ERIC Number: ED341637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Art and the Craft of Avoidance: Toxic Art Supplies Lack Warnings Despite Federal Labeling Law.
Despite federal law requiring that art and craft materials be labeled, many products continue to be sold without adequate identification of their contents. This report summarizes the findings of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) which conducted an investigation in June and July 1991 to determine how art and craft manufacturers comply with the federal labeling law. The investigation found the following: (1) 44 percent (23 of 52) of the art products surveyed that contained toxic chemicals failed to warn of the associated long-term health hazards; (2) only 19% of the supplies surveyed included a phone number on the product label; (3) only 36% included a conformance statement on the label; and (4) different brands of similarly toxic products had different labels--one that warned of the long-term health hazards and one that did not. The PIRG calls upon the Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate the findings of this report and for government action to enforce the law. (KM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Public Interest Research Group, Washington, DC.