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“Public Health: ‘Sluggish’ Agency Slow To Act On Toxic Baby Products”

“Often described as “nonstick” chemicals, the presence of PFAS in kitchenware has become more widely known as environmental groups have raised alarms about their toxicity.

One place consumers might not expect to find the highly toxic class of substances? Baby products.

Recent studies have found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in crib mattresses and car seats, with experts warning they could also be used in practically any fabric that promises to be stain resistant — an attractive notion for unassuming parents.

It's not just PFAS; other chemicals, like flame retardants, whose dangers have long alarmed environmental and health advocates, persist in products meant for kids, who are often more vulnerable than adults to toxins' adverse health impacts.

That's a failure of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, experts say.”

Ariel Wittenberg reports for E&E News August 5, 2020.