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Experts urge parents to be aware of the dangers and protect kids from possible breathing difficulties and cancer.

Researchers recently found trace amounts of the toxic mineral, asbestos, in some crayon products.

Asbestos is a well-known carcinogen that has been blamed for thousands of cases of mesothelioma.

Just three years ago, low levels of the harmful substance were found on not one but several major brands of crayons – including Crayola and Rose Art – but one brand still could pose a risk to young children, shares Daily Mail.

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The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), which just released its annual safety evaluation of toys and school supplies, says that finding asbestos in only one crayon brand is progress – but several other back-to-school basics may still be unsafe.

Parents need to be cautious of what products end up in their children’s hands.

Be especially aware of any imported products and make sure you check carefully.

One family was shocked recently when their children were hospitalised after using a cheap makeup. Read more here.

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  • Oh this is a bit scary to read! I would have thought that things like this would have strict laws making sure they pass safety tests? Might have to take a closer look at packaging from now on!

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  • I thought we had high standards for the products we make and import into this, and other first world countries? Nowadays it seems like we need to make everything ourselves! Gone are the days of quality products, everything is now mass produced and quality isn’t the only thing that suffers!

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  • Really?! Why are their so many things for kids that are allowed to have all these dangerous things in?! I’ve been using and buying crayons for decades, it’s not good enough

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  • I would be concerned about the horrid odour from textas and other types of markers

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  • People buy cheap products because of the price and then find that they are dangerous, no good, inferior, etc. They are cheap because the country that makes them have lax laws and regulations regarding the process for creating the product. Australian products would be as cheap if we had lax laws and regulations too. Buy the best, buy Australian made and majority (if not all) your fears concerning safety will disappear

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  • Oh my, this is just terrible, thank you for the update.

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  • This is horrific to have any trace of asbestos in kids products. Asbestos kills people – terrible, long, painful deaths. How on earth is asbestos anywhere near these products?

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  • With most things made in China that does not have strict manufacturing laws, I am not surprised.

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  • Thankfully we don’t have many crayons, mainly pencils and textas

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  • This and other things have me wondering how my older adult children and even my younger children have survived all the things that are found in everyday items.

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  • I didn’t even know about the possible presence of asbestos!!

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  • Wow! I certainly wasn’t aware of this – thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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  • Scary ! And then I can’t keep my youngest from eating them !! At home I removed all crayons out of sight, but at child care she still takes here and there a bite :( I always say, I rather have her eating dirt or pure mud, that at least is natural.

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  • Scary! Would never have thought crayons could contain asbestos! They are marketed as non toxic.

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