Advocacy Group Asking Dollar Tree and Playskool To Recall Crayons Found To Have Asbestos

Hasbro says it is conducting a “thorough investigation”

By Marilyn Nelson on August 8, 2018
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As kids are heading back to school in the Sacramento area, an advocacy group is calling for Playskool crayons to be recalled.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says it tested the crayons from Dollar Tree and found asbestos in them. In the report, six brands of crayons were tested for asbestos, but only the 36-count Playskool Crayons tested positive. Because of that, the group is recommending Dollar Tree and Playskool recall the products and remove them from stores. They are also being sold online at Amazon and eBay.

Hasbro, who is the parent company of Playskool told the Washington Post that it is conducting a “thorough investigation” into the report’s claims and the crayon’s manufacturer said it’s also reviewing lab tests. And, Dollar Tree says it ran its own tests on the crayons that showed they did not contain asbestos.

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