WHITE PLAINS – A local law that would
prevent the sale of infant and children’s products that include
harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, lead, mercury, antimony,
arsenic, cadium and cobalt awaits action by the Westchester County executive.
The board of legislators has unanimously adopted the measure.
“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 cancer, infertility, obesity and more,” said Majority Leader Catherine Borgia. “Until this bill is signed into law, Westchester children remain at risk.”
Once enacted, the county Department of Consumer Protection would undertake a 12-month public education campaign to alert retailers of which chemicals are harmful and then with random spot checks of products already on shelves.
Similar legislation has passed in Albany County and is being considered in Dutchess, Onondaga and Suffolk counties.