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Westchester Legislators Pass Bill To Ban Sale Of 'Toxic Toys'

Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) helped pass legislation to ban children's products made with harmful chemicals in Westchester County.
Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) helped pass legislation to ban children's products made with harmful chemicals in Westchester County. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The “Children’s Product Safety Act” proposed by Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) has unanimously passed the Westchester Board of Legislators and now awaits the signature or veto of the District 9 Westchester County Executive.

The act prevents the sale of infant and children’s products that include harmful toxic chemicals such as antimony, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, cobalt, formaldehyde, lead and mercury within Westchester County.

“The toxic chemicals in children’s products have been linked to a host of serious medical problems including learning and developmental disabilities, asthma, pediatric and other cancers, infertility, obesity and more,” said Borgia in a statement. “Until this bill is finally signed into law, Westchester children remain at risk.”

The Westchester County Department of Consumer Protection will enforce the law once enacted. The department will undertake a yearlong public education campaign to alert retailers of which chemicals are harmful, as well as performing random spot checks of products already on shelves.

Similar pieces of legislation have already passed the Albany County Legislature and are being considered in Suffolk, Duchess and Onondaga counties.

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