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Posted on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 2:10 p.m.

Sen. Rebekah Warren to host free holiday toy testing event

By Julie Baker

Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, and experts from the Ecology Center and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters will be hosting a holiday toxic toy testing event on Monday to help consumers make the safest decision possible when purchasing gifts for their children.

Many toys sold this holiday season will contain toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic or cadmium. Chemical testing equipment will be on hand at this free event to ensure each attendee the security that their gifts will not cause harm from these toxic chemicals, according to a news release.

The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday at Malletts Creek Ann Arbor Library Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor.



Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 6:03 p.m.

Folks? We are so overboard with protecting our children that we are not letting them be children. Mine got toys from the 1950's and beyond and her brain and body is just fine. This toxic lead crap I am so sorry to say, is overboard. I played with toxic toys and the toys that are up in the attic? Will be just fine for the next generation. A politician is just that, making herself known to be remembered as the protector of lead toxic toys that saved children from themselves and got reelected. Nuff said.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 3:32 p.m.

If we would quit importing toxic items from China, we would be much more safer. I say search out American items and purchase American items.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 3:18 p.m.

So how many kids have died because of toxins in toys? You'd think it would be all over MSNBC with Rachel Maddow foaming at the mouth. Warren is one of those "do good" liberals who knows what's for the public good. While the building is on fire, Warren is looking for marshmallows.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 2:11 p.m.

It's not free. In some way, IF you're one of the 53% who pay taxes, it's coming from YOUR money, either through a grant or some other way.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 2:05 a.m.

If you had any idea the level of toxic (translation: poisonous) substances in toys today, you would barf. Toys from companies with initials like F.P. and many others sell plastic and wooden (and whatever other materials) toys to unsuspecting parents and other relatives and friends of innocent kids. They don't give a rip if kids die from it. They just want the buck. You think China cares? Look...Kids chew on toys. They breathe the air around toys. They lick toys. They handle toys and put their fingers in their mouths. Etc. etc. etc.! Please catch a clue here. I am a grandparent, and we take our toys in to get them checked because we value the lives and growth and minds of our grandchildren. So much effort in this country is put into blocking any sort of regulation that these creeps get away with this. If you trust them to protect your kids and don't get toys tested, you may be doing terrible things to the kids in your life. Thanks, Senator, and the two organizations involved in this testing effort.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 7:28 p.m.

I don't know about your kids, but my kids don't chew or lick their toys. They are 3 and 6 and I am not really worried about them chewing up a toy like a dog. Maybe a baby/toddler would do this, but the standard 3 to 18 year old is not likely to chew up their Wii or their new iPod. It seems a bit alarmist.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 3:48 a.m.

Quit buying from Made in China etc etc ..Only Michigan made ...The FDA is to busy to test everything ?pill /..

Top Cat

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 12:14 a.m.

This is nonsense. Rather than celebrate Christmas, Ms. Warren chooses to create a politically correct "holiday" event. As if toy makers were plotting the death and destruction of our children.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 10:56 p.m.

thinly veiled campaign attempt


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 6:40 a.m.

Agreed, how about stopping toxic products from ever reaching the shelves. Testing every now and then is a joke, what about the rest of the week/year? Hold company's accountable.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 1:54 a.m.

Sheesh! How cynical can you get? Possibly saving the brains of kids is a thinly veiled campaign attempt? Whassamaddafuhyou?

Ron Granger

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 10:30 p.m.

This is a great service that isn't nearly accessible enough. We should pass a law requiring big box retailers to offer free testing. The test machines aren't very expensive when compared to their billions in profits from cheap imported goods.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 7:37 p.m.

Thanks God Sen Warren is testing for toxic chemicals and not pregnancy. Many more children would die if this was the case.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 3:49 a.m.

Ya and test the juices that are sold Applejuice with Arsenic and Lead ....etc etc ..

Ron Granger

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 10:32 p.m.

I'm hoping she'll open a clinic that offers medical services, including mental health evaluations.