LOS ANGELES (AFP) — California on Monday launched a lawsuit against 20 companies accusing them of manufacturing or selling toys with illegal quantities of lead, a statement said.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said the firms -- including Mattel Inc and Toys "R" Us -- were being sued for knowingly exposing children to potentially dangerous lead levels
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Companies named in the suit include: Mattel, Fisher-Price, Michaels Stores, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, KB Toys, Costco Wholesale, A&A Global Industries, RC2 Corporation, Eveready Battery Company, Kids II, Kmart, Marvel Entertainment and Toy Investments.
新聞當中說 他們knowingly exposing children to potentially dangerous lead levels... 那些公司知道他們賣出去的玩具塗料含鉛過量，但是還繼續賣！雖然案子才剛開始，但是加州政府的 attorney general如果沒有查到什麼資料證據，是不會起訴的。還有新聞中Mattel的發言人態度之低語氣之謙遜，他們完全是心虛。
Proposition 65 is a California law that has been in effect since 1986 to promote clean drinking water and keep toxic substances that cause cancer and birth defects out of consumer products. Proposition 65's formal title is "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986." It is administered by Cal/EPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).
The law requires that anyone at reasonable risk of exposure be informed when substances classified as toxins are present. Since enactment, it has been the reason for the addition of notices of specific contents to consumer product labels. Along with the added label requirements, an official list of implicated substances is maintained and made publicly available. Entries are added or removed based on current scientific information. All substances listed show their known or suspected risk factors, a unique CAS chemical classification number, the date they were listed, and if so, whether they have been delisted.