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ACC Responds to Stapleton Study on the Presence of Flame Retardants in Children's Products


Contact: Kathryn St. John (202) 249-6513  
Email: Kathryn_St.John@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 17, 2011)The following can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council regarding the study, “The Identification of Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam Collected from Baby Products,” by Dr. Heather M. Stapleton, et al.

“Flame retardants are well-studied and provide important fire safety benefits in homes, cars and public areas. The flame retardants currently in use are allowed by the relevant regulatory authorities. Our member companies are on the forefront of innovating new flame retardants, which undergo extensive testing by manufacturers and the safety data are scrutinized by government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. 

“This study attempts to examine the existence of certain flame retardants in a small sampling of children’s products; it does not address exposure or risk. We are pleased that it does appear to confirm that the industry’s 2004 voluntary phase-out of PentaBDE is working. We will continue to work with government agencies and the scientific community to meet our dual objectives—using the safest possible chemistry to protect families by preventing fires from starting and limiting the spread of fires once ignited.”

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