(WRIC) — Tests by an independent government-certified lab found asbestos in children’s crayons.
The test was done by the Environmental Working Group in North Carolina found trace amounts of the deadly powder in 4 of 28 brands: Amscan, Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce crayons.
The lab said there were also trace amounts of asbestos found in fingerprint dusting powder in two toy crime-lab kits: the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit and Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit.
All were made in China.
“This is a chemical known to kill people,” study co-author Sonya Lunder told Yahoo Parenting. “So it’s not good news that every seven years we have to have an asbestos scare like this.”
The asbestos found in the products was likely a contaminant from talc, which is sometimes still used as a binding agent when making crayons and in powder used for fingerprinting in toy crime scene kits.
“But Crayola pledged back in 2000 to stop using it, and has, so clearly it’s possible to make crayons without it,” Lunder noted to Yahoo.
Some brands for toy crime scene kits use replacements instead of talc, like cornstarch — because in powder form, the asbestos can become particularly dangerous if it goes airborne and is inhaled by children.