A new study released by HealthyStuff.org found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags. Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, organotins, and even lead.
They tested 106 types of Halloween gear for chemicals linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. The products were purchased from top national retailers including CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.
These chemicals have no place in products for our little ones. Big retailers can do better. In fact the new testing also shows that many Halloween products do not contain dangerous substances, proving that safer products can be made.
Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families