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Consumer Group Warns Of Hazardous Toys


   A national consumer group is again warning people about potentially dangerous toys as the holiday shopping season begins.

    The Massachusetts chapter of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released the 33rd annual Trouble in Toyland report at a news conference in Springfield.

    This year’s report highlighted 15 toys that the consumer group claimed had high concentrations of unsafe chemicals or were potential choking hazards.

     Six popular slime toys contained high levels of the chemical boron.

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Sarah Vonck of MassPIRG.

          The Toy Association said many of the products identified in the consumer group’s report are not “toys.”  It said all toys sold in the U.S. must be tested and certified compliant before reaching store shelves.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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