Asbestos-Containing CSI Fingerprint Kits Pulled from Shelves

December 22, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

CSI Forensic Lab ToyIf you bought the “CSI: Fingerprint Examination Kit” toy for your child for Christmas, you’d better yank that one out from under the tree. The New York-based manufacturer, Planet Toys, has issued a “stop sale” notice for the product over concerns that the talc powder used to take fingerprints contains asbestos, a known carcinogen.

Tests conducted for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) indicate that two of the three powders included with the toy contain five percent asbestos. EWG, based in Washington, DC, called for removal of the toys from store shelves three weeks ago. No official recall has been issued yet by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, although they’re investigating the asbestos claims. The Walgreens chain voluntarily removed the CSI fingerprint examination kits from its shelves on Wednesday, while the State of Connecticut’s Consumer Protection Commission issued a mandatory recall.

According to Business Wire, the Redondo Beach, California-based ADAO also wants Planet Toys to remove the CSI Field Kit from store shelves “until we are all in agreement with the testing and, most importantly, the product’s safety.”

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