Baby Products Won’t Catch Fire—But May Cause Cancer

06-15-2011
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Chemical flame retardants—which previously have been linked with cancer—are commonly present in baby products such as nursing pillows, car seats and highchairs.

That’s according to research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology in May. The new study found that the chemical chlorinated Tris is widespread in baby products made with polyurethane foam, and suggests that infants exposed to the products also receive more exposure to the chemical than the government recommends.

Chlorinated Tris was removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s, and although it wasn’t outlawed then, today the Consumer Product Safety Commission says it “may pose a significant health risk to consumers.”

“Why do you need fire retardant in a nursing pillow?” asked Arlene Blum, one of the study’s authors, in the New York Times. “The whole issue is, they are toxic chemicals that are in our homes at high levels; and right now, people don’t know much about it.”
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