Wyoming residents now have a way to do a safety check on common items, such as children's toys, women's purses, pet products and cars. In fact, thousands of items have been tested for lead, mercury, arsenic and other chemicals and metals, and in some cases, hazardous levels were found.
Elizabeth Saunders with the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, which released the database, says the information is useful because currently, consumers are in a "buyer-beware" situation.
Saunders says toxic chemicals and metals do not have to be used in most consumer products because there are other manufacturing options.
The safety check database is at www.HealthyStuff.org and it makes its debut as Congress is gearing up to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Saunders says the law needs to be changed to require manufacturers to take responsibility for the safety of their products. Representatives of the chemical industry have suggested they could support stricter testing and information requirements, but caution lawmakers against dramatic changes to the law they say has worked well to protect consumers over the past three decades.