TRENTON - Before hitting the check-out line at the toy store this year, state health officials want you to make sure the gifts you're buying are safe for kids. Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd joined Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and consumer advocates from the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, to release the findings of its annual study of toy safety.

The group found dozens of toys on store shelves that contain dangerous amounts of lead and other chemicals. O'Dowd says parents should make sure they read the safety labels, and avoid small toys that could be choking hazards for young children.