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CPSC votes to protect consumers from toxic flame retardants

Statement from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Washington, DC — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted today to grant a petition by Earthjustice, Consumer Federation of America and several coalition partners to use its authority under the Federal Hazardous Substance Act and adopt rules to protect consumers and children from the health hazards of toxic flame retardant chemicals used in four categories of household products (children’s products, upholstered furniture, mattresses and the casings surrounding electronics).

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Government Affairs Director, Liz Hitchcock, issued the following statement in response:

“We applaud the CPSC for voting to protect children, firefighters, and all consumers from the proven dangers of toxic flame retardant chemicals.  These chemicals are still being used in products that our children come in daily contact with. They’re in our living rooms and in our children’s rooms – in nap mats and in children’s furniture adorned with images of Elsa and Elmo.”

“They expose our families to unnecessary hazard. They expose first responders to additional danger.  Today, the CPSC has taken action to protect consumers from these dangers.”

For interviews with Liz Hitchcock, please contact CJ Frogozo at [email protected] or 310 570 2622.


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