Parents Warned After Popular School Supplies Found to Contain Dangerous Substance

August 07, 2018Aug 07, 2018

As summer comes to a close, millions of parents across the country are prepping for their children to return to school. Summers always seem to wrap up with the last weeks being spent shopping for supplies and new clothes for the coming school year.

However, this isn't always as innocent as it seems. According to a new report, some school supplies can be extremely dangerous for children.

"Parents buying school supplies for grammar schoolers would be wise to avoid Playskool crayons. The brand, sold at Dollar Tree, was found to have trace elements of asbestos," reported CBS.

Crayons are some of the most popular times purchased every year. Many teachers require their students to purchase them. Kids in elementary school are especially prone to this dangerous alert.

“The good news is that when we were testing three years ago, all sorts of brands came back with asbestos,” said Kara Cook-Schultz, toxics director at U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which conducts annual tests of toys and school supplies. “Now it’s just this one.”

There are also other products that can potentially be harmful to your student. For lots of middle school kids, binders are a must-have item.

"Blue three-ring binders made by Jot and sold at Dollar Tree tested positive for phthalates, a substance linked with asthma, obesity and lower-IQ scores, for instance. Dry erase markers made by Expo and The Board Dudes tested positive for carcinogenic BTEX chemicals, such as benzene, xylene, and toluene," reported CBS.

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