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Environmental Working Group Calls for Ban of Talc in Children’s Crayons (United States)

August 17, 2015

The non-profit, non-partisan Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund detected asbestos in children’s products using mineral talc as a binding agent of crayons and in the powder of crime scene finger-print kits during a recent study.

EWG Action Fund called upon the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to verify the previous studies and requested that they require the removal of talc, which may be contaminated with asbestos, from children’s crayons.

Previous CPSC staff report stated that “the risk a child would be exposed to the fibers, through inhalation or ingestion of crayons containing asbestos and transitional fibers, is extremely low.” The document recommended as a “precautionary” measure that these fibers be removed from crayons in the future.

The EWG also suggested the following:

  • Government monitoring programs of talc imports
  • Development of an FDA method for detecting asbestos and asbestos-like fibers in consumer products
  • Passage of the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ) Act (HR 2030)