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The environmental group Greenpeace has released a new study that shows kids' clothes made in China contain hazardous chemicals that pose potential health risks for children. (Source: CBS 5 News) The environmental group Greenpeace has released a new study that shows kids' clothes made in China contain hazardous chemicals that pose potential health risks for children. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

The environmental group Greenpeace has released a new study that shows kids' clothes made in China contain hazardous chemicals that pose potential health risks for children.

Most of the clothing tested belongs to major clothing brands such as Adidas, American Apparel, Disney, Burberry, H & M and Nike.

Kim Subrin is director of Chanen Preschool in Scottsdale and the parent of two boys.

"My expectation is that everything I'm going to purchase for my children is going to be safe and not harmful to them," Subrin said.

The report stated that every clothing brand tested was found to have products containing hazardous chemicals.

Among the chemicals found were phthalates, which are used in the textile industry to soften plastics.

Other chemicals found were NPE's, which are hormone disrupters and antimony, a chemical element used in making bullets.

The chemicals are also used during the manufacturing of clothing.

Dr. Frank LoVecchio is co-medical director of the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information center.

CBS 5 News showed him the lab results from the kids' clothing study and asked if there's any reason for parents to panic.

"I personally don't believe it causes any problems or the science is just not there, despite numerous studies that show the contrary," LoVecchio said. "I have no problem having my child wear some of those great brands."

Subrin said she is happy to hear that she won't have to buy her boys a whole new wardrobe, but won't feel entirely secure until she gets some more answers.

"The fact there might be items that are going to be harmful, it's scary," said Subrin. "I don't know how to look for these items on a label and my hope is, with this attention to it, companies will make sure these things are safe for our children."

To learn more about the Greenpeace study, go to the Greenpeace website.

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