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  • ABC 27: Pa. group warns parents of dangers in certain toys | PennPIRG
    Hot Wheels and the Elmo s World Talking Cell Phone from Fisher Price were found to have excessive noise that could damage a child s hearing and despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three the group said it found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards Part of the law that was enacted in 2008 requires testing but it s manufacturing testing PennPIRG spokeswoman Vanessa Wright said The toy company has to self test the toys and unfortunately that doesn t always happen The group pointed out that the U S Consumer Product Safety Commission does not test all toys and does not testing before a toy goes on the market PennPIRG added that there are other toys not on its list of examples that could also pose hazards and urged parents to shop with caution Safety tips and the toys that failed the tests are available on the group s mobile website www toysafety mobi The full report can be downloaded from www pennpirg org Piggy Toes Press later issued a statement in which the company said its lead testing results for the Little Hands Love book show it meets all U S standards Our tests were conducted by Bureau Veritas a major third party testing company approved by major retailers including Walmart and Target the statement said The test results have been updated as of August 30 2011 Test results for all of our children s products are updated annually These results clearly show that Little Hands Love meets all U S safety requirements and poses no safety issue to children one and above for whom the product is age graded Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/media/pap/abc-27-pa-group-warns-parents-dangers-certain-toys (2016-04-27)
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  • CBS 21: Which toys to buy for Christmas that are safe for kids? | PennPIRG
    and threat as a choking hazard During Tuesday s presentation a number of toys currently being sold in stores including plastic dinosaur figures and small charm like pieces were shown as examples of choking hazards When trying to determine if a toy poses the same risk to your child try this If it fits through a toilet paper roll it is too small for someone younger than the age of three stated Vanessa Wright of the PA Public Interest Research Group As for potentially harmful chemicals like phalates and lead there are still plenty of toys out there like a sleep mask and even a paperback book that exceed the suggested limits for these things For that reason it s suggested that if you don t know what s in a toy don t let your child put it in their mouth Lastly toys that can harm a child s hearing were discussed A toy Elmo cell phone and Hot Wheels car were just two examples of products that are too loud for little ears Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/media/pap/cbs-21-which-toys-buy-christmas-are-safe-kids (2016-04-27)
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  • Inquirer Consumer Blog: Pointlessly dangerous toys, 2011 edition | PennPIRG
    to be made less permissive Finally we found toys intended for older children that failed to provide choking hazards warnings required for small parts or small balls Noisy Toys Research has shown a third of Americans with hearing loss can attribute it in part to noise The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed one in five U S children will have some degree of hearing loss by the time they reach age 12 this may be in part due to many children using toys and other children s products that emit loud sounds such as music players The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders advises that prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels will cause gradual hearing loss in any age range We found 1 toy on store shelves that exceeded the recommended continuous exposure to 85 decibel limit and 2 close to the ear toys that exceeded the 65 decibel limit when measured with a digital sound level meter As often happens the toys singled out by U S PIRG tend to be inexpensive this year s top price for potentially toxic toys is 11 99 and seemingly innocuous And it s true that the annual report draws some criticism as alarmist perhaps because of its perennial title This year is no exception Even before U S PIRG released this year s report the Toy Industry Association was ready with a statement warning During the holiday season consumers are frequently targeted by activists who take advantage of the high visibility of toys and the opportunities they offer for media coverage The TIA says The reports of such organizations ignore that toys are highly regulated and do not contain hazardous substances to which children may be exposed They ignore that the U S government consistently lists toys among the safest of 15 common consumer product categories in the home And they ignore that less than half of one percent of the estimated three billion toys sold each year in the United States are recalled You can read the rest of TIA s statement here and the group s own safety advice here The organization is right to recommend that toy risks be understood in their context but wrong to say flatly that toys do not contain hazardous substances to which children may be exposed Plainly sometimes they do if you have any doubts look at the Consumer Product Safety Commission s list of toy recalls which includes the recall of lead painted toy cars as recently as Sept 28 And take note of the math Less than half of 1 percent sounds low but the group could also say fewer than 15 million toys Actually I d be surprised if the number were anywhere near that high Moreover the relative rarity of problem toys and their low prices and ordinariness are sort of the point Yes most toys sold in the United States are safe But at least a few aren t and the results can

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/media/pap/inquirer-consumer-blog-pointlessly-dangerous-toys-2011-edition (2016-04-27)
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  • PA Matters: Despite Improvements, still “Trouble in Toyland” | PennPIRG
    with high levels of phthalates She adds choking on small parts balls and balloon pieces continues to be the leading cause of children s deaths from playing with toys Miller says any toy that would fit inside an empty toilet paper roll is too small for a child under three Miller says they found a little toddler book with lead at levels of 720 parts per million which is more than twice the current limit She adds it s 10 times the limit recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics She says because many parents wouldn t even think to check the lead content of a book that s why it s important to have oversight of regulations so kids aren t getting sick from books She says parents can find toy incident reports and recall notices at saferproducts gov You can get the full list of problems found during the annual Trouble in Toyland survey at pennpirg org report You can also use the mobile site toysafety mobi to report unsafe toys or learn more about the report Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources

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  • Facts About Toll Road Privatization | PennPIRG
    congested and in desperate need of repair This is PennPIRG s fact sheet about the effects of Toll Road Privatization Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE Support Us Your donation supports PennPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter especially when

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/reports/pap/facts-about-toll-road-privatization (2016-04-27)
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  • Trouble in Toyland | PennPIRG
    required choke hazard warning label Our analysis of recalls and other actions taken by the CPSC3 from January 1 November 10 2009 revealed that choking hazards were the leading cause of such actions In 2009 5 3 million toys and other children s products have been pulled from store shelves due to choking hazards Some toys may pose a choking or suffocation hazard even if they meet the letter of the law We found toys with small parts that just barely met the CPSC standard We recommend making the test for small parts more protective of children under three CPSC also should consider at minimum special labeling for toys shaped like corks or toy nails which pose special suffocation risks because of their shape LOUD TOYS Almost 15 percent of children ages 6 to 17 show signs of hearing loss In March 2007 the American Society for Testing and Materials adopted a voluntary acoustics standard for toys setting the loudness threshold for most toys at 85 decibels and for toys intended for use close to the ear at 65 dB The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act made most ASTM F963 07 standards mandatory We found that toys currently on store shelves may not meet the standards for appropriately loud toys in fact some toys we tested exceeded 85 decibels when measured at close range LEAD IN TOYS Exposure to lead can affect almost every organ and system in the human body especially the central nervous system Lead is especially toxic to the brains of young children Lead has no business in children s products whether in paint or coatings or in metal toys jewelry or other children s products vinyl bibs lunchboxes etc The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act bans lead except at trace amounts in paint or coatings 90 ppm limit as of August 2009 and in any toys jewelry or other products for use by children under 12 years old 300 ppm limit as of August 2009 and 100ppm by August 2011 So far in 2009 CPSC has recalled nearly 1 3 million toys or other children s products for violations of the lead paint standard The CPSC has recalled an additional 102 700 toys and other children s products for violation of the 300 ppm lead standard Some children s toys and jewelry may contain high levels of lead In one case we found a piece of jewelry that contained 71 lead by weight We also found toys that exceed the CPSIA s lead paint standards PHTHALATES IN CHILDREN S PRODUCTS Numerous scientists have documented the potential health effects of exposure to phthalates in the womb or at crucial stages of development U S EPA studies show that the cumulative impact of different phthalates leads to an exponential increase in associated harm According to data from the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC levels of phthalates found in humans are higher than levels shown to cause adverse health effects The data also show phthalate

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/reports/pap/trouble-toyland-1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Pennsylvania Small Businesses at Risk | PennPIRG
    marketplace where consumers have few choices and even less bargaining power And where they face problems that differ a whole business premiums going up when one employee gets sick the difficulty of recruiting and retaining good employees when health care is so expensive these failures of our health care system can lead to small businesses shutting their doors killing jobs and harming our economy To be sure small businesses are not the only group who need health care reform The unsustainable status quo burdens individuals and families state and federal governments as well as large and small businesses But over 60 million Americans work for small businesses and the problems they encounter are a key component of the case for reform This issue brief examines the many ways our health care system fails small businesses across the country In addition to drawing on research documenting the scope of these problems we also include testimonials from small businesses that we have spoken to Their stories illustrate the risk that health care poses for small businesses and what needs to be done to fix it Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/reports/pap/pennsylvania-small-businesses-risk (2016-04-27)
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  • A Public Interest Internet Agenda | PennPIRG
    as well as for public computing center capacity and other purposes While a significant and welcome step forward this initiative is not sufficient to provide universal access to high quality Internet access ARRA also directs the Federal Communications Commission FCC to formulate and deliver to Congress a National Broadband Plan for Our Future NBP by February 17 2010 The Commission began the process of devising this Plan by publishing a Notice of Inquiry on April 8 2009 In early 2009 a broad cross section of local grassroots and national public interest organizations joined together to articulate a shared vision of the elements that must be included in a successful National Broadband Plan Beginning with community forums and outreach in Denver San Antonio Philadelphia Oakland New York City Seattle Burlington Vermont and Fort Mitchell Kentucky local grassroots constituents and advocates for broadband access put forth their ideas for Internet policies that would best serve their diverse communities The groups then convened to distill the information and ideas gathered at these events into several key policy prescriptions that all groups supported During this process broadband policy experts at the nation s leading public interest media advocacy groups provided valuable guidance and advice However the resulting paper remains an accurate reflection of the legitimate voices of grassroots advocates from outside the Beltway and thus makes a unique and valuable contribution to the inside the Beltway policy debate While not a comprehensive recommendation on all of the broadband and Internet policies required this paper does articulate the key policies and principles that unite a large and diverse coalition of public interest groups We are united in recommending that the National Broadband Plan incorporate these core principles each of which is discussed in detail in individual sections of this report 1 Broadband communications is a fundamental right To ensure this fundamental right there must be universal and open non discriminatory access to high speed and high quality broadband Mobility abundance and privacy of broadband should be top priorities 2 Good policy must be well informed Federal policymakers must have access to reliable data on where broadband presently exists at what speeds of what quality by what provider how it is used by consumers why certain consumers do not use it and how other consumers integrate it into their lives These data must be as granular as possible and should be made available in raw form on the Internet for analysis by the public 3 Policy should promote competition innovation localism and opportunity Locally owned and operated networks support these core goals of Federal broadband policy and therefore should receive priority in terms of Federal support Structural separation of ownership of broadband infrastructure from the delivery of service over that infrastructure will further promote these goals 4 Government should use public resources and assets wisely Policymakers should seek to leverage to the maximum extent possible the use of resources and assets such as publicly owned spectrum fiber and rights of way to achieve the goal of

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/reports/pap/public-interest-internet-agenda (2016-04-27)
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