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OH NO! POPULAR ‘GREEN’ PRODUCTS TEST POSITIVE FOR A CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Products on March 17th, 2008

TOXICANT IS FOUND IN ALMOST HALF OF 100 SUCH GOODS STUDIED INCLUDING PRODUCTS FROM KISS MY FACE, ALBA, SEVENTH GENERATION AND NATURE’S GATE

s-health-insurance-large.jpgNew tests of 100 “natural” and “organic” soaps, shampoos and other consumer products show that nearly half of them contained a cancer-causing chemical that is a byproduct of petrochemicals used in manufacturing.

Many items that tested positive for the carcinogen are well-known brands, including Kiss My Face, Alba, Seventh Generation and Nature’s Gate products, sold in retail stores across the nation.
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Of the 100 products tested, 47 had detectable levels of 1,4-dioxane, which the Environmental Protection Agency has declared a probable human carcinogen because it causes cancer in lab animals.

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STUDY REVEALS CONCLUSIVE PROOF OF THE DAMAGE TO NON-SMOKERS FROM SECOND HAND SMOKE

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Products on November 28th, 2007

TESTS SHOW DAMAGE TO THEIR LUNGS SIMILAR TO THAT SEEN IN SMOKERS

cigtray2.jpegWhat has long been believed is now proven. Second hand smoke is dangerous to the lungs of the non-smoker and over time will cause many of the same problems as experienced by those who smoke.

Now maybe lawmakers will get serious about protecting non-smokers from those who smoke? One can only hope.

Here in California, smokers have become pariahs in recent years, rightfully banished from restaurants, bars, airports, public transit and most commercial buildings.

But this does not deter many smokers, who continue to light up whenever and wherever the mood strikes them. Perhaps if we as a society started to hold them personably liable for the damage that their addiction does to others, we would have a chance of getting a handle on this situation.

The other option is to tax cigarettes to the extent that they are out of the reach of all but the richest among us.
Then, perhaps, cigarettes would loose their attraction as symbols of independence and “maturity” to the young.

-LIB

MRI SCANS SHOW SECOND-HAND SMOKE DAMAGE TO LUNGS
One third of people who breathe in high levels of secondhand smoke have damage to their lungs similar to that seen in smokers, doctors reported on Monday.

They used a special kind of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scan to look at the lungs of non-smokers who had high exposure to other people’s cigarette smoke and found evidence of the kind of damage that causes emphysema.

“We interpreted those changes as early signs of lung damage, representing very mild forms of emphysema,” said Chengbo Wang, a magnetic resonance physicist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who led the study.

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Source: Reuters

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RECYCLED ELECTONICS EXPOSE OVERSEAS WORKERS TO A COCKTAIL OF TOXIC CHEMICALS

Posted in Eco Thugs, News Brief, Toxic Products on November 19th, 2007

WORKERS IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS CHINA, INDIA AND NIGERIA USE HAMMERS, GAS BURNERS AND THEIR BARE HANDS TO EXTRACT METALS, GLASS AND OTHER RECYCLABLES

a5bb51c7288bc1d456e1d7aaf6f05e181.jpgEditors Note! While I must confess to occasionally wondering where those outdated cell phones, computers and other digital marvels wound up after I dropped them off at the recycling center, like most people, it was not something I lost a lot of sleep over. Hey, I did my part recycling these items rather than merely throwing them in the trash. Now it was someone else’s problem.

Had I cared enough to think about it, and cared is the operating word in this sentence, I would have known that the work was being outsourced, more than likely to some economically depressed part of the world where labor is cheap and regulation non-existent. No problem with little issues like health and safety in these parts of the world.

Perhaps the way to properly approach the recycling issue would be to make the companies who generate billions of dollars designing, manufacturing and selling these products responsible for their recycling.

If this were the case, I am sure that the recycling process would become safe and simple and that many of toxic ingredients utilized today would be replaced with items far more benign to both the earth and her inhabitants.

It is time that we as a society face up to the reality that there are not enough far off places left on this planet to store all of the junk that we generate, nor should we expect to continue to rely on world’s poor to do our bidding without concern for their own well-being.

Recycling is more than global warming. It is time that we wake up to that fact.

- LIB

Most Americans think they’re helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones. But chances are they’re contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas.

While there are no precise figures, activists estimate that 50 to 80 percent of the 300,000 to 400,000 tons of electronics collected for recycling in the U.S. each year ends up overseas. Workers in countries such as China, India and Nigeria then use hammers, gas burners and their bare hands to extract metals, glass and other recyclables, exposing themselves and the environment to a cocktail of toxic chemicals.

“It is being recycled, but it’s being recycled in the most horrific way you can imagine,” said Jim Puckett of the Basel Action Network, the Seattle-based environmental group that tipped off Hong Kong authorities. “We’re preserving our own environment, but contaminating the rest of the world.”

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Source: Associated Press

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MORE TOXIC TOYS RECALLED

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, Corporate Greed, Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Products on November 1st, 2007

US AUTHORITIES RECALLED SOME 440,000 CHINESE-MADE TOYS WEDNESDAY BECAUSE OF HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD

uglyteeth.jpg The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 380,000 Galaxy Warriors figures, 43,000 sets of plastic disguise teeth, 16,000 sets of military-style Elite Operations action figures distributed by the global Toys R Us chain, and 1,500 Ribbit board games.

The toys were the latest in a raft of Chinese-made products aimed at children which have been removed from shelves in the United States because of high lead levels.

Surface paint on the poseable Galaxy Warrior spacemen figures, the “Ugly Teeth,” the frog-shaped wooden pieces in the Ribbit game sets, and the Elite Operations toys contained excessive levels of lead, prompting those recalls, the CPSC said in separate statements.

The consumer protection agency did not give details of the quantity of lead found in the toys.

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CALIFORNIA BANS SMOKING IN CARS WITH MINOR CHILDREN PRESENT

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Products on October 11th, 2007

SECONDHAND SMOKE IN CARS CAN BE UP TO 10 TIMES MORE OF A HEALTH RISK THAN SECONDHAND SMOKE IN A HOME.

smoking1.gifCalifornia Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, yesterday signed a bill making it an infraction punishable by a $100 fine to smoke in a vehicle if someone under the age of 18 is present. As a concession to smokers who have been beat up pretty lately by the Golden State, police would be banned from enforcing this new law unless the driver was stopped for another offense.

With this legislation, California joins Arkansas, which currently bans smoking in cars with children age 6 and younger present, and Louisiana where motorists are prohibited from smoking when children 13 and younger are in the car.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, joins California’s ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces and within 25 feet of a playground.

Secondhand smoke in cars can be up to 10 times more of a health risk than secondhand smoke in a home, according to a recent Harvard School of Public Health report.

Once again, kudos to California for having the common sense to make this new law a reality. Now if they would only eliminate the part of the bill that requires a motorist to be stopped for another infraction in order to be ticked.

-LIB

Related Stories: CHILDREN exposed to cigarette smoke in cars are more than twice as likely as other kids to develop asthma.

-LIB

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SAYING YES TO PAPER VERSUS PLASTIC: SAYING YES TO LIFE

Posted in Corporate Polluters, Toxic Products on September 5th, 2007

AMERICANS DESIRE FOR DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BAGS CONSUMES 12 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL ANNUALLY. MANY LAST UP TO ONE THOUSAND YEARS IN LANDFILLS

plastic-bags.jpgThey’re ubiquitous. They accompany us home each time we shop. They swirl about our oceans, they cling to our trees, they drift down our city sidewalks, they adorn metal fences, they’re consumed by animals.

They are an urban tumbleweed, a flag of the consumer era.

Each year across the world some 500 billion plastic bags are used, and only a tiny fraction of them are recycled. Most of them will have a short lifetime with a consumer — they’ll be used for the few minutes it takes to get from the store to home and then they’re thrown away.

But what does “away” really mean? Plastic shopping bags can last up to a thousand years in a landfill. In the environment, they break down into tiny, toxic particles that become part of the soil and water. Fortunately, some communities in America have started taking serious action.

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“TOYS “R” US” RECALLS PAINT SETS CONTAINING LEAD

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Products, Toxin Alert! on August 30th, 2007

CHILDHOOD EXPOSURE TO LEAD CAN LEAD TO REDUCED INTELLIGENCE, HYPERACTIVITY AND ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

toxicart.jpgToys “R” Us is recalling thousands of art sets made in China due to excessive levels of lead in some black watercolor paints.

Wayne-based Toys “R” Us Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Thursday, saying printed ink on the packaging of the Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases also contained lead. They said no injuries have been reported.

The 213-item set contains crayons, pastels, colored pencils, fiber pens, water colors, a palette and other art supplies in a wooden carrying case.

Toys “R” Us sold about 8,300 of the art kits nationwide from October 2006 through this month. The company said it had bought about 27,000 total.

Toys “R” Us bought the sets from Funtastic, a unit of a Hong Kong distribution company called FPL Group. They are manufactured by a company in Ningbo, China, called Danxiang International Trading.

The wooden art set passed a safety test as recently as April 2007, but failed a recent retest, according to the company.

Consumers are advised to immediately return the sets to the nearest “Toys “R” Us for store credit, or call 800-869-7787.

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CHINESE DOG TREATS THE LATEST PRODUCT TO BE WITHDRAWN OVER CONTAMINATINATION CONCERNS

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, News Brief, Toxic Products, Toxin Alert! on August 21st, 2007

THE NATION’S LARGEST RETAILER WITHDRAWS TWO POPULAR BRANDS OF CHICKEN JERKY TREATS OVER CONCERNS THAT THEY MAY BE MAKING PETS ILL

Walmar2.jpg I guess it was too good to be true, several days without a toxic story courtesy of our friends, the Peoples Republic of China.

The latest involves America’s favorite retailer, the behemoth Wal-Mart Stores.

Maybe now, the nation’s largest retailer will be a little more cautious in the products that it sells.

Maybe.

-LIB

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. quietly stopped selling two brands of dog treats in July, after customers voiced concerns that the Chinese products may have caused their pets to fall ill, but no recall has been announced, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

The world’s largest retailer started pulling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26, spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said late Monday.

Wal-Mart also placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products, Galberth said.

“When we took it off shelves at the end of July, we pulled it based on the customer feedback so we could do testing prior to announcing anything publicly,” Galberth said. “That’s why did not make a public announcement — it was still going through the testing process.”

Wal-Mart’s action follows a massive pet food recall in March, when retailers began pulling products made in China that included the chemical melamine — a contaminant that’s a byproduct of several pesticides.

Galberth said she did not know what the specific customer complaints were about the dog treats, nor when the testing would be complete.

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AMERICANS OPT OUT ON PAIN

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Products on August 20th, 2007

MORE THAN 200,000 POUNDS (90,720 KILOGRAMS) OF CODEINE, MORPHINE, OXYCODONE, HYDROCODONE AND MEPERIDINE WERE PURCHASED AT RETAIL STORES DURING THE MOST RECENT YEAR

Statins_190883a1.jpg Have you had the feeling lately that many of the people that you come in contact with in the course of your daily life are not all there? Well guess what, they are not, at least if the latest analysis from the Associated Press is to be believed.

Americans are opting out on pain in record numbers. Sadly, now one has analyzed the data to see how much of this is physical pain and how much the result of the stress of daily life in these crazy-ass times. Drugs of choice; codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and meperidine, though OxyContin, known somewhat affectionately as “hillbilly heroin”, is responsible for most of the increase.

Whatever happened to the days when friends gathered around the cable spool coffee table, dropped the needle on the newest killer LP and passed around the bong with the wine in the bottom? Maybe we would all be better if these days returned.

-LIB

People in the United States are living in a world of pain and they are popping pills at an alarming rate to cope with it.

The amount of five major prescription painkillers sold at retail establishments rose 88 percent between 1997 and 2005, according to an Associated Press analysis of statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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FISHER-PRICE RECALLS ALMOST ONE MILLION CHINESE MADE TOYS

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, Corporate Greed, Health Watch, Toxic Products, Toxin Alert! on August 2nd, 2007

CHINESE VENDOR USED PAINT WITH LEAD ON ITEMS MEANT FOR PRESCHOOLERS

fischerpricetoys.jpgToy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.

The worldwide recall being announced Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.

The recall is the first for Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10 million Power Wheels from toy stores.

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