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GREENPEACE URGES RETAILERS TO
WITHDRAW VINYL BABY

TOYS

no pve in baby toys TORONTO/MONTREAL, Greenpeace sent letters to leading Canadian retailers this morning demanding they immediately withdraw from sale all toys made from soft PVC plastic (vinyl) for children aged three and under. Last week Greenpeace announced findings of high levels of hazardous softening chemicals or plasticisers known as phthalates in soft PVC toys (1).

Letters were sent to Toys R Us, Canada's dominant specialty toys retailer, and to Canada's two largest general retailers, Wal-Mart and Zellers. Greenpeace is also demanding that retailers immediately initiate labelling of all toys with the type(s) of plastic they contain. "We know these toys contain hazardous chemicals and we know children are swallowing them. Retailers need to act now to protect children's health", said Morag Simpson, toxics campaigner for Greenpeace.

Currently, children's toys are rarely labelled with product indredients. "Greenpeace Canada wrote to Toys R Usrequesting they identify all toys made of PVC, but the company failed to reply," said Dr. Matthew Bramley, a Greenpeace chemist.

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