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
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
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.We are also happy to report our CSI
Fingerprint Exam kits, and the rest of the CSI kits pictured here on our
website, are available at your local retailer.
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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