The US Public Interest Research Group has released its annual back-to-school report, and it found trace amounts of asbestos in Dollar Tree’s Playskool crayons.
Yes, your children’s favorite crayons could be carrying asbestos that has been linked to mesothelioma, a potentially deadly cancer of the lungs’ lining.
Researchers found trace amounts of the toxic mineral in Dollar Tree’s Playskool crayons, and toxins in at least three other products.
Trace amounts of asbestos fibers are found into the coloring tools which are marketed as being made for small children. But, according to this new report, they are too dangerous for small children.
In addition to these products, Expo’s dry erase markers, as well as those made by The Board Dudes, were found to contain several carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene, xylene, and toluene.
Two children’s water bottles – the Reduce Hydro Pro Furry Friends bottle carried by Costco and Amazon and LL Bean’s GSI Outdoors Children’s Water Bottles – also contain dangerously lead and can be found on the market, even after the USCPS recalled the two products.
Dollar Tree spokesperson Randy Guiler told Daily Mail Online that the company was ‘aware of the report,’ and has since ‘re-verified that each of the listed products successfully passed inspection and testing.’
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