New Law Bans Chemical Found In Toys
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Starting this week, a federal law bans certain chemicals called phthalates from children's toys and other kids' products. A similar law went into effect here in California on the first of January. In Your Health today, reporter Sarah Varney looks at which chemicals are being used as substitutes. We begin with NPR's Jon Hamilton on the ban.
JON HAMILTON: Here's Representative Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from Illinois, at a subcommittee hearing last year.
JAN SCHAKOWSKY: I'm concerned that by not acting quickly, we will make the same mistakes we made in the past with lead, asbestos, pesticides, tobacco, and expose our children to substances which will permanently damage their development.
HAMILTON: Jon Hamilton, NPR News.
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