Fisher-Price has come under fire numerous times over the past several years for its wishy-washy stance on toxic flame retardant chemicals. Now, a new chapter has opened in the controversy, as the toy and baby gear company’s trade group is currently fighting proposed legislation in California which would require manufacturers to label baby products made with the chemicals. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association opposes the labeling bill SB 763, and a new petition seeks to convince Fisher-Price to back down.
This is not the first time Fisher-Price has been embroiled in controversy about flame retardants. Just last year, following a Duke University study linking the chemical TDCIPP to cancer, a consumer safety group led the charge to persuade Fisher-Price to dump the toxic component from its products.
The class of chemicals once used to prevent fires is known as PBDEs. For years, they were extremely common in upholstered furniture, mattresses, toys, and infant car seats. Numerous studies found that the chemicals didn’t actually reduce fire hazards, were incredibly toxic to humans, and may in some cases have actually made fires worse.
In recent years, as manufacturers have started turning away from the toxic chemicals, the levels registered in women and children have finally started to decline. Still, children tend to test with levels four times that of their mothers, which is a big reason parents and health experts are pushing for product labeling. In many ways, California is fast becoming the battleground for the fight for children’s health and parental rights, and this is just one more struggle in the war. Click on the link below to sign the petition to tell Fisher Price: “Don’t Hide What’s Inside.”
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