Senator Charles Schumer had a Sunday warning for parents who are making back-to-school purchases for their children.
Speaking to reporters in Midtown Manhattan, Schumer said a new report finds many children’s vinyl products, such as three-ring binders, lunch boxes and bookbags, contain a harmful chemical that could cause adverse health effects.
"Today we're releasing a report that shows many of the popular back-to-school products are laden with toxic chemicals called phthalates, and they're already banned in children's toys," said Schumer.
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice and the Empire State Consumer Project commissioned the report, which tested products in the city and found about 75 percent of them have the toxic chemical.
Schumer has urged the Senate to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, which would require all chemicals to be evaluated for safety.