Well, color us brick red, because we’re pretty surprised and angry. Did you know that some crayons contain dangerous traces of asbestos? The use of asbestos, which has been identified as a carcinogen, is illegal under federal law for building and construction materials, but not crayons.Since many family-friendly restaurants that give out crayons to youngsters often use off-brand (i.e. not Crayola) coloring tools, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is urging restaurants everywhere to tread cautiously.
Multiple brands of crayons, including Amscan (which sells popular character-themed crayons like Mickey Mouse and Power Rangers), have tested positive for asbestos traces. The presence of the known carcinogen is most likely due to talc, a popular binding agent in crayons. The organization is asking the National Restaurant Association to be vigilant in making sure that each aspect of a child’s meal, including the crayons, is safe.
“A family outing to their favorite restaurant should be a fun experience where youngsters and their parents can enjoy themselves without being unwittingly exposed to asbestos,” Linda Reinstein, president of the ADAO, said in a statement.