Thursday, December 25, 2014

Toxins in children's products: Okay?

Phthalates, bisphenol-A, flame retardants ... sometimes, it seems there's no end to the chemicals of concern in everyday products.

Toxins in children's products: Okay?

Phthalates, bisphenol-A, flame retardants ... sometimes, it seems there's no end to the chemicals of concern in everyday products.

Now, according to a story in the Washington Post, the consumer group, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, has looked at two toxic chemicals widely used in children's bath and personal care products. But for once, instead of producing heightened concern, a review of scientific literature led the group to conclude that "if they pose a health hazard, it is likely to be extremely small and probably incalculable," according to the Post article.

The two compounds are 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde.

Not so fast, though, says the EPA, which says it is currently doing new human  health risk assessments on both.

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