A light green frog-shaped pencil box with targets for children on Amazon contained 80 times the federal legal limit for lead, according to a study by the Washington State Attorney General's Office. This was among dozens of children's school students who were sold on Amazon.com with illegal levels of toxic metals.
The investigation was conducted by the law firm Bob Ferguson's office with the Washington State Department of Ecology and conducted two tests in 2017 and 2018 at Children's School Students provided at the e-commerce site, according to a law firm statement. They revealed 51
"These items featured cartoon characters, plush exterior and bright primary colors and were marketed to children under 12," the statement wrote. It also says that a pencil case had more than 35 times the legal limit for lead and nearly 29 times the legal limit for cadmium. The US Department of Health and Human Services has identified cadmium as a known human carcinogen, and as the US Academy of Pediatrics wrote, exposure to lead can cause serious damage to children's developing brains.
While there were just over 50 products identified as containing illegal levels of toxic metals, the survey showed that consumers across the country had purchased at least 15188 of the harmful products on Amazon. The tech giant reached buyers through their account emails early this year to inform them that they should dispose of the products. The company also spent more than $ 200,000 on refunds and will pay $ 700,000 to the law firm's office for future environmental and toxic child product efforts.
"Customer security is Amazon's top priority," said an Amazon spokesman Gizmodo in an email. "We work closely with our sales partners to verify that school supplies and children's jewelry stores are safe, and continually improve our processes to verify the safety of these products. We are looking forward to ongoing collaboration with lawyer and other organizations to promote Customer Security. "
Amazon entered into a voluntary agreement with the law firm's office and will now require some sellers on the site to provide children's product certificates and laboratory test reports indicating that their products do not have illegal levels of toxic metals. And if Amazon is informed by the Attorney General or the Washington Department of Ecology that a child's product or jewelry does not meet federal law requirements, the company has two business days to take the product out of the platform.
"While so many of us benefit from the convenience of online stores, the products they sell, shouldn't hurt our families or the environment in which we live," said the Ministry of Ecology Director Maia Bellon in a statement. . "