Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another Way to Poison Your Babies and Small Tykes

A new peer-reviewed study finds that 80% of tested baby products contain toxic or inadequately tested flame retardants. Many of these same chemicals are found in our children's bodies and are widely dispersed throughout the environment and in our food.

Please take action today to urge your Senators to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

  • Four products contained penta-BDE, a substance so toxic it is banned in 172 countries and 12 U.S. states, and was voluntarily phased out of production in the U.S. in 2004. Unfortunately, these bans don’t address imports of products containing this chemical.
  • 29 products contained TDCPP (also known as chlorinated Tris), a possible human carcinogen that was removed from children's pajamas in the late 1970s due to serious health concerns.
  • 14 products contained TCEP, a carcinogenic flame retardant that is suspected to cause tumors in kidneys and thyroid glands, to reduce fertility, and to interfere with brain signaling that could lead to hyperactivity. TCEP is no longer produced in Europe and has been identified by Canada as posing a risk to human health


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