abnormalities in boys, decreased ‘male typical’ play in boys, early onset of puberty in boys and girls, increased risks for learning, attention and behavioral disorders, diabetes, obesity, and allergies among children,” among other health effects, said Lucero in a statement.

Phthalates are a class of plasticizers utilized to soften and increase the elasticity of plastics, specifically those made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It can interfere with the way hormones such as estrogen and testosterone control body, brain, and reproductive development, said the group.

EcoWaste Coalition cited a Health department administrative order in 2011 providing guidelines on the legal limit of certain chemicals in toys that could be produced and sold in the market.

“We urge toymakers to adhere to the mandatory labeling requirements as stipulated under Republic Act 10620, or the Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act, and to list the chemical ingredients on product labels for transparency,” the EcoWaste Coalition statement read.

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