Asbestos Discovered in Toys during Christmas Season of 2007
During the Christmas shopping season of 2007, a watchdog group known as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Asbestos discovered a toy for children that contain elements of asbestos, which is a fiber that cause cancer.
While the production of the toy was removed, a New York Times in April 2008 elaborated on the incident almost forgotten. Currently, the litigation was developed in Los Angeles Superior Court and farewell between CBS Corporation, Planet Toys Inc. (manufacturers of the CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit) and other retailers for their involvement in the sale of the toy of raw asbestos. Families affected by the contaminated toys should consider the development of litigation for the display of “large quantities of tremolite asbestos.”
The farewell also continued his experiments and found several other products containing asbestos, including toys for children extra.
ADAO is an organization that uses volunteers, many of whom have either been directly affected by asbestos-related disease or who have watched friends and relatives suffering from diseases, including mesothelioma. The body of research funds that can affect public health, and the group acts as a watchdog for asbestos-stained or policy violations of asbestos, which were established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is considered a human carcinogen by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and is a “natural, fibrous silicate mineral,” according to the EPA. Asbestos becomes deadly when they bind to and become microscopic bundles of fibers in the air.
When inhaled, the results can be fatal and serious damage to the body of an individual through the development of mesothelioma cancer. In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos can cause lung cancer or asbestosis, in which the fibrous scar tissue in the lungs.
Asbestos has been extracted has been used in a wide range of industries, according to the EPA:
- Thermal / acoustic insulation used for the test of fire
- Fitting roofs and shingles made with asbestos cement
- Painting textures and patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints
- Ash and artificial embers fireplace gasTablets cooker
- Vinyl tile, flooring and adhesives
- Blanket or asbestos tape for hot water and steam pipes
- Oil and coal furnaces
Children’s toys affected the asbestos
Tracing Asbestos can be a difficult process, because it is often overlooked, especially because it is a common ingredient of most manufactured products, although it once was. The farewell is testing thousands of products for asbestos contamination in toys, as well as regular products. Currently, many toys have determined that it had traces of asbestos, including:
- CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit
- Ja-Ru Toy Clay (located between the three varieties of the product)
- Art Skills Clay Bucket ‘(asbestos found in six colors of clay)
In addition, there are several other products ADAO found with traces of asbestos, which are not directly related to children’s toys, but could still affect infant health. A major concern is the use of talc powder for children on children, which may contain small amounts of asbestos. Other products were found contaminated with asbestos, according to the farewell, are:
- Scotch high-performance, all the tapes Weather Channel
- DAP Crack Shot spackling paste
- DAP 33 Window Glazing
- Gardner Leak Stopper
The organization also noted that curlers, electric hot plates, washing powders and small appliances are at risk of adversely affecting public health with asbestos fibers. The organization noted that these products are sold at national retail chains, including:
- Toys “R” Us
- Home Depot
- Bed Bath & Beyond
Consumers, a consumer Web-based news and resource center, issued the following tips to help parents, relatives and friends by purchasing toys for children, in order to better protect children from exposure to asbestos. The list includes the following:
- Be alert a buyer and read all the warnings that may include a broken toy, which contain small parts or fire and choking hazards.
- Read reviews of products that are both made by panels of independent experts and consumers.
- Research information on the latest product recalls.
- Check the toys, all of which are broken should be thrown away.
- Research how, where and when a product has been created.
What to do if your child is exposed to asbestos
If a child is exposed or could potentially be exposed to asbestos containing tremolite, it is imperative that medical assistance is required immediately. Due to the nature of asbestos conditions, if a child is exposed to asbestos and should be treated as if all was well, you could develop mesothelioma cancer years later, and that is why immediate medical attention is recommended.
Because asbestos exposure among children is considered highly preventable, the development of an action for damages may be a necessary step. The victims must find an experienced mesothelioma lawyer for more on the development of a cause of mesothelioma.