Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Flame retardants found in children's products

New research shows that although a compound used as a flame retardant in children's pajamas was phased out in the 1980s, related compounds are showing up again in furniture foam and other children's products.

According to a story published today on Discovery News, the phosphate-based flame retardants in question were found in foam samples of baby gear including
a stroller, a car seat, a nursing chair, a changing pad, and in many furniture samples. The chemical has been found to cause DNA mutations, has been shown to linger in the body, and may cause problems with neurodevelopment and hormone regulation. The article does not name the brands tested. For more information, you can look up the research, which appears online in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

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