Holiday Hazards: Chromium levels in toys

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Ahead of Christmas celebrations, 9 On Your Side is looking into holiday hazards.

Consumer and product experts release annual lists which focus on toys and items you may plan on gifting.

According to the annual Trouble in Toyland report released last month by the United States Public Interest Research Group, chromium in toys could be hazardous for kids.

Toys listed in the report include Slinky Jr., Minions pencil case and magnetic numbers.

In particular, Slinky Jr.’s preliminary testing shows each contains chromium measuring at 1,400 parts per million (ppm). The levels are greater than what’s recommended, yet still falls in line with Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.

Pitt Community College chemistry professor, Dr. Rob McIntyre, sat down with WNCT to talk about the impact exposure could have on your kids.

Dr. McIntyre says the biggest worry is paint chipping, since chromium is used to dye or color toys.

“They should be concerned, yet it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a problem,” said McIntyre. “But it does mean it’s a potential for a child to ingest Chromium and other things.”

The report notes chromium is known to cause allergic reactions, swelling and ulcers.

Join WNCT’s Maria Satira on Morning Edition on Tuesday as she investigates the dangers of scooters and how many kids end up in the emergency room or die because of this holiday hazard.

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