With a signature by Governor Christine Gregoire, Washington State has set a national standard for addressing children’s health by banning toxic chemicals from both children’s toys and personal care products.
Gov. Gregoire has signed into law the Children’s Safe Products Act, establishing the nation’s strongest standard for three dangerous chemicals – lead, cadmium, and phthalates – in toys and other products marketed to children. It also requires manufacturers to report whether their products contain other chemicals harmful to children’s health.
Washington State follows on the heels of the October passage of California’s Toxic Toys bill, the first in the nation to protect children by banning six types of phthalates from children’s toys. Both states responded to the increasing public demand by parents and health advocates to ensure our children’s safety, and as a result, Congress and a dozen states are now taking action.
Through our work with Washington’s Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, the Breast Cancer Fund actively supported the efforts to pass this critical legislation. Congratulations to all of our colleagues a nd partner organizations for their fantastic work to raise awareness around this issue!