Dana Best, MD, MPH, FAAP, spoke at a press conference Tuesday, March 4, 2008, as the U.S. Senate began debating the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act (S. 2663). The bill, which passed the Senate March 6, would strengthen the CPSC's ability to protect children from dangerous products, including by restricting restrict toxic levels of lead in children's toys. When asked what her best advice is for parents, Best said: "If a toy has been recalled, throw it away. If a toy has been through several children and appears damaged, throw it away. Peeling paint? Throw it away."
Photo: Dr. Best speaks as, from L to R, Shelby Esses (whose son swallowed toxic Aqua Dots), Kara Burkhart (whose son got lead poisoning from swallowing a toy medallion), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) look on.
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