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U.S. Senator Calls for Federal Action to Ban Phthalates in Children’s Products

January 24, 2014

A new legislation will be introduced by U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand in an effort to permanently ban six phthalates in all children’s products.

Phthalates are chemicals being linked to cause cancer, birth defects and asthma. Senator Gillibrand and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) also want to strengthen the efforts in stopping importation of dangerous products inside the city.

Currently, the 2008 Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act has banned six types of phthalates (three on an interim basis). However, manufacturers have still been allowed to include dangerous levels of phthalates in other products that children use daily, including backpacks and pencil cases.