TIME Asks ACSH For Reality Check On Health Risk Of Toys

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Phthalates, BPA and toxic lead paint: How safe are toys and school supplies made for children?

If your only source was environmental press releases designed to be used in this month's fundraising newsletter, you might be worried - but TIME asked ACSH medical director Dr. Gilbert Ross for a rational counterpoint and he assured their audience that studies linking phthalates to everything from hormone imbalances to obesity either lack evidence or are based on high-dose rodent studies with no relationship to humans.

No, Dora The Explorer is not poisoning your child. However, NRDC and their Mother Jones press release distribution service will insist on banning everything at the drop of a rat.