Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bathtime Hazards

Bath time vigilance is a cornerstone of parents - we have all heard of mishaps and/or tragedies involving bathing. But a recent report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics introduces a new level of awareness about the safety of tubtime. The No More Toxic Tub report reveals the result of independent testing of 48 popular bath products from widely used companies such as Johnson & Johnson, CVS, Bath and Body Works, and Baby Magic to discover that 61 percent contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

Both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens, according to the report. The Material Safety Data Sheet for formaldehyde notes that it is a potential cancer hazard and may cause an allergic skin reaction or have "adverse reproductive and fetal effects in animals". Similarly, 1,4-dioxane shows potential carcinogenic effects and the possibility of organ damage with long-term exposure.

Parents far too often trust in the safety of available products, although outrage is surely building. Without regulation and enforcement, chemical manufacturers will continue to promote unsafe products at the expense of our children. You can make a difference! Choose products with natural ingredients and support companies who are committed to reducing the toxic load on our children. Want to do more? Write or call your representative and speak out. Without pressure, Congress is not likely to take action.

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