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Harmful substances in products for young children

Small children are vulnerable. It also represents an important target group of traders and market a wide range of products designed especially to them. Consumer magazine dTest interested in hazardous chemicals that may infant and children's products contain. Three products available on the Czech market would be because of a perceived content of harmful substances in other European countries were not allowed to sell at all.

Nine European consumer organizations sent a joint project in the laboratory almost seventy objects of daily needs of young children - baby body colored foam puzzle mats, play blankets, diapers, pacifiers and baby changing mats. "Two foam puzzle mats, Alltoys and HM Studio, contained several times the amount of formamide harmful than pediatric products allowed for example in France. For the problem, we can also mark a pacifier TIGEX Hello Kitty containing bisphenol A (BPA), which is across the European Union banned in baby bottles. In some countries ban BPA in food packaging as well, teething rings, or just in dudlících. In the Czech Republic a similar restriction missing, "summarizes the results of the test Pavlis Daniel, chief editor of the magazine dTest.

Formamide is an irritant which is used as a plasticizer and solvent and is often in fact in foam substrates and puzzle toys-mats or pads on exercise. Has an adverse effect on hematopoiesis and reproductive organs. "The European Commission is soon going to introduce a limit on the content of this substance in baby products in some European countries, however, apply now. For example, in France, is set at 200 mg / kg. Washers Alltoys and HM Studio of Czech shops contain 1600 or 1300 mg per kilogram of formamide. With us so far, no limit was introduced and measured values ​​show that the restrictions should be, "says Daniel Pavlis.

Bisphenol A (BPA) contained in pacifiers TIGEX Hello Kitty is a toxic substance that can affect the hormonal system and the development of sex organs, is associated with heart disease and diabetes. Most of bisphenol A into the human body through food packaging, bottles, cans and boxes, from which it is released. "Czech Republic in the past introduced a ban on the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles, but after regulation from Brussels and extra delay. But the ban should also apply to other products, for which there is prolonged contact with the child's mouth. From the perspective of a child's body does not care if it gets into the harmful substance from the bottle kousacího ring or just a pacifier, "says Daniel Pavlis and adds:" We have sent therefore challenge the Ministry of Health to take the necessary legislative measures. "

For the four species tested diapers lab found traces of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons anthracene or naphthalene, three points babies, six foam pads and playing one blanket measured the remnants of phthalates. Six children's body also contained a measurable amounts of formaldehyde. The values ​​of all these substances, however, were below the limits set by the European legislation or standard Öko-Tex, an international testing and certification system for textiles. For the remaining products, then the device did not detect the presence of substances monitored at all.

"Where it makes sense, we investigated for products also pH values. In the case of excessive acidity or alkalinity because it can cause irritation of baby skin. For many products, such as disposable diapers, we measured a slightly higher pH values. The high alkalinity We also discovered at the puzzle mats, therefore it is recommended to wash with water before use, "says
Daniel Pavlis.

Source: tz.

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