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Providence Journal
Paul Grimaldi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Toys for sale this holiday season are safer than even those of the recent past, according to a national public policy group, but dangerous merchandise remains available.

Toys made with lead and phthalates continue to pose risks to children, as does merchandise too small or too noisy for young children, according to the "Trouble in Toyland" report released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. This is the 26th annual toy safety report.

But toys, generally, have gotten safer over that time, said Ryan Pierannunzi, of the group's Rhode Island branch, as the U.S. stiffened product safety laws.

"There are more tools to speed recalls of hazardous toys," he said.

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