Do Not Toy with Safety

TAMPA -

The consumer advocacy organization, Florida Public Interest Research Group, Tuesday released a 55-page report listing hundreds of toys it says are hazardous to children.

The day care center at Tampa General Hospital was the backdrop for the unveiling of its annual survey on toy safety, 'Trouble in Toyland.'

Dr. Neil Reinhardt, Tampa General's Pediatric Associate Director, said the deadliest cases in the emergency room usually involve toddlers choking on small pieces of toy.

But, he said the lead in the toys and paint is more of an insidious sneaky poisoning because lead does not leave the body.

Tampa's Congresswoman Kathy Castor cautioned that there's very little inspection of toys on the shelves.

Castor is one of more than 150 co-sponsors of legislation that would increase the number of inspectors at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and give that federal agency more oversight authority.

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