Asbestos has been found in crayons and crime lab kits
According to a health advocacy group, asbestos fibres can be released as a child draws a picture.
The crayons were manufactured in China before being shipped to the US.
The Environmental Working Group Action Fund (EWG) have found that 4 in 28 boxes of the crayons that they tested contained asbestos. These were brands of children’s crayons that were marketed under the names of popular children’s characters including Mickey Mouse, the Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The EWG said that microscopic asbestos fibres can be released as the crayons are used, with an average child getting through 730 crayons by the time they are 10, according to Crayola.
They also found 2 out of 21 crime scene fingerprint kits to also be contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos contamination through airbourne fibres was identified within kits that involve children using dusting powder to identify fingerprints.
The EWG identified that all of the items found were made in China and imported to the US.
It was unclear if the companies whose names or trademarked characters which appear on the packaging of the crayons have any role in their manufacture.
A build-up of asbestos fibres in the lungs can cause scarring, inflammation and breathing disruption and can lead to cancer in the long term.
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