Bert's Blog™

Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.

Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

Certification Program Attends NYC Toy Fair; Stuffed Toys Continue to be Hottest Certification Category

February 21, 2017
New York, NY

new york toy fairThe Toy Fair, produced by the Toy Industry Association, is the premier trade event whose members account for 90% of the annual U.S. domestic toy market of $26B. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program attended this year to meet with existing clients and answer questions about how toy companies can obtain this certification for certain categories of toys.

Many toy companies displayed toys that are made from organic ingredients, “green,” recycled, or otherwise good for the environment, but there is little to no regulation in the industry to support these claims. Additionally, toymakers are often not required to submit their products for any type of scientific laboratory testing to be able to make these claims on their packaging.

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Stuffed Toys: Good or Bad for Children with Asthma and Allergies?

11.25.15 Toys  KP Image Product ShotPhysicians often recommend removing stuffed toys from children with asthma and allergies. Stuffed toys are like filled bedding, so they can house dust mites and other allergens. They can even contain dyes that could irritate your child’s sensitivities.

But not allowing children to have stuffed toys doesn’t seem fair, does it? Luckily there are products out there that are more suitable for them. But which ones?

Manufacturers place a lot of claims on their products. But only Certified asthma & allergy friendlytoys are scientifically proven to reduce their exposure to allergens and irritants. The certification process tests stuffed toys against strict standards to ensure they do not have properties that are likely to trigger your child’s symptoms. The stuffed toy must:

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