includes test results for over 8,300 products.
In cases where toys had many different components (building blocks of
different colors, for example, or dolls with fabric and plastic), researchers
attempted to collect a useful number of samples from each product. For this
reason, the data reflects over 20,000 individual samples of
different product components. The testing methodology includes an X-ray technology
that identifies elements on or near the surface of a product, called an XRF
more details) and lab testing for lead. Based on these results, each
product tested was given an overall
rating, as well as an individual
chemical rating for cadmium, chlorine, lead, arsenic, bromine, mercury and for some product categories tin.
A detailed description of the rating system is provided in the product
HealthyStuff.org developed two methods for consumer to use in
evaluating products. These methods share common overall rating scheme,
which classifies products as LOW (GREEN), MEDIUM (YELLOW) OR HIGH (RED)
concern. Wherever you are on HealthyStuff.org, you can use this color
scheme as your guide to the products we test. Our method DOES NOT allow comparison to be made across different product categories.
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HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical
exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element
or related chemical. HealthyStuff.org ratings provide only a relative measure
of high, medium, and low concentrations of several hazardous chemicals or
chemical elements in an individual product in comparison to criteria established
in the site methodology.