The bad news: Polyurethane Foam (PUF) contains a chemical, TCEP, which has flame-retardant properties and has been shown to cause cancer in animals in lab tests. PUF is used in products like electronic equipment (TVs and computers), as well as in mattresses and furniture, allowing for the exposure of TCEP to people.
The good news: Health Canada is suggesting that children’s products (for those under the age of three) made with PUF containing TCEP be prohibited from advertisement, sale and importation into Canada.
Health Canada is currently looking for opinions about this proposal from the public. Up until November 11th, 2010, if you’ve got something to say about PUF, submit your comments, suggestions and evidence to support your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (Specify in Subject: TCEP Consultation).
First BPA, now TCEP! We like what we’re seeing, but there’s still more to do. What other chemicals or additives would you like to see banished from children’s products (or all products)?