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Group Urging State To Protect Children From Toxic Toys

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There's a local push to tackle a national problem. Dozens gathered at the State Capitol to urge lawmakers to protect children from toxic toys and other products. Arsenic, mercury and carcinogens- they're all toxic chemicals, but parents say it's impossible to know if these chemicals are in the products they buy for their children.

Parents with health professionals and community leaders came together to propose safe children's products legislation. The Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health says the goal is to give families the right-to-know about toxic chemicals in children's products. Local health professionals say there are few federal laws protecting children and most are outdated.

One Michigan mom says it's important to have the tools to make the right decisions for her family.

Polly Schlaff, concerned mother: "One thing I've learned over the last five years is that we really aren't protected, you know, the laws favor the chemical companies."

Jennifer Canvasser, MI Network for Children's Environ. Health: "It's not to say that if a child plays with a certain type of rubber duck that they're gonna get cancer, but it's the cumulative effect that, you know, they're not just exposed to one chemical, you know, one day at a time. They're exposed to many chemicals throughout the day and, you know, throughout their lifetime and these add up."

The legislation would not require any additional labeling on products, instead the Network for Children's Environmental Health says one way to get information out there would be to provide information on the state's Department of Community Health website.

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