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Safety Alert- Warning after asbestos found in crayons

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16 Sep 2015

Consumer Protection and WorkSafe have issued a warning after traces of asbestos were found in some imported crayons.

Testing carried out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and WorkSafe Victoria found asbestos at trace levels in the following products:
◾Dora the Explorer personalised 32 pack crayons
◾Dora the Explorer jumbo crayons
◾Arti Crafti 16 piece crayons
◾Peppa Pig 8 wax crayons
◾Disney “Frozen” jumbo crayons
◾Disney “Mickey Mouse and Friends” crayons

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said, while the ACCC has advised that the crayons don’t pose a health risk during normal use, they do not pass the acceptable quality test under the Australian Consumer Law.

“We have been advised that the fibres of the asbestos are fully bound in the crayon wax so they would not be released during normal use. The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has advised us that the goods are considered to pose a low risk to humans,” Mr Newcombe said.

“However, we do not want to take any chances, so as a precaution we are urging consumers, especially parents and teachers, to check the brand of any crayons in their home or school and to dispose of crayons that appear on the alert list. Alternatively, consumers can return the crayons to the store where they were purchased and receive a refund or a replacement with an asbestos-free product.

To view the ACCC statement on asbestos in crayons, click here.

To view the fact sheet about asbestos, click here.

Source: Product Safety Australia