Asbestos Found in Playskool Crayons Sold at Dollar Tree

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dollar tree playskool crayons may contain asbestos – picture of a package representing Playskool crayons

Yikes! Color us concerned.

On August 7th, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released their annual school supply safety report. Dollar Tree’s $1 Playskool Crayons didn’t pass the test.  😬

dollar tree playskool crayons may contain asbestos – Information shows the crayon box plus mentions of tremolite
Unfortunately, the 36-count Playskool crayons sold by Dollar Tree were tested and found positive for trace amounts of Tremoline, a kind of Asbestos, which is a known carcinogen that can lead to serious health conditions, including cancer. However, the crayons have not been officially recalled by the FDA.

Also, it appears a Dollar Tree spokesperson said that the crayons had passed all of its legal and safety requirements but did not mention whether the items would be officially recalled. Stay tuned for more information, if these crayons are officially recalled then returning them to your local Dollar Tree Store for a refund might be an option.

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  1. AllieCat78

    Yikes! I bought 2 packs a month ago …I no longer have the receipt…will they accept the return if Dollar Tree is saying it passed all its tests??

    • jo

      They don’t accept returns without a receipt. Not a huge loss, though, thankfully!

    • Ola

      They only do exchange no refund, with or without receipt

  2. Laura

    Ohhh geez. Good thing I buy my kids crayola but still this should not even be an issue. 🤦🏻‍♀️ How horrible.

  3. Taylor S

    Should be interesting seeing as how the dollar tree refuses to do refunds/returns, and does not even have the capability to do so

    • jo

      Dollar Tree does do exchanges and refunds by me. I have done it several times without a problem. I just needed my receipt.

      • NunYa

        Dollar Tree does do exchanges, however, not returns and ONLY with a receipt. If you read the bottom of your receipt when you shop there, it clearly states exactly that. NO REFUNDS. That is just Dollar Tree Policy. It DOES HAVE the capability to do a return with original receipt, but NOT without one. Just an FYI.

  4. Kate Malhenzie

    Be careful out there, I think certain chalk brands may contain this too! I sadly research so much stuff before I buy it!

  5. Jaime

    this is concerning, but they would have to be inhaled to cause a problem. that’s probably why the FDA had not recalled them.

    • Paulina

      Yes but some babies and toddles may eat them. This is why they should not be sold

  6. 50ShadesofLipstick

    This is really disturbing. I hope that any children that came into contact w/ these products stay safe and healthy. 🙁

  7. Meg

    Really hoping the broken crayon bits I melted were all Crayola brand.😬

  8. lindak

    Where are they made?

  9. shop4mybabies

    It was announced today that on Friday the EPA is planning to vote to allow Asbestos back into construction materials that are banned in nearly every country because of the cancer risk as well as dozens of other health conditions. 60 countries have a ban. We only have regulations because in 1991 the courts ruled banning it was too “burdensome” to the manufacturers.

    • Cw

      Shop4MyBabies this frightens me! My grandmother died at 71 from peritoneal (abdominal) asbestos in 1999. She was one of 5 women in the nation with it and had a statistical 1 in 5 million chance of getting it. Her childhood home was safe (my great grandma died at nearly 105 in that house, 6 months before her!) My grandfather didn’t work around asbestos. She literally worked two months of her entire life for a pharmaceutical company in New England and they think that’s where she got the ONE particle that killed her.

      I would not wish what my family went through on anyone. Median survival was 16 months, she lived 19 months. People should be screaming that the EPA wants to reverse this. Maybe they should all experience what my family did.

      • shop4mybabies

        My school Librarian died from cancer from Asbestos as well. It was in our school. They had most of the school tented and closed for months while they removed asbestos. In the district my kids currently attend there are a number of people, students and staff with respiratory issues. The health department came in and said Asbestos. It’s not something anyone should risk, and we should be screaming about it.

        • CW

          Hi, even though they claim to have removed it there should be a binder in your kids school- probably with the secretary, that legally lists all chemicals/questionable materials in each building such as asbestos and how that item is controlled. It’s got a name in addition to having Material Safety Data Sheets. Don’t hesitate to ask to see the sheet for each room your children walk into (class, cafeteria, music room, etc) there are other substances besides asbestos.

      • Colleen Brodbeck

        PLEASE DO NOT BE SILENT ABOUT THIS! This is a mid term election year and your senators and reps are willng to listen because they want to be elected. SPEAK OUT!!

    • Colleen Brodbeck


  10. Taylor S

    What?? Mine says absolutely NO refunds, only exchanges… even if you have a receipt.

  11. Keesh

    oh no this is crazy nothing is safe anymore

  12. Drpurl

    I’m glad I was cheap and only got 24 count

  13. SL

    While this is scary sounding, it would actually be pretty hard for this to cause a problem. Asbestos has to be inhaled to cause issue – even eating them wouldn’t be a big concern.

    • CW

      My grandmother died from an abdominal asbestos- periotneal mesothelioma. It doesn’t have to be inhaled. There is so little research on this form of cancer they don’t know anything for sure. My grandma was one of 5 women in the nation and they instantly published her case in medical journals. She worked only two months in her entire life, my grandfather didn’t expose her to it, and the home she lived in most of her life didn’t have it- my great grandma died at nearly 105.

      Asbestos is not a joke and it IS a big concern.

  14. Jenn Z

    All stores should allow even exchanges with receipts within certain time frames, not always out of season items.

  15. Colleen Brodbeck

    The E.P.A. has approved the use of Asbestos again ( mostly in building materials). I see on your link that the FDA is making the recall because small children can consume it, but be aware that this is going to start showing up more and in more products. We should all be vigilant in protecting our families. PLEASE DO NOT BE SILENT!

  16. LeeE

    CW, as an elementary teacher we are required to have the MSDS sheets for all products in our classrooms. These range from class supplies, science materials, to cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer. Most classrooms have them in a binder stored with teacher material (or they should anyway).

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