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Cuomo requests feds pull toy from shelves

Albany, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government to recall a toy he said poses a significant danger to children.

According to Cuomo, the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) found "Clingy Darts" contain more than six times the federally allowable limit of the chemical phthalate Di(2-ethylhexyl), also known as DEHP.

The toy is sold at stores throughout New York state, including Dollar Tree.

Phthalates are chemical substances often used in production of many types of plastics, certain inks, paints and other products. They are generally used to make plastics softer. The National Toxicology Program has concluded that DEHP is a reproductive and developmental toxin in animals, and has concerns about human exposures to DEHP and potential health effects from such exposures, especially in infants and toddlers.

The DCP contacted the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to request a national recall of "Clingy Darts" containing DEHP, and asked Dollar Tree to remove the toy from its shelves and discontinue its sale.

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