Researchers warn of potential health risk as manufacturer Joone labels report ‘alarmist’
'French researchers say they have discovered traces of dangerous chemicals in babies’ disposable nappies in the first study of its kind worldwide.
Ministers have given manufacturers 15 days to come up with a “plan of action” to remove a number of substances considered harmful to human health from their nappies. These include banned chemicals and traces of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which has not been banned but that the World Health Organization has classified as probably linked to cancer.
The researchers tested 23 samples of different nappies on sale in France between 2016 and 2018. Certain substances thought to pose a risk were also found in nappies marketed as “ecological”. The report, published on Wednesday, did not name the brands found to contain the chemicals, but suggested they were well-known labels.
Anses, the French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety, said it had detected “a number of hazardous chemicals in disposable nappies that could migrate through urine, for example, and enter into prolonged contact with babies’ skin”. Some were added intentionally, notably perfumes, it said.
Researchers found about 60 chemicals, including glyphosate, used in the weedkiller Roundup, some of which have been banned in the European Union for more than 15 years. Other substances, usually found in cigarette smoke or diesel fumes, were also discovered, according to the 206-page Safety in Baby Nappies report.'
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