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The Today File

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September 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Do you know what your kid is putting in his mouth?

What, exactly, is in that toy your toddler likes to chew on?

The state Department of Ecology is trying to help answer that question — though the results can be less-than-satisfying.

A 2008 law that is now being phased-in requires manufacturers to file reports with the state on 66 toxic chemicals of concern contained in baby products. Products covered also include toys, cosmetics, and jewelry.

Ecology just posted the first batch of reports, from the largest manufacturers, on its website.

Parents can search by chemical name, by product type, or other parameters. What they can’t search by is the thing that would be most useful: names of actual baby products. Nor does the state offer any direction on which products parents should avoid. Ecology is calling it a first step.

“This program will daylight the supply chain by showing where toxic chemicals are found in children’s products,” said  Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant. “If we identify risks in children’s products, this will enable us to do something about it.”

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