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1.0 out of 5 stars TOXIC., February 21, 2012
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This review is from: HABA First Blocks - Each One with a Visual or Acoustic Surprise for Ages 1 and Up (Made in Germany) (Toy)
Please check healthystuff.org when purchasing toys. This item is rated HIGH for toxicity. Ridiculous. It takes an incredible amount of time and research to find safe, non-toxic toys for infants.
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Initial post: Feb 28, 2012, 8:48:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2012, 8:52:24 PM PST
Jennifer T. says:
I checked healthystuff.org and it does NOT say the entire set is toxic. It does say they have LOW (not toxic) levels of arsenic in the wood and HIGH levels in the red rattle - so that's helpful and considering the high levels of that one item (even if it is organic arsenic), I would not give that one item to my baby, but it's not the entire set.

I would assume that is ORGANIC arsenic as natural wood DOES have that. However, healthystuff.org does not distinguish between organic and inorganic arsenic. Please do your research properly before posting scare tactics on an entire product.

But, thank you for the helpful resource!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012, 4:44:09 AM PST
G_Girl says:
Hello. You are correct, the ENTIRE set is not toxic, but the overall rating on this set of blocks is rated as HIGH by this organization. If one is comfortable paying for the entire set and then cherry picking items out to remove those that could potentially pose a risk, that is their choice. I do not think we should have to do that so I choose not to purchase this product.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012, 8:39:19 PM PDT
tzrdkd says:
Thank you for the very useful website. I never knew of healthystuff.org, and I will now use it a lot. Thank you again :)

Posted on Aug 31, 2012, 7:41:29 AM PDT
Erica Liang says:
Thanks for sharing this website. I will use it a lot too from now on.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 9:08:13 PM PST
K. Delehoy says:
FYI: healthystuff.org does not do invasive testing. They do an XRF screening which is in basic terms just pointing a scan gun at the product and seeing what chemicals it registers. It is in no way a guarantee that the product actually contains those chemicals as it could have misread the product or the product could have residue on it from another toy or someone's hand. A wet chemistry test would have to be performed to actually have an accurate reading, which I imagine Haba does to adhere to the strict European guidelines. I'm sure if you contact them they will gladly send you their test results, which are sure to be much more accurate. I recommend doing more research before believing everything you see on the internet, anyone can make a website and post whatever they want but it doesn't make it true. Like the commercial where the girl believes everything she reads because it said it on the internet (including her "French model" blind date), you have become that girl.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012, 5:05:23 AM PST
G_Girl says:
Wow, at first I thought hey that was informative, and then you were sooo nice at the end of it....NOT...lol. Sorry, I don't watch TV, don't have time to do that with a couple of kids so I have no clue what you are talking about. Anyway, since you have so much time on your hands feel free to call HABA, get those test results, post them I will be more than glad to remove my review.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012, 4:26:34 PM PST
K. Delehoy says:
If you look at the four star reviews you will see on a comment that someone did just that and haba answered them. They posted the reply. I wasn't trying to be mean but when people don't do extensive research and just believe the first thing they read, there will eventually be no companies that are safe to buy toys from. It only takes one person/website to destroy a parents faith in a reputable company. If you hadn't noticed, you prevented at least five parents from purchasing it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012, 4:27:01 PM PST
K. Delehoy says:
If you look at the four star reviews you will see on a comment that someone did just that and haba answered them. They posted the reply. I wasn't trying to be mean but when people don't do extensive research and just believe the first thing they read, there will eventually be no companies that are safe to buy toys from. It only takes one person/website to destroy a parents faith in a reputable company. If you hadn't noticed, you prevented at least five parents from purchasing it.
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