Massive Rubber Ducky Reminds Parents About the Dangers of Toxic Toys


photo: The Ecology Center

A 25-foot rubber ducky in Ann Arbor served to remind parents about the dangers of toxins in toys. The ducky's appearance comes in the wake of Congress's debate on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The ducky, which made an appearance in an Ann Arbor park, is currently touring the nation in hopes of building support for updating the bill. You may be surprised to learn what toxins can be found in your children's toys.The Ecology Center held an event this past Thursday in Ann Arbor to remind parents about the importance of passing legislation that would properly regulate the toxicity of toys and other consumer products. Representatives from the organization were on hand to test toys for heavy toxins like lead and cadmium that can presently be found in many of the toys on the market today.

Toxins in toys and kid's products are of a huge concern for parents as children's bodies are growing and developing and they are therefore, more susceptible to toxins. According to, the main chemicals of concern include lead, cadmium, chlorine, arsenic, bromine, and mercury.

Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act began to regulate levels of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, and chromium found in consumer products. But currently, the government doesn't require testing for the range of listed toxins that could be found in consumer products, even those for use by children. The law that's supposed to regulate toxic substances in consumer products, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, needs to be updated and include safe levels of all possible toxins and then most importantly, testing to enforce the guidelines.

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