Group finds asbestos in children's crayons, toy crime lab kits

The EWG Action Fund reports it found traces of asbestos in some crayons and toy crime lab kits.

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  • The EWG Action Fund tested crayons and toy crime lab kits for asbestos
  • Four of 28 crayon boxes and two of 21 crime lab kits tested positive
  • Some stores that sold the products say they are investigating the report's findings

(CNN)The EWG Action Fund is calling for a ban on asbestos in consumer products after it found traces of the carcinogen in children's crayons and toy crime lab kits.

Four of 28 boxes of crayons tested positive for asbestos, according to the newly released report from the advocacy group. A private lab hired by the EWG Action Fund, a sister organization of the Environmental Working Group, also detected and confirmed asbestos in two of 21 toy crime lab kits it evaluated.
    Breathing in microscopic asbestos fibers has been linked to serious health problems, including lung disease, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The Environmental Protection Agency says exposure to asbestos only occurs when asbestos-containing material is disturbed, and when the particles become airborne.
      "Parents do need to be concerned about particular brands of products where asbestos was identified," said Dr. Jerry Paulson, the former chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Environmental Health.
      Package labels indicated that the crayons and toys containing asbestos were made in China and imported to the United States, according to the report. Affected crayon boxes included Amscan Crayons purchased at Party City as well as Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons and Saban's Po