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Household Hazards ~ States Move Against Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products

This year, at least 33 states are taking steps to address the untested and toxic chemicals in everyday products. Many toys, clothes, bedding items and baby shampoos contain chemicals toxic to the brain and body. The federal 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act has become outdated, allowing untested chemicals and known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, heavy metals and other toxins into commonly used products.

Wise new policies would change labeling and disclosure rules for manufacturers so that concerned consumers will know what chemicals products contain and/or completely phase out the use of chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula cans, food packaging and receipt paper; formaldehyde in children’s personal care products; toxic flame retardants, including chlorinated tris (hydroxymethylaminomethane), in consumer products; phthalates, lead and/or cadmium in children’s products; and mercury.

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