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Free App For iPhone and Facebook “Recalls Plus” Gives Parents Peace of Mind

Between birthdays, holidays and everydays, us moms are constantly sifting through piles of products, gadgets and gear for our kids.  But sometimes it’s hard to take stock of what we bring in and every day recalls on products that touch our children’s lives come out.  But no longer must we wait for the news to push out messages of a product’s recall, now we can proactively monitor product recalls with, a just-launched app for iPhone and iPod touch, Recalls Plus, which enables busy parents with young children to proactively protect their children from dangerous products, allowing them to quickly take action to prevent a potential threat.

Not only do I love it, but this app was also featured on Apple’s “What’s Hot” list within the first days of launching and can now be found in the “Great Free Apps” section.  It’s simple to use, easy to navigate, and really helps calm my nerves that I’m doing all I can to monitor the products that touch my kids’ lives.

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Confused About Product Recalls?

recall informationOne thing I have noticed from the comments left by our readers is there is a lot of confusion regarding product recalls.  Often different news organizations, blogs, the CPSC, and companies have conflicting information about recalls.

From the peanut butter recall to lead in toys, parents are searching for information to keep their children safe and protected from dangerous products.

Parents.com has just launched a Toy and Recall Finder where parents can discover and follow up on product recalls.  The site makes it easy to search by product names, model numbers, brand names, categories, and/or time periods.  The following categories are featured on the Toy and Recall Finder: [Read more…]

Update: Toy Recalls and the CPSC

mattel-lead-toy-fisher-price.jpgIf you are like me, you are tired of hearing about toy recalls and the gross failures of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to protect our children; however, I feel it is important to stay updated on the information for my children’s sakes.  Recent news on the Thomas the Tank Engine recall settlement, Mattel’s refusal to recall lead-tainted toys,  and the impotent CPSC demonstrate that the problem of toy safety and international manufacturing has not gone away.

The Impotent CPSC

I have written many posts on the CPSC’s failures.  Now, for the second time in a year, the agency will become useless, as it loses its quorum.  The CPSC requires three members on the panel; however, only two members are currently holding positions. The extension granted by Congress to operate with only two members expired in January.  According to the Washington Post,

Congress has not passed another one, and the Bush administration has not nominated a new chairman who could restore quorum since its last pick, industry lobbyist Michael E. Baroody, withdrew his name in May after protest by Senate Democrats and consumer groups.

Of course, the agency can still oversee voluntary recalls, but they can no longer issue mandatory recalls or impose civil penalties.   What a relief…I feel so protected! [Read more…]

Wooden Toy Recalls: More Thomas the Tank Engine

There have been a flurry of recalls yesterday and today, and although I planned to post on a different subject, I can’t ignore the wooden toys included in the recall. I have always been such an advocate for wooden toys, that it breaks my heart to see lead in their paint.

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ALERT: Wal-Mart Recalls Baby Bibs for DANGEROUS LEAD Content!

The nightmare of unsafe levels of lead in children’s products continues. Now, Wal-Mart is recalling baby bibs sold under the name “Baby Connection.” These bibs are cloth on the top, but they are backed with dangerous PVC vinyl. When you visit the Wal-Mart’s recall page, you are greeted with this smiling man..what’s up with that? Sorry, we exposed your child to dangerous levels of lead, but I am smuggly smiling at you.

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9/11: What do I teach my class today?

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This year, I am teaching fourth and sixth grade social science.  Until this morning, I had not thought about including anything about September 11th in my lesson plans.  The same thing happened after Labor Day; however, I realized the children needed to know how the Labor Movement fought for our rights, especially considering the currently many governors have tried to end collective bargaining.

My Labor Day lesson plans revolved around the photography of child labor by Lewis Hine.  Children selected photos and completed analysis. We discussed how child labor and sweatshops still exist, and America’s appetite for cheap goods (yes, I mentioned Wal*Mart causing a shocked look in their eyes) continues the practice today.

How should I present information on the terrorist attacks of 9/11?

Sixth graders were born that year; fourth graders were not even alive. These children cannot conjure up the image over and over again in their brains of the World Trade Center towers being attacked. Do I show them videos of it?

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Is There Arsenic In My Kids’ Apple Juice?

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO
Healthy Child Healthy World

Last week, the news broke that Consumer Reports had found traces of arsenic in apple juice. Naturally, I was alarmed. Although we don’t keep juice in the house—limiting the selections to filtered water and organic milk—my kids do drink apple juice in restaurants and friend’s houses.

Could I have unintentionally exposed them to poison?

This was a question running through many parents’ minds last week. And although the amounts of arsenic discovered were low—10 parts per billion—they were still higher than the levels deemed safe by the FDA for drinking water (there are no safety levels set for arsenic in juice). However, as of press time, none of the brands listed—which included the organic Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value brand as well as Gerber Organic—have issued recalls.

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Green Parent Round Up: Pediatrics, Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, Irish Times, David Suzuki Foundation, & Z Recommends

Photo:  AttributionShare Alike Some rights reserved by scjody"Studies are also finding associations between indoor solid fuel use and other leading pediatric morbidities"

"Studies are also finding associations between indoor solid fuel use and other leading pediatric morbidities"

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Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine: Adding Fuel to the Fire Increasing Evidence for Developmental Toxicity of Indoor Solid Fuel Combustion

The importance of the adverse effects of air pollution on children’s health cannot be ignored. In particular, remarkably high levels of exposure to indoor air pollution have been documented in settings where solid fuels, including coal or biomass (such as wood, dung and crop residues), are burned for heating orcooking.1 Such fuels are used by more than half the world’s population.

Studies in low-income countries where these levels of exposure predominate have found consistent evidence of the respiratory health effects of indoor air pollution on young children. For example, exposure to indoor smoke more than doubles a child’s risk of serious acute respiratory infection, the most important cause of death in developing countries.2 Increasingly, studies are also finding associations between indoor solid fuel use and other leading pediatric morbidities, such as low birth weight.3

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10 Cyber Monday Eco-Friendly Kids and Green, Wooden Toy Deals

1. Mimi the Sardine Coated Organic Cotton Child’s Apron

$16.00 (originally $19.95)

Our eco friendly jungle apron is soft as cloth yet is permanently water and soil resistant. It is made from acrylic coated cotton and the cotton fabric was made in Sweden and meets the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard which is an ecological certification with a goal of testing for over 100 harmful chemicals. The cotton is covered with a washable acrylic coating, so you do not need to worry about all the recalls that happened in the past with vinyl coatings. It is permanently water and soil resistant yet remains soft and supple. The apron has one pocket, adjustable straps and fits children from 2-6 years.

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Holiday Toy Safety: 25 Years of Trouble in Toyland

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25 Years of Trouble in Toyland

With the holiday shopping season about to begin in earnest, and all of the over-consumerism it represents, we are once again cautioned by the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) that many toys are not safe.

Trouble in Toyland: The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety has just been released.

In researching the report, we visited numerous national chain toy stores and other retailers in September and October 2010 to identify potentially dangerous toys. We analyzed CPSC notices of recalls and other regulatory actions to identify trends in toy safety. This year, we focused our investigation on hazards from toys and other children’s products that contain the toxic chemicals lead and phthalates, and other metals restricted by the CPSIA.

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Beetles in Your Baby Formula!

similac recallWhen we’re not bickering about companies that empower the formula industry, some of us are actually paying attention to recalls that affect children.

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Recall-Prone Mattel Skates By Third-Party Toy Testing

Mattel. The name is no longer only synonymous with Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Polly Pocket. Now when you hear “Mattel”, it’s flashback time: to lead-laden, choketastic toys.

When the Consumer Products Safety Commission was charged with implementing the new CPSIA, designed to make toys safer, fans of handcrafted goods worried: would we still be able to get our beloved natural toys? After all, toy testing for lead and phthalates has a price tag attached that is harder on the small business owner than it is on corporate giants like Mattel.

Turns out, it’s especially easy for Mattel, as the toy manufacturer gets to use “independent” in-house testing instead of submitting its toys to third-party testing like everyone else, as the AP reports,

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently, and quietly, granted Mattel’s request to use its own labs for testing.

Although I’d love to not be too cynical on this, guess what? Coincidentally, Mattel spent $1 million last year in lobbying costs.


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HFCS and Mercury: An Interview with an FDA Whistleblower

I first heard of Renee Dufault through Mother Jones print magazine back in June. In their “Children of the Corn” article, they named her as the researcher who first uncovered mercury in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Even before this news came out, you may have already cut the HFCS from your family’s diet. But manufacturers are sneaky. There is the corn sweetener in things you wouldn’t even suspect: ketchup, yogurt, salad dressing. Actually, condiments are the biggest culprits when it comes to the mercury/high fructose corn syrup link.

So what did this brilliant researcher receive for her tireless work? Surely, a commendation, right? Nope. Renee Dufault is currently suffering through early retirement in Hawaii.

She was kind enough to discuss her research with me and the implications of mercury in high fructose corn syrup.


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CPSC Fines Mattel Record $2.3M Over Lead-Laden Toys

 Between September 2006 and August 2007, Mattel imported almost 900,000 toys that violated rules on lead levels. Their subsidary Fisher-Price imported as many as 1.1 million.

Now the corporation is paying the price. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commision, the $2.3 million fine is the highest levied against a toy company. Thomas Moore, the acting commision chair, said,

This penalty should serve notice to toymakers that CPSC is committed to the safety of children, to reducing their exposure to lead and to the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

As we all full well remember, the lead recalls caused panic among parents. Mattel’s negligence in manufacturing had the collective consumer culture in the States pointing a big fat finger at China as the cause of problems.

But it’s not only China.

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