Group: 70 Percent of Baby Items Have Toxic Flame Retardant

By Lisa Parker
|  Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013  |  Updated 3:52 PM CDT
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A toxic chemical removed from children's clothing four decades ago is rearing its head again and raising questions about whether it should ever be close to children. Lisa Parker reports.

A toxic chemical removed from children's clothing four decades ago is rearing its head again and raising questions about whether it should ever be close to children. Lisa Parker reports.

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Seventy percent of baby products sold at popular stores in the Chicago area contained a toxic flame retardant, a public interest group said Wednesday.

The chemical, chlorinated Tris, is a known mutagen and a likely carcinogen and was found in diaper changing kits, car seats and cradle pads.

“Parents expect the products they buy for their babies to be safe, and this testing proves that we can’t take that for granted," Hailey Witt, the Field Director for Illinois PIRG, said in a statement. "The exposure of infants and children to toxic flame retardants that do nothing to make them safer is a failure of our nation’s toxics policy."

IllinoisPIRG.org: Children's Products & Chlorinated Tris:

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