CBS: Popular car seats found to contain flame retardant

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21 December 2015

Limiting a child’s exposure to toxic chemicals is a big issue for many parents, but finding eco-friendly products may cost more than a thousand dollars for a car seat stroller system.

One manufacturer claimed to market the only car seat free from the most hazardous flame retardants, but test results indicate parents may not be getting what they expect, reports investigative reporter Julie Watts of CBS News’ San Francisco affiliate station KPIX……

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Phthoughts on phthalates: odd spelling, clear problem

Have you ever heard of phthalates or DEHP? I hadn’t either, until I read a recent US study that monitored nearly 800 pregnant women and found that exposure to a common household chemical called DEHP may alter infant boys’ genitals before birth, along with potentially being linked to a host of other health problems. In 2008, the US issued a nationwide ban on DEHP and two other phthalates (DBP and BBP) in children’s toys at levels higher than 0.1%; the…

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SF Chronicle: Hazardous flame retardants ubiquitous in preschools

15 May 2014

Flame retardants are ubiquitous at preschools and day care centers, potentially exposing children to chemicals that are hazardous to their health, UC Berkeley researchers wrote in a study published Thursday. The researchers collected air and floor dust samples from 40 child care centers serving more than 1,760 children in Monterey and Alameda counties and then tested the samples for potentially dangerous flame retardant chemicals.…

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CBS5 ConsumerWatch: Health expert warns of toxic chemical in California baby products

26 May 2013

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Many parents who wouldn’t dream of exposing their babies to toxic chemicals may inadvertently be doing just that by purchasing nursing pillows and car seats that conform to California’s current flammability standard, according to environmentalist Arlene Blum. Julie Watts reports…

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First-in-the-nation report on chemicals in kids’ products

Recently, my niece and nephew stopped by a neighborhood street fair.  There was the usual fare but most fun, as far as the kids were concerned, was the face painting.  My niece opted for a pink kitty face.  My five year old nephew went for the zombie (of course).  As they say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.  After removing the face paint with “hypoallergenic” eye makeup remover wipes his eyes began to swell shut.  He went…

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Berkeleyside: Testing Berkeley homes for hazards: What we found

5 Mar 2013

Tong Xiao and Belinda Lyons-Newman recently tested a number of North Berkeley homes for chemical health hazards following scientific studies on the dangers to children in particular. They write about how they tested, what families can do, and where you can find information…

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