In the midst of holiday madness, the last thing you want to worry about are sneaky toxic chemicals in your kids' gifts.
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No science based agency in the US, Europe or elsewhere has found direct links between phthalates and human health. But this doesn't stop some groups from plying on consumer fears.
Two wild and crazy Canadian science-policy geeks, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, write about the slightly horrific and sometimes hilarious experiment they conducted on themselves.
A group called HealthyToys.org tested 1500 toys this year and found 20 percent of them contained lead, with children's jewelry leading the most contaminated category.
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