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As parents, we assume the school supplies made for and handed to our children are safe for them to use, however, a recent study published by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) indicates otherwise. “Potentially harmful chemicals including phthalates, asbestos, benzene, and lead were all discovered to have been contained in many of the products that we hand to our children at school,” says Morgan Statt, health and safety investigator with For this reason, it’s important for parents to do their research before purchasing. “Long-term exposure to these hazards can lead to various illnesses including cancer, developmental problems, and neurotoxicity,” she says. “Short-term effects, particularly for the ingestion or inhalation of lead, include headaches, stomach cramps, and muscle pain.” Click through to find out which school supplies might be unknowingly making your child sick. Check out these adorable back-to-school products that you’ll want to snag for yourself.



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