The organization tested 20 products, and found phthalates in 16 of them - though none of them contained any mention of phthalates on their labels. Many of the products tested at levels far beyond what's considered safe for toys: the Amazing Spiderman Backpack, for example, would be over 52 times the limit set for toys.
"If I were a parent, I think the first thing you have to realize is that you can't control all your exposure, so when you do have the opportunity to control it, as is the case here, by simply avoiding these products, you should take advantage of that," Tom Zoeller, an expert in endocrine disruptors and former National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) researcher, told Forbes.
"At some point we have to begin to have a regulatory system that uses measurements that will predict a chemical's impact on chronic disease because most of it is set up in either fetal stages or in early childhood development. And yet there's no real effort to try to do that - to test chemicals for their ability to impact public health in a matter that's relevant to public health today."