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Baby nappies found to contain dangerous chemicals

A warning has been issued by the competent French authorities about the dangers posed by the presence of a number of chemicals, such as artificial fragrances, in baby nappies. The chemicals that have been identified include two artificial fragrances as well as other aromatic substances based on oils and potentially dangerous dioxins (some substances have already been recorded in quantities exceeding the safety thresholds). On average, a baby in France wears between 3 800 and 4 800 nappies, and potentially hazardous chemicals have been found even in products that are labelled ‘environmentally friendly’.

Tests have found levels above the safety thresholds of substances that are potentially hazardous to human health and lower levels of other substances, including the controversial weedkiller glyphosate.

Will the Commission say:

  1. Is it aware that many baby nappies of French origin contain chemicals that pose a threat to babies?
  2. What measures does it intend to take to ensure that stricter checks are carried out on nappies and that studies are commissioned in this connection to protect babies from possible risks of allergy and cancer?

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