Empire State Consumer Project releases list of dangerous products for children

Posted at: 11/14/2012 5:27 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 5:45 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

From arsenic in apple juice to the dangers of some cribs, every year the Empire State Consumer Project lists the products that can be dangerous for children.

Year after year, experts says one of the most dangerous things you can buy for children are magnets. Now they may look innocent, but experts say in some cases they have caused death.

Judy Braiman is the President of the Empire State Consumer Project. The organization is dedicated to reducing the use of pesticides and other chemical toxic to humans. But one of their most important goals is to educate the community about the dangers products pose to children.

Chemicals like phthalates, which are used in everything from rubber ducks to shower curtains, can cause hormone disruption and even cancer. Heavy metals like lead and cadmium can be found in jewelry worn by teens and have similar effects.

Products like Tide pods look like candy to toddlers, but have devastating consequences when eaten. Then there's energy drinks. Consumer Reports says things like 5-Hour Energy and Monster have high levels of caffeine that can be extremely dangerous to children and teens.

But Braiman says sometimes it's the most innocent of products that can cause the most damage.

Braiman said, “Number one killer at least last year. Balloons. They are the most dangerous product a child can be exposed to. They should not be used or given to a child under the age of 8."

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