Hi All: Here is a statement from the people at Binney & Smith regarding
the recent discussion about asbestos. I hope this helps.
May 24, 2000
Dear Crayola Customer;
Recent reports aired in the news media have indicated that Crayola crayons
might be unsafe for consumers. The intent of my letter is to reassure you
that Crayola crayons, a trusted icon for nearly 100 years, do not pose a
health concern, are non-toxic and are in compliance with all applicable
The report mentioned that talc ~ an ingredient we use to strengthen our
crayons ~ contains asbestos. Suppliers of talc to Binney & Smith have
certified that the talc is asbestos free. In addition, independent
toxicologist Dr. Woodhall Stopford at Duke University Medical Center has
evaluated the raw materials used in Crayola crayons using standards
consistent with the consumer Products Safety Commission, OSHA and the
Department of Interior Bureau of Mines. Dr. Stopford confirms that Crayola
crayons are asbestos free.
We have also requested the lab test results from the Seattle newspaper ~
where the story originated ~ to determine how and why its findings differ
from other studies ensuring that Crayola crayons are asbestos free. We are
aware there are different testing methods used by different research
organizations when checking for the presence of asbestos.
Binney & Smith remains committed to providing products of the highest
quality for its customers and consumers. Although we already adhere to all
safety standards issued by regulatory agencies that govern our industry ~
and based on those standards our crayons pose no health risk ~ we have begun
to review the talc used in Crayola crayons and will use all information
provided as part of our review. If the experts, regulators and evidence
indicate a reason to modify ingredients used in making crayons, we will do
If you have questions or concerns regarding this issue, please contact Ellyn
Scott at 610-253-6272 Ext. 6200. If your consumers have questions, please
direct them to our Consumer Affairs toll-free number at 1-800-CRAYOLA.
We look forward to continuing to provide you with the highest quality
children's art materials in the marketplace.
Al Hunyadi Stan Strauss
Chief Operating Officer Vice President &
Binney & Smith Inc.
Institutional Products Division
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