How safe are your baby bath products?

13 Mar

My friend posted this on her face book page. It is very disturbing and I wanted to post this on my blog for all to see. Apparently dryer sheets also have formaldehyde in them too. Education is key with what we are putting into our bodies as well as our children.

Your Baby’s Bath: Gentle! Pure! Formaldehyde?

Your Baby’s Bath: Gentle! Pure! Formaldehyde?

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Press Advisory Contacts:

Stacy Malkan, 202-321-6963; stacy@safecosmetics.org

Jovana Ruzicic, 202-667-6982;jovana@ewg.org

Stephenie Hendrix, 415-258-9151; stephdh@earthlink.net

New Product Tests: Kids’ Bath Products Contaminated with Formaldehyde, 1,4 Dioxane. Chemicals Not Listed on Labels Due to Weak Regulatory Standards Washington D.C., March 12, 2009 — Despite marketing claims like “gentle” and “pure,” dozens of popular children’s bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, according to new product tests released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The chemicals were not listed on product labels. This is the first report to document the widespread presence of formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in bath products for children. Many products tested for the study contained both chemicals, including top-selling baby shampoos, bubble baths and baby lotions. At a press conference on Thursday, brand names will be revealed, and medical professionals and researchers will discuss the significance of these first-time findings. Health groups will discuss how lack of regulation in the United States has created a situation where parents cannot be assured that body care products are safe, despite marketing claims that promise product purity. They will also discuss how product safety standards in the U.S. have fallen far behind other countries such as Europe and Japan.

WHAT: Press conference with full test results and products on display WHEN: Thursday March 12, 9:30 a.m. WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow Room, Washington DC WHO: Jane Houlihan, vice president for research at Environmental Working Group, creator of the Skin Deep database (www.cosmeticdatabase.org) Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Robyn Gilden, RN, MS, Program Manager, University of Maryland School of Nursing Environmental Health Education Center Stacy Malkan, co-founder, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” # # # Founding members of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include: Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, National Black Environmental Justice Network, National Environmental Trust and Women’s Voices for the Earth. http://www.SafeCosmetics.org

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