by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society:
At first blush, making sure baby products were fire retardant seemed like a good idea. After all, protecting a baby should be a top priority. But over the past few years, we’ve begun to understand that these flame retardant chemicals are far from all helpful—some of them are dangerous. So the trend to put them in all baby products is reversing.
In an attempt to help parents make informed decisions regarding the products they purchase for their children, the Center for Environmental Health has published a new report on baby products and their use of flame retardant chemicals.
Beginning January 1, 2014, 15 baby products became exempt from having to meet flammability standards. It was determined that they didn’t post a fire risk, so regulators said they no longer had to include flame retardants. The CEH report surveyed manufacturers to gauge just how many of them had already made the change.
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