Thursday, October 13, 2005
Many baby and young children's products like teething rings, plastic and plush toys, clothing, and personal care products contain phthalates and fire retardants, a new study shows. Environment California Research and Policy Center and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund tested 25 products and found the chemicals in 18, including in some labeled "phthalate-free." Phthalates, which soften plastics, are linked to reproductive defects and early onset puberty and are banned in Europe. There's a bill in the California legislature that would ban them by 2007, and two fire retardant chemicals are already set for a state phase-out by June 2006.