Dangerous CSI Fingerprint Kit Toy Contains Asbestos
A November 2007 study conducted by the Asbestos Disease
Awareness Organization (ADAO) evaluated toys and consumer products for
the presence of asbestos, a deadly carcinogen
known to cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. One toy included in the ADAO
study was the CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit, manufactured in China for Planet
Toys, a New York City-based company.
As a result of the study and the publication of the ADAO findings, Planet Toys responded on their Web site:
Earlier this past week, on November 27th, a Seattle Washington newspaper here in the United States reported on a test conducted by an Asbestos Awareness Organization. Planet Toys’, CSI Fingerprint Examination kit was among a number of consumer products tested by this organization. Within this kit are three types of talc powder provided to depict various methods in which fingerprints are gathered and subsequently analyzed by real crime scene investigators.
While the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization alleged that two of the three powders contained an asbestos content of 5%, Planet Toys test—conducted by a leading asbestos testing laboratory in upstate New York—concluded that there was NO asbestos detected in any of our kits tested. Planet Toys is both proud and pleased to announce our findings in refuting the asbestos organization’s claim.
According to a report by Washington, DC’s, Fox 5 News reporter Melanie Alnwick, Planet Toys did not respond to their requests for clarification on their own independent study. To view Ms. Alnwick’s story, click here.
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