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Toxic Chemicals Found in Infant and Toddler Products

A new study of products designed for infants and toddlers found they contain multiple toxic chemical flame retardants. The peer-reviewed report, published in Environmental Science & Technology Journa l, states that polyurethane foam in items like car seats, breast feeding pillows, changing pads and bassinet mattresses contain some of the most dangerous chemicals on the market. Four products contained penta-BDE, a substance so toxic it is banned in 172 countries and 12 U.S. states. 29 products contained TDCPP or chlorinated Tris, a possible human carcinogen that was removed from children's pajamas over health concerns in the late 1970s. In animal studies, chlorinated Tris has been associated with cancer of the liver, kidney, brain and testis, among other harmful effects. 14 products contained TCEP, a carcinogenic flame retardant on California's Proposition 65 list of cancer...

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