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Dolls Seized From China-Be Safe, Buy Local

More than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China were seized at eight ports around the country. Investigators found high levels of phthalates, a group of banned chemical compounds in the dolls. According to the Vermont Attorney General those chemicals can affect hormone levels and cause birth defects.
STOWE, Vt.- More than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China were seized at eight ports around the country. Investigators found high levels of phthalates, a group of banned chemical compounds in the dolls.
According to the Vermont Attorney General those chemicals can affect hormone levels and cause birth defects.
Thankfully those dolls never made it into a child's hands, but many times toys that have unsafe chemical levels do slip through and make it home before they are detected.

“It’s a frightening thought that things made somewhere else are possibly hazardous or poisonous,” said Valerie Wise, a mom and grandma.
Wise says when it comes to buying toys for her granddaughter she buys local.
The AG agrees that’s the way to go- if you want to be 100% sure the toys you buy are safe.

Nancy Teed owns Once Up toys she on a Time Toys in Stowe.  She says she purchases toys from all over the world - but choosing trusts takes research.
 “If you are in the business you really have to know because you want to protect your people,” said Teed.
How can you tell if the toy you're interested in is made in America or made somewhere else? The easiest way is to pick it up and check out the box. But if you can’t find where it’s made on the box- the next best thing is to just ask.

Teed says many people ask because they want to buy toys made in America.
“Most of those same people will be happy with French, or German made toys. Its china they really don’t want to go anywhere near,” said Teed.
But sometimes Teed says people on a budget may have no choice when it comes to where the toys are made.

“This one is made in China and its 16 dollars. I have another one by a different brand which is also ABC blocks- and it’s going to be 35 dollars. Those are made in Minnesota,” said Teed.

The Vermont AG says they can't test all the products in Vermont so again if you want to 100% sure what your bringing home is safe, buy local.


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