Consumer Advocate Says Toy Safety Still an Issue

Nov 28, 2011

Your children could be at risk from some of the products you buy for them, according to local consumer watchdog Judy Braiman.

Rochester-based consumer advocate Braiman says products intended for children are still reaching the market with hazardous materials like heavy metals in toys and jewelry, or carcinogens in products ranging from shampoos to apparel. 

The founder and head of the Empire State Consumers Project says in her newly released annual report that the federal government has promised to set standards for such things as heavy metals, but progress toward finalizing and publishing them has been slow.

Braiman says there's currently no firm timeline for the standards to be put in place--only a promise that they're being worked on. She is hoping for rules that will take products with heavy metals that stunt children's mental development, or elevated levels of carcinogens, off the market.