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Re: Parents Against PVC Toys
Good point. Sometimes I put inappropriate things in my mouth too.
I guess where I'm coming from is the real potential for sucking exposure
from, say, a raincoat or the film on the side of a baby carriage. There are
reasonable unintended routes of exposure that could be identified via toys
that could be mouthed. I see the two as different, but both could be
Then we have to understand whether 200 ppm lead is leachable from the
matrix--remember, that's different than 200 ppm in free surface dust. At 200
ppm I can't rule out environmental contamination, especially from toys made
in China. That's why it would be useful to look at things other than vinyl.
If the issue is lead and cadmium, then go for lead and cadmium. There is
nothing special about vinyl that requires them (except in the rare case of
power wire, where the insulator properties are needed). Pigments are usable
anywhere, and the issue seems to be the pigment, not the matrix.
Re: my signature. Since I type it one key at a time, I left off the CCC
since everybody knows. I'll be happy to put it there--I still work for
OxyChem and spend a lot of time with CCC.
Chlorine Chemistry Council