Study finds flame retardants in baby products

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Environmental Science & Technology recently published a study that found flame retardants in four out of five baby products, including nursing pillows, changing pads and car seats.

The academic journal, edited by University of Iowa Professor and CGRER co-founder Jerald Schnoor, did not identify the products tested by brand.  However, researchers tested 101 widely-used items and found that 80% of them contained flammable material.

Read more from WebMD’s coverage below:

Four out of five baby products tested in a new study contained potentially toxic flame retardants, including one removed from children’s pajamas almost four decades ago.

The products, which were not identified by brand, included nursing pillows, changing pads, portable crib mattresses, baby carriers, and car seats.

But two industry groups say baby products meet federal safety standards.

The study is published in Environmental Science & Technology. Researchers tested 101 widely sold baby products, finding that 80% contained chemical flame retardants and 36% contained chlorinated Tris, the chemical no longer used in children’s pajamas in response to concerns about its safety.

They did not examine how much of the chemicals babies were exposed to when the products were used.

But study researcher and chemist Arlene Blum, PhD, of the University of California, Berkeley, tells WebMD that finding fire retardants in such a wide range of baby products is cause for concern.

Blum is founder of the Green Policy Science Institute in Berkley, Calif. Her earlier research led to the removal of chlorinated Tris from children’s pajamas in the 1970s.

“Nursing pillows and changing pads are not the first items to ignite during a fire,” she says. “These products pose no fire hazard, but most of them do contain toxic chemicals and parents don’t know it.”

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