Sunday, March 15, 2009

Trusting Manufacturers with Kids

I just read this feed from Medscape which is a site for medical information. Granted it is mostly written for professionals, but this article caught my attention. Formaldehyde in baby products?
More than half of children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products tested by the group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) were found to contain 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, according to a report released today.

Both of the chemicals are considered probable carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Because they are not intentionally added by manufacturers, there is no requirement that product labels list the chemicals when they are present.

There are also no federal restrictions on allowable levels of the chemicals in body care products, but several other countries do not allow the chemicals at any level.

So here we ar in America, the best place on earth to live, and our kids are being exposed to toxins in the products we use to care for them? I miss innocence and perhaps denial. I grew up with the Gerber baby and the Ivory Snow babes everywhere. But that was when kids were valued and protected a little more than they are now.
Mr Obabma, maybe we do need some oversight in the FDA, but how about product safety that looks at all products on the shelves, not just the drugs?

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