Kids Poison


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We're being pelleted with poison with the shelves of our supermarkets stacked with food that could be killing us slowly.

Meanwhile a toy on sale in one of our big department stores that's downright dangerous, and at worst, deadly!

The latest Chinese import is called "Sweet Girl". It's a strawberry flavoured make-up kit aimed at 10 year old girls and younger with some ingredients banned elsewhere.

Peter Taubert a lecturer on dangerous chemicals and author of four books on the subject says this latest dolled up product should never have been allowed into the country.

"Some of the products as ingredients are banned completely in the European Union. The main preservatives they are using in all four of the products are banned for being cancer causers in Japan and yet they're available here," says Peter.

The Chinese "sweet girl" make up kit, which was brought to our attention by Today Tonight viewer and Grandfather Tony Gilling.

His four-year-old grand daughter Holly was given the make-up kit as a gift but Tony soon realised something was very wrong with this toy.

"I came in from work one evening and she was playing with it," says Tony, "and I could smell it outside the door because I'm a painter by trade, so I knew the ingredients and took it off her straight away."

Our chemical expert Peter Taubert carried out a detailed examination of the make-up kit and was horrified by what he found.

Peter looked at the four products individually. Firstly, the lipstick that contains something called BHT, pretty innocuous you would think. But if you saw the words Butylated hydroxytoluene wouldn't that alarm you a little bit more?"

"It's one of the nastiest things and it's linked with cancer. It's linked with kidney problems, it's linked with pregnancy problems, with damage to sperm. It just goes on and on and on."

Onto the lip gloss and some of the ingredients here are almost unpronounceable.

"Isopropyl myristate, it's as nasty as you can get," says Peter.

The cream eye shadow has the same chemical crud.

"Isopropyl myristate. It's listed at five out of five for causing acne. Do you really want to be using the worst kind of acne inducing chemical at it's highest strength under your eyes?"

Peter went on to say: "Most of the colours that are in this, almost all of them, are also dyes. ASO dyes are known human carcinogens, they're outlawed in Japan, many places in the European Union and...yet we allow them."

Finally the nail polish that drove Granddad Tony Gilling to give the make-up kit the flick.

"She was on the floor painting her nails and that far from her mouth and she's got the brush there... and she's painting her nails and all the fumes are going into her little mouth."

Peter Taubert says the nail polish is the worst of all.

"The number one ingredient in the nail polish is Ethyl Acetate. It's a narcotic. Now to breathe a narcotic we can have hallucinations, there is kidney damage, there is heart damage, there's damage to the brain."

And what makes this a bigger slap in the face for parents, the cardboard tag on the kids' kit, in the finest of print says "Keep Out Of Reach Of Children."

And some of the other products Peter Taubert has in the cross hairs will surprise you. Like the old perennial sweet 'Smarties'. With at least six of those pretty colours coming from somewhere not so pretty.

"They're basically Petrochemicals," says Peter.

Australia's biggest selling biscuit Tim Tam also gets a thumbs down from Peter for colours derived from coal tar.

"In the Tim Tam there are four petrochemicals."

But it's stable mate, chocolate coated Scotch Finger Biscuits gets the thumbs up from Peter.

"The only colouring used in that chocolate is caramel."

The Chocolate 'Paddle pop' says Peter, has ten colours. The very same brand but with a slightly different name on it, 'Mud Puddle' has one colour."

And those yellow flavoured lollies are not so mellow.

"Flavour in a banana flavoured object for instance is typically flavoured with paint stripper, a chemical called Amyl Acetate."

Peter bought a burger and fries five years ago. Today it's well and truly Mc preserved.

"There's nothing wrong with it, it doesn't even smell," says Peter.

"If it can't break down in nature, what energy does it sap out of a growing body to be able to deal with this?"

Despite bringing all of these crazy chemicals to light, Peter Taubert says no one in authority it seems is prepared to do anything about it while all of these products have been approved and are legal, Peter Taubert says more chemical testing needs to be done and bans brought in where necessary.

"The job of business is to make money and make money for their shareholders. The job of people is to make sure that what you buy, especially for our children, isn't harmful to them."

Peter can also be contacted via phone at: 8531 1118