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Dear Santa: I would love more toxins under the tree this Christmas

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Absolutely nuts, but it's not as though Congress or anyone else really gives a damn. Like the silly new credit card changes by the Fed (thanks for nothing, Congress) the new laws against lead, mercury and other toxins won't start for a while so be sure to fill up on the kids favorite toxic goodies while you can.

One of every three toys tested in a study of 1,500 popular children's toys contained potentially harmful levels of lead, arsenic, mercury and other dangerous chemicals, according to findings released earlier this month by the Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based consumer safety organization.

On Feb. 10, 2009, a new federal law — the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act — will set new limits on the amount of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead and other potentially unsafe chemicals allowed in children's products. The new legal limit for cadmium in children's products will be 75 parts per million, arsenic will be 25 ppm, mercury will be 60 ppm and lead will be 600 ppm. Based on these limits and related safety standards limiting bromine levels to 1000 ppm, the Ecology Center generated its list of the year's "worst toys," which includes, but doesn't rank, the toys with highest levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury or bromide.
Click through to see which toys were the worst.

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