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Toxic Chemical Found in Baby Products, Linked to Health Risks

New York, NY: An article published Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology suggests that exposure to the chemical flame retardant chlorinated Tris, found in products containing polyurethane foam such as children's highchairs, carseats and nursing pillows, exposes them to higher limits than the government currently recommends.

Chemical flame retardants were banned from products such as children's pajamas over 30 years ago because of the potential health threats. Currently, the Consumer Product and Safety Commission says that chlorinated Tris "may pose a significant health risk to consumers."

According to an article in the New York Times, the study being published in Evironmental Science & Technology found that chlorinated Tris was present in over a third of the 101 baby products tested. Some 80 products overall were found to contain some form of chemical flame retardants, some of which are considered to post serious health risks, although legal. The NY Times reports that "In one instance, flame retardants represented 12 percent of the weight of the foam in a changing pad; most products were closer to 3 to 5 percent."

The products tested in the study included sleep positioners, portable mattresses, rocking chairs, highchairs, changing table pads and baby carriers.

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Published on May-18-11


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