California Bans Toys Containing Softening Agent

Law360, New York (October 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- California has placed a ban on toys and baby goods that are tainted with phthalate, a chemical that scientists say could lead to developmental problems.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger passed a bill on Sunday that makes the Golden State the first in the nation to prohibit products containing more than a trace of plastic softener phthalate.

The chemical is found in an array of toys and products, including baby bottles, teething rings, bath ducks and soft books, according to California Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), who...
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