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Submission + - Toy Industry Association lobbies to poison babies.

An anonymous reader writes: TIA (Toy Industry Association) seeks to poison babies with phthalates — already banned in EU. Thought you might shine some light on their mis-conduct. Here is their e-mail to TIA members. This is how poisons get foisted on the public. Read and get really mad. Subject: TIA LEGISLATIVE ALERT! February 20, 2007 Dear Member, The TOY INDUSTRY needs your help! As you may know, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed an ordinance banning toys and child care products containing certain phthalate plasticizers. Now we expect some California state legislators to attempt to take the ban on phthalate plasticizers statewide. Imagine the very thing that makes so many toys soft and safe for our children will be banned throughout the state of California. (Phthalate are banned in EU. Real problems found. Want your child sucking on these poisons? Contact the TIA for list of poisoners they most recommend.) It is easy to see the impact such a ban would have on the safety and economy of the toy industry. In response we are organizing the leaders in our industry to spread the word that phthalate plasticizers are scientifically safe and reduce potential injuries to children. (They will tell you how safe nicotene is too. Also, there is no such thing as global warming. That is why insurance industry won't write policies in Florida or Mississippi.) What do we need from you? We need you to join our effort to defeat this legislation. In the coming weeks and months we will ask you to contact your local legislator through phone calls, writing letters and in some cases meeting face to face. To bolster our efforts we will need industry representatives to join our media campaign by writing letters to the editor and conducting interviews with local and statewide media outlets countering the misinformation being disseminated by those advocating the legislation. Will you give a little of your time to help us defend our industry? (I am helping — I am exposing their misconduct to the light of day.) As mentioned, there are a number of ways to get involved. If you are willing to help please contact either Rob Herriott at 646-520-4843 or email rherriott@toy-tia.org or Joan Lawrence at 646-520-4844 or email joan@toy-tia.org. (So I ask you — as concerned parents who might care about the NEGATIVE effects of phthalates on YOUR children — contact these clowns and give them hell. Also, ask them which toy manufacturers are pushing these poisons on your children. You have a right to know. ASK. This kind on conduct is why there are still no limits on the level of nicotene in cigarettes. Give them hell guys. These are your children they want to poison.) To defeat this measure we will need to mobilize a diverse cross-section of our industry, please don't hesitate to lend your support. Our campaign begins March 15th. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Joan Lawrence Rob Herriott

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