Several weeks after an asbestos awareness organization deemed a popular toy unfit for use due to the presence of asbestos, the toy manufacturer and its sponsor are finally pulling it from the shelves of toy stores nationwide.
According to several news reports, CBS Broadcasting asked that all “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Fingerprint Examination Kits” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Field Kits” be pulled off store shelves. The company said, “fingerprint powder in the kits may be contaminated with asbestos.”
A few months ago, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) tested hundreds of toys and common household products to determine whether or not they contained asbestos. The white powder in this particular toy, used to “lift” fingerprints, was found to contain trace amounts of asbestos.
“ADAO is pleased to be working in unison with CBS and Planet Toys to protect children from toys that may be contaminated with deadly asbestos,” said Linda Reinstein, ADAO Executive Director and co-founder. “Given the grave health risks associated with asbestos exposure, ADAO agrees with CBS that the toy kits should be removed from retail shelves. They should also be placed out of reach in homes until the testing dispute is resolved. Once asbestos is inhaled or swallowed, the damage is irreversible.”
While asbestos is deemed hazardous to anyone of any age, it is particularly lethal when inhaled by children, experts report.