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Public Citizen is suing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for ignoring a Congressional ban, set to begin on February 10, 2009, on the sale of all toys and child care products containing six phthalates. Phthalates are toxic chemicals that interfere with hormonal development and reproductive organs, and are used in many common consumer products. Despite the Congressional ban, the CPSC is allowing retailers to stockpile and continue selling toys and child care products containing pthalates as long as they were manufactured before February 10.

As part of the suit, they are looking to speak with parents who would be better off if Public Citizen is allowed to bring the lawsuit. Specifically, they are looking for parents who have young children (ages 12 or younger) and are concerned about the presence of chemicals in other children’s toys and child care products.

If you participate, an attorney from Public Citizen will interview you over the phone and write up a short statement based on your answers. The statement would explain where you live, how many children you have, and your concerns about the threats posed by pthalates in toys and child care products. Public Citizen would then file your statement in court along with others, but you would NOT become a party to the lawsuit. The whole process should take less than 20 minutes.

If you are such a parent you can become involved by contacting Public Citizen by emailing Marybeth Stiles at Due to the tight deadline for the case, they are requesting hoping for contact with in the next few days.

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