Asbestos Found in Toys and Other Products
A report of everyday household products containing asbestos was recently released from the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The study reveals the presence of asbestos in everyday household items, including children’s toys. With over $165,000 spent to have government-certified labs test hundreds of everyday products for traces of asbestos, the ADAO is serious about getting the word out on the dangers of asbestos. The studies show that high levels of asbestos are directly related to increased risk of lung cancer, Mesothelioma, and Asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a cancer that forms in the lining of the chest and abdominals. Asbestosis occurs when the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue. The more exposure that people have with asbestos fibers, the more at risk they become for the serious asbestos-related health risks.
The products that were tested and found to contain asbestos came from some of the nation’s largest retail stores including Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Home Depot, Macy’s, CVS, Lowe’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Several products contained less than one percent asbestos, which is an acceptable level according to the Partial Asbestos Ban passed by the Senate. Many health experts argue that even one percent is not a healthy level of asbestos and do not understand why asbestos has not been completely banned. No level of asbestos should be considered safe, according to health professionals who have researched the issue extensively.
The ADAO will present these findings in Washington in an attempt to gain the attention of the CPSC and the EPA. It is their mission to raise awareness of the issues surrounding asbestos and help any victims or families of victims of asbestos-related cancers.
Cancer is a devastating disease for many families in America. If you or a loved one has developed a form of cancer due to asbestos exposure, consult an experienced attorney to find out what you can do to protect your legal rights and seek compensation for your suffering. The Mesothelioma Lawyers at Williams Kherkher work closely with you to guide you through the complex legal process of taking on the large companies responsible for your health condition.