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Survey finds 1 in 3 toys have toxic chemicals

Survey finds 1 in 3 toys have toxic chemicals
Group finds significant amounts of lead, arsenic , other chemicals in one-third of kids' toys

A new survey finds that about a third of popular toys on sale this holiday season have significant levels of toxic chemicals. Researchers for the JustGreen Partnership -- a coalition of children's safety, public health and environmental groups --tested more than 1,500 toys and found one in three contained medium or high levels of chemicals such as lead, cadmium and arsenic. Lead was detected in 20 percent of the toys, and the group says levels in some far exceed the 600 parts-per-million standard set by the federal government for a recall.

Children's jewelry was the most contaminated product category, with items marketed by Disney and Christmas Tree Shops topping the group's "worst toys" list of products. Products listed under the "best toys" category included Hasbro's Star Wars Comic Packs and Spiderman 3 Venom toys, LEGO's Batman series and Fisher-Price's Go Diego Go items.

A full list of the toys is available online at http://www.HealthyToys.org.

Source: AP, Wednesday December 3, 6:46 am ET