Friday, May 30, 2008

Chemicals - Baby Products

Chemicals in Baby Products Linked to Reproductive Problems in Children
by Julie Hurley (see all articles by this author)

(NaturalNews) A new study brings to light a potentially dangerous link between chemicals used in ordinary products, such as baby shampoos and lotions, to reproductive problems in children. The chemicals, called phthalates, have been under attack by some environmental advocacy groups, according to a Feb. 4, 2008 AP News article, although experts are uncertain what dangers they might pose.

The study, which appears in the February issue of the Journal Pediatrics, found elevated levels of phthalates in the urine of babies who recently had baby products applied to them. The federal government does not limit their use, even though California and some European countries will have restricted their use beginning in 2009. Although the Food and Drug Administration stated that this study "has no compelling evidence that phthalates pose a safety risk when used in cosmetics," it has many parents paying closer attention to what products they are putting on their children.

"We really need to take a look at the number of products we use on a daily basis and figure out what we truly need," said Stacy Malkan, spokeswoman for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Cosmetic Industry. Read the entire article.

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