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….interest was high at the square where, adjacent to the Christmas tree, the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the Center for Environmental Health tested toys that people brought with them – some of them a dozen or more, others with only one.
“It’s a huge discussion among parents,” said Lasden, a San Francisco public school teacher on a sabbatical. “My father e-mails me every other day, telling me to get rid of this or that.”
The toy examination – testers are looking for lead, arsenic, cadmium or other toxic compounds – will be repeated Tuesday and next Thursday at the Department of the Environment, 11 Grove St., from 10 a.m. to noon.
As the free testing was under way at Union Square, a Michigan nonprofit group, the Ecology Center, announced that it, along with other groups around the country, had tested 1,268 toys and found that 35 percent contain lead, which can lead to irreversible damage to the developmental and nervous systems in children.
The results and more information are posted on a Web site, www.healthytoys.org, which was overwhelmed by visitors on Wednesday.
“The government is not testing for toxic chemicals in toys, and too many manufacturers are not self-regulating, so we created the nation’s first toy database to help inform and empower consumers,” said Tracey Easthope, director of the center’s Environmental Health Project, in Ann Arbor.