The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is not adequately protecting American children from toxic chemicals in toys, according to the claims of a new lawsuit.
As of February 10, 2009, the CPSC will no longer allow toys containing phthalates to be sold in the U.S. Phthalates are toxic chemicals that have been linked to abnormal reproductive development in some studies.
However, the group said that even after the ban is enacted, toys manufactured before that date will still be permissible for sale.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and Public Citizen say in their lawsuit that this loophole "will cause both direct harm to individuals exposed to these chemicals in children’s products and consumer confusion about which products sold in stores comply with the phthalate ban," according to Reuters.
They are calling for the CPSC to change the law so that there is a complete ban on phthalate-laden toys after February 10th.
Earlier this year, a study published in Pediatrics suggested that babies absorb phthalates from products such as baby lotion, baby powder and baby shampoo.