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Toxins Be Gone!

Too bad it’s not that simple. One website, has tested thousands of children’s products and other household items to find out what you are really buying.

They test for all sorts of toxic nastiness:

While there are a number of chemicals of concern that have been found in common consumer products, focused on a subset of chemicals that could be detected by the XRF technology: lead, cadmium, chlorine, arsenic, bromine and mercury. also contains information on consumer products that contain chromium, tin, and antimony. Each of these chemicals also represents potential exposure to workers or communities during the manufacture of products containing them, and potentially to communities where the products are disposed. selected these elements and related or associated chemical compounds because they have been identified by many regulatory agencies as problematic chemicals or they are associated with problematic compounds and/or because of their toxicity or suspected toxicity, persistence, and/or their tendency to build up in people and the environment. These chemicals have also been linked in animal and, less often, in human studies to long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer. They were also chosen because these chemicals, or their elemental building blocks, have been subject to either regulatory restrictions or voluntary limits set by industry associations or third party environmental certification organizations.

While I don’t have the time to search for each and every item I own on the website, it’s reasurring that someone out there is checking up on products that children and babies will be handling (and chewing on), especially since, as we’ve seen, it’s not necessarily cheapo dollar store items that are contaminated.

The CPSC, which is charged with protecting the public “against unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products” has had its fair share of controversy in recent years, but I beleive it’s one of our better functioning government agencies, despite the criticism. Not that it is necessarily inept or corrupt, but simply overworked and far too small and underfunded for the job at hand. I hope that more attention will be paid to its importance in the future.

Until then sites like exist to help fill in the cracks of missing information and help push consumers to demand safer prodeucts for their families.


A bit of this and some of that in a stream of consciousness format…

~ We had Curriculum Night in kindergartenland tonight. My kid has been trying to teach the others to read – how sweet is that? I’m so proud of him – he just loves his teacher, adores school, and I know I’m really lucky that it all seems to come naturally to him thus far.

~ Babybeast has her head apointment tomorrow afternoon. I’ll report back sometime after that.

~ Blogger seems to be farking up people’s comments and giving a warning that they can’t comment. It’s done that to me several times, but if you try again it typically goes through ok. Don’t give up!

~ The google hits on this blog are pretty funny. And some less so. The “rape” search that hit this political entry was a little disturbing. I was excited to see someone out there wanted to know more about veggie crunchers today – and who wouldn’t, because they are the epitome of veggie awesomeness? And couple of people who I’ve spoken to have googled the blog by name because they keep forgetting the url – just bookmark me – or click that follow/fan button over on your right – it’s easy! And some Google hits are completely random and almost certainly not what they were actually searching for, but it looks like I’m interesting for them to stick around and read a few pages anyway – how cool is that?

~ It has come to my attention that someone thinks I’m a dude. Nay nay buffalay; this writer is 100% female type human person.

~ I’ve got a few click-throughs from to particular entry. You can’t see the forum without registering but with that name, I must know what it’s about – if any members are visiting, please enlighten me!

~ My afternoon was spent grocery shopping in a thunderstorm with three kids 5 and under. Grocery shopping in a thunderstorm with three kids 5 and under sucks big time – there’s no sugarcoating it.

~ One of our cats pooped a big rank steaming kitty turd into the kids’ Christmas ornament box last night. Seriously, cat – WTF?

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